Are you afraid that the few stray gray hairs will make it difficult for you to get a job? You don’t have to be if you stay updated on technology. If you are interested in overcoming the age factor in your job search, you will need to get acquainted with Evernote and Dropbox. As I wrote in an earlier post, know about modern technology to prove you are up-to-date with technology.
Today, I read that Dropbox and Evernote are incredible tools for businesses. The article went to say what each was with the how and why to use them. As I was reading, I realized that this is technology baby boomers can use in their personal life and be able to say they know in an interview.
I have been using Dropbox for about a year. My family held a reunion last fall with a presentation involving photos from each branch of the family. In order to share the photos, family members uploaded the photos to Dropbox so that one of the cousins could include them in the presentation. It was fantastic after the reunion, when the completed presentation was available for everyone.
One of my friends is always telling she is going to put something in Evernote. I didn’t understand why she would want to or why she should. Until today, that is. I have a new respect for it and will start using myself. It will be a convenient way for me to access my materials no matter which computer or phone I use. I will be able to grab snippets of information from the web. Or can write my grocery list, save it in Evernote and retrieve it at the store.
First, let’s look at how they’re similar. Both Evernote and Dropbox are cloud storage for digital information. The data can be accessed by multiple devices such as, laptops, tablets, smart phone in both Apple and Windows/Android formats. You are able to get access to your information at home, at the office and on the run. That is pretty much what they do. They both have free accounts with limited storage and premium accounts with bells and whistles that can do all sorts of interesting things.
Evernote is a place to store images, texts, notes, emails, and even handwritten text. Generally, the data you collect will be used later and used primarily by only you.
Dropbox is a place to store Word and Excel documents, PDFs, music and images that will be used by you and/or others. Information can be shared by a team in anoffice, at home or other remote locations where changes can be made and viewed by several people. Use Dropbox to share files too large to send by email.
The differences can easily be understood if you think of them like this. My recipes are either on slips of paper stuck into my cookbooks. Some of the recipes are just pictures; others have been clipped out of the newspaper or magazines. I have recipes written on index cards and recipes printed out from the internet. That is Evernote. Think of Dropbox as the cookbook. It is a file of a group of organized recipes.
These apps can be used for personal and business purposes. Learn how to use them for your personal use and impress an interviewer with your knowledge of current technology. You won’t be tagged as someone is unaware or afraid of new technology. Show them there may be some snow on the roof, but the inside always learning new things.