Tech Tools To Jump Start Your Job Search.

If you’re not an engineer in Silicon Valley, job hunting can be a long, grueling process. Most hiring experts will say the key lies in networking. We find new tech tools that can aid the search for a new career. New tech tools can help in your search for a new career.

New tech tools can help in your search for a new career.

Depending on your Web presence, prospective employers doing a quick Google search on you might find a treasure trove of personal information or nothing at all.

An easy way to present your best self forward is to create an online portfolio or name card. Some job hunters will build one for themselves (in which case, more power to you), but for those less technologically savvy, there are great resources to create slick looking and informative sites in mere minutes.

About.me is among one of the most popular, and its easy-to-use customization tools can help convey your personality, skills and professional goals. In addition to the web site, there’s an iPhone app. And at the moment, the site is offering a pack of cool personal cards fromMoo for the cost of shipping.

Brand Yourself

BrandYourself helps you control search results about yourself.

The service attempts to populate the first page of Google search queries with positive results, such as LinkedIn profiles, portfolio sites and articles. When you submit links you want to promote, BrandYourself suggests steps to improve the rankings. If an unrecognized result ends up on the first page, the service will send an alert.

BrandYourself also offers a profile page optimized to rank high in Google search results. The optional product tracks visitors, showing where they’re searching from and what queries brought them to the page (eg. “Someone from New York City just Googled ‘alice truong background check'”). A free account lets users submit three links. Premium accounts ($9.99 a month) are allotted unlimited links for 10 pages of Google search results.

Cardmunch

How many times have you collected business cards only to stash them in a drawer? It’s a habit you need to break now.

Instead, spend a few seconds snapping photos of the cards you collect to turn them into contacts with CardMunch. The iPhone app sends those images to human workers who transcribe and review the information before updating and syncing your contacts. CardMunch also makes connecting to new acquaintances easy. With a single tap, you can send out LinkedIn invitations. Best of all, the service is free — yes, as in, zero dollars.

Let’s Lunch

LetsLunch helps you make the most of your lunch hour.

The business-networking website analyzes lunch schedules and matches up people in the same neighborhood for a one-on-one networking hour. The service chooses a restaurant location within a specified distance for both parties, and they take it from there. They’re free to chat about their interests, work and anything that strikes their fancy. Each person is responsible for paying his or her portion of the meal. After the encounter, both users are asked for feedback.

A reputation rating system is in place to pair up high-ranking members with LetsLunch VIPs: movers and shakers in Silicon Valley that includes VCs and startup founders. LetsLunch is available in San Francisco, Silicon Valley and New York, but the company plans to expand to other U.S. cities.

Startwire

There are many parallels between job hunting and dating. You express interest, try your darnest not to seem desperate and wait anxiously for a phone call, email, text message — anything. Wouldn’t it be nice to forego these mind games?

Working with more than 7,000 employers, StartWire tracks job application progress and activity, sending daily updates . The service works much like travel service TripIt. When a job seeker receives an automated reply after submitting an application, he or she forwards that email to apps@startwire.com, which populates a user’s dashboard with the role, company, status, date of last update and suggested next step. A recommendation algorithm also helps job hunters find other roles that might be of interest.

Source/Credit:  Alice Truong for USA Today.  Follow her on Twitter:@alicetruong.

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About Buzz Smith

Welcome. My name is Charles “Buzz” Smith and I’m the SR Curmudgeon of Consulting Services at OPI National Outplacement. My role, in addition to agitating our sales personnel, and consultants is to take the lead on delivering outplacement and career transition services that are effective. I blog about career stuff when my wife of 40 years, Linda banishes to the garden.

Posted on May 21, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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