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interbiznet Toolkit
Update 1.13 © 1999,, all rights reserved

Toolkit Addition

ToolKit: Managing Contact Data

Contact 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.

Your records 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 Explorer.

The database 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.

The graphical 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.

Search Tips

Seek in Diverse Places

Getting tired 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 look at.

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.


Table Of Contents SEARCH TOOLS
  1. Search Basics
  2. Search Strategy
  3. Company Info
  4. Finding People
  5. Resumes
  6. Web Pages
  7. Usenet
  8. Mailing Lists
  9. Competitors
10. Discussion Areas
11. Cheat Sheet
  1. Master Sites
  2. Free Sites
  3. Usenet
  4. Niches
  5. Writing Postings
  1. Newbot
  2. Informant
  3. URL Minder
  4. Other Robots
  1. Starter Tools
  2. Browser Tips
  1. Salary Surveys


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