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Tech Tools For Every Job Search
Monday, August 13, 2012

Job searches before technological advances have been a pretty straightforward process. One would scour the classified ads in the newspaper and make a phone or in-person inquiry.
Today's job search is similar but isn't as simple. With all the ways of being able to connect online, the expectations of putting yourself out there for a job has risen tremendously.

Technology can either be your friend or enemy depending on how well your ability is to use it to your advantage. Take a look at some of the tools that are available for your job search and find out how you can best use them to give yours a hand.

1) Email.

Email is nothing new but professional emails are in a league all their own. Many professionals use an email signature which is somewhat like a business card at the end of the email. This provides the reader quick access to your contact info. It also somewhat serves as a personal logo for your brand. When you send out emails to hundreds of strangers, you want to leave a personal, memorable impression. Don't forget to include a link to your LinkedIn profile.

2) Social Networks.

Speaking of profiles, hiring companies often take into consideration who you are on your Twitter or Facebook pages. They want to see if you are who you say you are and whether you represent that image in-person and online. It's basically an easy way for potential employers to call your bluff, but they want to get a better idea of who you are as well. The most important one to work on is of course your LinkedIn profile. It should be as complete as possible and include a professional photo since it's the only place it would be acceptable to put one.

3) Calendars.

Life is lived on day-to-day basis but that doesn't mean we can plan and prepare for the future. Calendars are a great tool for encouraging and maintaining productivity. Many positions are often done through the direction of a calendar. Having a back-up in print allows you to take on your responsibilities according to schedule and priority without feeling overwhelmed or scatterbrained. Whether you're employed or not, a calendar lets you put your life right in front of your eyes and organize it.

4) Manage contacts.

Networking, both on and offline, is key to any successful job search. Gettng contacts is important but more important is being able to manage them well. Good organization is a must in any job search because when you need to call someone or refer back to a number you'll have all your resources stored in one place. When you get business cards make sure you transfer this information into a database. Each contact should have notes attached and have a track record of your interaction with that person such as follow-up actions.

5) Reputation.

Do a search on yourself from an outsider's perspective and see what you can dig up. If you find anything negative, inaccurate, or misleading associated to your name you'll want to fix that ASAP. This can greatly harm your chances of getting a job if seen by a hiring manager. Plus, this can also get around to other employers and really keep you down. There are sites that can help you fix these issues, some free and some at a cost depending on your own needs.

One thing you should always remember is to keep up with the times. Staying current with the latest practices in job searching already shows potential employers that you keep yourself in the loop and know a thing or two about what it takes to compete in the job market.