MaryKate:

Hi everyone! My name is MaryKate and I interned for Karen back in 2009 while I was a sophomore at Ursinus College. A lot has happened since then! Karen and I have stayed in contact over the years and she has become a kind of mentor to me, teaching me some great skills in her industry. Currently, I do freelance work for her when she needs it and she has also given me some wonderful advice for my own job transition. I graduated from West Chester University last May with my Masters degree in English. About three months after, I found a temporary position at a small company helping them create a website and a print catalog. I enjoyed the people and the work, but not for a long term position. Since the position ended in April, I have been searching for a career and I have good news: I was hired! I will now be a Production Editor at an academic publishing company—just the industry I wanted! I’m very excited to start my new position and I’m thankful for the skills and tools Karen helped me learn to make my transition into full-time work.

Speaking of tools, Karen and I recently discussed three organizing, time-saving apps and I’d like to share overviews of them and suggestions as to how they can be used to help with career transitions. While I was searching for a career, trusted friends and family members frequently mentioned that I had to make looking for a job my full-time job, but a huge part of that searching is organization. How can I organize my strategies, tasks, and documents to make the most out of my job search? The following apps are useful tools for any one in transition:

1.      Trello

Trello is a project management app that allows you to collaborate with others on a project, and to see who is doing what and when. For example, Karen, Heidi, and I use Trello to track this blog and who will be writing it on different weeks. Trello allows you to organize a project or idea on boards that can be further broken down into lists and cards. For example, you can create a board to strategize how to use social networking to market yourself to potential employers. Within this board, you can make lists of different social media sites, such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Underneath each list, you can create cards that act as tasks. People can comment on your cards and you can easily switch them between lists to track your progress.

Trello is a great app for jobseekers because it allows you to organize your life and goals in a meaningful way. You are able to see all your various boards, lists, and tasks in front of you and you have to ability to choose the way you organize and use Trello to your greatest benefit. Trello is available for iPhones, iPads, Android and Windows 8 devices, Google Chrome, Safari 5 and 6, Firefox, and Internet Explorer 9 and 10.

2.      Any.do

Now, if you are anything like me, you derive immense satisfaction from creating to-do lists and checking off completed tasks. Any.do is a practical task manager app that allows you to make multiple to-do lists and organize them; this enables you to separate the everyday tasks from the bigger, more daunting tasks, such as planning a future vacation. The other great thing about Any.do is that it syncs across multiple devices and operating systems; for example, if you are an Android user but you also use an iPad, you can sync your Any.do account on both of these devices, as well as with Google Chrome on your laptop. You don’t have to worry about downloading multiple apps for multiples devices or systems—they all sync to one Any.do account.

One of my favorite functions of Any.do is the ability to set a specific time each day to plan your upcoming tasks. I need to be reminded to do almost everything these days and Any.do comes chock full of reminders. You can also set tasks for today, tomorrow, and someday, giving you some leeway with your tasks. This is an app that anyone can use, whether you are currently looking to transition or you are settled in a career. Sometimes it’s hard to remember the little tasks when you’re faced with huge ones, such as preparing for an interview or a big project. Any.do can help you organize your various tasks so you can focus on completing them.

3.      Evernote

Evernote is another app I often use to manage tasks. What’s great about Evernote is that you can organize all your notes in one place. If you are browsing online and you find an article about the industry you’re interested in transitioning into, you can add the page to Evernote and add your own notes. You can create folders, notebooks, and individual notes. Also, you can add a voice memo, picture, webpage excerpt, and more. Evernote is available on iOS and Android devices, and your information can be synced among them. It even has a very useful desktop app that will sync to your phone or other device when needed.

One thing to remember about Evernote is that the more you use it, the more useful it becomes. Initially, I only used it to take notes occasionally and create to-do or shopping lists before I found Any.do, but now I use it if I’m doing research for an article, perfecting recipes, or when I was looking for a career. By creating different folders and using the web clips option, I can make notes on the things I really want to save and organizing these notes into easily accessible folders. Evernote isn’t just for work, either. I love to read and I read a lot, so I use Evernote to keep track of the books I want to read. The great thing about it is that I can make a list, add clips from Goodreads or Amazon reviews about certain books and also my own notes. So when I’m ready to search for my next read, I can go onto my Evernote account and make an informed decision.

In today’s world, it seems like people have more to do than ever and staying organized is difficult on the best of days. Technology is advancing quickly and finding the right apps can make your life easier and your career transition smoother. Trello, Any.do, and Evernote are three apps that were created to help people organize, plan, and track their various tasks and projects. If you are a jobseeker in transition, organizational and time-saving apps like these are ways to keep track of your strategies, tasks, interviews, and projects to help you get hired.

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(Photo by Daniel Y. Go)

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