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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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                      Last Updated on January 13, 2020

                      Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

                      Is It Time for a Career Change? (And How to Make the Change)

                      Are you challenged at work? Do you regret career decisions? Are you happy? If the answer to the questions leads to a negative feeling, it is time to determine next steps.

                      Many people settle for a career that no longer brings satisfaction. Most will respond by stating, “I am surviving” if a colleague asks them “How’s work?”

                      Settling for a job to pay bills and maintain a lifestyle is stagnation. You can re-direct the journey of a career with confidence by taking control of future decisions. After all, you deserve to be live a happy life that will offer a work-life balance.

                      Let’s look at the reasons why you need a career change and how to choose a career for a more fulfilling life.

                      How to Know if You Need a Career Change?

                      The challenges of dissatisfaction in a career can have a negative impact on our mental health. As a result, our mental health can lead to the obvious appearance of stress, aging, weight gain and internal health issues.

                      You deserve a career that will fulfill the inner desire of true happiness. Here are common factors that it is time for you to change your career.

                      Physical Signs

                      Are you aging since you started your job? Do you have anxiety? What about work-related injuries?

                      It feels amazing to receive a pay cheque, but you deserve to work in an environment that brings out the best of you. If the work environment is hazardous, speak to your boss about alternative options.

                      In the case that colleagues or your boss take advantage of your kindness, feeling the anxiety of fear of losing your job because of a high-stress environment may not be right for you.

                      Mental Signs

                      One out of five Americans has mental health issues, according to Mental Health America.[1] In most cases, it is related to stress.

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                      I remember working at a job in a work environment where harassment was acceptable. I had to walk on eggshells to avoid crossing the line with colleagues. My friends started to notice the difference in that I seemed out of character. It was then that I knew that changing a career to freelancing was the right decision.

                      Here is a list of mental signs of workplace unhappiness:

                      • The tension in your neck
                      • Difficulties with sleeping
                      • Unable to concentrate
                      • High anxiety
                      • Depression

                      If you start to feel your self-esteem is diminishing, it is time to consider if working in a high-stress industry is for you. The truth is, this negative energy will be transferred to people in your life like friends and family.

                      Are You Sure You’re Not Changing for the Wrong Reason?

                      Most people that feel they need a career are frustrated with their situation at work. Do you really understand your current situation at work?

                      The reason it is important to think about the work situation is some people decide to change career for factors that are insignificant. Factors that can potentially change if the person works in a different department or new organization.

                      Here is a list of unimportant factors to think about before you decide to make the transition:

                      Desire for an Increase of Salary

                      The desire for a higher income can persuade some to believe they are in the wrong career. The issue with this is more money requires more time in the office or taking on several positions at a time.

                      At times, pursuing a high-income role can be the complete opposite of what one is expected. It is what happens when a colleague leaves a company to a new one and returns several years later.

                      Overnight Decision

                      Let’s face it. We make overnight decisions when stressed out or disappointed with situations at work. The problem with a quick decision is the negative and positive points is overlooked.

                      Rejected for a Promotion

                      I have heard stories of managers that applied ten times for a position throughout a 5-year period. Yes, it sounds to be a lengthy process, but at times, a promotion requires time. Avoid changing a career if you do not see the results of a promotion currently.

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                      Bored at Work

                      Think deeply about this point. If you work a job that is repetitive, it is normal to feel bored. You can spice it up by changing the appearance of your desk, socializing with new employees in a different department, joining a leadership committee at work or coming to work with enthusiasm. Sometimes, all it takes is you to change jobs into a fun situation.

                      A career change can take time, networking, education and the job search process can be a journey. Here is a list of things to consider before making a final decision:

                      • How long have you worked in your career?
                      • What is the problem at work? Do you work well with the team?
                      • Do you receive recognition?
                      • Can you consider working in a new department?

                      If after reviewing your work situation and none of the above recommendations can help, then it’s time to make a career change.

                      How a Career Change Will Change Your Life

                      I have a friend that works in the medical industry. She was once a nurse working directly with patients in one of the top hospitals in her area. After five years, she started to internalize the issues with her patients to the point where she felt depressed after work hours. It impacted her relationship with her family and she almost lost herself.

                      One day, she decided to wake up and take control of her destiny. She started applying for new medical jobs in the office. It meant working on medical documentation of patients which is not an ideal career based on what society expects a medical professional to perform. But she started to feel happier.

                      It is a classic example of a person that was negatively impacted by issues at work, stayed in the same industry but changed careers.

                      A career change can fulfill a lifelong dream, increase one’s self-esteem or revive the excitement for one’s work.

                      You know a career change can be the right decision to make if you experience one or all of these:

                      • Working in a negative workplace: Don’t be discouraged. A negative workplace can be changed by working at a new organization.
                      • Working with a difficult boss: The challenges of working with a difficult boss can be stressful. All it takes is communication. You can address the issue directly with a manager professionally and respectfully.
                      • Feeling lost about what you do: Most people stay at their jobs and settle for mediocrity because of the fear of failure or the unknown. The rise to success often comes with working a tedious role or stepping outside of one’s comfort zone. If you fear the idea of being involved in activities that are new, remember that life is short. Mediocrity will only continue to make you feel as if life is passing you by.

                      How to Make a Career Change Successfully

                      The ultimate key to success is to go through a career transition step by step to avoid making the wrong decision.

                      1. Write a Career Plan

                      A career plan has a dead line for action steps that includes taking new courses, learning a new language, networking or improving issues at work.[2] A career plan should be kept in your wallet because it will motivate you to keep pursuing the role.

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                      You can learn how to set your career plan here.

                      2. Weigh Your Options

                      If you have a degree in Accounting, write down five positions in this industry of interest. The good news is diplomas and degrees can be used to a variety of roles to choose.

                      You don’t have to stick to what society holds a top job. In the end, choosing the right role that will make you happy is priceless.

                      3. Be Real About the Pros and Cons

                      It is time to be honest about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the job market that are impacting the current situation.

                      A SWOT Analysis of a career can include:[3]

                      • Economic factors
                      • Direct competition: Is this role in high demand?
                      • Location: Do you need to move? If the goal is to work in tech and living in Cincinnati is not realistic, consider moving to San Francisco.
                      • Achievements: To stand out from the competition achievements like awards, committee involvement, freelance work or volunteering is a recipe for success.
                      • Education: Do you need to go back to school? Education can be expensive. However, online courses, webinars or self-study is an option.

                        A career blueprint is the first step to creating realistic goals. A person without goals will be disappointed without a clear direction of what to do next.

                        4. Find a Mentor or Career Coach

                        A mentor or a career coach that works in the desired position can share the pros and cons of working in the role. Here is a list of questions to ask a mentor:

                        • What is required to be successful in the role?
                        • What certification or educational development is needed?
                        • What are the challenges of the role?
                        • Is there potential for career advancement?

                        A chat at a coffee shop with a mentor can change your mind about the desire for a career change.

                        Find out how to pick a good mentor for yourself in this article: How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed

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                        5. Research Salary

                        Some people decide to change careers for a role that pays less or perks like benefits to make up for the difference in previous to potential salary.

                        It can reveal the cities throughout the country that offer a higher salary for those that have an interest in relocating for work.

                        6. Be Realistic

                        If your goal is to move up into an executive position, it is time to be honest about where you are in your career.

                        For example, if boardroom meetings, high-level discussions about financials or attending weekly networking events are boring, an executive role may not be right for you. If you are an introvert and working with people every day is nerve wrecking, you need to reconsider a job in sales.

                        Ask yourself if you can work in this role for the next five years of your life. If other benefits that come with the role are enticing, other roles are fit that will make you happy.

                        7. Volunteer First

                        A person that wants to become a manager should take on volunteer opportunities to experience the reality of the position.

                        Becoming a committee member to pursue a presidential opportunity can provide a perspective on leadership, maintaining a budget and public speaking.

                        Volunteer in a role until you are certain that it is the right opportunity.

                        8. Prepare Your Career Tools

                        I recommend asking a boss, colleague or mentor for career tools. If you prefer professional assistance, you can seek out resume writing assistance. Here is a list of things to consider when preparing career tools:

                        • Online search: Search your name online to see what shows up. I recommend searching images that are on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or other sites on a personal account. The last thing you want to realize is the job search is unsuccessful because there is unprofessional content you posted online.
                        • Be LinkedIn ready: Recruiters conduct a LinkedIn search to see if the work experience is the same on a resume. Remember to change the wording on LinkedIn from the resume, or it will appear there was no effort put into creating the profile.
                        • Portfolio: A portfolio of work is recommended for people that work in the arts, writing, graphic design and other fields. I recommend a portfolio online and one that is available in hand when attending job interviews or networking meetups.
                        • Cover letter: A good cover writer will always impress your potential employers. Here’s how to write a killer cover letter that stands out from others.

                        Bottom Line

                        It takes time to move towards a new career. Pay attention to the physical and mental signs to maintain your health. You deserve to work in happiness and come home stress-free. If you avoid the common mistakes people make, you will find a job and discover the role in a career field that is the best fit with your skillsets.

                        Master these action steps and changing career paths will be on your terms to make the best decision for your future.

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                        Reference

                        [1] Mental Health America: The State of Mental Health in America
                        [2] MIT Global Education & Career Development: Make a Career Plan
                        [3] Creately: Personal SWOT Analysis to Assess and Improve Yourself

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