The Best Online Resources For Finding & Applying for Jobs
Posted inCareer Transition
onJanuary 25th, 2018
- Updated onSeptember 19, 2018 - 1:57pm
The Best Online Resources for Job Seekers Series - Part One
Best Sources of Published Openings
Our top picks as sources for job leads are Indeed and recently launched "Google for Jobs".
- Enter job titles and zip codes to find jobs by location
- Filter results by salary estimate, location, experience level, job type or company (see screenshot below)
- Leverage Indeed's ‘Advanced Search’ feature to find jobs using more complex ‘Boolean’ keyword searches to exclude unwanted terms or add options such as contract, full-time, part-time, etc
- Save jobs, re-run previous queries and set up email alerts
- View a detailed description of each job posting and "easily apply" via Indeed, or by visiting the site where the position originated, to submit an application
- Upload your resume and make it public or private
- View JobTrends by job category
Google for Jobs
- Go to Google.com
- Enter a search query as you would any other search. E.g. Project manager jobs in NYC
- In the search results, look for the window with the "Jobs" excerpt (shown right)
- Click the blue bar to launch the Google for Jobs interface, shown below.
Best Tools to Get to the Top of the Resume Pile
Keyword Analysis and Resume Customization Tools
You will likely run into online application forms to fill out once you apply online, but most Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSs) are designed to scan a resume that you upload. The ATS reads your resume and assigns a score, based on pre-assigned required keywords. The top 5% of applicants (or less) will be considered for an initial screening interview. Those resumes not appearing in the top results are unlikely to be ever read by a person.
Conclusion: when a ‘perfect’ applicant fails to get a high enough ATS score, he/she is eliminated from consideration out of the gate.
- Match the requirements of the job description, as defined by relevant keywords that symbolize your hard and soft skills
- Customize every resume (and accompanying cover letter) for each application
Our top picks as sources in this category are two free tools - WordCounter and TagCrowd and two subscription resources - Resunate and JobScan.
Two free tools to analyze job descriptions and identify the most important keywords are WordCounter and TagCrowd. These are easy-to-use options to measure word frequency, which is an important consideration when trying to maximize your ATS scores. Repeated words are the first factor to look at when compiling your list of keywords. WordCounter gives you the actual counts, and TagCrowd provides a ‘cloud’ image, which is helpful as a visual reference tool when customizing your resume.
Resume Building Tools
Our top picks as sources for resume building tools are Resunate, Jobscan, and Resume Assistant.
Resunate will build a resume for you based on the job description you put in, but it will always produce a PDF – though some ATS systems only accept Word documents.
Resunate’s JobFocus Score and Content Suggestion functions can provide worthwhile input to inform the customization process, but the editor is limited. Although Word has it’s limits, I prefer to customize the resume myself in Word, then Save As a PDF if necessary.
Jobscan compares your resume with the keywords in specific job descriptions and generates a detailed keyword report in which it makes very specific recommendations for how to improve your resume. You can also scan your LinkedIn profile.
Jobscan even goes so far as to suggest other jobs you could apply for, depending on how good of a fit you are for the job posting you analyzed. Keep in mind that neither of these tools will generate a cover letter, which is also very important when applying.
|A subscription to Resunate ranges from $24.99 per month to $49.95 per month, depending on how long you commit to the service. There's a free trial option with no requirement to supply your payment information.||Jobscan subscriptions range from $30 per month to $49.95 per month. You can scan a limited number of times for free, which is a great way to kick the tires.|
- Links to LinkedIn job openings with information on their requirements. Your resume can be customized for a specific role, with the ability to apply directly via Word
- Market demand data for related skills
- Comparative professional experience filtered by industry and role
- Links to ProFinder, LinkedIn's freelance marketplace
- How will you turn what is a reactive activity into a proactive one? Applying for jobs after they have been published is a reactive approach to finding your next opportunity. It puts most job seekers in a highly competitive pool, where the best candidate for the job does not always get selected and the majority of applicants will never hear back after submitting an application. Once you have identified a good fit, filling out applications is only the beginning of what job seekers can do to find work. In the coming posts in this series, we'll explore approaches that will help you to be successful in your search.
- Is a contract, consulting or short-term gig an option? Don't discount these opportunities. The freelance workforce is growing faster than the traditional workforce and contingent workers now constitute a growing share of the labor market. A position that you may have discounted because it's not full-time and permanent may turn into a better opportunity. Plus, you have the opportunity to assess an employer and a role before you commit to it, just as employers are doing.
Recommended Reading and References
- Taleo: 4 Ways the Most Popular ATS Ranks Your Job Application. This post explains how one ATS can be used by a recruiter to find best matches and why it’s critical to tailor your resume to the job description, including honing in on the most important resume keywords.
- 60 Hiring Statistics You Need to Know for 2017 by Jennifer Gladstone. Sobering stats to help provide a clearer picture of what to expect if you are currently hiring or looking for a job.
- After putting my résumé through an online scan, I realized the problem with using the same one for every job by Aine Cain. The author walks you through JobScan's capabilities and what she learned about her own resume, as well as the importance of tailoring her resume for each position.
- Guide to Google for Jobs (How to Take Full Advantage). Take a deeper dive into Google for Jobs with this guide.
- New tools to make your job search simpler. From the Google blog, an introduction to Google for Jobs and a preview of what is planned.
- Resunate Review. This review includes an introductory clip, an overview of the features and conclusions.
- Microsoft and LinkedIn May Have Just Leapfrogged Google for Job Search Supremacy. Learn more about the new Microsoft/LinkedIn Resume Assistant.
- How LinkedIn’s Resume Assistant Can Negatively Impact Your Personal Brand. A word of caution is offered in this post. Good advice to not only avoid plagiarizing other people/s profiles, but also how to protect your own profile from being plagiarized.