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Resource Review: Todoist

We’re definitely not a tech site, but we do love to share any tips, tricks or resources that might make your life as a college student or young professional any easier. Today, we wanted to share a nifty task management website with all of you: Todoist .

What is it?

Todoist is a web-based task or project management system. It helps you stay organized, and because it’s cloud-based, you can keep on top of your tasks where ever you go.

Why we like it.

We tried out a number of different task managers, including Remember the Milk, Google Tasks, Producteev, Outlook tasks, iCloud Reminders and a few others. All of the other task managers we tried had some great features, and one of them may be exactly what you’re looking for, but Todoist gets our nod for a few key reasons, ones we think college students and young professionals will also find appealing:

  • It’s cloud-based, but it still works when you don’t have wifi. If you are using an iOS mobile device, the Todoist app has offline support. (Otherwise, you can still use Todoist offline, as long as you sync first before you go offline.) So, whether you’re in class, in your res. hall, on the bus, at work or walking around campus, you still have access to your tasks and projects.
  • There are plugins for Chrome, Firefox, and Outlook, and a handy bookmarklet that can be installed on most any browser. This makes updating and adding new tasks really easy.
  • Gmail integration. This was a major factor in our decision to use Todoist! Since so many of our tasks come in the form of emails, we love the ability to create a task from an email. Later, when we return to the task, the link opens up the original email. Google Tasks does this too, (and integrates more seamlessly), but Todoist also integrates with Outlook, if you happen to use that email client. If you’re interning, working full time, or in any situation where you are receiving a number of action items via email, this feature can be especially helpful. Of course, it assumes that you are using either Gmail or Outlook.
  • Project management. Say you’re working on a major project, like a term paper. Todoist allows you to set up projects with numerous tasks and sub-tasks under each. You’re able to set up deadlines and due dates, as well as add labels (which act like tags).

The paid version adds a bit more functionality, such as allowing notes for tasks, productivity tracking and an improved labeling system. At just $29 a year, it’s quite affordable to upgrade.
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Job Board Review: JobsMiner

JobsMiner.comSome time ago, I reviewed one of my favorite job aggregators, Indeed.com on Lawrence University Career Service’s blog. Almost as long ago, I shared a series of videos showing how to use Twitter for job search. That was three years ago, and social media sites like Twitter have come a long way in their roles in the job search sphere. As a job seeker, you know that you can turn to job aggregators like Indeed.com to scour major job sites for opportunities. But what about all the opportunities shared via social media? Hundreds of jobs are shared on sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and blogs. Today, relative newcomer, JobsMiner, combines the search capability of a job aggregator with the ubiquity of social media, allowing you to find jobs and internships that have been posted through social sites.

Here’s how JobsMiner describes itself: “JobsMiner (www.jobsminer.com) scans any wording on the leading social networks, blogs, and forums and translates the job postings into easily searchable items on their search engine. So, if you posted something to your Facebook wall (as “Public”) and it had the keywords that the system determined to be a job posting, it would show that posting in the search results in real-time. JobsMiner is a much easier way to find jobs, wherever they are on social networks. It’s also free.” (more…)

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Interview with James Alexander, CEO of Vizibility

Vizibility offers users a way to customize the search results that can be found about them via Google. I recently had the opportunity to interview James Alexander, CEO of Vizibility.

What exactly is Vizibility and how does it work?

Vizibility helps people get found online. With the first SearchMe Button for Google we help people take control of their online identities by allowing them to control what people find about them online. Users can customize their top five Google search results into a free and permanent SearchMe link that can be put on a resume, profile site, business card – anywhere someone wants to get found online.

When a Vizibility SearchMe button, link or QR code is clicked, accurate search results are displayed helping people make a killer first impression. We also display the search query right in Google, so the person doing the searching can be confident the information displayed is accurate and authentic.

Additionally, when a Vizibility QR code is scanned using a smart phone or mobile device, our mobile app can optionally share your photo, business card details, all your social and profile sites, and your vCard, along with your curated search results.

Why should students and recent grads care about what information can be found about them online?

According to ExecuNet, 86% of executive recruiters report using search engines to validate candidates. Searching for people by name only, however, often returns inaccurate results. 45% of recruiters have eliminated candidates based on what appears (or does not appear) about them online. And 39% of U.S. HR professionals hired candidates because the information online about them supported their background and qualifications. (more…)

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Job Search Secrets

Guest Author: CareerAlley
Website: http://CareerAlley.com

Listen, Do you want to know a secret?, Do you promise not to tell?” – John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Shhhhh! Job search secrets. Well, not really secrets if you’ve been spending any length of time looking for jobs leveraging the Internet. Of course, anything that is a secret (like a lead on a job that few people know about) gives you an advantage. Not sure that the sites on today’s post qualify, but they are all worth taking a look at and, who knows, maybe you will uncover a secret. Today’s post will lead with Secrets of the Job Hunt followed by a number of career related sites that focus on some of the best kept secrets of job hunting. These sites run the full range from advice to jobs. Happy Hunting!
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