Khan Noonien Singh, legendary Star Trek villain, once said, “Improve a mechanical device and you may double productivity. But improve man and you gain a thousand fold.” Even if you’re not a Star Trek fan, the truth in these words might strike you. Today’s technology promotes efficiency in every way especially in job hunting. People now use gadgets such as laptops and mobile devices to find jobs easier. Hence, these job search tools and apps are here to save the day.
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Building Your Spacesuit of Job Search Tools and Apps
While Google is everybody’s go-to guide these days, it goes without saying that you should up your game. To preserve your self-image and build your career well, equip your search with useful job hunting tools. Here are 10 tech tools and apps for your job search. Just imagine you are an astronaut suiting up for your next interplanetary adventure. To succeed in your professional job search, make sure these parts of your astro-suit are in order.
1. Space Helmet: Your Online Resume
Your resume allows you to sell yourself as the professional in the selected field of your choice. Companies now use applicant tracking system (ATS) in their hiring process. So in order for your resume to stand out, you must include industry keywords and skills in your resume. While the internet provides resume templates, it’s best if your paper appeals to both machine and the people who will check your resume.
If you don’t have the skills to create a stellar resume, then try availing resume writing services. Resume writing could be tedious for applicants, so it’s best to hand this task to experts. Your resume is your helmet that covers you as you head out in the galaxy called work.
2. Temperature Control: Company Review Sites
It’s time to search for jobs that suit you. Before sending your resume, you should check whether the company fits you and your technical skills. If you study the company you plan to apply for, you might have a glimpse of their pros and cons. Is the company doing well? Do they take care of their employees? Do your research in advance. There are job search sites online that contain company reviews, which include CareerBuilder, Glassdoor, and Indeed.
3. Life Support System: Salary Comparison Sites
In looking for jobs, you should find out the current market value for your target position. This helps you to decide what your expected salary is. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the market value range. Also, feel free to check out job search engines such as PayScale and Glassdoor for salary calculators and comparisons.
4. Lights: Field Specific Job Boards
There are many apps for job seekers that are available online. Even so, try to limit your hunt in the job boards only to those related to your specialty. These lights will guide you to that perfect job. With general job search tools and apps, you might get confused with unrelated entries that may appear as you search page by page. As you find jobs, you must focus on your ability by using field specific job boards.
5. Communication Connector: Contact Manager
No matter how much you want to be alone with your computer, sometimes you need to talk to people. Brush up your communication skills without worries! Use contact manager apps to organize your contacts. You don’t need to fret in building your network. Your chances of getting hired increase through referrals. Go on and use your communication connector. Try Cloze, PureContact, truecallerID, or Sync.ME.
6. Display and Control Mobile: Online Work Diary
If you are looking for job search tools, you must have an online work diary. Your life will be easier since you can organize your job applications. This is your way to display and control your tasks. Keep track of your progress in interviews and activities. Popular apps you must check out include Google Calendar and Evernote.
7. Sun Visor: Career Finder/Job Explorer
Be prepared to stay in the sun. In your quest to find the perfect job, some offers might distract you. Avoid diversions by using career finder apps as your sun visor! Just like job search websites, these apps allow you to gauge which industry you fit best. Answer the form as honest as possible so you get the most out of it. Job hunting tools such as JobOutlook.gov.au and whatcareerisrightforme.com offer career aptitude tests to find the job for you!
8. Oxygen Control: Social Media
As social media junkies, you must have at least one or three social media accounts you use to vent out, right? In using social media, you must be careful with what you post. Take note that potential employers are now on social media. Companies set up their social media presence not only to interact with clients but also to scout for the best candidates in the field. Try to connect with your target companies through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
9. Liquid Cooling and Airing Garment: Your Professional Network
Since building trust with your contacts is necessary, you should update them on what you regularly carry out. This is your way of building their confidence to prove that you are a worthy contact. This serves as your cooling and airing garment as it regulates your stand in the field. Connect and impress your network on LinkedIn or BeKnown.
10. Astronaut Boots: Other Job Search Tools and Apps
Include your email signature in emails. When you send resumes to companies, take advantage of this space to market your brand. Also, take this chance to inform them of what you can do.
Your business card reader saves you valuable space and time in organizing the business cards you receive. Instead, snap a photo of the card and use apps such as Full Contact and CamCard.
Your on-the-go resume is your resume in digital form. It should be accessible when a potential network asks you for a copy and you don’t have a printed copy at hand. Save it in your Google Drive or Dropbox and share it even via mobile.
Lastly, your elevator pitch could break any job opportunity. Customize your pitch for every possible occasion. Tell hirers what you can do for your future employer. You may improve your pitch by using the MyPitch App.
With your astro-suit of job search tools and apps in full gear, are you ready to blast off toward the galaxy of work? Strengthen your resume with the help of the experts. Now prepare for takeoff!