After recently looking for a job, I knew I needed a better solution for managing my résumés. I had so many different versions floating around in different places, with inconsistent names, and a smattering of different job descriptions for my experiences. It was confusing and I wasted a lot of time and effort customizing résumés and cover letters every day.
I admittedly built Bitsmachine to scratch my own itch, and I have been its first and most dedicated customer (to date). I have been building and refining the feature set as I move through the job hunting process.
While I started with résumé-related functionaliy, I quickly added the capability to create cover letters, and track statuses.
I built this site entirely from scratch, using Ruby on Rails, JS, HTML, CSS. I wrote over 100 Rspec tests, and set up deployments using Heroku. All visual design was done by me, and while I'm happy with where it's at right now, there's always room for improvement – iterative or otherwise.
I've iterated on this a few times to get more content on the page, primarily for SEO, but to put more visual design up at the top for better impact.
A résumé is built from a lot of parts, so I've tried to keep them all well-organized. It's relatively straightforward to move to an area and add, remove, or version content.
Cover letters are where users spend most of their time. I added machine learning to analyze any pasted job posting information and extract keywords you can use in your letter. This is generally how ATS's are used by recruiters, so it made sense to add the feature and give applicants a competitive edge. I'm also using machine learning to do sentiment analysis on your letter, to ensure you're not coming across negatively.
Notes allows you to easily capture important information during phone screens and interviews. I'm always doing this and can never keep track of my notes, so I figured it would be good to keep them with your cover letter.
After a while, it's difficult to track which of your applications are live and which aren't. Many companies don't ever get back to you, so you've likely got a number of zombie applications just hanging around. I added statuses to give you better visibility into what you have out there, and what's closed. I recently enhanced status to track the dates of changes in your applications, for some future analytics.
I've always wanted to build an app with a feedback mechanism built right into the product (vs bolted on later). This is a simple feedback collector, but it works well so far, giving users a path to talk to me whenever they want.