The aftermath of this pandemic is expected to have an adverse impact on the unemployment rates. Recently, 30 million people filed for unemployment in the United States. Even though you might have to sustain this competition, you surely can find a job, given you have the skills. Last month, the U.S economy added 4.8 million jobs. Hence, you can expect more of such jobs to be added. However, you should be duly prepared to secure them as soon as they are added. Because there are 24 million more looking to grab it! Therefore, if you are a fresh graduate looking for a good opportunity to start your career, you can make use of the following resources to ace your job hunt!
LinkedIn is like Facebook for professionals. Through LinkedIn, you will get a chance to liaise with a lot of people, especially HRs. Hence you can approach them to see if they can review your resume for a potential job opening. Furthermore, the platform has a separate “Jobs” section wherein you can browse through all the available jobs from many companies. As a matter of fact, you can meet executives and associates who work for such companies to know their culture and what to expect during your interview. The most important thing, however, is not to be hesitant to contact them. Most of them are welcoming and would surely help you out! To sum up, LinkedIn is a complete package, and is quintessential for a successful job hunt!
2. ATS compliant resume
If LinkedIn is not fetching enough leads for you, you can always try and upload your resume directly to the company’s website. However, while doing so, you must have an ATS compliant resume. ATS is short for the Application Tracking System. Although it makes things easier for a recruiter, an ATS can reject you even if your profile is bright. The reason for this, the format of your resume. To put it into perspective, ATS uses a parsing software that extracts data from your resume. Subsequently, it ranks candidates based on the data collected. Hence, if your resume is not ATS-friendly, the system may not extract the essential data. You can download an ATS friendly template from websites such as Zety and Novoresume.
3. Email tracker
If you prudently use LinkedIn, you will find enough email addresses to send out your resume. However, most of us are hesitant to hear back from them. Consequently, we will quickly lose our patience. To avoid this, you can use an Email tracker. This way, you will know whether your email is opened or not. You can find a lot of applications that serve this purpose. But, it is recommended to use the plugin found in Google Chrome. You can easily download this from the Chrome Web Store. It is best to avoid third-party developers as you will be at risk of exposing your personal information.
4. An online portfolio
An online portfolio will definitely help you if you are looking for web development or a designer job. The thing is, LinkedIn has a standard format for everything. In the sense, you can use it as a portfolio, but your recruiter will see tons of them. Hence, to stand out, you can host an online portfolio. This way, you can put everything about you in different tabs/pages. Moreover, an online portfolio will also help you in protecting yourself in the most aesthetic and simplest way to your recruiter. You can use either WordPress or Wix for this. It is highly recommended to have a .com or .org extension.
5. A video resume
Nowadays, recruiters hardly skim through the entire pages of your resume. Hence to make things easier for them, you can upload a video resume instead of a PDF. You will get a chance to “market” yourself for 2 whole minutes. Make it compelling and informative. Even though you make one yourself, it is recommended to use a service provider like biteable. Go beyond a traditional resume! Stand out among the rest of your competitors!
6. A job search CRM
CRM, also known as Customer Relationship Management is not only limited to track sales but also track your job applications. Essentially, a job hunt is akin to sales. You’re marketing yourself to your recruiter. A job search CRM will make things easier for you by giving you a glimpse of all the companies you applied to. There are a number of free software out there. As a matter of fact, HubSpot offers a CRM software that does everything from listing companies to their openings. Once you are in, you can add the company website. The software will effectively extract the required data. Shortly after that, you can filter out those that don’t interest you. In short, you will have a database of everything.
7. Auto-filling your applications
Although you may find this option in many career websites, you can’t auto-fill the details given to a different company. In the sense, say you applied for a job posting on Amazon. You can use that info for other Amazon job applications, but not for Google. However, this is possible if you download the LiveCareer plugin from Chrome Web Store. Moreover, this extension will also help you find a suitable job. This way, you can save crucial hours entering repetitive data.
8. A resume checker
While we went through the dynamics of ATS, we had discussed how the system ranks the candidates. Hence, for you to stand out, your resume should be customized in such a way that it matches the job description. Typically the ATS would search for keywords on the job description on your resume. For instance, if the job description has “Java”, it would check whether you have the same word on your resume. If not, it would rank you low. Therefore, to avoid this, it is better to get your resume checked against the job description. Even though there is a lot of software, it is recommended to use a credible software like JobScan.
9. An automatic application status checker
Applying for a job is easy, but getting status updates is hard. Typically, almost half of your recruiters wouldn’t give you an update. Hence to get status updates, you can use an automatic application checker, that will notify you whenever there’s an update on your application. In the sense, if your status changes from “Application Received” to “Under Review”, you will get an SMS or an Email. This way, you can start preparing for your interview. Even though there are a lot of companies having this service, it is really hard to find a credible one. Hence, before you choose a third-party software, make sure to do a quick background check!
10. Job boards
What’s a job hunt without a good job board! You can easily find a ton of job boards that regularly put new job openings. To get you started, Glassdoor, Monster, Google for Jobs, and SimplyHired are some good ones. Furthermore, you can use websites such as AngelList and Crunchbase, if your interest lies in start-ups. Using LinkedIn along with any one of these job boards will make it easier for you to get instant updates on new job openings!