Searching and applying for employment is exhausting. Luckily, there are a number of online platforms designed to make the job search process easier. Below are ten tools that can help in your search for employment.
One of the most popular social networking sites is LinkedIn. With LinkedIn you can create an electronic resume, message and connect with other professionals and potentially be recruited by employers. Overall, LinkedIn is a free online tool to help land your next job.
Business cards are still a great business tool, but it can be a hassle to keep track of them. CamCard is a phone app that scans, reads and manages the business cards you collect. You can merge the contact information with any existing information in your phone and write helpful notes about each card. The app also syncs across multiple devices, allowing access to your contacts anywhere you go.
Social networking websites are excellent professional tools. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram make it easy to research, engage, and network with potential employers. If there is somebody at a company you want to speak with, try tweeting at them and ask a question about their job or employer. If they do not respond, no harm done.
Switch is a relatively new job search app that allows you to browse through jobs based on location and function. After entering basic information and job experience, you will be presented with job listings that you can either “swipe left” or “swipe right” on. This makes sifting through job posts quick and easy.
You can sign up for email alerts when a job is posted that matches your search criteria on a job board or company career site. Email alerts can save you a ton of time, replacing the need to check your preferred job boards throughout the day. The first place you should sign up for email alerts is Indeed.com which compiles listings from several job boards and careers sites.
If you are trying to find a job at a specific company, you can create a Google Alert. Google will notify you when news such as job vacancies, press releases, company updates, etc. are posted. Depending on your career, there are also specialty, career-specific job boards that can send out email alerts as well.
If you get nervous before every interview, this is the perfect tool for you. The My Interview Simulator is an online mock interview tool. It has a large bank of common interview questions and tips on how to respond. The website is broken up into three easy-to-use sections: basic questions, behavioral questions, and simulation interviews. Though the questions are asked via video, you do not need to record your answers.
Hired is one of the best job search websites, especially if you work in technology. With Hired, you make a profile outlining your work experience, skills, and what you want to do in your next job. Then, the website determines which jobs you would be the strongest candidate for and shares your resume with a variety of large tech companies. If they like what they see, they can send you an offer through the website. No searching required.
Your email signature is one of the most underused and most important self-branding tools out there. This is your chance to let the people you email know the important details about you and that you are looking for a job. You never know who has a friend of a friend looking to hire somebody with your exact skill set. Be sure to include your name, expertise, your website URL, and contact information in your signature. You may also want to include a link to your LinkedIn profile. You can use an app like WiseStamp to craft and insert your signature or just do it on your own.
An excellent website to research the companies you are interested in working for is Glassdoor. Glassdoor collects and shares information provided by current and previous employees such as ratings and reviews of companies and management staff, salary information, potential interview questions, and tips for how to answer interview questions. Glassdoor offers insight into a company and helps you figure out how to present yourself favorably to the hiring managers.
Looking for employment and landing your dream job may be hard, but these tools can help with your job search. Remember, hard work pays off and by using the tips outlined in this post, you are one-step closer to landing your next gig.
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