NETRECRUITER Cutting Edge Tools for Recruiting

31. July 2010

FreeWare for Innovative Recruiters

Filed under: Tools — netrecruiter @ 11:29

Speak-A-Message – enables you to send voice emails, using your default email client. The program provides a simple recording interface and automatically attaches the WMA compressed recording to an outgoing message. The program also includes a Speech-to-text features that can automatically transcribe a voice message to text. If you are using Outlook, Speak-A-Message will integrate directly with your email toolbar.

OutWit – is a web collection engine that integrates with Firefox and allows you to browse through and easily grab information, collect media, contacts or files from the Internet. With or without programming or technical knowledge, you can create automatic agents to gather and format the information you seek. OutWit is composed of a kernel, containing the library of functions and of an API, which will allow advanced users to build and distribute their own original tools -called outfits- using the features of the kernel for specific applications. The first outfit, OutWit Hub, is a multi-purpose development tool, meant to showcase a large number of the kernel`s features, to cover a large spectrum of needs.

TwitterBackup – is a simple Java application that enables you to backup all the tweets in your Twitter account and save them as .XML file to your computer. You can supply the output file name and configure a proxy server if needed.

Flock – is a Mozilla based web browser that integrates sharing of photos, Favorites, news and blogging into the browser interface. It currently supports Flickr, Photobucket, del.icio.us, Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Movable Type, Blogger, LiveJournal and other online services, as well as any RSS feed. You can easily subscribe to any website that offers RSS feeds and read/manage your feeds directly from within Flock. Other features include drag and drop photo sharing and a powerful web search toolbar that searches a variety of online resources simultaneously and returns a quick glance at the most relevant results.

Sylpheed – is a lightweight, yet feature packed, email program that offers all the standard functionality of an email client along with many additional features, such as integrated Bayesian spam filtering, email templates, PGP support, mail processing rules and filters, support for external commands, and more. The program supports POP3, IMAP4rev1 and SMTP, NNTP (NetNews),IPv6 and encrypted communication over SSL/TLSv1. Other features include import/export (eml and Unix mbox format), extensive internationalization and multilingualization support, email search, and more.

Thunderbird – is a full featured email program with built-in junk mail controls, message filters, address book, news groups and more. It offers a clean and easy to use (customizable) interface. Thunderbird also offers security features such as S/MIME, digital signing, message encryption, support for certificates and security devices. Other features include IMAP/POP compatibility, support for HTML mail, labels, quick search, return receipts, LDAP address completion, import tools and more.

Auto Web Browser – is a web search tool, that queries major search engines for the keywords you enter, and automatically downloads the resulting pages to your computer, and automatically surfs further, downloading other potentially interesting pages that were linked from the search engine results. The downloaded pages are organized in a tree view and by search engine, and you can quickly view them, since they are already pre-loaded. The program also allows you to load a list of URLs, and automatically pre-load all of them, so you can quickly browse through them.

26. July 2010

How to Design a Mobile Enabled Website

Filed under: Strategies,Techniques — netrecruiter @ 15:59

Is your website mobile? Can your customers find you when they need you the most?

 

It is estimated that mobile advertising growth will continue at a rate of 10% each year throughout the next decade. With statistics like this, no business can afford not to jump on board and stay on top of this highly effective marketing method in this stage of the game.

 

Look around your business and note the people using a smart phone. Are some of your clientele mobile warriors? You might be surprised but odds are if you are one yourself, you are already aware of the growing numbers of people of every demographic that are using their mobile devices for much more than making phone calls.

 

Here are few import points to consider when designing a mobile enabled website for your organization.

 

1. Less is better. Plan your information architecture based upon what users typically want first when they go to your web site. Make a list and prioritize each page or function.

 

2. Minimal use of graphics. The on-the-go mobile user is not going to be wowed by images, pictures and graphics. They are browsing because they are looking for specific information. You want them in and out of your site. You’ll wow them with simplicity.

 

3. Button and font size. Eliminate wasting your visitor’s time by make links and buttons a size that is finger-friendly. Tiny text and button will just bring the visitor closer to exiting your web site.

 

4. If you want to sell products or services via your mobile website, think about using PayPal or Google Checkout. This eliminates the visitor from having to type in all contact and credit card information.

 

5. Promote your site through geo-targeted sites like Google Maps, Bing Maps and Yelp.

 

Your website should be able to read easily on a web capable phone or mobile internet device. If you’re equipped and capable enough to make your own mobile theme, the more power to you, for those of you who don’t have a designer’s or coder’s bone in your body, you have several viable options:

 

WPtouch is a hybrid WordPress theme/plugin. It allows you to pick and choose what content you want to display to mobile browsers, and based on your formatting, plops your data into a beautiful, easy-to-read, mobile WordPress theme. WPtouch loads lightning fast and shows your content beautifully, without interfering with your regular site theme. WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress blog into a web-application experience when viewed from an iPhoneTM, iPod touchTM, AndroidTM, or BlackBerry StormTM touch mobile device.

http://www.bravenewcode.com/products/wptouch/

 

Mobify is more of a manual tool, you kind of have to know what you’re doing, or at least have someone who does at your disposal. It has a web editor that allows you to style your mobile them yourself. Just using the default style it has after choosing your content won’t cut it. You have to work some CSS magic.

http://mobify.me

 

WordPress Mobile Edition will give your website an iPhone-like makeover. Not much room for customization here, but you can add more mobile user-agents via the settings page.

http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mobile-edition/

 

Encouraging communication between yourself and your readers is an endless task, so give them more reason to respond to you by reversing the order of comments, displaying the newest comments on top, right below your post. It’s just a simple setting change, go to your Discussion Settings in the administration area, and choose to display newer comments at the top of each page.

 

Remember, the internet is always changing, and so are the ways we communicate on it. Show your readers you are informed and have an opinion about current events in your niche, and they will be drawn to speak to you.

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