Job searching with GigBasket
It was around this time last year that I was heavy into my job search.
Me and my Macbook were like THIS [insert mental image]. I probably drank the weight of a baby seal in Strawberry Frappuccinos at Starbucks, which had become my headquarters for Mission: Somebody (Please) Hire Me.
Job searching for most people is a job itself these days, but one of the things I found through my search was there was a great need for organization.
I had awesome friends and contacts sending me job opportunities and, like everyone else, I was also dedicating a significant amount of my time combing through websites like LinkedIn and Indeed to find opportunities.
Here was the problem – I could save the jobs I found on LinkedIn on LinkedIn. I could save the jobs I found on sites like Indeed on sites like Indeed. I could save the job opportunities I had received via e-mail in my e-mail.
To bring them all together, though, I had to create a document where I would list each job, the point of contact and a section to insert notes on the progress of my application. I know I could’ve used Excel, but I’m allergic to spreadsheets.
This method worked out, but it would have been better to have a location where I could store this information online in a more convenient way.
I was first introduced to the Lithuanian Startup through nibletz.com, which has become one of my favorite tech blogs.
GigBasket is like a Pinterest for job hunters with a few more helpful features that help to tidy up the job search.
The founders summed up the site in their interview with nibletz, saying:
GigBasket is your personal online basket for job opportunities. You can save interesting job openings to GigBasket with a single click from virtually anywhere on the web, track application progress and interviews – the whole deal. The whole experience is kinda like shopping for jobs, but doing it through job postings scattered all over whole web.
I tested out GigBasket by signing up through my LinkedIn account, and it kicked the pants off my Microsoft Word table.
Aside from being able to pin (basket toss?) jobs from all across the web into one location - awesome for those jobs you find on Twitter – there is also a calendar feature to help you keep track of your interviews. I don’t know about you, but my right-brained self has to write down important appointments in as many places as possible. Having a calendar just for my interviews in the same location as all of my other job search stuff would have been the bee’s knees.
I accidentally stumbled upon the auction feature (and by accidentally, I mean that I accidentally put myself up for auction … oops). This feature allows you to type in your elevator speech, salary requirement, relocation flexibility and headline. Once you click submit, you’re up for grabs for the next 14 days. You can increase your potential bids through social sharing to Facebook and Twitter.
If you’re in the job search process, I would strongly recommend GigBasket. It’s clean, user-friendly and makes the job search process a little less stressful by bringing some order to what can easily be a scattered process.