Aug 25, 2015

How Tech Can Make Your Job Search Easier

Who can make sense of the job market these days? Competition is fierce. The unemployment rate in the U.S. has been fairly stagnant, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And with the tech industry always trying to "disrupt" marketplaces, it's hard to know which job search services and applications are worth using and how to get the most out of them. If you're searching for answers about how to conduct and manage a job search, here's some advice for how to make the best use of sites and apps to organize your job search. Bookmark Job Search Websites Bookmark job search websites, and save them to a folder in your browser, or in your browser toolbar if you are an active job seeker who's scouting daily. The links should include general job boards, such as Indeed.com, as well as those that are specific to your industry (JournalismJobs.com for journalists, for example) and geographic region (e.g., Craigslist.org for Austin, Texas). A few general sites that I recommend are: LinkedIn Indeed.com Glassdoor SimplyHired CareerBuilder Bookmark Career Sites of Companies You Admire Do you have a dream job with a specific employer? If that company or organization has its own website for job postings, bookmark it, too. Sometimes companies don't post all their open positions on general job boards (it's expensive), so you'll want to keep an eye on the company listings. Plus, a company may post its own job ad before listing it elsewhere, meaning anyone who sees it there first will be one of a much-smaller batch of early candidates, and that could improve your chances. Dive Into Apps Applying to jobs via a mobile app still seems a little bonkers to me (the typos! the typos!). But don't write off mobile apps for your jobs search entirely. A few novel apps offer unique opportunities, usually in that they try to match job seekers with employers the way you might match two people in a dating app. Think of these apps as for job browsing on the go, or for getting alerts quickly so you don't accidentally snooze a potentially career-changing advancement. Here are a few I find worthwhile: Anthology (formerly Poachable) says it's for people who are "open to opportunities" but aren't necessarily looking hard for their next position. Anthology has you fill out a profile with your experience and interest, and then it aims to match you with employers who are looking for someone with your characteristics. Savvy (formerly Poacht) is an app and website with an angle on advancing the careers of female professionals. It's still in its early days, but it's similar to Anthology in some ways, and seems to have an emphasis on executive positions and tech jobs. Switch has you fill out a profile to describe your experience and career desires, and then it shows you jobs that might be a fit. When you review the jobs, you swipe left or right to indicate whether you're interested or not. Employers do the same thing while looking for candidates (similar to the way Tinder works). If you swipe right on a job, and the company swiped right on you, you'll both see that you are a possible match. Decide When to Search Are you searching daily? All day long? Saturday mornings? Set aside a time for job searching, and stick to it. Block it off on your calendar or to-do list. This advice is especially useful for people who are already employed, when making time for a job search is one of the biggest challenges. If your search will be more passive, I definitely recommend using mobile apps and notifications so you're aware when a good opportunity may be on the table.

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