The online world is choc-a-bloc with career angst and advice. The web is where you go to when searching for a new job or reinventing a new career. You are not alone. Everyone is still trying to figure out how to play the career game. But thankfully, the days of going through day-old classifieds and inking with red are gone. A clutch of fresh new digital services are changing the way we go about our job hunt. Even LinkedIn sounds behind the times.
Have you found the job where you fit best? If not, scroll down and keep searching.
Prepare with Expert Interviews and Hone It
A job interview is the final step which could get you through the door. But in a crowded market of job-seeking doppelgangers, you are left searching for that edge of an “X factor”. One of the best ways to shake off those interview nerves is to take a pre-interview. An unofficial pre-interview can calm your anxiety and give you an insights into your preparedness.
A Honeit Pre-Interview matches you with experts from your industry. Honeit interview experts make you go through realistic interviews, and also provide feedback and career advice. Mentioning the highpoints from a Honeit pre-interview on your resume indicates a willingness to stand apart from the crowd. If you have industry experience, join the site as an interview expert.
Ask the Right Career Questions at CareerDean
Going into a new job can be difficult for any young professional. Standing at the crossroads even more so. That’s when you should start asking questions and point yourself in the right direction.
On CareerDean software engineers can learn and share career advice. The beta Q&A community is trying to fit into a space that is occupied by the likes of Reddit and Quora. But as a site for aspiring and experienced tech workers, real-life tips to questions like “How can I get programming experience while in college?” are always constructive for someone who is battling his career demons.
Be Discreet with Poachable
Hush. We aren’t telling if you end up using this web app. Poachable is all about anonymous job searching. It is designed to be the magic solution to an age old problem. How does one hide a job search from the boss, the present company, and industry which can be so close knit?
Poachable is a “Tinder-like” tool for job seekers. It works just like the dating app — matching you with the right kind of employer. Give it all the details…like the kind of job you are interested in. Poachable searches the web and its own database for job opportunities that match your profile and suggests what it thinks could be a good match. If you say “Maybe” to any of the matches, the service contacts those employers on your behalf without revealing your identity. Just information like experience, current seniority, types of previous employers are shared. Your complete profile is disclosed only if you give permission with a “Reveal”.
Go for Short Gigs with Jobbatical
Everyone dreams of escaping the cubicle once in a while. If only to rekindle the flagging enthusiasm. So, why not try a professional career break. Who knows, it might lead to a new opportunity or at the very least give you a new perspective.
Jobbatical is a mashup of “job” and “sabbatical”. But the unique site is not about a complete break from work. It is about taking a professional break from what you are working on now, but using your skills to work on a new (smaller) project in a new environment. The site connects you to opportunities for 3-12 month professional internships with employers seeking to hire for short stints. As the site says — You will have a broader horizon. A possibility to see the world and experience hands-on working in a new team in a different culture.
Find What You Need to Learn with FillSkills
If you are in software development, then you have to behave like software and continuously upgrade your skill sets. With each new skill brings fresh career opportunities.
FillSkills matches your skills against in-demand skills in the software job market to show which ones are missing. Define your skills and goals. Find the skills you need to raise your professional profile a notch. Start working to learn those skills. The site also recommends courses you can take. The site is still new and there are a few quirks to work out, but it’s a quick way to connect your skills gap to the courses you can take online.
The number of tools and services catering to the white collar worker show that there’s room for one more. Which are your favorite job hunting sites and apps? Which among the above five looks the most useful?
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