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Taking shortcuts rarely works if you don’t have some sort of help.
If you’re driving, you’ll need a GPS. If you’re studying for a test, you’ll want someone who took the class last semester. If you’re cooking, you’re going to want that blender. And if you’re working online—well, browser extensions will become your best friends.
Unfortunately, too many job seekers take the long way when it comes to studying, learning and applying for jobs online. With all of the different forms you’ll need to fill out and all of the research you’ll want to complete, utilizing browser extensions is a must.
A few months ago, I wrote a post that discussed the differences between an extension, and add-on and a plug-in, resources that help you use the Internet to its full advantage. Here’s a quick refresher:
- Extension: Extensions add new features to a browser. An example of an extension would be a pop-up blocker. Extensions generally don’t cross over into different browsers. In other words, downloading a Firefox extension would not work if you were using Google Chrome.
- Add-on: This term refers to little pieces of code, or what look like little buttons, that are added onto a browser’s toolbar to help give you shortcuts to certain online programs. For example, I use a Buffer add-on that allows me to schedule tweets quickly and easily. Add-ons are also usually browser-specific.
- Plug-in: This term refers to third-party software that enables you to interact with a certain program. A common plug-in would be Adobe Flash Player or QuickTime to play videos.
To the average user, it doesn’t quite matter whether you’re using an extension or a plug-in. But today, we’ll be focusing specifically on extensions.
Top 5 Extensions if You’re Looking for a Job
When it comes time to download an Internet extension, all you need to do is Google the extension you’re looking to find. You can download that extension and be ready to use it within just a few minutes (if not seconds).
The real question, however, is not how to download an extension, but rather what extension to download. If you find yourself unsure, don’t sweat it. Below are five extensions that are sure to help anyone looking for a job, whether you’re still in school, a recent graduate or have been in the workforce for years.
Keep your email organized and schedule emails to send in the future.
As someone who was quite recently playing the looking-for-employment game, I know that part of that game is receiving a ton of email. You naturally have your resume on 10 different job board websites, so people are contacting you about positions, you’re sending emails to ads you see on Craigslist, your recruitment agency has a lot to say and your poor mom just wants to know how the job hunt is going.
It’s tough to keep it all straight, so the Boomerang extension for Firefox and Chrome helps by archiving your emails in Gmail. You can schedule messages to be sent out at a later date, postpone ready messages and prioritize the mail that you find most important.
Help employers find you on social media.
We all know many employers are looking up job candidates on social media before making a hiring decision. This makes it extremely important for candidates to not only be active on social media, but also to feel comfortable and confident that employers will easily be able to find their accounts.
WiseStamp allows you to put links to all of your social profiles right into your Gmail signature. Each time you send an email to a potential employer, he or she will have easy access to your accounts. This shows you’re confident and you want them to look at your accounts. It’s also appreciated because you’re helping make the employer’s job easier.
With social media beckoning, it can be tough to stay on task. Those of us who are just out of school can have an especially difficult time not flipping back to Facebook to see the latest updates. After all, applying for jobs can lose its luster after a few months.
This extension will help block or set a time limit on certain websites so you can stay focused on what matters. It’s a great way to force yourself to complete a certain task even if your willpower isn’t up to par.
Stay on top of multiple email accounts.
Applying for a job often requires you to set up a new, professional email address in addition to your personal address. And if you already have a full-time job but are looking for a new one, you likely have more than one address already. This extension will help you easily keep track of all of your accounts right from your toolbar.
Keep all your web pages (and applications) intact.
This is one of my favorite extensions to use when looking for jobs because it allows you to pause any web page while it’s in progress. If you’re in the middle of filling out an involved application and you suddenly need to leave, you can use this extension to save all of the work you’ve already done. You won’t need to log back in and you won’t lose any of the information you’ve already typed into the application.
Remember: for extensions to work, you need to use a particular browser. For example, if you’re hoping to download an extension that’s designed for Google Chrome but you’re using Firefox, you will need to find the Firefox equivalent.
Do you use any other extensions we should know about? Share the links with us in the comments below!
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