How to Use the Web to Boost Your Chance of Landing the Job You Want
The economy is showing signs of life again – that’s the good news. The bad news is that unemployment is still at historical highs and if you’re one of the 13 million Americans still struggling to find a job, or wanting to switch jobs, a lot of your applications are probably being swallowed up by the “the black hole.”
That’s when you send in a job application and never receive any follow-up from the company. It’s probably one of the most frustrating parts of looking for a new job. In fact, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, only 25 out of 100 applications ever get looked at by companies.
Now, a remarkable new service is helping job seekers instantly track almost every application they submit so they actually know what’s going on. It’s called StartWire.com and it lets job seekers track their applications, including status updates, on whether or not their applications have been reviewed, dismissed, or are still pending.
But, it does a lot more than that. In fact, it’s the first project management tool for the job search process--and its already making a huge difference to thousands of job seekers.
How it works
When you fill out a job application via a company website, you’ll typically get an auto confirmation email from the company, thanking you for applying. And then, the waiting begins.
StartWire however, has linked to more than 5,600 employers across the country and receives online updates on job applications for every one of their members. It updates you on the status of your application every time you log into your account, through email, or even via text message.
Even if a company you applied to doesn’t offer auto updates online, you can still track the job using StartWire. By allowing you to connect your job hunt to your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, it can notify you if you have any connections related to the company that you can ask for help with your application.
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StartWire is simple to navigate, providing color-coded reporting that makes it easy to see the status of your applications: active, stalled, or no longer in the running.
Best of all, StartWire can cross reference the position you’re looking for against over three million job listings and give you recommendations on what available jobs match your interests and experience level.
And, StartWire is free to use! Because StartWire is a completely ad-supported site, they don’t need to charge job seekers to use it.
Most importantly, StartWire keeps your information private. Your job search activity will never show up on a social network or search engine. If you choose to link to your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, you remain in charge of how and what you want to share with your contacts.
The site also contains a comprehensive training center where you can watch webinars on topics like “Inside the Corporate Beast” or “10 Ways to Avoid the Black Hole and Get Hired.” Visit the company blog for cutting edge techniques on how to land your dream job and the latest resume tips.
StartWire has become an invaluable asset to over 55,000 job seekers in a highly competitive job market.
If you’re tired of your job search resulting in dead-end responses, take advantage of this free service and give yourself a huge advantage in the job marketplace.
Click here to register for your free account with StartWire, and improve your odds of finding a good job quickly.