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4 Tools to Amp up Your Job Search

Posted by Becca Ly

Finding a new job can be tough. There are so many aspects to the whole job search process, writing a killer CV, preparing for your interview and even dressing appropriately, that it can often at times be overwhelming. But did you know that there is a wealth of tools out there on the web to help you nail that job search process and land your dream job? Here’s a breakdown of our top 4 tools to amp up your job search.

1. Glassdoor

It’s reported that 83% of job seekers are likely to research company reviews and ratings when deciding where to apply for a job.

Glassdoor is an invaluable tool for any job seeker. Essentially it’s an online company review platform and the best part is the reviews are anonymous. Without fear of repercussion, employees (and ex-employees) are able to give honest, unfettered and revealing information. This site is a goldmine for a number of reasons. Firstly, you are able to screen any prospective company that you may want to work for. One star out of five and a particularly scathing review from Terry in accounts? Probably best to give it a miss.

Once you’ve found an employer you actually want to work for and have been invited for an interview you are able to dig deep and find out some juicy nuggets of information that are going to help you when it comes to your interview. Company culture, values and competitors are all things that you’ll probably be asked in your interview. Wow, your interviewer by not only answering each question without hesitation and confidence but by formulating a few of your own questions based on your knowledge of their company. Guaranteed brownie points.

2. LinkedIn

Ok, ok this may be an obvious one but there are a few tips and tricks that you may or may not have used to amp up your current job search.

First off, head to your LinkedIn profile just under your basic information you’ll see this box:

Boom! Three amazing tools that are going to supercharge your job search.

The first, Career Advice is a nifty addition to LinkedIn. By filling out a brief form and a short paragraph on what you’d like advice on you’ll be connected with industry leaders relevant to your sector who are happy to advise.

Next up, Career Interests. Now you’re going to want to switch this one on if you’re actively looking for a job, don’t worry they don’t advertise your status to anyone who you're working with. You can update your information on what you’re looking for, when you’d like to start and how interested you actually are in a career move. This information can then be picked up by hiring managers and recruiters. Now you have relevant people directly approaching you based on your LinkedIn profile and experience.

Finally, Salary Insights. This is great for understanding what you are actually worth. Based on your job title, location and sector LinkedIn can tell you the average salary of your peers, which companies pay the best for your skillset and the top paying locations too. Whilst LinkedIn is trying to become a one-stop shop for all your job needs we suggest you use it in conjunction with a few of these other tools.

3. Google for Jobs

The new kid on the block. Many are predicting Google for Jobs to be a major turning point in the advancement of job searching. The jury's still out on how user friendly this tool is.

Being one of the biggest companies in the world and processing an obscene amount of data it was kind of inevitable for Google to enter the realm of jobs at some point. With this aggregator, Google scrapes job boards from across the web and presents you all the options in a tidy little dashboard ready for you to go through. With the sheer scale of positions on this site, it can be a little overwhelming and impersonal at times.

An added bonus is the alerts feature. Setting up alerts means you get an email digest delivered straight to your inbox based on your search specifications. With the growth of digital growth in recruitment will this take away the personal touch?

4. A Recruiter

So to clarify, not strictly a tool but the most useful asset nonetheless. In an age of digital takeover, searching for a new role has become less personal, but speaking to a specialist will help you with your decision making. Recruiters do the legwork so you don’t have to, saving you time. Recruiters ask the questions that you don’t want to and a good recruiter knows their client and knows what that client is looking for, this allows our consultants to prepare you prior to interviews for everything that the interview process involves. Whilst job seekers looking to apply directly have to wade through the internet looking for companies that are hiring for live roles, recruitment agencies have spent years building relationships with the decision makers of these firms, meaning we know what they want, even if they aren’t publicly recruiting for it.

Give some of these tools a go and your job search journey should be much more efficient and maybe even enjoyable. And as always, feel free to contact us if you would like to speak with one of our expert recruiters about the opportunities available.

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