3 Online Tools to Expedite Your Job Hunt

By Tim Backes

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In case you haven’t noticed it’s 2015, not 1995. Over the last 20 years, the job-hunting process has changed dramatically. If your approach to finding a new job or career in the same way your parents did, you might not be pleased with the results.

With the pervasiveness of the Internet and the stunning rise of cheap mobile devices, accessing the digital universe is easier than ever. Most public libraries even offer free use of in-house computers and Internet access to their patrons.

So, what does all of this mean in regards to you finding a new job or career?

Very simply stated, it means you need to modernize your job-hunting methods to both speed it up while simultaneously increasing your chance of success. Here are 3 online tools that do just that.

 

An Online Resume Maker

Long gone are the days of poking at a typewriter only to make a mistake that requires Wite-Out. Equally, the time of trying to build a resume from scratch on Microsoft Word, only to get completely frustrated by the formatting problems that always happen has passed.

Now you can let software do all of the hard work for you and do so much faster. One example is the Resume Genius resume builder, that states you can actually create a professional looking resume without the hassle of worrying about formatting in as little as 15 minutes.

Instead of wasting days upon days getting things just right, you can have several position-specific resumes ready to go in under an hour.

 

Online Cover Letter Templates

No, cover letters are not dead. They are still a very important part of the hiring process for many companies. If you don’t believe that, just hop over to Indeed.com and apply to a few positions. You can see how many either ask directly for a cover letter or give you an option to include one.

Starting a cover letter by staring at a blank piece of paper is a thing of the past. It’s much easier to take one of the many cover letter templates available online, like this one from Career One Stop, or this one from The Muse.

You can simply follow the format that they have already laid out for you, and insert your information and personality. And, it makes it much easier to draft multiple cover letters for multiple positions, requiring only minor edits.

 

Online Job Interview Practice and Critique

Having all the application material set up and ready to go in under a day is great, but you’re not home yet. If your previous steps do what they are supposed to, they will land you a few interviews. That means you need to be ready to deal with some direct one-on-one questions.

While visualizing how an interview might go is useful, unless you actual go through the process, it’s extremely easy to freeze due to nerves when the time comes for the real deal. Practicing by actually speaking out loud and having someone critique your answers and body language is a much more holistic method of preparation than only going over potential interviews in your head.

Luckily, online tools like Big Interview are there to help you go through the process and correct any glaring flaws in your approach to interviewing that could prevent you from getting a job offer. Why would you not take advantage of a great tool like this?

 

Use Your Time Wisely

Don’t waste your valuable job searching time toiling away with a finicky word processor. There is no need to reinvent the wheel and create a cover letter from scratch.

Career professionals have poured years upon years of experience into developing these tools. They both speed up the process of getting you actively into the job hunt as well as aide you in making your resume, cover letter, and interview as polished as possible.

And, there’s one more reason to considerer using some of or all of these online resources: your competition most likely is.

 

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