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Evernote for Job Seekers

If you aren’t a note taker, I highly suggest that you get into the habit of taking notes during your job search. You’ve probably got the time to do so and you will find that it is more than worthwhile.

There are at least these 3 things that you should take notes about:
  • People
  • Employers
  • Jobs
If you don’t like computers (or they don’t like you), then I suggest you buy a package of those 3×5 index cards. Take off the plastic wrap and split it into 3 piles, one for each of the 3 topics above. Each card is one item. For example, each card in the pile of people cards is a person. Each card includes identification and contact information for that item. Other information, like how you were referred to / found out about that item should be included, too. Also, include cross references on each card to other items in the same and other piles.
I offer 2 computer programs to members of my Chagrin Valley Job Seekers group for free that help record and maintain this information. One is an Microsoft Excel file. The other is a Microsoft Access Database. They are able to keep track of people, employers, jobs, and a lot of other helpful job search related information.
However, a problem with these programs (and I suspect other programs that have been designed for the job search process) is they require that you enter the information, primarily by typing it in. That can take a non-trivial amount of time and the process is error-prone.
A few months ago, I came across an app by the name of Evernote. It’s great. I now use it as the repository for all the information that I use / need to manage my life. I highly recommend that you start using Evernote for your job search related activities. (Please note. I do not work for the Evernote Corporation or any of its affiliates. I do not receive any compensation from them. None of them have taken me out to dinner!)
Oh, Evernote is free! (My favorite price!)
Use Evernote as your repository for all 3 of the topics above as well as:
  • Your To Do List (Things done and things planned)
  • Your promotional material (resume, business card, marketing plan)
  • Your cover letters
  • Lists of job search related web sites
  • Pictures of companies’ products, facilitators, logos, etc.
  • Your references’ identification and contact information.
  • Just about anything you can think of
Why use Evernote? – – – Evernote does 3 things really well:
  • Capture information without you having to type it in
  • Find it after you captured it
  • Share it with other people
Here are ways you can capture information with Evernote without typing it in:
  • 1 click * will copy an email you receive into Evernote.
  • 1 click will clip anything you see on the Web / Internet into Evernote.
  • Drag and drop a file on your computer into Evernote.
  • Scan paper / objects into Evernote.
  • Make audio recordings inside Evernote.
  • Have your desktop/laptop take a picture with its Webcam.
Here are some examples of capturing job search related information with Evernote:
  • Go to Linked-In. Search for a person. When you find his profile, 1-click it into Evernote for future reference.
  • Go to Linked-In. Search for a company. 1-click the company description into Evernote.
  • Go to Monster.com. Search for jobs. When you find one you are interested in, 1-click the job description into Evernote.
  • Take pictures with Evernote on your smart phone when you go to places.
  • Receive a job offer by email? 1-click it into Evernote.
  • Talk to your iPhone (Android device?). It will translate your spoken words into text and add them to Evernote.
  • Take a picture of someone’s business card. Evernote will allow you to search for any information on the card.
  • Find a helpful article on the job search process on the Internet? 1-click it into Evernote.
Finding things already in Evernote is very easy. Evernote has effectively indexed every word in your Evernote database. So, merely search for a word (a person’s name, an employer’s name, a city, a document, whatever).
Here are the ways you can share information (without retyping it) already in Evernote with other people:
  • 1-click a note in Evernote and send it as an outgoing email.
  • Copy a note in Evernote and send it as an outgoing text message.
  • Paste information into any other application (MS Word, Excel, your calendar, your Gmail contacts list).
  • Post an Evernote note to Linked-In.
  • Post an Evernote note to Twitter
  • Post an Evernote note to Facebook
What kind of devices does Evernote run on? Many:
  • On your smart phone (iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry)
  • On your tablet computer (iOS, Android)
  • On your desktop or laptop computer (Windows or Mac)
  • On the Internet (www.evernote.com)
You  can add, update, and delete information on any one of your devices and Evernote will then keep them all in sync, all with exactly the same information.
Here are some other key features of Evernote:
  • It converts words in pictures, images, and handwriting into searchable text.
  • You can associate a Note to a particular Topic, Person, Location (or any other relevant attribute).
  • You can associate a Note to any place in the world (geo-tagging).
How do you get started with Evernote?
I hope you find Evernote is a great tool for your job search activity and information.
* Sometimes, it takes a couple clicks.
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June 1, 2013 - Posted by | All

2 Comments »

  1. I need to to thank you for this excellent read!
    ! I absolutely loved every bit of it. I’ve got you book marked to check out new things you post…

    Comment by Jenna | July 31, 2013 | Reply

    • Jenna, thanks for the positive feedback. I’m glad you liked that post.

      Thanks, too, for buying my book for job seekers.

      Jim

      Comment by Jim Grant | July 31, 2013 | Reply


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