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This Week: Top 10 Tech Tools for Job Seekers
Technology is a wonderful thing. You can hail a ride through your smartphone, order food through Facebook, and hold face-to-face conversations with friends and loved ones over Skype even if you're on opposite sides of the world.
You can also, thanks to technology, find a better job much more easily than ever before. For today's edition of Recruiter Top 10, we rounded up 10 great tech tools that all job seekers should consider adopting. Take a look – and then take your job hunt to the next level:
Networking doesn't have to be a chore. Just sign up for Shapr. By analyzing your interests, work experience, and location, Shapr is able to match you with 10-15 relevant professional connections every day. If you and a connection show mutual interest in one another, you can begin chatting – and even plan a real-world meetup if you'd like. Now you don't have to spend your evenings handing out business cards at awkward cocktail hours in the hopes that someone – anyone – will call you back.
ChangeDetection.com is a site that allows you to monitor any other website for changes. Create a "change log" for any conceivable Web page, and ChangeDetection.com will email you the minute that page updates.
At first glance, this might not seem like a job-search technology, but it can be if you know how to use it. Here's job seeker Scott Stadum describing how he uses ChangeDetection.com to find new career opportunities: "I set it to the jobs page of a company I want to work for, and the moment there's a change, I'll know about it."
In this way, ChangeDetection.com can act as a job alert system – and you're guaranteed to only hear about open roles at companies you care about.
Gladeo is a job search resource for those of us who aren't even sure what kinds of jobs we want yet. The site collects interviews, in-depth videos, and more to give users accurate pictures of a variety of careers across a number of industries. Recent graduates, first-time job hunters, and anyone in need of a career change at any stage of their life would do well to spend a few hours browsing Gladeo.
In the age of the ATS, only resumes that contain the right keywords make it to the hiring manager's desk. JobScan is a tool that ensures yours is one of those resumes.
JobScan screens your resume and the description of a job you're applying for side by side. It then scores how well your resume matches the description and offers suggestions about missing keywords and skill sets that you might want to add to your resume in order to be seen as a better match. The point isn't that you should lie and say you have skills you don't! Rather, JobScan is here to jog your memory about skills you may have forgotten to list, and it also ensures that you and the employer are speaking the same language when it comes to the skills you have and the skills the job requires.
5. Email Hunter
Informational interviews can be a great way to learn about a target industry or employer. They can also help you get your foot in the door with your dream company.
The only problem is that getting in touch with someone at your dream company can be a major hassle.
That's where Email Hunter comes in. It allows you to search company domains for people's email addresses – and it really works. I tried it out on Recruiter.com, and I found everyone from myself to our CEO.
Now, when you want to set up an informational interview, you don't have to spend weeks trying to crack a department head's LinkedIn profile. You can just use Email Hunter.
(We'd like to give a shoutout here to Marzena Ermler of the New York Public Library [NYPL], as she is the person who put Email Hunter on our radar. Ermler also rightfully pointed out that public libraries can be great resources for job seekers, too. We didn't include public libraries as their own entry on this list, but we do want to share a link to the NYPL's job and career database. There's a lot to look at here – enough even to trigger its own Top 10 list.)
You're likely already well aware of Glassdoor, but if you're not using it as a critical component of your job search, you're missing out. When it comes to researching a company's culture, work environment, salary structure, and more, there's no better resource than Glassdoor.
"In my eyes, it is the ultimate prep guide for finding the right fit," says Anne Weeks of Beyond the U, an online community of students and employers. "For young college grads, it is especially helpful in lowering anxiety about the interview process."
If you're tired of loading your bookmarks bar up with a flood of disorganized job posts, Rake is the app you've been looking for. Rake allows you to save any job post from any job site in the same place, either through the app itself or a convenient Chrome extension. From there, job seekers can keep track of where they are in each application process for each job opening.
Woo flips the job search process on its head. Job seekers create profiles and set "wishlists" composed of the things they're looking for in a new job. Woo then matches the job seeker only with companies that meet their wishlist criteria. Best of all, it's up to you, the job seeker, to decide whether or not a company's opportunity is right for you. If you want to learn more about a company that has approached you, you can. If not, you can pass on the opportunity, and Woo will keep your identity totally anonymous to the company.
When it comes to crafting a resume, there's no need to go it alone. Uptowork's resume builder has all the resume-writing resources you need: professional templates, document customization, relevant tips from expert resume writers – it can even help you craft a customized cover letter to go along with each customized resume for each specific role. Of all the resume builders out there, Uptowork might just be the best.
Say goodbye to the blackhole. While Mixmax markets itself as a sales tool, it can be incredibly useful for job seekers as well because it allows you to track who opens your emails and when. No more wondering whether or not the hiring manager has seen your message: Mixmax can tell you exactly when it happens.
The tool also offers a scheduling function and the ability to create custom email templates. Sending out resumes and scheduling interviews has never been easier.