We all know that searching for a new job can be both an exciting and busy time. The Anne Corder Recruitment team are on hand to help you with your job search but there are also a huge number of tools designed to make, what can be a stressful time, a little easier.
In this blog we take a look at some of those available tools, including some which we’ve created for you and some that you may not have considered useful for your job search until now:
Search for a new job on-the-go
There are a number of tools that allow you to search for jobs on the go – AnneCorder.co.uk for example is mobile-friendly so you can search for a job from your mobile device.
Whether you are on your daily commute or simply haven’t had the opportunity to look for vacancies via a desktop, using your phone to track and monitor job openings can be a great time-saver.
Spread the job seeking workload a little – why not have a browse on your phone the next time you’re in a coffee shop or even over lunch?
Downloadable job search tracker
Staying on top of emails and conversations during a job search can be challenging so we’ve created a tracker that is designed to help you monitor where you are with your applications.
A simple spreadsheet, which you can edit and tailor to suit your needs, our downloadable job search trackers helps you see what jobs you have applied for and when at a glance – great for when you have a call coming in from a recruiter!
Psychometric tests sound more daunting than they really are. They are actually a useful tool to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.
You might be thinking you already know your strengths and you might be wondering why on earth you want to know more about your weaknesses, but hear us out.
Employers are increasingly using psychometric tests, or profiling, to better understand their employees and they can actually help you better understand yourself. The tools will usually offer up descriptions of your potential strengths and weaknesses, or describe how you might react to certain situations.
For example, you might be described as someone who is quick to make decisions, which clearly has both pros and cons associated with it – an ability to act in a pressurised situation, but also perhaps a slight abruptness with colleagues.
It’s mostly hypothetical, but you can use it to think more carefully about how you behave around others. You can also use the results in your interviews too – employers generally like someone who can express their weaknesses, or areas for improvement, as well as their strengths. If you can already identify skills or behaviours you’d like to improve, then that can only be a good thing – none of us are perfect!
Unless you are dead set on a specific type of job, or your skillset/experience means you want to stay in a particular sector, then deciding what type of job you want is half the battle.
There are lots of tools that will assess your skillset and the things you enjoy doing at work, such as working in a team or not. These tools, such as the Anne Corder Recruitment Career Map will then make suggestions or recommendations as to which industries, sectors, and job roles you might be interested in.
The tool might surprise you with some suggestions you had not considered or it might tell you what you already know, but it’s always good to have some reassurance.
Of course, there is no need to restrict yourself, but you might find it handy to narrow your search a little after your initial research to keep your efficiency high and your job applications targeted.
This is a fairly obvious tool, but one that many job seekers still miss. If you build a decent CV, then you’re already one step ahead of many other candidates.
It’s really important to have a professional looking CV, that is easy to read and not too long. Try using our CV template as a starting point.
Using the calendar and note-taking apps on your phone is an extremely useful method of keeping track of the job-seeking process.
Use the calendar to book in reminders and appointments to make sure you are on time and you don’t double book. You can use the note app to keep track of jobs you’ve applied for, responses you’ve had from employers, contact details and to list other potential vacancies.
Alternatively, you can download our job search tracker onto an app like Google Drive or Evernote, so you can use this on the go too.
Not only is LinkedIn a great tool for finding jobs, it’s also a tool for employers to find you. So it’s really important you keep it updated, looking professional and showcasing your job history and skills.
While Facebook might not be a tool for you to find work, employers might use it in a similar way to LinkedIn as a means to check your characteristics.
This might seem unfair and potentially intrusive, but the open world of social media (unless you’ve set your profile to private) means employers can easily look at your out of work activities.
Again, Emma’s blog on using social media offers some great advice on keeping your profiles employer-friendly.
All together there are a huge number of online tools to help your job search but don’t forget it’s important that you get in touch and speak to people too. At Anne Corder Recruitment we always aim to meet our candidates to get to know them and their ambitions better. Ultimately, that’s always something that is better done in person.