People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

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4 Little-Known Tools for a 2012 Job Hunt

We talk a lot about LinkedIn, a well-known tool for networking and job hunting, but if you’re looking to ramp up your job hunt this year, check out this U.S. News blog post.

Blogger Miriam Salpeter highlights the following:

  • Tokkster is an app that allows people on the same website to chat.
  • helps you to organize and share your online identity.
  • StartWire lets you find out when your online applications are viewed and track the progress of your applications.
  • Pinterest is an online pinboard that lets you share your expertise.

NYC Blogger Map

This is the NYC Blogger Map.

There are a million blogs in the city.
Here’s where to find 6293 of them.

Search for a blog by borough, subway line and even subway stop.

 Or register your blog to be included on the map.

Thank you Liz, Matt, and Mike for this ingenious resource.

Our Top 10 Free Tools 2010

Here are our top 10 free tools (listed in no particular order) that we used this year:

  1. LinkedIn – A great tool to maintain and expand your professional network. Also, another place for job postings.
  2. Blogs: Blogger, WordPress – Blogging is a great way to share your thoughts and ideas. You can also use a blog to create your e-portfolio.
  3. PDFonline – Convert your Word documents to PDF. Size limitations.
  4. Google tools: Analytics – Track and analyze site visits, Calendar – Use it everyday or for specific events like conferences (unfortunately, many conference planners aren’t very user-friendly), Docs – work collaboratively on reports and presentations without the confusion of multiple versions, Sites – Quick and easy way to build a website. We used it to create our e-portfolios.
  5. Delicious – While the future of Delicious is unknown given the recent news, it is a great tool for bookmarking and accessing your favorite and/or useful sites.
  6. – Shorten a URL, share the link and track the clicks.
  7. Slideshare – Share your presentation slides online.
  8. Wikis: PBworks, Wetpaint – Useful for collaborative work, sharing of ideas and resources and project management. We used Wetpaint for HealthCampNYC. Lesson learned: some organizations block access to these sites. Also, Wetpaint had been acting funny. We’ve used PBworks for committee work.  
  9. Wordle – Create word clouds for presentations, reports, etc. Just dump in the text. 
  10. Meebo – Integrates all social networks and communications channels into a one-stop location that allows real time communication.

Last month at NYPL, we talked to the NY Librarians Meetup Group about how these tools can help your library career. We do presentations on a range of professional and career development topics. If you would like us to do a presentation for your group, please contact us.