Danielle Sikorski, MHRM published an article recently on LinkedIn titled “Keeping Your Job Search Organized”. It outlines an approach to managing job search data akin to what forward-thinking organizations do with their data to be more effective and productive. I encourage everyone doing or contemplating a job search to read the article by clicking here.
In the article, Danielle outlines steps for effectively managing all the data associated with a job search. Her well-conceived process identifies and organizes key job search data. Her intent is to make it easy to gather and maintain information pertinent to recruiters, network connections, and interviews, and to track contact information about prospective opportunitie and pending follow-up tasks. With the processes related to data organized, more time can be dedicated to the search itself instead of management of the data related to the search.
The first step in Danielle’s process is “Keep 3 running spreadsheets” – one spreadsheet is for interviews, one for applying online, and the third for networking. She goes on to describe how to use these spreadsheets for organizing a search. She then identifies some related activities: Preparation for Interviews; Follow up on Interviews, and Keep a Notebook Specifically for Your Job Search.
MetaGami is a tool that differentiates itself by a combination of four elements: Simple, Dynamic, Customizable, and the ability to Integrate Data of ALL Types. This combination of characteristics creates a totally unique and very versatile tool for data analysis and rapid application development and modification. Danielle’s first step -- i.e. “Keep 3 Running spreadsheets” — prompted me to create an integrated MetaGami-based solution.
Circumstances where individuals or organizations are using multiple spreadsheets and other systems afford the ideal opportunity for MetaGami to improve processes. I challenged myself to create a single MetaGami-based application, managed by a single menu, that would integrate all aspects of Danielle’s process. I completed the first usable solution in 58 minutes. This result is even more remarkable because it required NO technical activities whatsoever.
I first created four MetaGami Pages, each performing one aspect of Danielle’s process; each is shown below. Below each Page is the number of minutes required to create that Page and to link its fields. The combination of these four Pages accomplish all of what was explained in the article, including additions that were derived from comments to the article.
As indicated above, MetaGami is dynamic. That characteristic was critical to creation of the Pages above and to what we decided to do next to enhance the process and make the Pages more presentable. As indicated above, none of the work required technical knowledge – nothing about spreadsheets, databases, or programming languages – not even an awareness that systems of this type even exist. Neither will future modifications or enhancements require technical knowledge. For a complete understanding of how MetaGami development is done, click here and watch “Application Development with MetaGami (Parts 1 and 2)”.
We realized that there was no reason to separate “Interview Tracking” (Page 1) from the “Online Interview Tracking” (Page 2). Thanks to MetaGami’s dynamic capability, we were able to quickly and easily delete the “Online Interview Tracking Page”. Instead, we distinguished between different interview types by adding a drop-down on the “Interview Tracking” Page to indicate the nature of the interview – “personal”, “online”, “e-mail”. We then added other Fields to this and the three other Pages, added two new Pages to summarize the interviews and recruiter contacts, and entered some notional data into the Pages. This required another hour, most of which was due to entering data.
After incorporating a few other refinements to make the Pages more pleasing, I created a Menu page to control the flow. I then added more notional data to the various Pages. This required another hour and completed the application, pending input from users on ways to enhance it.
The complete application required three hours of total effort. The Pages comprising the Job Search app are shown below. Again, no technical knowledge whatsoever was required – no knowledge of spreadsheets nor database systems, and certainly no computer code. Point/click, drag and drop, and the use of a couple MetaGami functions was all that was needed to create the entire fully integrated app. A piece of data, once entered, populates Fields on other Pages, as appropriate, without re-entry of that same piece of data. The ability to use existing data rather than re-entering it, as is done often when using spreadsheets, has dramatic implications, not only in terms of time savings but also by providing for far greater data integrity.
The Job Search app is available at no cost for those interested. Click here, then complete the form indicating your interest in the Job Search app in the “How Can We Help You” field. We will contact you to coordinate access to your own personal copy of the app -- no cost, no obligation, no sales pitch. We would appreciate your comments and ideas for enhancements as you use the app if you are so inclined, but there is no obligation to do so. We will incorporate these ideas into the app and update all users with the changes are they are implemented.
The screen shots below convey the process for using Job Search, beginning with the Menu that manages flow between Pages. The screen shots include notional data so that the presentation will be more meaningful in explaining how the data and processes link. Below each screenshot is a description of the Page and its reason for existing.in the app
Certainly, spreadsheets offer one way to manage job search data, but they are not as effective as the fully integrated approach enabled in this MetaGami-based solution. This is no surprise since MetaGami has addressed needs for rapid development, dynamic updates and data integration for a range of large organizations (e.g. huge aerospace contractors and agencies), small/medium businesses using the MetaGami Small Business Suite, and non-profit organizations who have a myriad of different data needs. By comparison, the Job Search app is a slam-dunk, but that doesn’t make it any less valuable.
A short video showing how easy it is to use the Job Search application is available under the “MetaGami Applications” tab or by clicking here.
Be sure to register to receive access to the Job Search app at no cost by clicking here. For further insights on how easily MetaGami enables rapid development and dynamic enhancements by individuals regardless of technical expertise, click here and check out the videos titled “Application Development using MetaGami”, Parts 1 and 2.