Polish your profile on LinkedIn: check. Research the salary for your dream job: check. Proof your resume and submit it to your favorite companies … and wait.
If you feel like you've been spinning your wheels when it comes to the job hunt, then it might be time to get a little tech boost. These tools can help you with every step, from upping the chances your resume will be read to prepping for that first interview.
Create a New Resume
Designing a resume that showcases your experience without looking like a patchwork quilt of font sizes and bullets doesn't come naturally to everyone. Give your resume some professional polish by using templates that do all the heavy design lifting for you. Resumake and Resume.io are two good places to start. Their simplicity - pick a template and plug in your info - means you can customize your resume for different types of jobs.
Cost: Resumake is free, but has a more limited variety of templates. Resume.io has plans that range from free to create one resume to $74.95 for 12 months of premium access that offers an unlimited number of resumes.
Make It Past the Bots
If you worry that your resume gets sucked into a black hole, you might not be wrong: Many companies now use an applicant tracking system (ATS), which means a bot is scanning your resume to gauge how good a fit you are for a job before it even crosses a human's desk. Jobscan is a website that compares text from your resume or LinkedIn profile with that of a posted job's description to see if it has the right keywords to make it pass the robots.
Cost: There are three plans to choose from. The free package offers five keyword comparisons a month, or you can get unlimited comparisons plus other job-related services for $89.95 every three months or $49.95 a month.
Keep Track of Where You Applied
If you apply to so many jobs that you can't even remember which companies have your resume, then consider looking into an app like Rake, which serves as a personal job tracker. You can save job descriptions from any job board or career site with a single click. It also offers some best practices for applying and lets you set follow-up reminders so you know when to give that recruiter a gentle nudge.
Cost: The app or Chrome extension are free.
Refine Your Search
Job hunting sometimes feels a little like dating: You have to "swipe left" on a lot of job postings before you find The One you want to swipe right on. Leap.ai helps cut down on that onerous task by playing matchmaker. Upload your resume to the site and it will find jobs that are a good fit for you, based on factors like your location, skills and interests. It will also send your resume to the employer on your behalf. Most of its jobs are currently in the tech or business space, but its client companies are impressive, with names like Uber, Dropbox, Zoom and more.
Cost: Free (employers pay them to find you).
Prep for the Job Interview
Remember when you used to sit at the back of the bus, furiously flipping through flashcards to help you prepare for a big history test? Cram, a site where you can search for flashcards across various topics, has flashcard sets specifically to help you practice for job interviews. The simple cards, which are designed by other users, are meant to help you prep for answering questions about the employer ("Who are its major competitors?") as well as those often tricky personal questions ("What's your best trait?").