Job Search isn’t easy, but it is a whole lot easier if you ‘own’ the tools you need to be productive.
Let’s talk about the job search tools you’ll need to perform successful job search:
- A phone number the employer can call, yours or maybe a neighbor.
- An email account to communicate with potential employers:
- These are usually ‘free’.
- Check out this article for some options: https://www.lifewire.com/best-free-email-accounts-1356641 by Stacy Fisher.
- Do’s and don’ts when creating and using an email account:
- DO NOT use your personal email account.
- Create a new one you use only for Job Search.
- DO use a professional email name…keep it simple and professional.
- DO NOT use account names like ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’. It would probably indicate to an employer you are a ‘gamer’ who might be ‘tired’ from staying up all night playing, not a good choice.
- A word processor to read and write resumes, cover letters, and other documents needed during the interview/hiring process.
- Microsoft offers ‘free’ and ‘paid’ versions of 365 that include the tools you need, including email, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Check out this article https://www.howtogeek.com/667717/how-to-get-microsoft-office-for-free/
- If you are a student or teacher, your 365 can be free.
- If not, you still can get a free version from Microsoft.com, it is a limited version but its ‘yours’ forever and very helpful for your job search:
- You can only access it from the web (no download or offline version)
- But you can have free storage for your resumes and letters in the ‘onedrive’ storage provided.
- If someone in your family already has Microsoft 365 ‘Family’ Home Plan ($99/yr), this is meant to be shared with (6) six people in the family and this is a ‘full’ version. If they add you, you will have your own account and email. Consider splitting the cost with them, especially when you get back to work
- The article above also includes ‘other’ non-Microsoft options like Google Docs and Apple iWork. Check it out and create your own Job Search tools that you can take with you.
Always remember: to protect your data! ALWAYS log out…don’t allow someone else to access your tools and ruin all your hard work.