The job search has changed. Employers use AI to filter resumes before they ever get to recruiters. Candidates that apply using traditional methods are left waiting for replies that never arrive and spending hours each week managing profiles across a plethora of career platforms.

Tools are available to candidates that allow you to bypass traditional application methods and increase your chanced of landing interviews. Here is a list of tools that can help your job search.

  1. Blind
    1. What is It: Blind is an anonymous Blind is an anonymous social networking platform for professionals. Work email-verified professionals can connect with coworkers and other company/industry professionals by holding meaningful conversations on a variety of different topics. Whether you are new to your job or have been in the industry for a while, you can find relevant information and advice from verified professionals in your field, anonymously.
  • How to Use It for Job Search: A tough part of the job search is that it is difficult to know much about the company beyond benefits, reviews, etc. Candidates need critical information such as salary, career paths, tenure, and other inside information that you can not get from traditional review sites. Think Glassdoor, but interactive. You can ask questions in real time and receive answers from current employees.
  • Cost: Free
  • Mailshake
  • What is It: Mailshake is an email automation platform that offers hyper personalization and automation at scale. In the past you had to choose between sending lots of mass email, or sending a small amount of personalized emails. No more. Mailshake lets you hyper personalize your email, automating your emails.
  • How to Use It for Job Search: A critical part of landing job interviews is reaching out to recruiters and hiring managers directly. You also need to reach out to many different companies to get a measurable response. This would normally take lots of time to complete. Not only does Mailshake eliminate the time burden, it also gives you real time analytics to quickly see which employers are most interested in you.
  • Cost: $19/Month
  • Calendly
  • What is It: Calendly let’s you automate scheduling interviews with employers. When speaking with multiple employers, it is difficult and time consuming to schedule and manage interviews with each one. Calendly lets you simply send a link with your availability and takes care of scheduling, contact information and even sends reminders.
  • How to Use It: When a recruiter asks for your availability for an interview, simply send a link to your calendar, which they can easily schedule a time. All parties will receive automatic confirmations, reminders and you have a central calendar to manage all your interview times.
  • Cost: Free
  • RockerReach.co
  • What is It: Rocket Reach is a free tool that let’s you find anyone’s real time, validated email address and phone number. Simply enter the contacts name and company and you get contact information as well as social profiles for each contact.
  • How to Use It for Job Search: To land interviews you must make it past the ATS by reach out directly to a recruiter or hiring manager. Use RockerReach to find accurate contact information quickly and bypass the ATS to ensure you get the best response.
  • Cost: Free for 5 look ups per month, $49/Month for paid plan.
  • JobScan
  • What is It: JobScan uses data science to automatically score your resume against job descriptions. Simply upload your resume and job descriptions, Jobscan will score your resume, giving you a full analysis of how to improve your resume. The goal is to get a score of 80% or higher to ensure your resume passes the employers ATS.
  • How to Use It for Job Search: Jobscan gives you the best chance of a recruiter seeing your resume. As many ATS systems use AI to eliminate resumes that do not match their requirements, Jobscan allows you to see, before you apply, how your resume matches the job description.
  • Cost: Free
  • Google for Jobs
  • What is It: Google for Jobs is the most comprehensive database for open jobs. Simply use Google to search for open jobs and choose your preferred site to apply. Because Google aggregates job listings from around the web, there is no need to visit individual sites and manage multiple profiles.
  • How to Use It for Job Search: Search any industry, employer or location to find open jobs. Google also added additional features such as salary data and company reviews to give you a full picture of the employer before applying.
  • Cost: Free
  • Upwork
  • What is It: Upwork is a platform that allows you to hire freelancers around the world to complete tasks large or small. Post your job, interview applicants and hire freelancers to complete long term or short-term projects.
  • How to Use It for Job Search: Job searching is full of repetitive tasks that can be outsourced to virtual assistants, saving you time and productivity. Tasks such as building a list of contact information for recruiters, a list of open jobs or even filling out applications on employer websites, can all be outsourced to virtual assistants. Upwork allows you to quickly and efficiently find qualified freelancers, attract buds for your project, and securely manage time and payments for the project. Using virtual assistants for your job search can save a substantial amount of time and land more interviews quickly.
  • Cost: The cost of your project, plus 3% of your project cost is paid to Upwork.
  • Twitter
  • Twitter can help you reach out directly to recruiters to land interviews. Recruiters receive instant notification when you follow their profile. It serves as an additional outreach tool to appear on a recruiter’s radar and also let them know you are a serious professional who is genuinely interested in the role.

Posted by Sean McGuigan

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