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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

        JobScan

          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 September 18, 2019

                      11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

                      11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

                      Are you looking to move up the career ladder? Or maybe you’re tired of having a “job” and want to start looking for a more permanent career?

                      Whatever your motivation, you are going to have to learn some new and different hard skills to broaden your opportunities. After all, there’s a very famous quote that says:

                      “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

                      While the insanity part doesn’t really fit here, the overall message is a good one. If you are looking for a different result (career advancement, more money or even a career instead of a job), it’s up to you to make it happen. This is both the good news and bad news!

                      The good news is that because it’s up to you, you have complete control over it happening. The bad news is that change is hard. Humans are creatures of habit, that’s why we develop routines, and anything that disrupts that routine causes us anxiety. And we will do almost anything to get rid of that anxiety. The overweight person will calm their anxiety by eating that doughnut, the smoker will light up a cigarette to avoid anxiety.

                      What we want to do with this article is to give you the hard skills you’ll need to reduce that anxiety so you can move up that corporate ladder, make more money or have career instead of just a “job.”

                      The following hard skills are essential to learn if you want to advance your career. They may not be easy to take up, but definitely worth your effort of learning:

                      1. Cloud Computing

                      “Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, intelligence and more—over the Internet “the cloud” to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale. You typically pay only for cloud services you use, helping lower your operating costs, run your infrastructure more efficiently, and scale as your business needs change.” Microsoft[1]

                      There are many different jobs available in the cloud computing world today. They range from architects and developers to data scientists, security pros. Each job is its own specialty and requires a high level of specification for advancement.

                      This is definitely a hard skill that requires education. But if the tech world and computers are your thing you can make cloud computing a lucrative career.

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                      2. Data Mining and Statistical Analysis

                      Again, these are highly specialized fields. Data mining is defined as using large sets of data to look for anomalies and other patterns that can be used to predict future behavior.

                      Amazon is probably the best known company to use data mining. Have you ever noticed that when you buy something at Amazon, you’ll see a little ad at the bottom that says “customers who bought this also bought…”and it lists 2-3 other items? All of that information comes from data mining, by examining the millions of sales amazon makes they can predict that if you buy item #1 there is a high likelihood that you will buy one of the other items too. T

                      his not only increases sales for Amazon, but it also serves as a reminder for you that you may need these additional items for your project. This is very valuable information and has a wide range of uses. Although it has a bad reputation and evil sounding name, it is a very useful tool for maximizing productivity and sales.

                      3. Data Management

                      All companies today deal with a ton of data! Being able to manage that data in an efficient manor is not only highly prized, but a necessity.

                      We all have these things on our desks called computers. Unless there is a need for a paper copy, almost all of our data is computerized. Meaning that, in theory it is all at our fingertips. Being able to organize that data so that it’s easily and quickly retrievable is why computers are replacing filing cabinets!

                      However, just like the old fashion filing cabinet, data management on a computer is only good if it’s well organized. You want to make sure that you are keeping your data well organized so that it’s easy to find when needed. This is a skill that comes easily to some people (are you a person that makes lists? Good!) but with others it will be a skill that needs to be practices. Make sure that this is a discipline you master.

                      4. Scheduling

                      Being able to make and keep to a schedule is a very useful tool in both business and life. Effective scheduling means that you can prioritize projects, understand the tools needed to get the job done on time and that you are organized enough to lead people.

                      An important point here is to write things down! Whether it’s in an old fashion daily or weekly organizer or in a PDA. Have a copy of your schedule available at your fingertips at all times.

                      5. Financial Skills

                      These are especially important when looking for that promotion. The higher up the ladder you go, the more you’ll have to deal with things like accounting, budgeting, financial planning and cash flow management.

                      While you may not need to be an expert at all of these, you should have a good grasp of all of them. This is where taking a few night classes at your local community college is a good idea. You don’t need to become an expert, but brushing up on these skills will help you tremendously.

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                      6. Research Skills

                      These are important in all aspects of life, but especially in your work-life.

                      Are you looking for that first job out of school? Nothing impresses a boss or hiring manager more than someone who has researched the company. Trust me, they deal with people walking in off the street everyday looking for a job, but managers and owners need to see the value in hiring (or promoting) you.

                      So do your research and have some company specific questions ready to ask. Show that you are interested in working for that company or that position and not just “a” job or the “promotion” because you have seniority or need the money.

                      If it’s a promotion that you are after, never bad mouth the previous occupant. Instead pick out an example that he/she was good at and explain how you would like to use or expand that policy and how it would enhance the policy changes you’d like to make.

                      If it’s a new job you’re going for, then make sure to have some company specific questions ready to show that you have done your homework for the new position.

                      7. Marketing Skills

                      While marketing a companies products or services has always been a highly sought after skill. In today’s world, it can take on several different forms.

                      Some of the marketing skills that are highly sought after today include, SEO, Search Engine Optimization, SEM, Search Engine Marketing and marketing campaign management. Familiarity with Google Analytics as well as Word Press are also valuable.

                      While traditional marketing and branding were focused on advertising and selling. Almost all marketing efforts now a days are focused on the internet.

                      8. Network Security Specialist

                      Again, this is a highly skilled position that requires specialized training. But the amount of data that all companies store is significant, and if that data is leaked or stolen, it can costs them millions of dollars in both lost revenue and lawsuits.

                      So, if you have an interest in network security you will find the field both lucrative and stable.

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                      9. Communication Skills

                      At first glance, communication skills may not look like it fits into the category of “Hard Skills” that can help you succeed. But in this ever shrinking world where companies can do business from almost anywhere, communication is more and more important.

                      Are you bilingual? It really doesn’t matter what language you speak, there’s a company out there looking for someone who speaks that language.

                      10. Computer Programming

                      I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure that computers are going to be around for a while! As both the hardware and software get more advanced, the need for computer programming is only going to increase.

                      11. Graphic Design

                      As of 2018, there were 4.37 million new websites launched.[2] A good number of them will fail because they just aren’t interesting enough visually. The use of templates and replicated websites is only making the problem worse.

                      Part of the way Google ranks sites is through originality, this almost ensures that replicated sites will never get ranked through Google. So the more original your site is, the more likely people will visit and actually spend time there.

                      That is what a good graphic designer does. Takes your basic idea and turns it into a website that people actually want to visit.

                      Embrace the Anxiety That Comes with Change

                      You know it’s going to be there, you know that you’ll want to give up as you’re learning these new skills but, you’ll also know that the end result is worth the journey.

                      Here’s a little trick when you’re feeling overwhelmed:

                      Have you ever met an ex-smoker who was sorry they quit? An ex-drinker or drug user that said life was much better before they quit? These people have gone through some of the most difficult challenges humans can go through including weeks, if not, months of intense physical withdrawal symptoms. They did it because they knew that the pain and anxiety they would experience would ultimately get them to a much better life.

                      Now what was that complaint you had about attending night-school?

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                      This is the part everyone hates, everyone thinks night-school, adult education and just generally giving up family and/or spare time. While those are certainly possible ways to develop the necessary skills, they aren’t the only way.

                      You’ll want to check with your human resources department because depending on the company, a certain degree maybe required in order to even be considered for a position. In those cases, night-school, on-line or some other form of adult education maybe your best route.

                      But as long as a degree isn’t required, then your options are wide open.

                      Let’s just say that you’re a sales person interested in becoming the sales manager but, the territory you’ve been given will never produce the sales figures that would make you stand out as a good candidate for sales manager. So how about you start your own side business (don’t compete with your company), but let’s say you enjoy golf.

                      In this day and age, there are plenty of places that will teach you how to sell products on-line and even set you up with your own website. So you start a site selling golf equipment and accessories (don’t worry, you won’t even have to carry inventory or worry about shipping).

                      Now, when that sales manager spot opens up, you can explain that even though other salespeople had better numbers than you, it had nothing to do with your sales ability, it was more of a consequence of the territory your were given.

                      And to prove it, you brought in some information about a side business, you started showing that you’re on target for a sales growth rate of 30% this year. And because you had to do all of the marketing for the business, you came up with some marketing strategies that you can bring to the new job (built-in experience).

                      The Bottom Line

                      We’ve put together these 11 hard skills as a way to give yourself a “leg up” on the competition. We’ve tried to make this a mixture of both skills that require a great deal of training, and also ones that you can work on and develop by yourself.

                      We know that not everyone is cut out to be a cloud computing expert, but we also know that working on and having good scheduling skills will make you a much more desirable candidate for the position!

                      We also don’t want you to discount the idea of a “side hustle“. Especially for people new to the workforce, having a business that you have started and run successfully shows potential employers that you have initiative, scheduling skills and ambition which can put you well ahead of your competition!

                      As usual, we hope you found this article both enjoyable and informative. If you did, may we ask that you share it with your family and friends through social media. It really does help us and is greatly appreciated!

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                      Featured photo credit: Kyle Sterk via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1] Microsoft Azure: Cloud Computing
                      [2] Netcraft: December 2018 Web Server Survey

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