You have your dream career in mind. You’re armed with your killer resume and your social media savvy. But are you really using technology to its fullest potential when it comes to organizing your job search?
The internet has exploded recently with apps, websites and other tools that job seekers can use to organize and optimize their hunt for employment. Check out the list below for some tools to expand your search and maybe even make it a little easier — all for free!
Below, you’ll see sites for searching and sites for organization — but this site hopes to combine the two, giving you a platform while taking search completely out of the equation. When you sign up for WorkFu (through your Twitter account), they’ll recommend keywords for your profile based on your skills and experience and start sending you possible jobs ranked by your “FuScore.” The FuScore is calculated by “how relevant an opportunity is to you, and how well connected you are the creator of that opportunity.” The best part about WorkFu is its simply beautiful interface, which will make you want to use it.
It can be a drag applying to what feels like millions of jobs online, especially when you aren’t hearing back from any of them. StartWire keeps tabs on your applications and updates you on their status. According to their website, they have a network of more than 5,500 companies that allow them to track applications — meaning that awful feeling of being in job limbo won’t have so much power over you. And as you continue applying to jobs, they can figure out what your interests are and give you advice accordingly.
If you want a tried-and-true search engine from someone who’s been in the business for a while, Jobfox might be your best bet. It was founded in 2005 by Rob McGovern, the creator of CareerBuilder, and claims to be the “largest skills-matching job site.” The site puts you in touch with the people actually doing the hiring, helping you network rather than just diving in cold to endless job boards. You can also earn bonuses by referring friends for positions, and use their professional (but not free) resume writing services.
Huntsy is a brand-new, hot-off-the-presses startup that goes beyond just being a job search engine. Instead, Huntsy helps you get organized. The site organizes your search in a dashboard, keeping track of everything you need to do and when you need to do it — from the jobs you’ve already applied for to your interview times to all the versions of your resume. It also searches your social media networks to find any possible job-getting connections you might have.
JobsMiner is one of the simplest and most far-reaching job search engines out there. Just type in your dream job and location, and the site will search social networks, blogs and forums for potential openings. A quick search for marketing in Boston turns up page after page of job postings from Twitter, LinkedIn and more — much easier than searching each of those sites individually. Beware, though, that the same jobs might be posted multiple times.
So there you have it – five websites promising to make your job search simpler, faster and more personal than ever before. Give them a try, and let us know if one works out for you!