Finding a job online is tough. You scroll through hundreds of websites and search engines, and your brain starts to hurt pretty quickly. It’s even worse when you can see how many other people have applied!
The good news is that there are other ways to find a job online, and they are a bit more fun and challenging than the tried and tested add-a-resume-and-hope-for-the-best formula that feels like it takes years off your life. Here are four ways you can use modern tech for your job hunts.
Billions of people are using social media channels every single day, and that includes businesses and potential employers. The best part of social media is that it is immediate, which means if you contact somebody on Facebook or Twitter, for example, they are likely to respond quicker than when you apply through the formal channels of a job site.
A great way to source clients is to conduct a search on your chosen platform based on the kind of job you’re looking for. It could be ‘journalism jobs’ on a Twitter search to use one example. By using these keywords, Twitter will then work its magic and bring up all the Tweets where these are mentioned, including those from businesses, who you can contact directly.
Your Personal Website
The aim of this game is to make the employers come to you. Forbes magazine stated back in 2011 that the resume would be dead in 10 years, and that employers would be more likely to find you and your work online instead. It was a bold prediction, but one that is slowly coming true. These days, a stunning personal website with a page dedicated to your work experience and qualifications is just as good (if not better!) than a carefully thought-out resume.
Your personal website should include everything from links to your finest work to testimonials from past clients and colleagues. Think of it as your personal selling tool, and direct all possible future employers in its direction. If it grabs their attention, you might just be in with a shot.
Create a Digital Resume
A question that many job seekers ask themselves is: How do I stand out from all the other applicants? It’s a good question, especially when you know there are going to be dozens, maybe hundreds of applicants for that particular role.
One way to stand out from the crowd is to create a digital resume using a resume maker. Instead of the boring block of text, a digital resume can include cool images, great typography and can truly stand you apart from the other applicants. They can be created in a matter of moments, and downloaded, printed and shared online just as easily, which is perfect for getting your resume out into the world in a hurry.
Once you have this new and improved version of your resume completed, start uploading it to job sites and emailing it out to companies you want to work for. It’ll be fun and interesting to see who bites, and who comments on your resume.