4 (Free) Productivity Tools for the Busy Job Developer

A guest post you won’t want to miss from Higher Peer Advisor Stephen Johnson

Our work is stressful. When every hour counts, saving a few minutes goes a long way. The number of productivity tools and applications (apps) out there is overwhelming.

How do we find the programs that actually support our work? Luckily, I’ve road-tested a few of them so you don’t have to. Here are my top four picks.

Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 1.52.46 PM1. Google Voice 

You’re familiar with Google products (Docs, Slides, Calendar). But, have you heard of Google Voice?

With Voice you create a unique phone number for use on most mobile devices. This means you can have two phone numbers on the same phone. You can call or text from each separate number using the Google Voice app.

With this app, you no longer have to carry a separate work phone and still maintain some boundaries with clients and your personal life.

For job development, you can set it to see text and voice messages in your email to speed up your response time when you’re at your desk.

For anyone with an out-of-state area code, you can use a local number to cold call employers. Why not find 202-555-JOBS or the equivalent in your area?

Keep in mind that Voice app is free, but you’ll still pay for calls and data usage on your existing phone plan

2. SlyDial   Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 1.50.58 PM

How many times have you wanted to leave a voicemail for someone without actually having to talk to them? Here you are.

SlyDial is a phone-messaging service that sends you directly to voicemail . And, get this. You can send a recorded message to multiple numbers at one time. For me, this was so valuable for client reminders to attend a hiring event or job club.

3. Wunderlist  Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 1.49.39 PM

There are many task management tools out there. If you’re not using some type of system to keep track of your daily to-do list, you probably should be.

Wunderlist stands out for several reasons. The design and interface are simple, easy –to-use and stress-free. You can collaborate between co-workers to create a common to-do list, and access cloud-synced lists from a desktop, laptop, or mobile device.

The program integrates with email to quickly turn messages and attachments into manageable tasks. Supervisors can easily print task lists to delegate to a volunteer or intern.

4. Humin Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 1.54.51 PM

Ever wanted to track your contacts based on when or where you met them?

Humin organizes all of your contacts retroactively and remembers each addition intuitively. The strongest feature is the dynamic search function that lets you look up a contact based on when and where you first met.

Remember that employer you met at a Chamber of Commerce meeting last year but can’t remember his name? The program uses location service when you first save a contact and, context to anticipate the information you might like to remember down the road.

Humin is part of growing technology trend to develop more intuitive and contextual programs. The learning curve is a bit steeper than the other tools on the list. The more you use it, the more powerful it can be.

Editors note:  Technology moves fast.  Humin was  just acquired by Tinder.  Not sure what that means, but for now, their website is down.

stephen johnsonStephen Johnson just left his job as Early Employment Specialist at IRIS- Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services in New Haven, Connecticut. He has 7 years of experience working with refugee communities.  He’s helped our national network in many ways as a member of Higher’s Peer Advisors Network. Bon voyage, Stephen, and thanks from all of us.  

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