When you are searching for a new job, it can be tempting to just start searching and live by an “anything will work” motto. And although you might end up with a job with that approach, if you want to find the perfect job for you, you might need a more structured and efficient approach. The first step is to create a plan for your job search in which you need to lay out very clearly what you want to achieve (e.g. what exactly is that perfect job for you?) and how you are going to approach that job search. After creating a plan, have you thought about using tools that can help you secure that perfect job?
Here is an overview of our 5 favorite tools that can help you in your job search:
Let´s start with the obvious one, if you´re not on LinkedIn yet this is definitely the first tool you should be on. With this tool, it´s not just about finding vacancies, that many companies publish on LinkedIn, it serves a great networking purpose as well. You connect with people from your professional surroundings and you can also get in touch with their connections. So, when you´re looking for a job at a specific company, you can also search for the company on LinkedIn and see if you have anybody in your network (your own connections or connections of your connections) working for that company that you can get in touch with.
If you want to know more about the working culture and ways of working at a company, this tool is a must in your job search. Glassdoor will give you the insights from anonymous voices inside the company. You can use this tool to get a better idea of a company before you actually send the application because it will let you find out whether this might be a good fit and whether you will be happy at the company and in the working culture. One side note, these insights will only be helpful if you´re looking at bigger companies with higher profiles because to get a good inside peak, you need plenty of employees that give their opinion.
Sometimes it´s difficult to weed through the dozens of job sites and thousands and thousands of vacancies out there. The search engine of Indeed makes the painful search a little less complicated by allowing you to set up a recurring search protocol and you can set up an alert system that will send you a notification whenever a relevant job for you comes up.
This tool provides you with a quick quiz focusing on your interests, personality and work preferences which it will compare to 100 different traits. Based on this, you will be matched to a subset of 800 different jobs thereby giving your specific career recommendations. It´s completely free and can help you focus your job search.
If you´re looking for a job in the tech sector, you should have a look at Comparably. This tool collects data from tens of thousands of employees on compensation and working culture. They take data points about what you are looking for in your job, what kind of work experience you´re expecting, what kind of culture you want to work in, your salary expectations and then the tool matches you with companies that would be the best fit for you.
Have you used any of these tools when you were searching for a job? Or do you have another great tool that is missing from this overview? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!