There are lots of reasons a job search today is different than it was 10, 5 or even 2 years ago and many reasons it is still the same. Technology is a main reason a job search is a different ball game today.
Here are 5 technologies for today’s job search that I highly recommend.
#1 Smart phone. The smart phone is a game changer. The biggest reason is the ability to react to an email immediately, even if just to set up a time for a call. Just make sure you read Tips for a Phone Interview beforehand.
#2 Cloud based email. The ability to access your “personal” email (the one you use on your resume and for all professional matters outside of your job) anywhere you have web access could prove to be crucial at some point. Cloud storage is easier than ever but you don’t even need it if you have a cloud based email like Gmail or Yahoo where you can store emails with attachments. This will allow you to have access to your resume and cover letters to print, edit or forward anywhere, anytime. Google Drive works great for cloud storage. Having access to documents and all communication via the web is especially helpful if you are working while looking for another job.
#3 Indeed. Yes INDEED, this website is a one stop shop for all job posting searches. It searches the web like Google and even uses the same syntax (operators & symbols for Boolean) as Google but only returns job postings. It searches all the job boards as well as companies' websites…anywhere on the web but Craigslist.
#4 LinkedIn. Don’t get me started! If you’re not using LinkedIn as a professional, let alone a Job Seeker, you are missing the boat. My "LinkedIn for Job Seekers” workshop is 2 hours long and that is just the tip of the LinkedIn iceberg. Check out The Big Reason You Need LinkedIn if you have not read it already.
#5 RSS feeds. RSS feeds will replace your need to surf the web consistently. If you are working but looking for a better job, this will help you tremendously. I find them much more time efficient than email alerts. Save your email (the one you check consistently) for real contact from real human beings.
Set up RSS feeds for:
- Indeed job posting searches
- Local business or industry news
- Useful blogs...like mine
- Status updates from your LinkedIn network
- Networking event announcements.
Organize them into folders and sit down once a day to read your feeds, make a list of action items and you're done! You won’t be wasting time, getting distracted with a bunch of rabbit holes on the web. Also, this way, your priority emails (from real humans) will not get buried in your email.
While an iPad is not a necessary for a job search, it sure is handy for more than I even imagined before I got one.
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Posted by:Saundra LeeCEO, Dubin & Lee