Here I would like to share in public some of my secret tools which help me to go beyond the stage of "Sending the CV and waiting for a call"
1. FTL app:
My most favourite app when I apply to LinkedIn jobs. FTL is the short name of FindThatLead, where through it, you can find the email of the LinkedIn profile. So let's suppose you find the LinkedIn profile of recruiter or HR officer of your favourite company which you always dream to be part of it, by one click and FTL will give his/her email with the accurate percentage.
The app is free with 10 profile emails to check weekly. If you would like to get more, the prices are affordable in various plans.
2. Mailtester.com website:
Following to the previous app function, let's suppose the provided accuracy of email is less than for instance 70% so this website can check for free if the email is active or not, correct or not. (remember to ask MR. Google also!)
Watch this video, to learn more how to find anyone's email (I recommend to check all of Johnny Campbell videos on "Social Talent" channel)
3. Jobscan.co website:
You find your dream job advertised and "Yes!" it's your opportunity to say to the company "Hello, is it me you're looking for?" :)
But in usual, because of ATS you are dismissed and your CV was sent to the black hole. But not anymore with this paid website (unfortunately) as it compares between your CV and job description, trying to match your CV with the keywords mentioned there. A nice matching percentage appear with full details. I highly recommend it as you can then include what are missed in your CV before sending even by email.
4. TagCrowd website:
Well, I leave it at the end of the list as it helpful in some limits. I mean, it calculates the keywords in your CV. Let me explain. If the word "administrator" is repeated five times and the word "officer" two times in your CV, so logically, if recruiter used the word "officer" as a requested keyword, then ATS will leave your CV at the bottom of the list as it's not repeated as much as other CVs.
On another hand, I prefer to use it as a guidance, not any more than this purpose.
Finally, I will try to update this post each time I discover a new cool tool or website help us as a job seeker. Also, all of us will be happy to share and know any other exciting websites, so let us know about it :)
So, how we can face this kind of technology challenge as a job seeker! Let’s take a look at these suggestions:
We will talk more about this point in a separate post.
Let’s take LinkedIn as an example. A lot of interesting jobs advertised daily, some of them requesting only to attach your CV while another lead you to the company website. If recruiters using LinkedIn for looking for their best candidates collection so we can you use the same weapon to reach the hiring decision maker. There cheap tools to get his/her email, and websites to evaluate how your CV contents are close to the job description.
Here are some of them: FindThatLead app, mailtester.com, tagcrowd.com, jobscan.co
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I remember the first time I picked up the newspaper after few days of my graduation in purpose to start my job searching. It was simple, just read the published advertisements, call the office and arrange an immediate interview or dropping a CV day. Thank you for the technology to make it easier and reachable for job seekers to move or look for their suitable place to work. But on the other hand, we lost the human touch in this relation between job seeker and potential employer. I mean, sometimes the character and specific skills are more than enough for hiring decision maker.
With billions of daily applications, I agree with the recruiters and HR officers to depend on Application Tracking Systems, more and more. At least, it makes their daily work and life more simple and easy. It needs only to type some key requested skills or words to filter a huge amount of inappropriately applied candidates. So, I am sure most of us know "taleo", this electronic evil who force always us to fill so long application manually in the most of the times, and at the end of process after attaching your CV and pressing submit button, you know in the deep of your heart that you are sending your lovely CV to the black hole of e-universe where to be lost with the other resumes!
Like me, you spent hours on reading articles about the perfect CV format and watching dozens of youtube videos. The same advice is repeated, make it short, include keywords, recruiters have only 30 seconds to check it so make it readable, and many other so useful ideas. But when you are waiting for any reply in your inbox or a phone call and ending with nothing, I know that measurable feeling.
I believe, it is the fault of job seekers to update their knowledge about the new technics of the current job market. So, I think, it is the right time to have two CVs! One of them, designed and formatted in a professional way. Just one page to reach the impression. It should be sent to the directly or personal email of recruiters, HR officer, managers, etc. The second one could be just a piece of two pages designed for Application Tracking System, with full of keywords and information which are more understandable for machine language.
..... To be continued,