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The Top 4 Tech Tools to Automate Your Job Search

The Top 4 Tech Tools to Automate Your Job Search

In today’s day and age, almost every job application takes place online. Everything is automated from resume submission to answering questions that give the hiring manager a better idea of who you are. So, if the application process is automated, shouldn’t your job search also be automated?

Taking advantage of the tech world we live in by automating your job search is a great hack for getting closer to your dream job. Of course, you don’t want to automate too much, since companies want to hire people, not robots.

However, you can use apps to track the jobs you want, dashboards to organize them, and online tools to optimize your resume. We’ve compiled a list of the top 4 tech tools to automate your job search.

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1. Jobbuddy

Jobbuddy.co is a free app that tracks the jobs you are interested in and simplifies the job search. This app allows you to track jobs that catch your eye online and put them all in one place. Then, you can see the job title, company, and your status in the application process all in one place.

Jobbuddy is all about making your job search easier and shorter. Being organized will help shave time off your job search because you won’t need to look back at each job posting to find out details. The image below shows an example of a job seeker’s Jobbuddy dashboard.

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    2. JobHero

    GoJobHero.com is another great organizational tool. It features a comprehensive and personalized dashboard, the option to upload and save documents, an entire job board, and the option to chat with experts about career advice. We recommend downloading the JobHero Sidekick App (for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari) for the best experience. The extension allows you to better organize every part of your job search.

    It’s best feature? You can simply click the icon on the top of your browser whenever you find a job you are interested in, and without taking you off of that page, it saves the job for you in your dashboard. The screenshot below shows how the JobHero app works on an Indeed job search page.

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      3. Jobscan

      Jobscan.co has saddled up with everything thing there is to know about resume screeners (also known as applicant tracking systems) and created a tool that helps job seekers optimize their resumes specifically for them. Just copy and paste your resume and a job posting into Jobscan, and receive a rating for how likely your resume is to get past applicant tracking systems.

      You will get tips for improvement and a list of jobs that are a good match for your resume. Plus, you can make your resume visible to recruiters by checking a box. This is a great feature because as a job seeker, you should always be thinking of ways to increase your visibility.

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        4. Hootsuite

        Hootsuite.com automates your social media posts, and allows you to set them up ahead of time to ensure timely, thoughtful content. Social media has become a major part of recruiting. Of course, LinkedIn is a hub for recruiters who are searching for potential candidates, but did you know that Facebook, Twitter and Instagram can also prevent or assist you in getting a job?

        Applicant tracking systems can search social media outlets, and hiring managers themselves will undoubtedly take a look at your public social media accounts to get a better idea of who you are. In today’s tech age, your social media presence represents your brand. Be deliberate about building your brand by using this tool. Check out an example of a Hootsuite dashboard below.

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          There is no reason to make the job search process harder than it needs to be. We all live busy lives, and truthfully, a job search can start to feel like a full time job. To make things even harder, many people are going through that process while still working full time at their real job. Automating your job search using top of the line apps will help keep you organized and efficient during your job search.

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          Published on October 8, 2019

          How to Advance Your Career (and the Big Mistakes You May be Making)

          How to Advance Your Career (and the Big Mistakes You May be Making)

          The late writer William S. Burroughs once said that “When you stop growing, you start dying.” It might have a morbid undertone, but it’s one hundred percent true in terms of one’s career.

          The days of finding a job with one company that you can stick with for 30 years, and simply relax as you move up its company escalator are few and far between in today’s world. This isn’t necessarily bad news. On the contrary, it means that you’re the one in charge of shaping your career advancement.

          By putting these principles and behaviors into practice, you’ll begin to see how to advance your career quickly. Ready? Let’s get started…

          1. Define What Success Is for You

          There’s no right or wrong definition of what success in your career looks like. The important thing is to figure out what success looks like for YOU. It might, and probably will, change along the way, but if you don’t have some sort of milestone on the horizon, then you won’t know which direction to go in.

          Think about success in your career in terms of one year, five years, and 10 years. Once you have that, it’s time to lace up your boots and get to work.

          2. Learn How to Develop and Follow a Plan

          Nobody just stumbles upon success accidentally. Sure, they may stumble upon breakthroughs or new methods accidentally, but all success stories have one thing in common — a plan.

          Establish a timeline for the things that you want to achieve in your career in the next year, five years, 10 years, and so on. Consider the skills that you’ll need to learn to make these things happen and work on acquiring them.

          3. Surround Yourself With Those Better Than You

          It’s a rule of thumb among musicians that if you want to get better, then you need to get out of the bedroom and play with people who are better than you.

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          By surrounding yourself with people who are better than you and where you want to be, you’ll not only see how these people climbed to where they are in their respective fields, but you’ll learn from them and naturally want to push yourself to be better in your own job as well.

          4. Seek Out a Mentor(s)

          A mentor will not only be able to help you refine and reach your career goals, but will be invaluable in landing promotions and finding unadvertised job openings.

          One unique approach is to work on fostering a relationship with a mentor both within and outside of your company. This will help in giving you different perspectives as you rise up through the ranks in your company and career overall.

          5. Stop Wasting Your Mornings

          You may not think you’re a morning person, but if you can learn to be one, you’ll thank yourself 10 years down the road.

          Prepare a to-do list of tasks that you want to accomplish the day before and work on knocking them out for at least one hour before you respond to morning emails. The problem with responding to emails first, is you’re giving your attention to somebody else’s agenda, instead of plotting your own course for the day.

          6. Arrange or Attend a Networking Party

          If you’re attending networking events simply because you might get a few free drinks, you’re doing them wrong. These events are great for meeting new people and forming relationships. Your goal shouldn’t be to get hired by the end of the night, but to simply make a good impression by being friendly and authentic. So what’s next?

          Reach out a few days later via email or on social media to follow up and connect!

          7. Pick Up Some New Skills

          Nobody wants to be the old dog that can’t learn any new tricks. To move up in your career, you’re going to likely need to pick up new skills along the way. Maybe your company offers on-the-job training or you have the option of taking online classes at night.

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          By learning new skills, you’ll not only be able to expand upon what you can already do, but you’ll make yourself more valuable to your employer and future employers.

          8. Exploit the Benefits Already at Your Disposal

          Remember what we just said about the possibility of your company providing on-the-job training? Take advantage of these sorts of benefits!

          If you’re working for a company that allows you to job shadow other employees or has company mixers, you should attend these. They not only allow you to develop your skills within the company, but show seasoned executives within your field that you’re interested in more than just clocking in for a paycheck.

          9. Make Yourself Indispensable

          Good help is hard to find and employers want to retain outstanding employees. If you can learn to make yourself indispensable to your company, you’ll not only communicate that you’re successful, but will have a lot more job security. What’s this entail though?

          It’s actually not all that difficult. By being reliable, adapting to new challenges, and holding your own work and performance to a high standard, you’ll stand out among your peers and others will take notice. Easy enough, right?

          10. Get Off the Fence

          People who advance in their careers are those who don’t shy away from voicing their opinion and stand up with authority when the opportunity arises.

          If a problem arises in your company and you think you might have a solution or are willing to work to find one, then let others know. Employers value and promote problem solvers. Start off with something small and work your way up towards tackling more difficult tasks and projects.

          11. Don’t Wait for More Responsibility, Ask for It

          If you want more responsibility in your job, then be open about it with your manager. Your manager may be so busy with their own work that they weren’t aware you were looking for more challenges.

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          Just make sure you can handle it and that you already show strong performance in your current duties. And if your manager doesn’t seem supportive about offering you more responsibility, well, then it could be time to look for new employment.

          12. Stop Wasting Time on What You Don’t Want

          If your career goals start with “I should do this…” there could be a problem. This kind of language in referring to goals can doom them to failure because the want isn’t there.

          Consider using the RUMBA method (Reasonable, Understandable, Measurable, Behavioral and Agreed) when setting your goals. That “agreed” part should really be “want.” By going after career goals that you actually want to accomplish, you’re much more likely to achieve them.

          13. Seek Out Feedback and Apply It

          Simply doing your job might not always push you up in your career advancement. Too often, employees just assume that their bosses will notice their performance strides and reach out when the time is right to advance.

          Don’t be afraid to regularly seek out feedback and ask for constructive criticism. It not only shows that you value your manager’s opinion but demonstrates that you care about your job and want to become better in your chosen field.

          14. Pick Your Bosses Wisely

          Advancing in your career can move a lot quicker if you’re working for the right people. If your boss isn’t any good at their job or doesn’t value you, then moving up could become difficult.

          A great boss though, will be able to help you capitalize on your strengths and be an advocate for your success. If there aren’t any strong developers of talent in your management chain already, then look around for some and seek them out as mentors.

          15. Learn to Develop Your Sense of Timing

          The odds of asking for a promotion or raise are in your favor with over 70 percent of respondents to a survey from PayScale reporting some success. One thing to keep in mind that can make all the difference is when you ask.

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          Some corporate cultures may prefer that employees reach out about advancement during their annual review, but maybe you work for a more free-spirited startup. The best approach may be to take note of when others advance and ask about how the organization handles employee development.

          16. Work Hard and Promote Yourself

          Working hard and delivering a solid job performance are the keys to advancing in your career no matter what field you’re in. This doesn’t mean you need to be completely humble about your accomplishments either.

          Keep a record of your positive impact within the organization and let others both within your company and your field know that you’re enthusiastic about your role and work.

          17. Don’t Just Build Your Network… Cultivate It

          It’s way too easy to add new people to your LinkedIn network and then forget about them for all eternity. Rather than just collecting business cards or social media contacts, you should be cultivating relationships with the ones you already have.

          Follow up with people that you haven’t spoken to in a while, offer to connect them with somebody you know in their field, or ask about a new job title they may have taken on. Doing so could be the spark that leads to a potential job referral.

          18. Join a Professional Organization

          The National Association of (insert your industry here) and other professional organizations can still offer a great wealth of advantages from networking to industry insights, and skill development.

          Even outside of professional organizations dedicated to particular job fields, civic organizations can also be fantastic for making new contacts. After all, so much about career advancement is who you know, and you never know who you’ll meet who knows somebody else who is looking for someone with your skills and experience.

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