Because of the internet, finding a job today can be described as: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” The ease by which jobseekers can find and apply for jobs is accompanied by the difficulty of being discovered among the noise.
Fortunately, there are some powerful tools that you can use to level up your job search. The best part? They’re all free.
LinkedIn is the de facto social media platform for professionals, employers and recruiters all around the world.
For the job seeker, it is a presentable way to host your online resume. It is also on a platform where prospective employers and potential co-workers in your industry may discover you. If you are new to LinkedIn, you can import your e-mail contacts list and easily build a network based on your existing professional acquaintances.
You are also able to write and receive testimonials and skill endorsements from people you worked with previously.
In addition to the basic function of network building, LinkedIn has an entire section that has job listings, many of which are exclusive to LinkedIn.
The social aspect of LinkedIn means that you’re able to read content written or shared by thought leaders in your field. It is a great way to keep abreast of industry news, trends, tips, and case studies. Being well-informed is a positive attribute that would-be employers value.
The Singapore startup JobTech is many things, depending on who you ask. For recruitment firms, researchers and institutes of higher learning, they are a leading artificial intelligence and big data analytics technology company that provides real-time intelligence into the labour market.
For the Singaporean working adult like you and me, they are a job portal like no other. By crawling and aggregating job listings from thousands of sources daily, they give jobseekers access to up to date job postings with one search. With bulk of these sources coming from the career pages of leading companies, JobTech is providing unique visibility to these jobs that aren’t listed on other job portals.
In addition, JobTech has a feature called Skills Maps to help job seekers increase their employability. Based on analysing actual job descriptions and requirements, Skills Maps inform jobseekers on skills that are currently in demand, or are observed to be increasing in demand in a particular industry.
Skills Maps look like it will be a promising tool to help Singaporeans do career planning by letting them know what are skills they can pick up to increase their employability and relevance within the industry or vocation of their choice.
Glassdoor is a website that provides a glimpse into how it is really like to work for a company you’re considering applying for. You can look at reviews from current and past employees. There are also salary gauges and interview tips from people with first-hand experience with the company.
It is to have some insights into a company’s culture and management style and decide if it’s a place that you will excel in. Since reviews are a peer-written, read them with a measure of scepticism and consider other sources of information as well.
In today’s digital age, its extremely easy to send resumes and job applications. It is not uncommon for recruiters and Human Resource professionals to receive hundreds of resumes for each open position. It becomes important to stand out from the crowd by showing the company that you’re serious about the job and are not just “window shopping” for interviews and job offers.
Enter Canva, a free, easy-to-use graphic design software. It is web-based, so there is no installation required. Their modern, clean templates provide a good starting point for your creations, and the drag-and-drop interface gives you the level of customisation you want.
You can use it to create eye-catching resumes, portfolio pages, social media posts, and even business cards to hand out at the next job fair or networking event. In fact, there is even a dedicated resume maker tool to get you started!
DollarsAndSense.sg aims to provide interesting, bite-sized and relevant financial articles.
Learn together with like-minded Singaporeans at the Personal Finance Discussion SG Facebook Group by discussing a range of personal finance topics.
If you have not done so, subscribe to our free e-newsletter to receive exclusive content not available anywhere else.