5 Career Tools You Probably Don’t Know About

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5 Career Tools You Probably Don’t Know About

These tools are for people that want a job because they are unemployed. They are for people that wish to leave their current job to get another, and for people that wish to leave in order to get a better/promoted position with another company. The career tools listed here are also ideal for people that wish to research and learn about which careers and qualifications would best suit them.

1. MyPlan

The MyPlan website offers career tools you may use to further your education and ergo further your career. Pick a career, an assessment, a college or a major, and see what jobs and qualifications match. You can see what majors will lead to which careers, and you can see which majors have related careers. Using the website is fairly simple; despite the fact that the menus look very complicated. Start from the beginning by picking your career, assessment or major and seeing which jobs relate to them. You then navigate down to the job and see what you need and where you may get your qualification.

If you look at the major’s section, you will see a series of jobs available. Pick a job and it will show you what you need to get the position, it will show your average annual salary and how many people are employed in the industry at the moment. It explains what the job is about and what you must do within the position. There are few online tools that offer such an in-depth view of your career options in one place.

2. Careers Booster

One way to boost your career is to improve your cover letter and resume writing skills. However, the truth is that few people need to improve such skills because most people only need a handful of resumes and cover letters in their lifetime. That is why it may be a good idea to outsource your resume to people that do write such documents for a living.

Careers Booster will save you the time and effort required to learn how to write effective resumes and the time and effort it takes to write, re-write and perfect your cover letters. Such a service is often ideal for people that have a job and are looking to move to another company and/or gain a promotion by moving to another company.

3. Zoominfo

The tool is primarily used for people that wish to search out new clients, contacts and business prospects. As a byproduct, it is also very good for researching different types of jobs, businesses, companies, and career options. One of the most common problems that many job hunters have is that they do not know what is out there. Careers councilors do not provide a massive list of possible jobs and prospects to people, and even if they did, it would be as useful as a list of every singer ever to hi the charts.

With Zoominfo, you get a simplified view of your current working industry and the companies that work within it. It crawls millions of company Websites, news feeds and other online sources to identify fresh information on people and companies. It covers 37 million people and 3.5 million companies. The search engine works by sign up and by crawling Google, which is why it adds an average of 20,000 new profiles every day.

4. Branded.me

The idea of branding yourself as an employee is not new, but it is a wildly unused idea because it takes a lot of work, a lot of marketing, and it is very time/labor intensive. Your job is to turn you, your working skills, your experience and your talents into a package that you promote online.

The Branded.me tool allows you to do all of this without it being as labor/time intensive as it would otherwise be. LinkedIn has a similar appeal because it allows people to put themselves online and show off a few of their skills and qualifications. With the Branded.me career tool, you go a step further and create a tighter, more efficient, and more effective product marketing campaign, (with you being the product). Insert links to your LinkedIn profile into your Branded.me campaign, and link back from your LinkedIn profile for even stronger results.

5. VisualCV

If you fancy writing your own CV, do not automatically opt for a cheap online CV. The truth is that the simple online CVs you find on the Internet are only for minimum wage jobs. The online templates you tend to find are disposable, lackluster and wildly overused.

With VisualCV, there is a wider range of templates, and they have over 8,000 real resume examples. It is vitally important that you see what other people are writing. Do not copy them, but take ideas and inspiration from them to make your own. Keep updating and changing your CV until you find one that generates interviews.

Conclusion

The people that put thought into their career, the people that research which are the best jobs, which are the most suitable, and the people that carefully prepare before applying for a job are the people that have the most success. The key is to keep improving, changing and evolving your searching, researching, writing and interviewing skills if you want real success.

Eva Wislow

Eva Wislow is a career coach and writer from Pittsburgh. She loves helping people to achieve job satisfaction and success at work. Writing is one of her biggest passions.