Over the last decade, how people discover new job opportunities has evolved dramatically. When was the last time that you looked at a newspaper to find your next job?

These days, the majority of job searches are conducted online, spawning a whole new industry around job boards, recruitment websites and job posting platforms. However, with all of these advancements, the modern job search can still seem a bit complicated and time consuming. Here are a number of tools that can help simplify and organise your job search process:

Email Alerts:
Email Alerts are a useful way of keeping up-to-date with the latest vacancies available direct from any job board or corporate careers site. By signing up to the alerts, you’ll get notified every time there’s a job that matches your search requirements and save you from having to check multiple websites every day. Indeed aggregates vacancies from several job boards and careers site which guarantees you get the most comprehensive run down of jobs available. Alternatively, you can use Google Alerts to monitor job vacancies from the companies you are targeting as well as any press releases or company updates which could prove useful for your search.

iGoogle Homepage:The iGoogle Homepage service will be deprecated by November 2013 but until then, you can still use it to set up your ‘Job search dashboard’. Using iGoogle widgets, you can subscribe to RSS feeds from different job sites  and have  up to 9 of the latest jobs from each site displayed side by side. The widgets update frequently and are clickable links to the live job advertisements. This affords you an ‘at-a-glance’ view of all the open jobs available without accessing each site separately. You can also add other useful widgets such as Gmail, Calendar, Google directions and even a currency converter if you’re looking at international jobs.

If you don’t want to use iGoogle, there are free alternatives such as uStart.orgwhich work in a similar way.

LinkedIn the much touted professional networking site offers numerous opportunities for job seekers to connect with recruiters, potential employers and industry peers. It can be a valuable source of information and leads. Most employers and recruitment agencies will have a presence on the network and are open to connecting with job seekers either on LinkedIn groups or on a one-to-one basis. You can also use LinkedIn to research everything you can about a potential hiring manager and his team.     

PocketResume:If you’ve been inactive on the job search front for a while, your CV is probably outdated. If you don’t have the luxury of time or the patience to sit in front of a computer and put together a new CV on a bulky piece of word processing software, there is PocketResumeIt is an easy to use app for smartphones and tablets which allows you to create professional looking CVs with the minimum of fuss. Your CV will then be converted into a PDF, ready to be sent to the next hiring manager.

However, do bear in mind that using a service like this will have limitations on customisation and that you may still need to create a version of your CV in a Word document format.

Google Drive + Dropbox:
Most recruitment websites and job boards see the highest traffic during the week with peak times at working hours.  While you may be able to conduct your job search at work, you might not always have a copy of your CV on your work computer. Using Google Drive or Dropbox to store your CV ensures that you have access to your files from any device and apply for jobs whenever you need to.

Which tools do you use? Let us know in the comments below!

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