Essential online tools for job seekers

Essential online tools for job seekers

We all know that searching for a new job can be both an exciting and also stressful time. In this article we take a look at some available Essential online tools for job seekers, including some which we’ve created for you and some that you may not have considered useful for your job search until now:

Top 8 Essential online tools for job seekers

Search for a new job on-the-go via your smartphone

There are a number of tools that allow you to search for jobs on the go – Joboogle.com for example is mobile-friendly so you can search for a job from your mobile device.

Whether you are on your daily commute or simply haven’t had the opportunity to look for vacancies via a desktop, using your phone to track and monitor job openings can be a great time-saver.

Spread the job seeking workload a little – why not have a browse on your phone the next time you’re in a coffee shop or even over lunch?

Career Mapping

Unless you are dead set on a specific type of job, or your skillset/experience means you want to stay in a certain sector, then deciding what type of job you want is half the battle.

There are lots of tools that will assess your skillset and the things you enjoy doing at work, such as working in a team or not. These tools, make suggestions or recommendations as to which industries, sectors, and job roles you might be interested in based on your answers you input.

The tool might surprise you with some suggestions you had not considered or it might tell you what you already know, but it’s always good to have some reassurance.

Of course, there is no need to restrict yourself, but you might find it handy to narrow your search a little after your initial research to keep your efficiency high and your job applications targeted.

Discover Yourself

Over the years, it has become increasingly clear how one-sided the employee / employer relationship is. Employers are able to gather and analyse invaluable insights into individuals but often do very little to share their findings. This creates a power imbalance that can leave normal people, who simply want to enjoy their life and work, feeling discouraged.

Findmywhy.com is a self analysis tool developed by psychologists with the aim to identify a persons, drivers, values and the way they think. This tool is a valuable as it can help you with your CV, Covering letters personal statements and additional information parts of applications.

CV Builder

This is a fairly obvious tool, but one that many job seekers still miss. If you build a decent CV, then you’re already one step ahead of many other candidates.

It’s really important to have a professional looking CV, that is easy to read and not too long.

LinkedIn

Not only is LinkedIn a great tool for finding jobs, it’s also a tool for employers to find you. So it’s really important you keep it updated, looking professional and showcasing your job history and skills.

Facebook profile

While Facebook might not be a tool for you to find work, employers might use it in a similar way to LinkedIn as a means to check your characteristics.

This might seem unfair and potentially intrusive, but the open world of social media (unless you’ve set your profile to private) means employers can easily look at your out of work activities.

Aptitude/psychometric tests

Psychometric tests sound more daunting than they really are. They are actually a useful tool to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.

You might be thinking you already know your strengths and you might be wondering why on earth you want to know more about your weaknesses, but hear us out.

Employers are increasingly using psychometric tests, or profiling, to better understand their employees and they can help you better understand yourself. The tools will usually offer up descriptions of your potential strengths and weaknesses, or describe how you might react to certain situations.

It’s mostly hypothetical, but you can use it to think more carefully about how you behave around others. You can also use the results in your interviews too – employers generally like someone who can express their weaknesses, or areas for improvement, as well as their strengths. If you can already identify skills or behaviours you’d like to improve, then that can only be a good thing – none of us are perfect!

Conclusion

All together there are a huge number of online tools to help your job search but don’t forget it’s important that you get in touch and speak to people too.

 

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