4 Parts of the Job Search You Can Put on Autopilot

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Let me start with a confession: I’m probably the laziest job-searcher out there. Five minutes into browsing for a new position and I’m overwhelmed. All those companies, all those listings, all that work. Ugh. I can’t be the only one—right?

Luckily, we live in a time of incredible convenience. And while you may not yet be able to call upon a robo-butler to draft a new resume on demand, there are many tools out there that can at least lighten the load.

So, take it from someone who is all about shortcuts, here’s a crash course on automating some of the more challenging parts of the process:

1. Growing Your Network

As you’ve probably heard a million times, any truly smart job search starts with reaching out to your network. But people hesitate to reach out for a variety of reasons.

Hate industry events and traditional ways of meeting new people? Think about downloading an app like Shapr or Weave. They both help you meet new, like-minded people. (Note: While Weave’s only available in San Francisco right now, it’s completely free and about to start expanding nationally. So keep it on your radar.)

What about people you already know? How can you reconnect with them? I suggest signing up for LinkedIn notifications. The site will let you know whenever your contacts change jobs or are featured in the news—both great excusing for dropping them a line. Just go to your email controls and make sure the “Network Updates” option is turned on.

2. Actually Finding Jobs to Apply To

You’ve built and engaged a network of contacts, which’ll definitely help you learn about upcoming openings (especially the unlisted ones.) But to cover your bases, you want to stay up to date on posted positions, too.

And while you could spend weeks hitting the refresh button on your browser every hour to find the freshest jobs, you could also just let technology do it for you. More and more job search boards are sending openings directly to your inbox. For instance—warning, shameless plug ahead—once you create an account on The Muse, you can sign up for a newsletter that’ll send you a weekly list of companies that are hiring.

Source: The Muse

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