Looking for a job is a job of its own…except you don’t get paid to do it.
But don’t despair! With the right job search strategies and tools, organizing and keeping tabs on your job search becomes easier and much more manageable.
The Internet is chock full of clever job search tools that can be a lifesaver when you’re looking for your next career opportunity. If you’re wondering how to find a job after college, the following is a list of job search tools that I personally recommend.
7 Job Search Tips & Tools You Should Know
Homework doesn’t end with school. If you want to impress employers and keep your noggin sharp, staying on top of company and industry news is a surefire way to build credibility. Google Alerts makes this incredibly easy.
Let’s say that you were interested in Uber. With Google Alerts, you can set up a Google Alert for the term “Uber” and receive a free weekly email digest of news related to Uber. Another example could be that you’re interested in working for a refugee resettlement agency. With Google Alerts, you could set an alert for the term “refugee crisis” and stay current on the issues.
Speaking of industry news, Feedly makes it ridiculously simple to keep tabs on industry news and content. Personally, I am a Feedly addict and use it to follow dozens of websites but you don’t have to go overboard.
If you’re looking for inspiration from job search, self-improvement and general news sites, I highly recommend setting up a free Feedly account of your own to read and discover content to your heart’s content and brain’s delight.
No list of job search tips is complete without a LinkedIn mention. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile yet, stop everything and create one right now. Seriously, it’s that quintessential for your job search.
I’ve written about LinkedIn extensively on The Job Monger and with good reason – it’s the simplest way to build your professional network and find new jobs.
If you’re not getting much value on LinkedIn yet, read my tips on how to build the perfect LinkedIn profile and learn how to make valuable LinkedIn connections that can lead to your next job.
I’m a big proponent of keeping track of every job application you submit. It helps you set reasonable goals (e.g. apply to 15 companies within the week), measure progress and bring order to a process that can become unwieldy without proper organization.
As their website puts it, JobHero lets you “save jobs from across the web and track your application progress, set reminders for follow-ups, deadlines and due dates and upload and tag documents, notes and contact information.” Their browser extension makes it simple to save jobs as you see them.
Another way to save jobs and keep track of your application progress is by using Evernote. I am an Evernote power user and using it to save interesting articles, images and yes, GIFs. It’s a versatile tool once you get the hang of it. I’d recommend using the Evernote Web Clipper extension to save job descriptions and application links as another way to be a boss at your job search.
Do you have a way with words? Or do words end up having their way with you? Poor spelling and grammar can send a red flag to employers and cast doubts about professionalism.
Perfecting your communication skills is key to your job search strategies since you’ll likely need to write a cover letter and resume completely free of typos and grammatical errors.
Grammarly is a spell- and grammar-check on steroids – the days of second-guessing and fretting over errors are far behind you, my friend.
Have a big interview coming up? If you have an idea of with whom you’ll be speaking, Charlie can pull together a helpful one-page full of information on that person so that you can strike up the perfect conversation (but as with Facebook / Instagram stalking, try not to be too creepy about it).
And there you have it, 7 job search tools that can complement your job search strategies. What do you use to search for a job more efficiently? I’m a huge tech dork so if you have others to recommend, leave them in the comments!
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