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3 Tools for a Better Job Hunting Experience

Whether it is your first time applying for a job or not, job hunting can be an overwhelming process. There are so many things to keep track of; resumes, cover letters, phones, emails, and more. So I want to share with you three online tools that have helped me a lot when I was job hunting last year.

1)  Google docs (and drive)

With all the information and tools out there for job searching you can get easily track of jobs you applied to, and more importantly how you presented yourself when applying. This is especially true when there is a period of weeks (if not months) before you get a call back. Google docs along with google drive can do wonders for you. You can keep track of resume revisions, different cover letters tailored to different industries/jobs, and also job descriptions.
If you have a multitude of skills and attributes you want to tailor your application to the industry/job you are applying for, and google docs allows for a nice way to do that. What I would recommend is having a master CV where you have all of the experience, education, and skills that you can think of (it can be 10 pages long if you want). Then when you see a specific job opening that you like and think will be a good candidate for you should cherry pick skills from the master to a new resume tailored for that position. Make another document for your cover letter (if needed) and a third where you paste the job description. If you keep all three of those in a well named folder in your google drive, you can come back to it at any time and figure out any information you need.

2) Linkedin

Linkedin is a great way to connect with professionals. But that is only a fraction of its usage. The job search tool on linkedin is outstanding and it allows you to search in a fairly customized way. You can type in a keyword from something you learned in a course or workshop, and it will generate great results for positions related to that keyword.
You can also use linkedin for networking, which is needless to say very important while searching for jobs. You can follow companies in an industry you are interested in to uncover trends that will help you predict the requirements of that industry. You can also get in contact with recruiters, or even hiring managers at companies you are interested in. Networking is an art that is out of scope for this post (maybe the next one).
One last thing, but certainly not the least, is following influencers and people to get ideas on job search. Follow influencers that help you fix your resume, give you job hunting tips, and other valuable career advice. You can start with J.T. O’Donnell, CEO of CAREEREALISM, and Liz Ryan, Founder and CEO, Human Workplace. If you are an international student in the US you might also want to check out Li Lin.

3) Trello

Trello is a project management application. It helps you get very organized and keep track of the goals you set for a project. I treated my job hunt as a project, because it takes a lot of time and effort to look for a job and find the right one. If you do the same, trello will allow you to get very organized and hit your targets in search of your job.
You can set general and specific goals for your job hunt project; an example of a general goal is “shop around for jobs in social media”, a more specific one would be “write cover letter for social media manager position at company X.” One of my general goals was to submit at least two job applications every week.

So there you have it, three tools that will make you keep track of your job hunting process. And remember, finding the right job for you is a time-consuming project so do not be surprised (or depressed) if it’s time scale is on the order of months. Good luck!

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