Looking for a new job? Trying to start a career? Well if you’re looking for help, look no further, because CareerShift is here to help.
Job searching is hard, there is no way around it. There are so many contacts you need to keep track of, job applications to follow-up on and not to mention, searching for a job in the first place. It can be a lot of information to keep track of and that’s half the battle.
I recently did a post about how great JibberJobber was as an organizational tool for job seekers and I’m not backing down on my post, I still think it’s a very high quality job organizational tool considering that its free. That being said, if you’re willing to spend some money to help you find your next job quicker, spend your money on a subscription to CareerShift.
CareerShift, like JibberJobber, is a “job hunting and career management” service to better help you a) find your next job and b) keep track of contacts, jobs, companies, documents, and appointments.
The CareerShift search tool “returns results from every career site and job board,” on the internet, helping to give you all of your job postings in one place.
According to the CareerShift website, on their about page, “Colleges, universities, professional and trade schools use CareerShift in conjunction with their other career services to assist students in landing jobs. Corporations use it in addition to other outplacement services, as a severance benefit for separated employees. Libraries use it also to provide to their patrons to help displaced workers in their communities find gainful employment.”
Some very big name colleges use CareerShift for their students like, Boston College, Clemson University, University of Louisville: College of Business, Rutgers, UNLV and West Virginia, just to name a few.
Enough ABOUT CareerShift, now onto what I think about it, and lets just say there isn’t much i can’t say about it.
Let me start it off by saying CareerShift is insanely good and effective, yet very simple and extremely friendly to learn and use, it took me all of 15 minutes to figure out everything you can do on the site.
First off, the main thing that impressed me the most about CareerShift was the job search engine, it’s as good as advertised. You put in your job search keywords and click search and it pops up with all of the job openings for those keywords. For example, I searched “journalism internships” and a huge list came up and in a brief description of the job, the words “journalism” and “internship” were highlighted in yellow so I could see how my keywords were found.
Once you find a job it’s insane what you can do next. You have the option to save the job for later, find contacts at the company, share the job to different social media sites or to different email addresses, and locate the job. Locating the job is a nice feature. It uses Google Maps which is extremely nice, and can give you directions to and from the company, which is really helpful especially if you have to go there for an interview.
Next, what I think is the most helpful thing on the entire site…finding contacts. When you click on “find contacts at this company,” CareerShift gives you a long list of contact’s at that company and provides the person’s position, company phone number or email, and even goes as far to give you their employment history, educational history and any articles about them from online, along with a picture. Now I don’t know about anyone else, but that is a huge help, especially when your trying to apply to a company and you need the name of someone to send your resume to, or even follow-up with.
Another terrific option is that you can look at “company details,” which gives you the company’s address, phone number, fax number, it’s industry and a description of the company. For any of you who have written cover letters, this is extremely helpful because when you do a cover letter and you have to put the address and phone number of the company, it’s sometimes oddly hard to find that information. Oh and did I mention that when you click on “company details” it also gives you a list of “key people” at the company and their contact information….wow….helpful, it almost feels like cheating.
On CareerShift you can also save your job searches for later so you don’t have to always type in the same keywords, save as many searches as you want and you can delete them when you need to.
CareerShift also helps you import and export your contacts which is nice. You can directly import your contacts from Outlook, GMail, Hotmail, Yahoo, Excel or even a CSV file. Click on which option you want to import from and it does the rest for you after you sign into your email account.
Exporting contacts is just as nice and easy. Once you save your list of contacts in a “contacts” folder and want to export them, you just click on which contacts you want to export and it goes into a separate window, then when you click export it automatically sends them to an excel file on your computer with the contact’s name, their company, their company email and phone number, job title and company address. It’s very nice, very simple and very easy to do.
CareerShift also has a “my organizer” tab you can click on which shows the account overview, account info, personal information and tutorials on how to use different options on the site which is also nice and helpful.
Basically CareerShift is amazing and I can’t say enough about it. Unfortunately the only blemish I could find on CareerShift is unfortunately its subscription price. Luckily you can check out CareerShift for free but unfortunately it’s only for 24 hours, which I TOTALLY recommend doing, it’s a fast sign up, all of 2 minutes. However, after the 24 hours is up it’s a steep $50 a month subscription. I would like to see it down to around $30 a month but I can understand the $50 because of the plethora of tools CareerShift offers you to help you in your job search, I have yet to see a career management and organizational tool offer what CareerShift has to offer.
So go check out the free 24 hour trial of CarrerShift.Com, it’s worth it. If you have money to spend and are looking for a top of the line career management and organization tool, CareerShift is where you want to be, because sometimes you need to spend money, to make money.