“Just because you can’t find them doesn’t mean they don’t exist. You’ve got to change the way you’re looking for them. Because there are always job vacancies out there.” ― Richard N. Bolles
Each day, I receive emails from people who are frustrated with their remote job searches. And I get it. I remember when I was working in medical record review, and my job was mind-numbingly dull, and the minutes passed like hours. I dreaded going to work!
I’d daydream about starting a business but had no clue what I could do. So, I searched for a new role within the nursing field. I eventually stumbled upon pharmaceutical research and I was convinced that this was my dream job. Unfortunately, I didn’t have experience in this field, which the majority of hiring companies preferred.
But, I was determined.
For nine long months, I searched and applied. And when I didn’t receive any callbacks, I searched and applied some more. After hearing me complain for months, my husband suggested that I add my hobbies to my resume. So there at the bottom of my resume, I typed:
Extracurricular Activities: Wakeboarding, snowboarding, snorkeling, traveling, cooking, and reading.
And guess what?
In one week, I received a callback for an interview. And the next thing I knew, I was employed in my dream job of pharmaceutical research (or so I thought at the time).
It turns out, one of the hiring managers was an avid wakeboarder, and that little blurb at the end of my resume caught his attention. Crazy, huh?
Searching for a J.O.B. is hard work. And when you’re in the thick of it all, it can be difficult to think outside-the-box, let alone see issues in how you’re conducting your search.
If you’re having a hard time thinking outside-the-box, and you’re tired of struggling, incorporate some of these remote job search tools into your job hunt for quicker and more effective results.
7 Job Search Tools for Quicker Results
I don’t know about you, but I was never taught how to properly conduct a job search. For years, I winged it hoping that my search-apply-wait method would yield the results I desired. To be effective and more efficient with your search, you need to be organized and have a roadmap that can help you guide your way.
Because so many people emailed me about this aspect of their job search, I decided to create a tool that would help you get hired faster. The Work From Home Bundle is a 126-page planner that will assist you in systemizing your entire job search from start to finish. No more flying by the seat of your pants, this planner will help you track, organize, and steer clear of scams. It’s like I’m holding your hand through the entire process.
Here is what others have to say about it:
“I think this is a valuable tool for job searchers. Having everything in one place is so motivating. No searching for anything. You outline things that a searcher should be tracking even though they might not realize it.” – Jennifer H.
“The planner is FABULOUS! In short: It’s easy to fill out, provides guidance for every area in the WAH journey, and it speaks to ME (as a WAHW)! I especially love the resume checklist. I don’t know why but resume writing has always created anxiety for me–this eliminates ALL of that anxiety! SIDE NOTE: I had NO idea about the resume tracking system and how significant keywords were in the resume–super important to know! I wonder how many other people DON’T realize this!” – Courtney S.
There are a lot of places to search for remote jobs, but the problem is the majority of job boards don’t research the company that is placing the ad. What this means is sometimes, scammers can pay to post their bogus job listings since new postings aren’t being closely monitored.
Case in point: an acquaintance of mine applied for a nursing job on LinkedIn. When she went to network with the company on the platform, she found out that they weren’t hiring at the time. The scammer had copied the company’s logo and old job description for a fake job. Now, this scam company has her personal information.
When you use big job boards, you need to research each job posting carefully (which can be time-consuming). This is just one of the reasons why I recommend paying for a FlexJobs subscription. They examine each company to ensure that it’s 100 percent legit — which saves you from having to do it.
Another thing I like about FlexJobs is the variety of ways you can search for jobs. Unlike most sites, it’s not just by location or occupation. You can search by job type, career level, location, work schedule, remote options, and more. So if you need to work part-time, you can look for remote, part-time jobs by your desired location. They seriously have the best search functions of all the major job boards!
While I think FlexJobs is a smart investment for your job search, there is one group that I wouldn’t recommend it for, and that’s entry-level positions. The majority of the jobs on FlexJobs are for skilled, educated, and experienced individuals. The few entry-level positions that they do have tend to fill quickly since there is such a high demand for these jobs.
But guess what?
Because you’re a reader here on The Work at Home Woman, FlexJobs is offering you an exclusive discount of up to 30 percent off a paid subscription — use promo code WAHWOMAN at checkout here.
3. Awesome Resume Templates
There are varying opinions on what resume template you should use when applying for a job. Alison Doyle, a writer for The Balance Careers, says that you should use a format (chronological, functional, combination, targeted, mini, or non-traditional) that fits your work history, experience, and the type of job that you’re applying for. Another career expert, Sam from Financial Samurai, says, don’t overthink the design that your content should be the main focus.
So, what resume template should you use?
I suggest trying a couple of different designs to see which one garners better results. Of course, you need to take time and put some thought into what aspects you’re going to highlight from your career, experience, and skills. And always have someone proofread your resume and cover letter for clarity, typos, and errors.
For non-traditional resume templates:
For traditional resume templates:
Did you know that 90% of large companies use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to scan resumes for relevance? What this means is, if you haven’t used the correct keywords and phrases on your resume, it will never land in the hands of a hiring manager. This is why it is so important to modify your resume for each job that you apply for. Time-consuming and tedious, right?
If you want to ensure that your resume has all the right wording (and save time), check out Jobscan. With Jobscan, you copy and paste your resume and the job listing into their platform, and it will calculate your match rate. It then offers up ATS specific tips so you can optimize your resume and land an interview faster. Jobscan allows five free scans per month, up to 20 scans total.
If you’re not using LinkedIn, you’re missing out on valuable opportunities. Over the years, I’ve gained new advertisers from the platform, I’ve had numerous recruiters contact me about job openings, and I’ve connected with like-minded individuals. I have also been able to use it connect with companies that I want to establish a relationship with.
But, if you’re going to use LinkedIn, you need to commit to filling out your profile, adding a professional-looking photo, and dedicating 10 minutes a day to connecting with others. For instance, say you want a remote job working with Marie Forleo. First, follow her LinkedIn Page and engage with her content — your interaction is much more likely to be seen on LinkedIn than it is on Instagram or Facebook. Next, you can connect with other employees to find out what it’s like working for her, and you can start nurturing relationships. Lastly, click on the jobs tab on the left-hand sidebar and then create a job alert so that you’re one of the first to know when she’s hiring. You can do this for as many companies as you like, and it helps save you time by automating some of your job searches.
We all know that when you’re searching for a job, the first thing you should do is network with your circle. People are much more likely to hire (or refer) someone that they know, like, and trust. In fact, at least five of my previous jobs (I’ve had over 30!) I got through networking.
But what happens when you run out of people in your network? Check out the app, Shapr. With this app, you can connect with other professionals who are looking to build their network. With their machine-learning algorithm, Shapr matches you to 15 relevant people daily based on your goals, interests, and location. If there is a person you’d like to connect with, you swipe right, and if they also swipe right, you’ll be matched and can connect. The Shapr app is available in the US and France, and it’s available for both Apple and Android devices.
If you’re on SSDI or SSI disability benefits and you would like to return to work, check out, My Employment Options. They help individuals receiving SSDI or SSI benefits in 47 states with free job placement services (both for remote and on-site jobs). All you have to do is fill out their online application here. My Employment Options also helps candidates with skill assessment, resume prep, interview practice, and lots more.
If you’ve been struggling with your remote job search, try incorporating some of these job search tools into your efforts. Sometimes it’s the minor tweaks and adjustments that make all the difference.
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Holly Reisem Hanna is the publisher and founder of The Work at Home Woman, which has been helping individuals find remote careers and businesses that feed their souls since 2009. Through her unconventional career path of holding over 30 jobs and obtaining two college degrees, she’s been able to figure out how to find a career path that you’re truly passionate about. Holly’s had the pleasure of sharing her expertise on sites like CNN, MSN Money, Huffington Post, Woman’s Day Magazine, as well as being recognized by Forbes as one of the “Top 100 Websites for Your Career.” Holly resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and daughter and enjoys reading, traveling, and yoga.
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