I was recently laid off and am deep in the throes of looking for a new job, and I am having difficulty keeping track of my job search-related activities. I am positive there is a tool out there that does the things for which I am looking, but I am not sure how to classify it enough to know what keywords I should use in my search for software tools.
I am looking for something that is probably in the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) space, but I am not sure if that is the whole thing I need. What I really want is something that will help me track the following:
[li]Recruiters with whom I have made contact;[/li][li]Weekly activity stream (résumés sent, interviews held, latest status);[/li][li]Places applied;[/li][li]Potential leads to pursue;[/li][li]Research on companies to which I am interested in applying.[/li][/ul]
On the one hand, the tool needs to be able to keep track of contacts and potential leads, sort of like a CRM, but on the other hand, I want to be able to keep track of the daily/weekly activities, which is almost like a diary of sorts. I’d like to be able to see where I am in the process with each recruiter or lead with whom I have had contact.
Of course, the tool needs to be free or really cheap. (I know, I know, ya gets what ya pay for.) I don’t need something the size of Salesforce or any enterprise CRM systems. It doesn’t necessarily have to be online, as long as it runs on Windows.
So far, I am tracking some of this stuff using Excel, but it is definitely not the right tool for the job.
Does anyone know of anything like this? It doesn’t even have to be a single tool, as long as the data in one tool is easily shared/viewed by the other tool.
Any thoughts or opinions?