While conventional thinking leads many job seekers to manage their search with the same tools they used in college or while employed, programs like Excel do not make the most sense in today’s economy.

Clicking links, pasting them in Excel, manually entering contact and adjusting columns may feel “comfortable” out of pure familiarity, but with so many people about to lose unemployment benefits, there’s little room for comfort anymore.

We created Jobfish 2010 so you can apply more quickly and accurately to job openings and manage each application faster and easier than possible in Excel.

Here are 5 ways Jobfish 2010 and Excel stack up head-to-head:

Searching Job Boards

Jobfish 2010 – Allows you to quickly organize job postings into one grid, and saves job descriptions statically – which means that each job description will be remain in your Jobfish program long after Craigslist removes the link.

Excel – No search option; you must open lots of windows and download links individually to another program.

Contacting Recruiters

Jobfish 2010 – Once you import a job posting into your Jobfish database, Jobfish will search automatically for any email address contained in the job posting or in the HTML source for you.  There may still be a “Dear Sir or Madam” required, but Jobfish will create the email for the user automatically.

Excel – Can’t search for anything outside the database you create

Data Entry

Jobfish 2010 – Click and download, takes seconds and also saves job descriptions

Excel – Hope you really like to type and adjust columns

Cover Letters

Jobfish 2010 – Quickly customize dozens of pre-loaded letters

Excel – Exit program to find old saved documents in Word…that have to be saved again

Avoiding Disasters

Jobfish 2010 – Resume package feature prevents attaching the wrong resume by accident

Excel – Doesn’t store resumes; must open word and read every bullet point to see which one applies.

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