Although the days of flipping through newspapers, highlighting job advertisements are gone, the core elements of the job search haven’t really changed all that much with modern technology. Networking and developing skills are integral parts of finding the right job— and let’s face it, they always have been.
Forget about newspaper ads in the 80s, many experts believe that our social structures have only changed minimally since way back when, when we were living in small communities as hunter-gatherers, fighting for survival. Networking is a part of survival, and the desire to connect is hardwired in all of us. But of course, the way we navigate through our career depends on having the best, most updated job hunting tools available to us and knowing how to use them.
If you’re wondering, What are the best job search tools at your disposal for finding the perfect job in the digital age? then read on. Here are 8 of the best online tools to help you in your job search.
LinkedIn is such an obvious, talked about tool when it comes to networking and job searching that I almost didn’t include it, but then I wondered, how many job seekers are really using LinkedIn to its fullest? Some of the best features LinkedIn offers may not be known to most users on the site, and familiarizing yourself with these lesser known aspects of LinkedIn might make all the difference in finding the perfect job for you.
Sometimes the best way to use LinkedIn is to focus not necessarily on browsing through job postings everyday, but to optimize your own profile. This way, once you stumble across a job opportunity that’s exciting to you, you can really stand out against other candidates.
To start, did you know that you can add media to the “Featured” section of your profile? Content creators, this will surely come in handy. If you’ve produced excellent video or audio content that you want to show off, this is exactly how.
Adding and showcasing your past work will boost your LinkedIn profile up from being a dusty online billboard of your resume, to a compelling advertisement for your skills and accomplishments.
If you feel that you haven’t really found jobs you’re interested in on the website, you might also consider setting up alerts for relevant postings. You can filter out certain recommendations by making the alerts specific to location, job type, salary, level, and more. Using this feature will tailor open job opportunities to you, saving you time in having to dig through different jobs and wonder if they meet your criteria.
Even if you treat LinkedIn as your first and last stop in your job search journey, it’s worth spending a little more time on the site to actually get comfortable with the ins and outs. LinkedIn can be one of the most amazing job search tools!
Glassdoor is another one of the immensely valuable tools for job seekers. This tool is especially useful when researching potential jobs and employers, or when entering the interview stage and considering offers with a certain company.
Glassdoor is essentially a database for job listings and applications, as well as a portal where current and past employees can anonymously rate their experience at a certain company across different metrics. For those in the interviewing phase, Glassdoor is also a place where people can provide past interview questions for a certain position that give you an unbelievable edge in your interview.
It’s not just about finding and landing jobs— it’s about doing the work to find out whether the job, regardless of how impressive the position may be, will be a good fit for you. That’s why Glassdoor includes information about company culture, revenue or size of the company, what it’s like to work at the company day-to-day, and more.
Glassdoor is also going above and beyond in addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in the workplace, by allowing users to share demographic information and rate a company based on its handling of issues of diversity.
It’s normal to want to know as much as you can about a certain position or company before you go through the work of applying, interviewing, and even negotiating your salary— and that’s why Glassdoor is a great tool that gives you true insight into your different options.
- Jobscan Resume Scanner
You may have put a lot of work into your resume. Maybe you’ve even shown it to friends and family for a second opinion— and while I don’t doubt that they’ve assured you your CV looks great and that your past experience jumps off the page, how they feel about your resume isn’t all that relevant.
When you’re trying to land a job in 2022, it matters less what a person thinks about your resume, and more about what a robot thinks. That’s right— often, when you’re applying for a job, your resume may not even make it to a real person. As a matter of fact, data shows that up to 75% of resumes never make it to a hiring manager.
This is because many recruiters and hiring managers are utilizing an application track system that filters out applicants with algorithms and AI based on certain keywords and formatting criterias.
This is where Jobscan comes in. Noticing that so many accomplished and experienced candidates weren’t being asked to interview based on computer algorithms, Jobscan made a service that highlights your resume for you and gives you feedback on how to best tweak your resume to work well with an ATS.
Here are some things that Jobscan helps you notice:
- Descriptions of your work experience do not match up to the job descriptions
- You’re not using standard formatting
- Too much flowery language
Jobscan ATS will definitely give you a better shot at acing your resume for a specific job description. They even provide excellent resume templates for various careers and roles.
- Slik email finder
Speaking of AI, Slick is an amazing AI based service that has become a major asset for many sales professionals, including those on sales teams from Dropbox, Docusign, and Slack. If those big names are using Slik, then the service must be doing something right, right?
Slik is essentially a data-finder. One feature of Slik that I’ve found particularly helpful is their email finder tools. You can search emails and other data sourced from LinkedIn profiles, save searches, and compile data. This can be extremely useful, particularly if you’re a salesperson, but also fantastic for anyone hoping to connect with a specific department or person while networking.
Networking can come easy to some people, but for others, it’s a process that can feel forced and uncomfortable, especially if you’re not certain that the person you’re reaching out to really does want to make a connection and lend a hand in your career journey. Most of us don’t want to feel like we’re bothering someone or taking their time.
Well, Shapr takes the guesswork and social anxiety out of networking. It’s a platform designed to connect professionals and help users who are actually willing and excited to connect. Everyone is opting into having a profile, so you can be 100% positive that everyone is excited to network.
Shapr operates kind of like some of the major dating apps— without the dating part. You create a profile that highlights your interests, skills, location and relevant information about your career. You can browse other profiles or search for people that match specific criteria.
From there, a connection is made by swiping on the profiles that you are interested in. If there’s a mutual interest, you have a match! From there, you can chat and watch your professional relationships blossom.
Are you sick of finding jobs that are close to but just not quite right for you? Well, Jobseer is the perfect tool to guide you to the jobs that are a perfect match. And, bonus: they help you easily get access to people’s email addresses so you can reach out to someone directly and really stand out, landing the job of your dreams.
An Extension app for Google Chrome, Jobseer works by using AI to streamline your online search. Once you create an account, you provide information that helps Jobseer compute and gage what kind of jobs would be suited for you, given your interests, stage in your career, and location.
You upload your resume to be scanned for skills, experiences, and qualifications that will bring you to the right job listing. You’ll also choose job titles that are relevant to your search, and input your skills to make the search more targeted.
All of that sounds pretty standard, but once you start looking, you’ll see the magic of Jobseer. For each job you select, Jobseer gives you a customized score based on how well you fit the job description. With this kind of feedback, Jobseer will allow you not only to find jobs that are a great match, but also to tweak your resume to better fit certain job descriptions.
Working for a company that reflects your own values is becoming increasingly more important to people. Especially if you work in the non-profit sector, Idealist is a great tool to help you pinpoint the best jobs.
The goal of Idealist is to connect individuals to nonprofit jobs and careers focused on charity work and social impact, making it a much more industry specific tool that can be extremely helpful to those either wanting to become or already in this niche.
When using Idealist, you can search for listings based on keywords or get more granular with specific metrics about what types or listings you are looking for. Idealist also offers resources for you if you’re looking to attain a graduate degree, giving insight on the application process and different available programs that fit your aspirations.
Even if you’re not looking for a job but are more interested in volunteering, Idealist has many listings for non-career opportunities, too. With so many problems that need to be tackled, it’s surprising how difficult it can actually be to find volunteer opportunities— Idealist makes being a good person easier.
Google is so obvious, that I decided to save it for last. However, I think that because Google is so popular in searching for everything, its features specific to the job search can be glossed over.
When you start applying to jobs, you have to realize that 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates. Coming across badly can really hurt your chances with a certain job, given that 54% of hiring managers admit that they have eliminated a candidate based on their social media. Clean up your pages, because appearing well on a search engine is crucial these days!
But just shamelessly googling yourself (like many of us are guilty of doing) isn’t enough— to really get an idea of how you might come across to an employer, you should log out of your Google accounts and go into incognito mode. You should make sure to do this at least once a month, as a lot can change quickly on the digital front for those who are more active on social media.
Beyond keeping track of how you appear online, though, Google can actually be a great organizational tool. Google Jobs is a handy job platform that helps you search for jobs and save ones you like so that you can apply.
However you choose to tackle your job search, I hope these resources help or inspire you to work smarter and not harder. Dive on in, and happy hunting!