3 Tools and 5 Resources I Used in My Job Search
Posted April 7, 2015 – By Kaitie Harris
The idea of getting a new job was terrifying. I was comfortable at my last one, I enjoyed what I did and I felt like we were making progress and getting ready to blast off… until our rocket ran out of fuel. It’s too bad it didn’t run on dreams and good intentions.
Getting a new job though, meant finding a new ship, hopefully a shiny one, and definitely one that was already taking off. This meant the idea of getting a new job wasn’t terrifying, but exciting and the opportunity to decide where my life was going instead of getting caught up and moving with flow. I had multiple job offers. I looked at my options. I looked at company culture and what my daily work would be and I chose my job thinking of a career not just the paycheck to paycheck.
Luckily in this day in age there are many tools available to help you get a job, no one can do the interview for you but they can help you prepare, follow up and remind you work isn’t everything. I was incredibly fortunate to have help from so many people while searching and I am excited at my new position. Here are a few tools and tricks I used while job searching:
WordPress – I built a site using the wordpress CMS in a few days, that was from the fresh install to hammering out those last few spelling errors. It was one of the things that helped me stand out from other applicants. I could always point the interviewer to my portfolio. You can read more about how I built my site and what plugins I used here. This was also a great chance for me to actually start blogging, the hardest part is continuing to find time to post.
ProWritingAid – Writing is a big part of my job, and to get a job I need to make sure my writing was at its best. I use ProWritingAid to help edit most blogs and content I write, so I thought why not use it to help edit cover letter and parts of my resume. It really helped me edit and give a quick run through on cover letters before I sent them out.
Treehouse – Treehouse was one of my ways of keeping busy while I was looking for a job. It is a great series of videos, tests and tutorials to learn different types of web design and web development. I focus on freshening and expanding my HTML and CSS knowledge since HTML and CSS is becoming helpful in most jobs nowadays. It’s pretty affordable, and luckily they’ve partnered with the Louisville Public Library system here in Kentucky to allow access for free. All I needed was a library card. Keeping busy and being productive with my down time was important to me to keep me out of a rut while unemployed.
The Muse – The Buzzfeed of the job world, The Muse was a plethora of helpful articles and listicles on anything and everything job related. I found some great examples of cover letters, tips on what to do while I’m freaking out that I’m unemployed, and so many other things. I liked this site, probably it’s because it seems to be targeted at someone my age and skill set, but it was helpful none-the-less. They also have job boards, and I spent time dreaming over their them, but I wanted to stick a little closer to home.
Ask a Manager – I started out like I do with any project googling. Anything from “How long do I wait to follow up?” “What do I say in a follow up?” and I kept landing on Ask a Manager’s website. It was an incredible resource from designing my resume, to proper interview etiquette, and the what and where in an office world since I’ve started my new position. I’ve always worked on a small team company, our HR department was non-existent, so this site also helped me better understand what I could expect at a larger company.
LinkedIn – Truthfully, I don’t think I used it right. I felt like I was supposed to use it, it’s a form of social media after all, and I did connect with people I interviewed with afterward on LinkedIn and used it before the interview to help research the companies. I also used LinkedIn to find job listings, but I found most of those listings on Indeed or CareerBuilder as well. It was helpful and it would be a great place to start if you’ve built up your network.
Glassdoor.com – I had no idea how much I should be paid, I’d worked at a start up and I worked at a discounted rate. I looked at mainly digital marketing positions but I also looked at manager and coordinator positions so it was helpful to get an idea what price ranges are reasonable. While preparing for my interviews I found Glassdoor’s Salary Search to be an extremely helpful resource.
My Network & Their Network – I’ve been told multiple times that the way you get a job is by knowing someone, and it is a great way. After learning I was going to be let go, I was lucky to have several people reach out on my behalf to their contacts and create a plan to help me find my next job. I did get an offer from a job I got the interview with through a connection, but in the end the job I felt was right for me I got through applying cold, having a website, and my interviews.
I am the new Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Family Allergy & Asthma. I get to do a bit of all aspects of marketing, I still get to design things, and I get to learn more about the healthcare industry marketing. I love the company, they’ve been so welcoming and really have a great philosophy in patient care.