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10 Job Search Tools Every Jobseekers Need To Know About

10 Job Search Tools Every Jobseekers Need To Know About

When it comes to job searches, you rarely hear of job search tools,

On the other hand, there are dozens, if not hundreds of productivity tools.

But that doesn’t mean job search tools don’t exist.

There are, in fact, many available in the online marketplace, specially designed to give you an edge over your competition in the job market.

Here are 10 powerful tools that will help accelerate your job search efforts:

1. Sokanu

Sokanu

    Not sure what career paths to focus on? Sokanu can help.

    Think of it as a career discovery platform to help you know more about yourself and, thus, what would be the most suitable vocational profile for you.

    They do this by having the user undergo an RIASEC tests and match that against the huge career database they have (over 3000 careers).

    You definitely can find a career in there that fits your profile.

    2. branded.me

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      Beyond a standardresume, it is also important to have a good online presence. Think of branded.me as a WordPress, but they only do personal websites with which users brand themselves effectively.

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      To make it really simple, the platform automatically extracts data from your LinkedIN and uses that to populate your personal website.

      There are different designs you could choose from to best reflect your personal branding and each of them would look equally beautiful on mobile devices.

      It’s the best platform to showcase your work experience, personality, skills and, importantly, your portfolio.

      3. Resume Genius

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        Writing a resume can be ridiculously hard. Enter Resume Genius to make it as simple as putting together a childrens jigsaw puzzle.

        On the back end, they have a team of Certified Professional Resume Writers who ensures the information provided are updated and effective with HRs and recruiters.

        It begins with their easy-to-use resume builder that walks you through the resume writing process. All you have to do is follow the simple steps to begin professionally creating/formatting your new resume.

        Ever have writer’s block on what to write under the Work Experience heading? Resume Genius carries a list of over 30,000 pre-written bullet points which you could simply pick-and-paste into your new resume.

        4. Jobscan

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          Many companies are using the applicant tracking system to filter out job seekers that don’t meet their criteria.

          Given that your resume is the only item up for digital review, what you write on it will make it or break it.

          Using the same technology that resume screeners are built on, Jobscan analyzes any job description keywords against your resume and tells you what is missing.

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          It even breaks them up into hard and soft skills, matching not just the existence of a keyword but also the number of occurrences for each of them.

          Knowing these keywords allows you to optimize your resume with the right number and type of keywords and ensures you rank high in any applicant tracking system.

          5. Jobma

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            What if you wish or need to go beyond a resume to highlight your qualities? You could check out JobMa, a simple platform that allows you to build and view video resumes online.

            Videos make it really easy for hiring managers and recruiters to gauge if you are the right fit for the job. Not only will you be able to articulate your skills and work experience, your personality and creativity will shine through as well.

            For inspiration on what makes good video resumes, check out this collection of video resumes reference.

            6. JobHero

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              Job boards have made it so easy to apply for multiple jobs with a single click. And it is even easier to lose track of what you have applied for.

              JobHero solves this problem by provding you with both a mobile and web based dashboard so you can track and optimize your job search.

              Think of it as your personal Salesforce.com but meant purely for job searching.

              Just like a CRM, you can easily save job opportunities from your browser, track your application progress and set reminders and due dates so you know when to follow-up on certain applications.

              7. Email Tracking by HubSpot Sales

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                Not sure if your application was received or opened? Email Tracking by HubSpot Sales adds a pixel to every outgoing email.

                The pixel allows you to know when someone opens your emails and when they opened it.

                It keeps tracking as long as the email remains in the recipients inbox.

                It’s like having a CCTV behind their workstation.

                Scary but effective(for you)!

                8. Rapportive

                Rapportive

                  Most interviewers are not professionally trained. If you know what they have in common with you, you have an advantage. Rapportive will show you everything about your contacts.

                  This is achieved by pulling their social media data from all around the web and presenting it in a simple easy-to-read column. From there, you can see how what they look like and what they do (or like to do).

                  Review their profiles to see what they have been posting about and impress them with your knowledge of these topics during the interview.

                  9. Big Interview

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                    So, what if actually you get invited for the interview? Many people screw that up.

                    Big Interview takes a different approach to interview training. With their software, it actually allows users to practice their interview right in front of the computer.

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                    Your answers are recorded and you can review it to see how to improve them.

                    The questions and structure were developed by top interview coach Pamela Skillings.

                    This will help put you at ease and be more confident when tackling the actual interview.

                    10. Salary Fairy

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                      Salary negotiation is always a tough one. But know that the interview can be best time to ask for more money. Once you are with the company, they will give you 100 reasons they can’t pay you more.

                      Salary Fairy can help you find out how much you should be making.

                      This isn’t your typical data collected from a survey.

                      It is done by creating an anonymous profile of you and reaching out to fellow Salary Fairy members who would be asked to predict your salary.

                      The reviewers are people in the same field and function as you, so you can be assured of the accuracy of the numbers given.

                      Well, that raps up the list. We hope these job search tools help you launch a successful career or land that job you have always wanted. Best of luck!

                      Featured photo credit: kate hiscock via flic.kr

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                      How to Write an Impressive Cover Letter (With Examples)

                      How to Write an Impressive Cover Letter (With Examples)

                      Think of your cover letter for a job application as an in-person introduction. Your resume outlines the facts—where you worked and for how long, along with your major accomplishments. But your cover letter also shows off your personality.

                      Your cover letter should outline the case for why you deserve the job without being “salesy.” How do you do that? Follow these 12 important guidelines.

                      1. There Is No Cookie-Cutter Cover Letter for a Job

                      Targeting your resume to a particular job may mean changing up your “Objective” section a bit or adding to your “Executive Summary” section. Cover letters, though, really need to focus on the particular person you’re writing to, the particular job, and the particular company. It needs to prove, with an economy of words, that your job experience fits the requirements of the position for which you’re applying.

                      Your letter should show that you have amassed the skills you need to succeed in that workplace. And, your cover letter should clinch your prospects by making the case that you are very excited about working at that particular company.

                      2. Always Opt-in to the Optional Cover Letter

                      Some job postings will give applicants the option of opting out of providing a cover letter for a job[1]. Don’t take the bait! Use the opportunity to further sell yourself in a personalized, well-crafted cover letter that creatively shares who you are and why your skills and personality align with the position and the company. Think of your cover letter for a job as an opportunity to describe your value proposition.

                      3. A Reference Goes a Long Way

                      Did someone recommend you for the job? Put that in the subject line of your cover letter if possible. If an online listing dictates what your subject line must be, cite the personal recommendation in the first sentence of your letter:

                      Dear Ms. Sanders,

                      Steve Smith recommended me for your Assistant Planner position. I worked with Steve at the XYZ company for four years as his assistant until he moved on, and I feel as though I learned from the best.  His high praise for you is the primary reason I am applying for this position, as I consider him an excellent judge of character. 

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                      You may want to bolster Steve’s recommendation with a short anecdote about working with Steve. Don’t be shy. Steve’s high opinion of you will likely mean that your resume gets a serious look.

                      4. Outline the Key Points You Want to Make

                      Company by company, your cover letter for a job application needs to be specific and bulletproof. Unless you have a great deal of practice in writing cover letters, it’s hard to just bang them out. So don’t even try. Instead, start with a list of points you intend to make. Generally, these would be a “grabby” introduction, a story or two about a particular accomplishment that is relevant to the job to which you are applying, a reason why you are the ideal candidate for the position, and a conclusion with a suggested next step.

                      1. Intro – Have been familiar with the company since my father worked there in the 1980s.
                      2. College Major – Majored in industrial engineering so I could get a job at CYY Building, Inc.
                      3. Captain of Soccer Team – Prepared me to solve problems, promote morale, and coach a team.
                      4. Ask for Informational Interview – 15 minutes to meet in person and learn more about opportunities.
                      5. Compelling Close – Ask Hiring Manager to call me. Say I will call her in a week if I don’t hear from her first.

                      5. Moderating the Tone of Your Cover Letter

                      Some companies are buttoned-up. The workers wear three-piece suits to the office each day plus loafers. Other companies are more casual. The employees wear shorts in the summertime and skateboard through the hallways. In an in-person interview, you would never wear shorts to a company whose employees are sporting three-piece suits.

                      Similarly, your cover letter needs to strike the right note. The letter you write to a start-up should sound markedly different than the letter you would write to a white-shoe law firm.

                      For example, even using something as informal as “Greetings” for the salutation may not be appropriate at a more formal firm. And definitely don’t use the default “To Whom It May Concern.” Instead, try to find the name of the hiring manager with an online search. If that’s not possible, you will want to begin with “Dear XYZ Hiring Manager.” The tone of your cover letter for a job starts at the very beginning.

                      6. Create an Attention-Grabbing Opening Line

                      Think of going to hear a presentation by a motivational speaker, only to have her open with, “I’m here today to present (fill in with title of the presentation).” What a let down! What if instead, she started with, “I just ran a half marathon. Now doesn’t that sound better than if I told you, ‘I tried to run a marathon but quit half-way through?’” See the difference? You want to hear more.

                      Craft the first line of your cover letter with the utmost care. It doesn’t need to be clever, but it needs to show your personality and your fit for the position.

                      Dear Mr. Stevens,

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                      I am committed to making the customer service experience better for people like my grandmother. At 87 years old, my Gram is lost in the digital world and reliant on customer service representatives she can reach by telephone to answer her questions and solve her problems. She regularly shares stories of frustrating dead-ends she experiences with people wanting her to “go online and make your selection.”  Yet, whenever she reaches someone willing to take the extra time to resolve her issue, she sings the company’s praises to everyone she knows. Based on Gram’s frustrations, I want to be that person who won’t give up or pass the buck with bewildered customers.  

                      With a strong, anecdotal opening such as this, you show purpose and passion behind your application to be a customer service representative.

                      7. Recognize the Value of Cover Letter Real Estate

                      Spare writing is key in the cover letter for a job. It is always best if your letter doesn’t exceed a page. Those reviewing applications appreciate a letter that is terse, yet provides useful information to evaluate an applicant. This means you have five to six paragraphs in which to work.

                      Repeating anything from your resume is a waste of real estate. Think in terms of describing why you are applying for the position and why you are the best candidate.

                      To best show your personality, avoid stale phrases such as, “I believe my experience would be a good fit in your organization.” Add punch to your statements that show off your accomplishments and your attitude.

                      I thrive in start-up environments where I’ve learned to expect the unexpected and to make changes on the fly. In one such instance, I uncovered better results from a pilot project and in under 30 minutes had updated the CEO’s presentation in time for his meeting with a venture capitalist.

                      8. Getting Creative

                      On the surface, a requirement is a requirement. Many online ads specify the number of years, and you might think they are ironclad. But if you count the number of years you amassed a particular skill at the job and add any volunteer work where you also used that skill, you might surpass the requirement.

                      Say that you are applying for a position in fund development. If your career experience in putting on charity fundraisers falls a little short, it’s certainly appropriate to add in time spent organizing fundraising events as a volunteer—as long as you indicate it as such in your cover letter for the job.

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                      I recently passed my two and a half year mark of employment as a fund development associate with Notable Events. Concurrently, I oversaw all aspects of two annual fundraising galas as a volunteer board member of Reach for the Stars Foundation, offering scholarships to first-generation college-bound students. These involved finding sponsors for more than 70 silent auction items, renting event space, working with caterers, recruiting volunteers and MC-ing both events, which each drew more than 200 attendees and, together, raised more than $250,000. I believe this intensive hands-on experience helps supplement my years of employment.

                      Showcasing your community ethos through volunteering could make up for the deficit in actual on-the-job experience.

                      9. Making the Case that You Fit

                      How will you fit in at the company? With some research, you can easily figure out the corporate culture of an organization. Many companies share their core values in job recruitment ads. But even if you can’t discern a company’s mission or beliefs from its advertising, you can learn it from articles you read about the company.

                      Is it employer-centric or employee-centric? Is the culture more traditional or more fun? And what are you looking for? When you find a company where your needs align with theirs, that’s an indication that you would fit in well. Take care to make sure that your cover letter reflects how you fit.

                      If you are a recent military veteran[2], consider which civilian positions lend themselves to the regimented culture of which you’ve become accustomed. For example, your occupational specialty while in the military could dovetail well with a company’s job requirements—and you have the added benefit of discipline, following instructions, and teamwork that you can apply to any future position.

                      10. Always Ask for What You’re Worth

                      If the employer asks applicants to share their salary requirements in the cover letter for a job, disregard what you made in your former position and look into the salary ranges[3] of the advertised position. You will want to adjust up or down within the salary range depending on your prior experience in the industry or in a similar role.

                      The key is to not undercut yourself by asking below the minimum amount, or to overinflate your worth by asking for an amount higher than the maximum pay in the salary range.

                      11. Show Your Cover Letter to Three People Whose Opinion You Trust

                      Once your letter is out in the world, it’s too late to tweak it for that particular job. You will dramatically improve your chances of having your cover letter “land” correctly if you’re proactive. Find a few people in the field, and ask them if you can show them your cover letter before you send it out.

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                      If you are starting out and don’t know anyone in the field, you may want to consider paying for a professional career consultant or coach to review your cover letter and resume. Remember that the care you demonstrate in your cover letter is that employer’s first impression of you.

                      12. End With Enthusiasm

                      You want to stay upbeat all the way to the end of the letter. Let the reviewer know that you appreciate the opportunity to apply and that you look forward to hearing from (or having a chance to meet with) them in person.

                      It would be an honor to be part of your team, and I hope to have an opportunity to discuss this role and how I could contribute to it in person.

                      This acknowledges that the organization gets to make the next move, but that you anticipate it will be in your favor.

                      Sign off formally (“Sincerely” or “Best regards”) or informally (“Best” or “Thank you”) depending on the tone of the letter. Also, be sure to include your email address and phone number under your name. This ensures that, should the reviewer wish to contact you, the contact information is easily accessible.

                      Final Thoughts

                      The best cover letters for a job are lively, authentic, and provide a memorable result, anecdote or example of your approach to work. By tying your approach to the requirements of the job description and revealing your personality as a fit for the organization, you will give yourself a winning chance for making the cut and landing that coveted job interview.

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                      Featured photo credit: Glenn Carstens-Peters via unsplash.com

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