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5 Tips for Organizing a Job Search Online

        Money | Getting a Job

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Use Web-based Tools
Whether you're at home or at a cafe, web-based tools make it easier to store and organize your job search information.
Whether you're at home or at a cafe, web-based tools make it easier to store and organize your job search information.
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Since nearly all employers now require online submissions of applications, your information should now be saved and organized on your computer. Why not also take advantage of online tools to further organize your job hunt?

The Web allows you to keep up with your job search even when you're away from your own computer. Keeping important documents and information stored online rather than on your hard drive is a great way to not only back up your files, but also maintain access via someone else's computer or through a smartphone when you need to. The most important step in this is to get an e-mail account that you can easily access through the web. Gmail and Yahoo! Mail are two popular examples of free Web-based email services. Don't use the e-mail account you have with a current employer, which shows a lack of discretion to potential employers [source: Doyle].

Gmail also provides calendar and document services that you can access online from anywhere. These will allow you schedule reminders for job application deadlines and upcoming interviews. You can also save and edit documents, and even convert them to Word files or create spreadsheets. This can come in handy for recording who you meet at which company and making notes on what you talked about.


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