There’s a new job search tool out there. It’s inexpensive, it’s easy, and it may actually help a lot of jobseekers out there.
It’s called 44score, and we’ve been testing it out over the last few weeks. (Unsurprising disclaimer: 44score founder David Sickmiller let us test it for free in the hopes that we would review it.)
44Score is a sort of CRM tool for jobseekers. It tracks where you’ve applied, remembers what version of your resume and cover letter you sent where, and reminds you to follow up.
So far, no big deal. Becomed, for example, does the same stuff, and even anyone who doesn’t want to use a CRM can set up reminders, etc., with any decent task management software.
Where 44Score stands out is its toolbar, which installs right in your browser and takes care of automating much of the data entry that goes along with tracking your job search. (The toolbar only works, of course, with browsers that support this sort of thing–so Firefox 4+ or Internet Explorer 7 or higher. Sorry, Chrome users.)
When you click on an email address to apply for a job, a window pops up right in your browser. It has saved copies of other cover letters you’ve sent out, so you can reuse (and customize, of course) said letter and pick the best version of your resume for that job. After the email is sent, you can tell the software to remind you to follow up in a week.
The toolbar also reminds you when a deadline for applying or following up is coming due.
Here’s a video from 44score that explains it:
The software isn’t perfect. We wish the user interface was a little cleaner (or required fewer clicks); it doesn’t work with all jobs you apply for through an ATS (though the toolbar does support some ATSes, and you can manually add that application history on 44Score’s homepage); and until recently, there was no way to prevent the toolbar from making *every* email address you clicked on open the toolbar. (44Score has recently added an “eject” button that kicks you back into your preferred mail program). We also wish that 44score had analytics like some of its competitors.
Jobseekers pay nothing to sign up and begin using the service. Once you land a job, you pay a “placement fee” to 44Score, which ranges from $4.95 to $39.95 depending on what type of job it is (internships are cheapest, while full-time salaried positions are the most expensive).
If you use this to get a job, let us know. We liked the trial but obviously didn’t follow it through to its conclusion, since we’re not seeking a new gig right now.