(The Root) — Considering today's economy, anyone on the hunt for a job needs every available tool to help in the search. Technology is an invaluable resource in your search for new opportunities, and you can do a lot more than just fill out applications online. Here are three common tech tools that can help get you back on the payroll.
One way to use your email account to make the most of your job search is to distribute a regular newsletter to your contacts. You can update your network on any new classes or certifications you've received, talk about the latest news in your industry and let folks know that you're looking for new opportunities.
There is a lot of free software out there for this purpose, but MailChimp is widely regarded as one of the best. You can set up a newsletter from dozens of templates, integrate your social media networks and track responses online or through the mobile app. The service is free for a distribution list of up to 2,000 contacts, and you can send 12,000 emails per month.
There are hundreds of apps related to job searching out there, but a couple that I thought could be useful are LinkUp and Pocket Resume. LinkUp hopes to cut through the overwhelming amount of spam and outdated job postings out there by showing only listings from actual company websites. More than 22,000 companies are listed, and the list is updated nightly to ensure the latest and most accurate information possible. LinkUp is free for iPhone and Android.
And if you're ever in a pinch, create and send a résumé instantly with Pocket Resume. You'll always have a résumé tailored to a specific job handy, and you can export to a .pdf file or upload to Dropbox. This app costs $2.99 and is currently available only for iPhone/iPad.
If you're familiar with HootSuite, you'll love Huntsy to keep your job search organized. You add the toolbar extension to your browser and search sites like Monster and CareerBuilder as usual. When you find a potential prospect, it will save the details to your profile. Then Huntsy guides you through the job-search process, with reminders to follow up or send thank-you notes.
Save different versions of your résumé, and also get notified when someone views your résumé. Integrate your other social media networks, and Huntsy will let you know if any of your Facebook friends, Twitter followers or LinkedIn contacts work for the companies you're applying to. Looking for work is a full-time job, and this is an awesome way to keep track of everything while you're on the search.
Finding a new job isn't easy, but you can make use of everything in your technology arsenal to get hired. Hopefully these tips will get you a little closer to getting the gig. Good luck!
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