RECRUITMENT has evolved tremendously over the past 10 years. And the evolution cycle has become increasingly shorter too.
That said, the way you conduct your job search has to keep up with these changes too.
Newspapers are not the only source of job advertisements today.
In our uber-connected world, job seekers need to know how to navigate company websites, job portals and social media sites to look for opportunities and make their presence felt.
Before you start celebrating after posting your resumé online and opening a LinkedIn account, you should realise that finding a job will need more than that.
Anyone can have an online presence. It is knowing how to stand out from the crowd that will ensure you get noticed by hiring managers and headhunters in their search results.
Here are eight tools to help you ensure that your visibility is always high:
This is a self-discovery platform and network for a new generation of professionals looking for more meaning in their careers.
It helps job seekers and employees identify their professional archetype, assess a company’s fit, and gives them the tools and resources they need to find true happiness in the workplace.
This is a complete resumé-writing app for iOS and Android phones and tablets. ResuM8 gives you a proven template and thousands of well-written action phrases for you to choose from and incorporate into your own resumé.
This app was developed by Career Marketing Specialists Inc. (CMS), a professional corporate outplacement consultancy that has been servicing major organisations, including many Fortune 500 firms and government departments, since 1981.
A Singapore-based resumé-writing firm, it caters to four different categories of job seeker, from fresh graduates to senior executives. Included in the service is a phone consultation and you can even include a LinkedIn update.
This is a must-have app to keep your LinkedIn profile current and up-to-date.
A current profile will ensure optimal visibility in search results.
A poor one will languish at page 10 and beyond, which very few readers will flip to.
The app provides a convenient avenue to share status, grow your connections and reach out to recruiters.
This service takes your basic resumé and turn its into something amazing. It has resumé themes designed by top graphic design professionals.
Just upload your current resumé, choose the theme that fits your personal style and industry, and the company will have your resumé done within a week so you can send it out and look forward to being called for interviews.
This is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, with more than 60 million websites.
With a variety of themes to choose from, it enables you to easily set up your personal blog in less than five minutes.
Professional blogging is the best way to articulate your profile and your domain expertise clearly to the online world in ways that LinkedIn and Facebook may not cater to.
A slide-hosting service, this is a great way to show the world how good you are with presentations — a skill that is attractive to hiring managers.
Just upload files privately or publicly in the following file formats — PowerPoint, PDF, Keynote or OpenDocument — and they can then be viewed on the site itself, on hand-held devices or embedded on other sites.
Don’t have a sufficiently strong portfolio yet to add to your profile?
Start building it up via Elance-oDesk, a marketplace linking up businesses and freelancers. Offer your services on the side and not only earn extra income but also the chance to build more credibility for your profile.
Start using these online tools to build up or boost your personal brand. Chances are, they will help you make significant inroads in your job search journey.
Article by Adrian Tan, the co-founder and former managing director of RecruitPlus, a specialist recruitment company. He is currently a full-time career coach, speaker and writer.