Updates on Online Career Tools

The Internet is continually evolving, and it can be hard to keep up with all the new tools.  This month we make you aware of several new tools you can use to enhance your own professional development.



The Oxford English Dictionary has now added “tweet” as both a noun and a verb (in the social networking sense (http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/46877.aspx).  Normally, a word must be in current usage for 10 years before being considered, but the fact they made an exception in this case just proves how important this tool is becoming. Posting on twitter (also called tweeting) can help solidify your professional reputation, build your network, and even lead to job offers.  It is also a useful tool in “the development and distribution of scientific knowledge” (http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.0435), by providing a rapid forum for sharing and discussing new ideas.


Online Interviews

The application process moved online a long time ago, and now the interview process is moving in the same direction.  In addition to asking for your resume and basic information, online applications are starting to ask essay questions.  Some questions found on recent online applications include:


  • Please summarize your past experience with (specific job requirement).
  • What are your hobbies/interests?
  • What would others consider your greatest strength?
  • What would others consider to be areas where you need improvement?
  • What do you see yourself doing two years from now?


While this process means you have as much time as you want to contemplate and compose your answer, it also means that you will be expected to have a polished response.




Not only is there all kinds of information available online, but it is in many different formats.  Increasingly, information is appearing in infographics – visual representations of complex data.  When done well, this is a great way to summarize a lot of information in a small space.  Is there a way you can show off your expertise, by creating and posting an infographic?



This job search engine has become the first choice of many recruiters and hiring managers.  LinkUp indexes jobs listed on corporate web sites – currently over 1.5 million jobs from 37,000+ employers.  There are no postings from temporary agencies, recruiters, or duplicate postings.  This means you won’t waste time tracking a job through multiple sources to find the actual hiring company (reminiscent of the recursion that happens when you look up a reference in a paper, to find it doesn’t include the actual info but instead references another paper…).  The listings on the site are updated automatically when the source company’s website is updated, so all search results are as accurate as the company’s own web site.


LinkUp.com also allows you to set up alerts for new jobs matching your specific requirements.  This is a great way to stay aware of opportunities in your field, and watch for hiring trends that may impact your future career plans (for example a new skill that many employers are requesting).


If you want to stay ahead of the competition, you need to take advantage of the latest tools and techniques, so invest a few minutes in your professional future.


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The ACS Career Tips column is published the first week of every month in C&EN. Post your comments, follow the discussion, and suggest topics for future columns in the Career Development section of the ACS Network (www.acs.org/network-careers)._—brought to you by ACS Careers.




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