Finding a Job

Effective Job Search Tools to Get You a Job

March 20, 2020

Preparing to start searching for job opportunities means learning more about the different job search tools that can help you through the hiring process. By reviewing these beneficial career search tools, how they work and how you should use them to get noticed by employers, you can set yourself apart from other applicants.

In this article, we define what job search tools are and offer the top seven most beneficial job search tools you can use to find your next job.

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What are job search tools?

Job search tools are any methods that help you find jobs effectively and efficiently. They can range from job search and job advice websites to organizations, digital mediums, extensions and software programs. Job search tools help people identify unique job opportunities through tailored searches, saving them time and energy. Here are seven job search tools to help you in your job search:

  1. Social media
  2. Community organizations
  3. Career centers
  4. Professional organizations
  5. Job alerts
  6. Salary and company pages
  7. Job search directories

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1. Social media

Social media platforms can serve as valuable job searching tools when used to engage with your professional community to expand your professional network. Here's how to use social media to boost your job search:

  • Add industry connections often. Continuously adding new contacts to your profile is a vital part of maintaining a thriving network of professionals. Take five to 10 minutes each day to connect with other people in your industry. The more connections you have, the more potential for opportunities and the more credible you look to recruiters.
  • Respond to all messages from recruiters and professionals. You should make it a point to respond to all messages you receive from recruiters and industry professionals, even if you are not interested in what they have to offer you. Saying something like "Thank you for reaching out, I am unable to accept your offer at this time, but I wish you the best of luck in your candidate search!" is more than enough to decline their offer while remaining cordial and professional.
  • Share industry-related content. Be sure to share interesting articles, videos or studies you find about your industry with your network. This encourages engagement on their part and helps them view you as a well-read individual who is always interested in learning more about their career field.
  • Like and comment on your followers' posts. Another way to engage with your network is to like and respond to particular posts that gain your interest. Comments like "Thank you for sharing this valuable advice!" or "Wow, how cool!" help you connect directly with members of your network. You can even use this as an opportunity to send them a related article via direct message to create a more personal connection

Here are a few advantages of using social media in your job search:

  • Professional networking opportunities. Professional networking sites connect industry professionals to candidate-seeking employers. Create an account on one or more of these sites and include a professional bio, resume and cover letter. If the site has an "open to recruitment" option that notifies employers of your availability, make sure you activate it for the best results.
  • Job notifications. Companies often use their online presence to post available job openings and information about how to apply for an opportunity. If you are interested in working for a specific company, follow them on their social media platforms. You will not only learn more about the company, their values, culture and purpose, but you could also find job openings ahead of candidates who don't follow them on social media.

2. Community organizations

Community organizations offer local job opportunities and additional search tools for prospective candidates. Here are two community organizations where you can potentially find helpful job resources:

  • Community centers: Community centers are local job search tools for you to use. Some community centers have job post bulletin boards that advertise job openings within your area, and depending on what your community center offers, they might have career services for people who need additional guidance.
  • Libraries: Libraries are a great job search tool for individuals who need extra help navigating resources and setting up online applications. Many libraries have built-in career centers for members who need career guidance.

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3. Career centers

Career centers offer specific career search tools to help prospective job candidates not only find job positions that are suitable for them, but also help them establish long-term career goals to explore. Here are three types of career centers:

  • Temp and job placement agencies. Temp and job placement agencies are organizations that work to place candidates with temporary work in several industries such as business, healthcare, information technology and construction or engineering. These temporary placements allow individuals to test out different fields and job positions to find the right career path to pursue. Some temporary placements can turn into permanent positions.
  • Recruiting agencies. Recruiting agencies function by matching individuals who fit specific requirements with prospective employers. However, the employer decides which candidate is the best fit for the job, and these jobs are typically permanent placements.
  • Career fairs. Career fairs that take place at the collegiate and professional levels allow individuals to meet with companies face-to-face in a more casual setting than an in-person interview. Career fairs are also useful as they give people the opportunity to engage with opportunities.

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4. Professional organizations

Professional organizations are useful career search tools that offer individuals unique opportunities in their industry. Here are two examples of professional organizations that can help you search for a job:

  • Industry organizations. Industry organizations are typically societies, councils or boards that oversee the education and procedures of a particular field. For example, the American Nursing Association (ANA) not only offers certification programs to prospective nurses, but it also has a career center with hiring resources for nurses to find employment.
  • Alumni organizations. Alumni organizations help people stay connected with others they met at high school or college. Similarly, this is an excellent channel for job opportunities and networking.

5. Job alerts

Job alerts are job search tools that can help individuals learn about opportunities before other candidates. A good example of a job search alert is the Indeed job search alert. Once an individual creates a free account with Indeed.com, they have the opportunity to sign up for job alerts on their email or phone. They can tailor these alerts to notify them about jobs with a specific company or field.

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6. Salary and company pages

If you want to work for a specific company, you can often find openings and salary information on the company website. Another great job search tool for job candidates to use is a salary website. These websites allow individuals to search for a job's average salary expectations in their area.

  • Company websites. Company websites are useful job search tools that provide individuals with information right from the source. Some companies even have pages dedicated to job openings and recruitment opportunities.
  • Indeed Salaries. Indeed Salaries allow individuals to search for a job position's average salary expectations as it relates to local and state economies. Further, candidates can compare salaries for the same position in different areas to determine the best locations to look for a job.

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7. Job search directories

Job search directories are typically websites that allow job applicants to search for jobs by job title, salary, location and company. These search terms connect prospective candidates to the most relevant opportunities that companies have posted to the directory. Here are two examples of job directories for you to explore:

  • Local directories. Local directories are those specific to a person's location of residence. These job search websites only provide job listings for openings within a particular town, city or state. This allows individuals to find work close to them.
  • Indeed. Indeed is a job search directory that offers prospective job candidates the opportunity to use advanced search terms to find specific results about job openings in their field. Applicants can apply for jobs by creating a free account and uploading their resume and cover letter for quick applying.