Finding a job can be a frustrating and lengthy process, but it doesn’t always have to be. Within the last decade, various online platforms and apps have emerged to make the job hunt easier to navigate and more likely to create successful outcomes. Guaranteed Removals, an online reputation management firm, has been helping job seekers perfect their online image since 2009. Today they are sharing their favorite 5 job search apps that allow job seekers to stand out from the crowd and land their next job.
LinkedIn is the ultimate online resume and job search engine. It allows you to create a visually appealing resume that anyone can access. Additionally, LinkedIn facilitates networking opportunities, so you can stay connected with coworkers, classmates, and employers. These connections can result in more career opportunities. You never know which of your classmates will go on to open their own business and be looking for someone with your exact set of skills. Keep this in mind while connecting with individuals on LinkedIn!
Furthermore, LinkedIn has developed a great job search portion, where members can receive notifications of jobs in their field near them. By changing your settings to “looking for employment opportunities”, you open your profile up to recruiters and you open yourself up to more opportunities. Not interested in social media? LinkedIn is unlike any other social media app and focuses on strictly professional interactions. Guaranteed Removals wants job seekers to know that an absence of an online presence does not mean you are better off than someone with negative content online. If recruiters cannot find you online, they will not be interested.
Glassdoor is an innovative website and app that focuses on the job seeker and employee. Essentially it is a place where you can find honest opinions about an employer. Past and present employees can rate their employers on things like management, benefits, and salaries. They can post about the specific pros and cons to working in their position and provide feedback for their employers to improve on. Additionally, employees and individuals who have been interviewed by this employer can explain the interview process, including specific questions that were asked and skills required for the job.
More job seekers today than ever are looking for employers who have similar values or work to improve the communities they are apart of, such as through corporate philanthropy efforts. Glassdoor is a great way to dig deeper into how an employer represents themselves and discover the ways they treat employees. Sometimes you will find an employer’s poor treatment goes against everything they have described themselves as supporting. Glassdoor gives the job seeker the ability to discover what qualities are important to them in an employer.
Indeed is one of the most popular job posting tools throughout North America. It is a great app for both job seekers and employers, and is extremely easy to use. Similar to Glassdoor, Indeed provides a platform for employees to review their employers. This feature allows job seekers to get a better understanding for what it would be like the work for the employers. Additionally, Indeed posts job openings for a wide range of careers, from the fast food industry to senior executive roles, unlike LinkedIn which largely features more professional career postings. Other benefits to Indeed include its resume upload feature which allows job seekers to quickly apply to jobs, as well as the ability to upload cover letters and answer job specific questions, such as how many years of work experience in a field or why you are leaving your current job. All of these components give job seekers the ability to stand out from the crowd of applicants by proving their skills.
This app is for the individuals who don’t have the time to scroll through pages on pages of job openings. It’s Tinder-like swipe right, swipe left feature allows job seekers to quickly sort through job openings. To save a job, swipe right and later on, directly chat with hiring managers via a messaging feature. Switch brings you jobs based on your skills, experience, and location. Best of all, your identity is only revealed to employers once you both match or “swipe right”, which means you can search for jobs without the fear that your employer will find out.
Job competition is fierce. In order to stand out you need to go above and beyond than just submitting your resume and a cover letter that clearly is a template used to apply to other openings. In comes ZipRecruiter, an app that allows you to fill out a full profile and upload a general resume to be accessed by all employers. You can use this resume to apply to jobs, but there is also an option to answer job specific questions and submit additional files. Since ZipRecruiter claims every job receives a minimum of 100 applicants, it’s important to be able to personalize your application with additional information that proves you are right for the role. You can also set up job alert emails or notifications for you dream job. Simply fill out what you are looking for, including salary, location, and field.
With these five apps you can successfully navigate the workforce to find a job that fits well with your skills, needs, and goals. Not only do these apps help job seekers find opportunities, they also help employers find employees that fit with their values and needs.