Managing Contact Data
Coordinator is a graphical database tool that manages your contact
information by storing it in one place. It also provides a strong
Internet orientation by complying with the industry standards for
email, URLs, and file sharing.
If you have
trouble keeping track of all your email and snail addresses, as
well as contact points for people you use as resources, and if you
gather much contact data from the Web, you can use Contact Manager
as a huge (but controllable) address book.
You can store
snail and email addresses, phone and fax numbers, email, URLs, document
links, bookmark lists, and reminders. Then, a simple click on the
appropriate folder will dial your phone, send your fax or email,
or open your file or URL. There's even a form letter editor.
are created as either organization, team, or person. This allows
you to keep track of individuals as well as their overall affiliations.
But, in addition to the hierarchical organization you create for
them, you can also assign categories to each entry. There are 32
user-definable categories that you can assign via the Properties
menu (which you can get to via a right-click).
You can also
save Web site records. Just click on the Grab URL icon in program's
main window. The address and title of the page will be grabbed from
your browser and then stored in Contact Coordinator. In addition,
you can also import bookmarks from Navigator and favorites from
works a lot along the lines of the Windows 95 Explorer. The main
window of the program has two panes. On the left is a hierarchy
of folders, organizations, teams, and people that represent your
contacts. You can organize it into any hierarchy you want. The right-hand
pane shows the contents of the folder that is selected on the left.
In these, you'd often find mailing addresses and phone and fax numbers.
representations help you make sense of the hierarchies you create
and lend visual clues to what's stored where. Not a bad notion for
those of us who need all the organizational help we can get.
of going to the same cyber haunts looking for the same people everyone
else is looking for? Getting tired of being the third (or 3,000th)
caller? Try a different tact.
In our two-day
seminar, we talked about the need to look for people by interest
and community rather than just resume. After all, resumes don't
convey as much information as is sometimes needed. To this end,
we've put together an interesting list of sites you might want to
Some of the
sites listed below offer the ability to post jobs and look at resumes,
but most do not. Each does, however, provide you with an entree
into discussions (with real) people. Of course, not all of
those real people will be looking for work, but....
As is standard
in any interactive Internet situation, it is best not to jump right
in without first observing some of the netiquette involved.