7 Top Job Seeker Tools and Apps

October 27th, 2012

In recent years, new technologies and online resources have changed the job search game. While looking for the perfect job still requires research and effort, professionals looking to make a change have access to more jobs than ever. Murray Resources – one of the leading Houston staffing agencies—looked beyond the more commonly known job search tools such as Monster, Careerbuilder, and Craigslist to compile a list of 7 top job search tools.

1) LinkedIn

You’re likely already aware of LinkedIn, the widely used social network for professionals. Most people are aware of its networking and status update functions, but it’s also a powerful job search tool. You can use LinkedIn to create an online resume, as well as search and apply for jobs by keywords, job title, location, and even salary level. The paid job seeker premium tool allows users to see who has been viewing their profile, which could be a source of job leads. It also allows you to send personalized InMails to hiring managers and recruiters, where normally you would need to have a connection.

2) Indeed.com App

If you have a smart phone, the Indeed app is worth a download. Indeed is essentially a job board aggregator – a one-stop (free) shop where you can view most jobs posted online. For example, if Houston staffing agencies such as Murray Resources post a new job on their website, it’s likely that the position will show up on Indeed’s app. You can use the app to search, save, and e-mail job postings. The app will also show new jobs added since your last search, a great time saver.

3) Job Compass App

Another useful smart phone app, Job Compass uses satellite technology to map potential jobs within a specific radius of your location. If you are looking for a short commute to your next job, this app could be a great place to start.

4) Twit Job Search

Twitter is one of the fastest social networks where users can follow other users’ updates for entertainment, news, and discussion purposes. Because of the enormous amount of twitter traffic, recruiters and employers are increasingly posting job openings on the site. Twit Job Search is a third party site that will search Twitter for keywords related to your job search. This can be an excellent way to find out about jobs that you may not find on your usual job search sites.

5) JobServe Connect App

JobServe was formed in 1993 and bills itself as the world’s first internet recruitment service. With headquarters in the UK, it serves the United Kingdom, US, Australia, New Zealand, most of Europe, Canada, Thailand, and the UAE. The company’s app allows you to search job postings on the JobServe web site. The Jobserve app uses the GPS technology in your smart phone to search for postings near you with an easy-to-use interface.

6) iPQ Career Planner App

More of a career planner than a job search tool, the iPQ Career Planner app can help you identify the type of job that’s most likely to be a match. The app provides a detailed questionnaire and will analyze the results to identify your strengths and weaknesses as a job candidate. It will then suggest jobs and career tracks to pursue based on your profile. This tool allows you to be more specific with your job search, which may help you find your ideal job more efficiently.

7) LunchMeet

LunchMeet is a networking app that can help you find people in your area who are interested in meeting up for coffee or lunch. All you need to do is enter your location and the times you are available and it will match you with potential contacts. The concept behind the app is to build your networking base – potentially leading to industry contacts and job opportunities you may not have otherwise known about.

Thanks to evolving technology, job hunters have many new resources to help them locate their dream job. It’s a good idea to try multiple tools to maximize your exposure to new opportunities.

 

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to one of the top Houston staffing agencies – Murray Resources – for help in exploring your next career opportunity. Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

Also, if you’re in the Houston area, be sure to attend the  Murray Resources “Resume and Cover Letter Tips and Techniques” workshop November 8! Receive individualized feedback and advice on how to craft an effective cover letter and resume that will successfully convey your interest to prospective employers.

Advance tickets are being sold for $25 through November 7th, and tickets purchased on the day of the event will be $35. Purchase your tickets online with a friend and receive a 20% discount for the both of you!

 

Can’t wait until next Saturday for more tips on how to utilize online job search tools? Check out our last Social Media Saturday post to stay plugged in to the most innovative ways to use the web.

Your Facebook Timeline is Your Digital Resume

October 13th, 2012

It’s Saturday morning, and perhaps we went a little overboard in celebrating the arrival of the weekend last night. But hey, nothing a little sleep and some coffee can’t cure, right? Time to curl up on the couch and treat ourselves to a bit of mind numbing social media surfing and OH MY GOSH THOSE PICTURES GOT POSTED?!?

Whether you’re comfortable in your career or are presently pursuing one, Houston recruiting firm Murray Resources can attest to the fact that more and more employers are turning to social media to vet current and potential employees for behaviors that might not align with a company’s image or values. In this digital day and age when information is more readily available and accessible than ever before, anyone using social media must be cognizant of the fact that making your private life public can come with some very real consequences. As the author of today’s article sums up in the comments section below his post,

“In both the online and offline world, I’m amazed at how the work/home life boundary blurs. Whether you’re flexing your friend network to find a job, or you meet your mate at the office party, the work/life boundary is vital, yet inevitably porous. Social media success demands the ability to confidently understand this overlap.”

Gerrit Hall, CEO and Co-Founder of online resume reviewing company Rezscore, wrote today’s piece whose content is likely even more relevant today than it was when originally published almost a year ago. In it, Hall describes how Facebook’s “Timeline” profile format is increasingly reminiscent of a digital resumé, and explains how to appropriately manage your social media without losing the integrity of your own personal style and usage. You can understand why leading Houston recruiting firm Murray Resources thought this a valuable article to share.

http://mashable.com/2011/12/31/facebook-timeline-resume/

Although brief, we felt that this piece contained some very useful tips and interesting insights about social media management in today’s competitive job market. If you’re feeling confident in your online social media presence, we’d love to hear your thoughts about it on our Facebook or Twitter pages!

 

Are you a talented professional looking for your next career move?

Turn to leading Houston recruiting firm Murray Resources to help you explore your next career opportunity.  Contact Murray Resources today to get started.

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