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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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                      5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

                      5 Powerful Ideas on How to Be Productive at Work

                      Not being able to stay productive at work is a problem that everyone runs into at some point; no matter how much you like your job, there are certain factors that prevent you from staying at maximum proficiency throughout the whole day.

                      A lack of productive focus at work can lead to extra stress on yourself, missed deadlines, passed opportunities, raise denial, demotion and even termination.

                      So, if you are someone who has trouble with your productivity, here are five effective tips on how to be productive at work:

                      1. Take breaks

                      First and foremost, it’s important for you to take regular breaks. Trying to work throughout the whole day will tire your brain, which will then cause you to doze off and think about something else.

                      If you keep working your brain, it will fill up and get jumbled with information—sort of like a computer hard drive. Taking a break would be like resetting your computer so that it can start afresh, or de-fragmenting the data so that all the information is in order.

                      This is a great thing because it allows you to solve problems you were unable to solve previously, by seeing it differently; if you are able to organize your thoughts properly, you will be able to take in new information more easily.

                      There have even been studies about methods of saving time and staying proficient, and taking breaks is one of the leading factors.

                      According to Christine Hohlbaum, the author of The Power of Slow: 101 Ways to Save Time in Our 24/7 World, eating lunch away from your work area every day will greatly increase your productivity. Eating in your work area will give you the illusion that you are working, but whether you like it or not, your brain will begin to wander and think of something else and then you will be working tirelessly with no progress.

                      It’s important to take breaks before and during work too: if you come to work in a rush because you woke up late, your mind will not be mentally prepared for the day ahead, and you will spend the first 10 to 15 minutes trying to get organized and composed before you can actually start working.

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                      Instead, you should try to wake up 20 minutes earlier than the time it would take you to “just get” to work. Take that time to stare off into space and not worry about anything.

                      If you do this, your brain will be empty and ready for all the challenges it has coming for the next few hours.

                      If your employer only allows a set amount of breaks during the workday, that doesn’t mean you can’t just get up and walk around for a quick break every now and then.

                      Even if it’s only 5 minutes, it will refresh your brain and you will gain renewed energy to do your job.

                      Learn more about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                      2. Pace yourself and balance your workload

                      One problem that most people run into is that they underestimate the amount of work they have to do, and end up doing 50% of the work in the last 20% of the time they have to do it. This is due to an issue of balancing one’s workload.

                      When you receive a project, or are doing a job you normally do, take some time to really plan out your work schedule.

                      Consider how much time it took you to do this last time; determine how you can break the project into smaller parts and which can only be accomplished on certain days, and whether anything might come up that could interfere with your plan.

                      All of these questions are important for starting on a project, and when answered, they will help you stay productive throughout each day.

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                      For example, if you needed to design a project to map out the amount of aid offered in various regions after Hurricane Sandy, you can break it up as follows:

                      You will need to know what organizations are offering help to begin with, how much aid those organizations gave or plan to give, which regions were hit by Sandy, and which regions suffered the greatest losses.

                      You start this project on a Thursday and know you have until Tuesday to gather this information.

                      In order to stay productive, you need to plan out your work week—now you know you can find out which organizations are involved in helping the Hurricane Sandy Victims any day since that information is online, but gathering information on the organizations may require you to call them.

                      Since phone calls can only be done during week days, you have to plan on gathering all of that information before the weekend comes.

                      That is just one example of a situation in which pre-planning your project will help you stay productive; had you researched the affected regions first, you would not have received the info on the organizations until the weekend, and may have missed your chance to call them.

                      That, in turn, would have wasted time you could have spent working on this project to finish it.

                      Knowing what you need to do, when you can do it, and how long it will take you, is important in balancing your workload and being more productive and efficient.

                      3. Put your work first

                      This is an issue that usually occurs with young people who are new to the workforce: they’re often tempted with offers to go out at midday, and then come back lost in thought and unfocused on their work-related tasks.

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                      While it is important to take breaks, your breaks should consist of you clearing your mind, not loading it up with other less important information—like sports.

                      However, that is not the only situation where you need to worry about putting your work first before all else.

                      In a work environment, the senior employees will oftentimes push some of their menial tasks onto the newer employees. If you fall into that category, you need to know that their work is not your work, so if you have tasks that need to be done, you need to do it first.

                      If you are a new employee, you must learn to say no to other people even when it means you may not be in their good graces anymore. You can help others out once your work is done, but you are paid to do your own work, not anyone else’s.

                      4. Don’t open your browser unless you need them

                      In this day and age, everyone is constantly monitoring their social network. This is a major pain point for companies, which is why many don’t allow employees to access their social networks on company workstations.

                      When you are at work, disconnect the internet from your phone and keep your browsers closed so you’re not tempted to log onto your social media accounts or browse any sites that are not work-related.

                      If you keep your browsers closed and phone tucked away, only to be used in an emergency, you will find yourself being a more productive employee right away. 

                      5. Try to be happy and optimistic

                      If you always have a negative outlook on life, you will be more distracted and less motivated to get work done, so it’s important for you to start your day off right.

                      This can be done by having a good breakfast or by taking time in the morning to watch one of your favorite TV shows before work.

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                      If you are happy, you will find yourself able to work much more productively as your mind won’t wander into worrying about something else.

                      Also, if you stay optimistic and keep telling yourself that you can do whatever you set your mind to, the tasks will seem much less daunting and will go by much more quickly.

                      Take a look at more effective ways to stay positive at work:

                      15 Ways To Stay Positive At Work

                      Happiness and optimism are the keys to being a productive and happy employee.

                      All in all, heed the five tips above and you will find yourself being one of the most productive people at your company.

                      While you do not need to master them all, each and every one of them will help you become a better and more efficient employee.

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