Before the advent of the Internet, securing your dream job was a laborious process involving unreliable vocational tests, Yellow Pages Little resort to advertising, personal training, and interview preparation. Now, thankfully, you can find most of what you need at your fingertips.
This article explores four types of online resources to help you find, train, and secure your dream job Whether you want to be a smeller at a Michelin-starred restaurant, or an accountant for a multinational, these tools will help you get there.
Online Career Test, Vocational Analysis
Online career testing and vocational analysis platforms are a far cry from the career quizzes you remember from your high school guidance counselor.
The best ones integrate numerous variables like personality type, soft skills and qualifications and check them against the existing job market as well as your expectations – like salary, remote/office work etc.
Most online tests are free, and some are even sponsored by the Department of Labor as an essential resource for young job seekers.
Online training and certification
Fortunately, for many professional certifications, you no longer need to complete in-person training. You can manage your training and earn certification through convenient and flexible online courses. This helps free up students who want to advance in careers, but cannot attend personal training during the day.
An example is Online responsible beverage service training Offered by Userve, which allows aspiring servers, bartenders and managers to earn their RBS training certification. The courses are convenient, fast and self-paced, meaning you can complete the training whenever you have free time – from the comfort of your computer or mobile device.
Digital resume builders
Employers are always particular about what they want in a resume—from high-level information like experience and training to format and font.
It was a guessing game trying to write and format a compelling resume However, modern digital resume builders take the guess work out of it. Resume.com, Indeed, Zety and others each offer easy-to-use services including industry-standard resume templates and professional advice. CNET Have a good breakdown Of which resume builders are the best.
Interview simulation and video conferencing
Preparing for an interview can be nerve-wracking. You can review the flashcards in front of the mirror several times before you start second-guessing yourself.
If you want to put your best foot forward, check out online interview simulation platforms. Most are paid platforms, but they justify their nominal cost by offering one-on-one mock interviews (via video conferencing) with questions collected from your chosen job market.
Or, for a completely free option, you can get a friend to help. Download sample questions from onlineSet up a video conferencing session with a friend who will act as the interviewer and record the session so you can review your answers, body language, etc.
From the start of your job search to getting hired, you can use these handy online tools to ease the process. Good luck finding your new dream job!