Job search hack: how to setup your laptop for effective job hunting

Mac, Windows or Linux? Firefox or Google Chrome? LinkedIn or There is no single correct answer to these questions. However, we here at Careersaas with over 15 years of experience working within the online job search space provide a few pointers on how to get the most out of your computer or cellphone when hunting for your next job.

Open jobs in new tabs

As you’re scrolling through job boards, you spot a position that catches the eye and feel compelled to click the role. With LinkedIn’s current iteration, your job search and the position are loaded next to each other.

LinkedIn’s current job search display.

In previous versions of the LinkedIn product, by default a job position that you click would load in to a brand new tab within the browser. This is a handy feature in the sense that market research has shown that applicants are up to 5 times more likely to apply for more positions when submitting multiple applications at the same time, as opposed to clicking a role, applying and then going back to search.

Careersaas is a job search website with millions of roles added to our database each day. We have a custom built user interface that we feel brings some of the former qualities of LinkedIn back to the end user, but also have spent a lot of time talking with our users to learn what features that they actually want to use, and build customizations in our product to accommodate.

Opening jobs in a new tab

Under job search settings in Careersaas, you’ll find the handy toggle switch that automatically opens new positions in brand new browser tabs.

Careersaas functionality to ensure you’re focused on the job search

This ensures less context switching between two very distinct processes (job search and job applications), as you can ensure you come back to the application process later on once you’ve evaluated all of the roles.

Using Pocket to save jobs for later

Pocket is a very cool product that helps end users save any link in their application for later on. We use Pocket on a daily basis not just for tracking and saving jobs, but for saving any hyperlink of interest. This is particularly useful when researching information about a company that you wish to apply for, for example.

Keeping track of topics of interest with Pocket

In addition to that, Careersaas provides a job application tracker tool from where you can carefully track the progress of your applications. The tracker also includes a handy notification engine that can email you once a job has been filled or pulled off of the internet permanently.

The Careersaas Job Application Tracker

As you progress through the interview stages, Careersaas also includes a tool to indicate each individual step, as you can see in the screenshot above.

Network with your peers via LinkedIn

It is no secret that having a solid professional network will only help you excel in your job search. In the United States, 1 in every 4 jobs filled at a tech company is from a recommendation from an existing member of staff, so keep your eyes open and stay in touch with former colleagues, friends and associates to stay abreast of the best roles within your local market.

In addition to that, always take the time to request recommendations from former colleagues to boost your own professional profile.

Latex for CV’s

Probably our top tip is to utilise a cloud-based software such as Overleaf to design and update your own curriculum vitae. The benefit of a Latex document is that, unlike Google Documents, the format of a Latex document is semi-permanent and is not disrupted by the formatting of a standard Word document, which can prove frustrating for any Desktop user.

Overleaf provides dozens of templates and a built-in Latex editor which is very easy to use. You’ll also be able to share the document with friends easily from Overleaf so that you can address any feedback, quickly and easily.

LaTeX, an underrated tool for professional job seekers