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Finally, I launched my super tiny side project! Drop.in , a browser extension for job seekers! 🚀

Lucas L.
Born and raised in Brazil. Focusing on Javascript, Java, and AWS! 😃
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Hey Dev's!

Finally, I am getting out of my comfort zone to start working on a few projects I always had in mind. 😅

From September - December 2020, I was applying for my first Software Engineering job. It took me a little bit over 400 applications to get it. 😔 Something I noticed: Most companies require you to "upload your Resume", but still require you to fill out all the forms.

This was a pain, a personal pain. In a world where A.I, Machine Learning, and all the other futuristic topics are trending, how in the world do I need to type my information over and over. But, life happened and I let it go.

On June 6th, 2021, I saw a post on Reddit with 1.7k upvotes. The complaining was exactly my pain a few months back: why companies ask for your resume and then have you type all the information again! 🤯

I decided to take action! It took me 3 days to finish a simple version where you can type once, and then, just drag 'n drop everywhere. A browser extension for Chrome and Firefox (It also works with Brave).

Meet: Drop.In - a Browser Extension for job seekers!

Now the goal is to make sure it is useful! Looking for all feedback possible! 👍🏻

What I learned about building browser extensions:

  • You can use plain and simple HTML, CSS, and JS (As well as other frontend frameworks).

  • You can make API calls.

  • 5$/one-time fee to create a dev account on the Chrome Webstore and it is free for Firefox.

  • You can build for Chrome and maybe you just need a few twists to make it work for Firefox.

  • The Getting Started from Google is pretty good!

  • It also works for Chromium-based browsers (So, building for Chrome will also make it work in Brave, for example)

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La Rosa ✈️

Works as it should! I like how you also added a custom field section. Maybe you can extend it in the future to allow users to create "Custom Categories"? I see myself using this outside of job applications as well.

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Lucas L. Author

@raullarosa_ Thanks for your feedback on the Chrome store man! I appreaciate!.
That's on my to-do for v2 that I'm working on. The user will be able to add custom categories, as well as more "custom fields" in each categorie. ;)

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Rich Winter

This is neat, but if you aren't hoarding data why not make it open source for github pull requests?

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Lucas L. Author

Hey @rich ! Thanks. I'll open source it. I want to finish the v2 (with React + Tailwind) and share it. ;)