It’s hard to cut down a tree with a penknife, and it’s equally as difficult to find the job of your dreams on your Facebook feed. Instead, you’ll need the right tools for the online job search, no matter what phase of your career you’re in. Fortunately, in the last couple of years the internet has come a long way in that regard.
No longer are the days of looking at something on Craigslist and hoping you’ll get lucky. Companies have built fantastic tools to help you find your ways to the work you want. Today we’re going to explore a few of the best options out there.
The 5 Best Online Job Search Tools
This great app will link up the jobs available with Google Maps so that you know exactly where the job is. This way, you won’t end up applying for jobs that end up giving you a commute time of three hours just to get there. And that means you’ll have more time to spend with friends, family, and your favorite TV show. That matters since research show that the daily work commute is considered one of the least enjoyable moments in someone’s day.
2. SWITCH app
SWITCH is the Tinder of online job search apps. Jobs will come up on your phone and you can decide if you like it or not by swiping left or right. In this case, however, instead of a creepy guy, you get a career!
Companies offering jobs are notified that you’re interested in their job, and if they’re equally interested in you, then they can use the chat in the app to talk to them and set up an interview. That’s right, online job searching just became fun; or at least a great deal less burdensome.
Sure, you’ve heard of Linkedin and their job hunting website Linkedin Jobs. They’ve been around for a while. The great thing about Linkedin is that it’s a social network dedicated to advancing your career. That means that it’s not just a good place to look for new jobs, but it’s also a great place to build connections, read about developments in your industry and generally come to grips with your career of choice.
The time you put into building your network on Linkedin today will still be there several months or years from now as you build connections, which means you spread your influence tendrils even further and wider and you gain more experience.
Indeed is a job search engine that really gets you some great listings once you learn the ropes a little bit. What’s more, there are a lot of jobs on there, which means there’s a plethora of choice and opportunity.
What I particularly like is the advanced search function. It takes a bit to understand it, but when you do, you can really drill down your search so that only the jobs that are directly applicable to you will show up. And that means that you don’t have to spend hours reading jobs that aren’t relevant or interesting for you or don’t match your experience.
Now that well outweighs the time invested in getting to grips with the software.
Some job searchers have the good fortunate of being finished with their degree, having worked most of their lives at big companies with an impressive resume. Some people don’t have that traditional approach to work, however.
For them, there’s JobCase. Here you can get hourly work, connect to mentors, and generally get employed when you don’t have traditional work experience. That might just be exactly what you need to get back into the world of work, where you can then upgrade your experience and pursue alternative job routes.