After four long years of college, filled with papers, exams, and all-nighters, you’re finally in the real world. The first order of business? Getting a job.
Thanks to the Internet, you can find and apply for more jobs than ever. But with the sheer volume of online job sites, open positions and applications, it can be hard to know where to start – and to keep track of your progress once you do. Luckily, there are tons of online resources that can help. With these web apps and websites, you can improve your resume, expand your professional network and find and apply to job listings faster and easier than ever before.
Before you get a great job, you have to have a great resume. After all, it’s the first interaction you have with a potential employer, and you want to make a good impression. However, many students leave college without knowing how to create a professional, effective resume. These sites can help you figure out the resume basics, as well as create and manage eye-catching resumes that will help you get your foot in the door.
ResumeGenius helps you build professional resumes in minutes. Choose the template that best expresses your personality, and simply enter your information. The site will give you smart, dynamic suggestions as you go, whether it’s expanding the description of a position or adding exact numbers. ResumeGenius also offer pre-written descriptions you can add to your resume. Once you’ve completed your resume form, you can download it directly to Microsoft Office. Choose unlimited 14-day access for $1.95, or get a monthly plan for $7.95.
These days, a plain paper resume isn’t always enough to help you land your dream job. That’s where VisualCV comes in. VisualCV is designed to help job seekers optimize their resumes and CVs for print and web. You can target resumes toward specific positions, use analytics to track when and how your resume is seen, and take your resume to the next level with images, videos, presentations and more. VisualCV helps you create resumes that can be shared online or printed out, making them great for online applications as well as in-person interviews, job fairs and networking events. VisualCV also allows you to store, edit and manage multiple resumes at once.
For some people and some positions, a traditional resume may not be the answer. Instead, try creating a job proposal with 1-Page. 1-Page allows you to create proposals with more personality and more pertinent information than resumes. 1-Page proposals focus less on work history and experience and more on what you can bring to the table, now and in the future. They can help you explain your goals and aspirations for potential jobs, what you’re looking for financially and professionally, and what actions you plan to take to achieve your goals. They also allow you to address existing issues in the company or industry you’re interested in.
Once you have a great resume, you want to send it out to the right people and be considered for the right positions. The best way to do that? Searching job databases. Though everyone knows about Monster, CareerBuilder and LinkedIn, they’re not the only job sites out there. Below are a few more that you might not have heard of – check them out to start expanding your job search, and get your resume out to more people.
The interface and functionality of Idealist is similar to other searchable job databases. However, Idealist focuses exclusively on nonprofit job and internships and volunteer opportunities. Though many job seekers focus on the for-profit sector, working for a nonprofit can be a great and fulfilling experience. Idealist includes job openings from more than 100,000 organizations, making it the largest resource for people looking to work in nonprofits. The site is funded through donations and fees from organizations, but is free for job seekers to use.
Government jobs are well-known for great pay and wonderful benefits. But most people (especially those fresh out of college) don’t know how to find government jobs, since they’re not always listed on traditional job sites. However, all federal government positions are listed on USAJobs. Search for positions by keyword, location, salary, type of work and more. The site has thousands of open positions available, and you can apply for them all in the same place – even positions in different departments.
Finally, if you know you want to work in a certain industry or field, you might want to consider sites that are specialized for certain sectors. For instance, if you have a degree in journalism or you’re looking a job in publishing or advertising, a site like MediaBistro has hundreds of relevant job listings. Interested in technology? Try Dice. There are specific job databases available for tons of industries, including retail, security, finance, hospitality and more.
Landing your first job out of college might not be easy. But if you use these online resources for building resumes and finding jobs, it can at least be easier. And you can never start the job hunt too early. Whether you’re about to graduate or you still have some time, start crafting your resume and hunting for jobs now, for better results in the future.
What online resources do you use to help with the job hunt?
****For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Abby Perkins!****
About the author: Abby Perkins is Managing Editor at Talent Tribune, a SoftwareProviders.com blog focused on all things HR.