Google Chrome extensions are not just helpful for recruiters; they can assist job seekers as well. As mentioned in my previous post, I have tested a variety of extensions that can help you as you search for that next career move. Listed below are the top ten Google Chrome extensions I have found most useful and effective for networking, productivity, and building a personal brand to improve your overall job search.
Whether you are just starting your job search or are an established professional, it’s crucial to build a personal brand. One of the easiest ways to start this is to not just be on social media, but to demonstrate your expertise and participate in conversations. Buffer is an extension that can assist job seekers in developing their personal brand throughout their job search. As a job seeker, you can utilize this extension to schedule multiple social media postings throughout the day so you don't have to manually post each time to each of your accounts.
2. Feedly Mini
As you continue to establish your personal brand, it’s also important to share relevant information with your social following. Feedly is an extension that allows you to add a variety of websites, blogs, and RSS feeds to your Feedly account. Not only will this extension save you time with posting, but it will also help you to stay up to date on industry news and top resume and interview advice.
As important as it is for recruiters to connect with candidates through social media, it's also important for candidates to be able to connect with recruiters. PeopleGraph is a Chrome extension that helps you to search for people across a variety of social networks and platforms. When you are on someone's social profile, PeopleGraph displays the other social media sites this person has profiles on, which you can use to further network.
It's crucial to maintain a professional appearance when keeping in touch with recruiters, hiring managers, and more. WiseStamp is a Chrome extension that helps you create an email signature that highlights your social media profiles and important information to further develop your brand. WiseStamp is easy to set up and can be used across a variety of email platforms.
Todolist is a Chrome extension that will help to manage your daily tasks. This tool allows you to become more organized and productive by becoming your own personal task manager. Not only will Todolist assist you in keeping on top of your job search, but it is also a great time management tool you can share with recruiters and hiring managers that you know.
When you are crafting emails, LinkedIn messages, social media posts, or any other forms of written communication, it's essential to use correct grammar and spelling. Ginger is a Chrome extension that acts as your personal proofreader, helping to correct a variety of grammar and spelling errors. Be sure to utilize this extension the next time you are crafting a message for a recruiter or making edits to your resume or cover letter.
As the job search process can become grueling, it's important to stay motivated. Momentum can help with this by offering you a customized dashboard on your computer that can inspire you to become more productive. This extension replaces each new tab you open with a personal message, key to-do, or inspiring quote.
Just as important as it is for recruiters to stay focused each day, it's also important for job seekers to maintain focus throughout their job search. StayFocusd is an extension that increases your productivity and limits the amount of time you can spend on specific websites. StayFocusd lets you set how much time you can spend on that website and once the allotted time is reached, that site is blocked for the rest of the day. Say for example you're spending too much time on Facebook when you should be concentrating more on your job search. You can set a limit for 30 minutes and when you've been on that site for that long, you are unable to visit Facebook again until the next day.
Companybook Insider is a Chrome extension that gives you insights about a company from any website. As you are researching companies during your job search, this extension will provide you with links to their social media pages, company information, latest news, as well as similar companies. All of this information will be useful when trying to learn more about a company and provide you with topics to discuss in a potential interview.
10. Save to Pocket
When completing your job search online, you will come across numerous job postings, news articles, blog posts, company websites, social media profiles, and more. It’s difficult to keep track of all of these and read them all in one sitting. Save to Pocket is a Chrome extension that can help you organize and save all of the web pages you come across in your searching. This extension allows you to save however many pages you find so you can read them later and have them organized all in one place.
Whether you are an experienced professional or an entry-level candidate, there will always be helpful tools to assist in your job search process. Utilize these Google Chrome extensions to not only network and find a job, but to also highlight your overall personal brand to recruiters and potential employers.
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