10 tools that will help you take control of your email inbox by WUZZUF

10 Tools That Will Help You Take Control of Your Email Inbox

By | Apps, Email & Communication, Productivity, Skills Lab, Uncategorized

We’ve all fallen in the ‘100+ unread emails’ black hole before. It’s an overwhelming and sometimes haunting experience.

Here are 10 marvelous tools that will help ensure the email galaxy doesn’t swallow you whole.Click To TweetHere are 10 marvelous tools that will help ensure the email galaxy doesn’t swallow you whole.

  1. SaneBox

When it comes to handling email insanity, SaneBox knows best. Using smart algorithms that automatically filter out unimportant email from your inbox based on your past behavior, the tool helps keep your priorities in check.

Key advantage: SaneBox divides your inbox into smart priority-based folders such as SaneLater, which includes emails that can wait, SaneBlackHole, which contains emails you no longer want to receive, and SaneNoReplies, which includes emails you sent that haven’t received a reply yet. This allows you to dedicate your time and attention only to the emails the matter.

  1. UnrollMe

Newsletters are the root of all evil. Every time we subscribe to one, we end up to 20, only to find that we just read one. UnrollMe helps you avoid this mess of regret. The tool allows you to clean up your inbox by instantly unsubscribing from all newsletters you don’t want.

Key advantage: Unroll Me allows you to see a list of all your subscription emails so you can unsubscribe from all the ones you don’t want at once. Also, it combines all of the subscriptions you do want in one email called The Rollup that appears in your inbox once a day at the time you choose.

  1.    IFTT (If This Then That) for email

Although IFTT is more of a general productivity tool that works with a variety of services, it’s one of the best tools out there to make email management an extremely productive process. Using what they call Applets, IFTT connects the different platforms you use in an automated way to avoid you having to do manual tasks.

Whether it’s automatically updating your phone’s wallpaper from your favorite Instagram account or getting a text when a specific person emails you, IFTT can do anything and everything.

Key advantage: IFTT can automatically save email attachments from Gmail to Google Drive, tell Google Assistant to trigger an emergency email blast, schedule reminders for your starred emails, and do just about everything else you can automate in your inbox.

  1. Inbox

Developed by Gmail, the email management tool was built on everything Gmail learned about how their users interact with the service. Inbox is an excellent way to organize your emails using a task-oriented approach. The tool groups emails into neat Bundles that help you navigate them easily according to category or task. It also provides you with a Snooze option so you can silence the emails that don’t matter the most right now until you have time for them.

Key advantage: Inbox helps make your emails easy to navigate through Bundles, Highlights that preview important updates without you having to open the message, and Reminders that incorporate your to-do list into your inbox.

  1. Sortd

Voted the number one app for Gmail on Product Hunt, Sortd is one of the best tools to organize your inbox. It transforms the mess that is your inbox into neatly organized lists that put together your email conversations, tasks, and priorities all in one place. It also does this directly from Gmail without you being directed to another app. As they’ve put it, Sortd is “a smart skin that lives inside Gmail.” It’s also available on mobile which is super handy.

Key advantage: Sortd prevents important emails from getting lost in the undocumented black hole we talked about because it organizes them into priority-based lists and merges them with the tasks on your to-do list.

  1. Boomerang

If you struggle with scheduling your emails in Gmail, Boomerang is the tool for you. It allows you to schedule emails to be automatically delivered at any time, even when you don’t have an internet connection.

Key advantage: Boomerang makes automatically scheduling emails and setting up reminders quite easy. It also allows you to schedule certain emails to magically return to the top of your inbox at a later time when you need them.

  1. FollowUpThen

If you tend to forget to follow up on specific emails, FollowUpThen is what you need in your life right now. It’s a brilliantly simple tool that allows you to schedule reminders to follow up on emails after a specific period. You can use it to remind other people to follow up on emails as well.

Key advantage: FollowUpThen lets you schedule reminders by merely emailing “followupthen.com.” So you don’t have to install or download anything to use it, and you can use it on any device. For example, when you type “4days@followupthen” in the bcc field and send the email, you get a reminder precisely four days later without your original recipient being notified.

  1. Checker Plus

If you have trouble managing more than one Gmail account, Checker Plus is a tool you should try out. The Chrome extension is the fastest way to manage multiple Gmail accounts without having to open them all individually.

Key advantage: Checker Plus allows you to get desktop notifications without opening Gmail in a browser. It also gives you the option to read or listen to an email without opening Gmail. So it can read an email out loud to you while you’re working on something else.

  1. HubSpot Sales

If you work in sales or any other industry where you can benefit from knowing useful information about the people you email, HubSpot Sales is an excellent email tracking tool. The Chrome extension allows you to know who opens your emails, when, how many times and from where. It also provides you with contact information about whom you’re emailing that pops up when you open an email thread; this includes past contact history, social media content and mutual connections.

Key advantage: HubSpot Sales tracks your emails through Gmail and lets you get live notifications the second someone opens your email or opens an attachment so you can follow up with them in a relevant and timely manner.

  1. MailDrop

If you struggle with an overly spammed inbox, MailDrop could be your savior. The tool allows you to create a disposable email address to use when you don’t want to give out your real email address.

Key advantage: MailDrop saves your inbox from drowning in a variety of spam emails. You can use it when you want to sign up for a website but worried that it might share your email address with advertisers. You can also use it when you have to provide an email address to a mobile app that you don’t want to get messages from or when you have to give your email address to a company that doesn’t have the world’s best security.

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This is how companies pick candidates on WUZZUF by WUZZUF

This is how companies pick candidates on WUZZUF

By | Career Advice, Find a Job, Internship, Job Search, Uncategorized

Not only is job hunting tricky, challenging, and time-consuming, it can also involve plenty of anxiety. The minute you hit that Apply button, the guessing game begins: Will companies like me or not? Do I have enough experience? Is this the right career move?

Panicking then is understandable, but understanding how companies pick candidates to hire can help empower you to make better choices. That’s why we’ll show you what employers see on WUZZUF.

Matching Score

Companies check the WUZZUF Matching Score.

Employers on WUZZUF manage applications through a candidate inbox that ranks applicants according to their Matching Score.

Employers, not WUZZUF’s staff, screen applications. After the employer posts a job, they find an inbox full of applicants, all waiting to get hired. But what differentiates between one candidate and another on WUZZUF is their Matching Score. Candidates are ranked according to their Matching Score, and therefore the ones with the highest scores are placed at the top of the list and have the highest chances of having their applications viewed.

If your applications are not getting viewed, you can find out the possible reasons and what you can do to increase your chances.

The Matching Score is a smart matchmaking tool that evaluates your suitability for the job you applied for. It’s based on two criteria: Job Requirements and Candidate Interest.

The Job Requirements feature evaluates how relevant your skills and experience are to the requirements of the job you’re applying for, while the Candidate Interest feature assesses how much you care about getting the job.

For example, if you’re a software developer with 10 years of experience and a minimum salary of 10,000 EGP and you apply for the position of a software engineer where the employer specifies that they need someone with 10+ years of industry experience and they’re willing to offer 15,000 EGP, you’ll have a pretty high Matching Score.

How can you get the best Matching Score?

The WUZZUF Matching Score includes companies' Job Requirements and Candidate Interest.

The Matching Score is calculated based on matching Job Requirements and Candidate Interest.

It’s all about relevance. The key here is to accurately fill out the information in your WUZZUF profile and apply for jobs that you’re actually qualified for and genuinely want. The more relevant the job you’re applying for to the skills, experience, and Job Preferences you listed in your profile, the higher your Matching Score.

The more relevant the job you're applying for to the skills, experience, and Job Preferences you listed in your profile, the higher your Matching Score.Click To Tweet

 

Screening Questions and Profile

Companies on WUZZUF list Screening Questions.

Answering Screening Questions well shows the company that you care enough to stand out.

If your Matching Score is high enough to grab the employer’s attention, they’ll probably open your profile. That’s when they’ll see your answers to their Screening Questions. These are the questions the employer adds to the application to evaluate whether or not you’re right for the job.

Many candidates on WUZZUF tend to overlook these questions, but answering them well is quite important. Not only are these questions the first thing employers see when they click on your profile, but also they increase your Matching Score and give you the opportunity to differentiate yourself from the hundreds of other applicants that want the same job.

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Remember that employers are busy. Our research shows that employers on WUZZUF only spend an average of 7 seconds looking at an application. This is your chance to impress them. So don’t waste it. Make sure your answers are excellent to make the employer interested enough to keep reading.

After seeing your answers to their Screening Questions, the employer finally gets the chance to see your profile. We need to point out here that employers on WUZZUF see your profile first, not your uploaded CV.

So what information you add to your WUZZUF profile and how detailed it is matter a lot. You have to complete your profile to warrant a high Profile Meter, which increases your Matching Score. In addition, you have to make sure you mention the most relevant skills, experience, and Job Preferences in your profile, which also increases your Matching Score.

Companies’ Actions

A high Profile Meter helps candidates have their WUZZUF applications viewed more.

Candidates who have a Profile Meter higher than 70% have better chances of having the employer take an action on their applications.

After employers on WUZZUF reach a decision regarding your application, they are presented with one of two options: They either shortlist your application or reject it.

However, sometimes employers view your application but take no action at all. Other times they shortlist your application without contacting you or they reject it without listing a reason. We understand how frustrating this can be, but employers can, unfortunately, be quite neglectful at times, in addition to the fact that they sometimes misunderstand and therefore misuse the actions on WUZZUF.

This is why we’re working on both enhancing the employer’s actions on WUZZUF and communicating the significance of these functions more efficiently to the employers who use our platform.

Whether it has been viewed, not viewed, shortlisted, or rejected, the status of your application appears in the Track Applications page, which you can access from your Dashboard.

It’s important to understand here that being shortlisted doesn’t mean you got the job. However, it does mean the employer is likely to use the Unlock feature.

Unlocking a profile

Companies on WUZZUF have to Unlock profiles to call candidates.

What is unlocking a profile, you ask? It’s simply a tool that allows the employer to access your contact information. Before unlocking your profile, the employer cannot contact you in any way. Also, employers can only see the CV you uploaded after they unlock your profile.

When this happens, Contacts Accessed appears as an action in your Track Applications page. That’s how you know the employer has unlocked your profile.

 

Candidates can see companies' actions on their applications on WUZZUF.

You can find out which action the employer has taken on your application in the Track Applications page.

 

Here, it’s important to note that if an employer has shortlisted your application or even unlocked your profile, it doesn’t mean they’ll immediately call you or that you got the job. However, it does mean you have a shot at landing an interview.

If the employer has unlocked your profile, you’ve now left the world of uncertainty and entered the realm of possibility.

Possibilities are endless, so just remember to do your part.

Let’s walk through the most important things you need to keep in mind:

  • Make sure you complete your profile and consistently update it to maintain a high Profile Meter and Matching Score.
  • Make sure the Job Preferences you list on your profile accurately represent what you genuinely want in your career right now.
  • Apply for jobs that are relevant to your skills, career level, and experience.
  • Have the best answers to the employer’s Screening Questions.
  • Consider acquiring WUZZUF Badges so that you can prove your self-assessed skills to the employer because they help increase your Matching Score.

Did the reality meet your expectations? Tell us what you thought companies saw on WUZZUF in the comments below.

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