Source: MASHABLE – Maybe your dream career is to become Michael Bolton’s backup singer — or perhaps it’s to rise to the C-Suite level of a Fortune 500 company or work for a startup, wearing multiple hats and becoming a Jack-of-All-Trades.
Whatever your lofty aspirations, someone else’s goal is to help make them come true: A number of startups are embarking on initiatives to help job seekers find their dream careers and master the art of work/life balance. In the spirit of National Career Development Month, we’ve compiled a list of a few of these helpful businesses and resources below.
Create a visually stunning resume with VisualCV
“You only have one chance to make a first impression when looking for a new job, which means your resume needs to be top notch,” says James Clift, CEO of VisualCV, an online CV and resume builder. Clift goes on to explain that despite “exaggerated” reports, the resume is still very much a crucial part of the hiring process.
“Over 90% of large companies use applicant tracking systems, which require a resume to apply. It is a recruiter’s first point of reference, and a poorly designed resume will hurt your chances immensely,” says Clift.
The point of VisualCV is to streamline the process of creating a resume that’s a fit for whatever type of job you’re seeking, from both a design and content perspective. Users can change the visual layout of their resumes with the click of a button, and the platform automatically formats information to adjust to each template. New designs are released each month, too, so your resume can always have a fresh look. In addition, VisualCV supports presentations, embedded video and images in case your prospective employer asks for work samples.
The best part of VisualCV is that you don’t have to constantly tweak your resume and save it in a million different formats — the platform makes it easy to keep track of which resumes you’re sending to various companies, and it makes creating and managing multiple versions of your resume simple. There is a free version of the platform as well as a Professional plan available for $36 per year.
Subscribe to updates from Live in the Grey to improve work/life balance
Live in the Grey has a simple message: Life isn’t white or black, and your work/life balance should reflect this mentality. The site offers a slew of helpful resources and motivational advice, as well as daily updates and challenges directed toward improving the lives of subscribers.
In a recent article, LITG founder Maneesh Goyal told Forbes that his hopes for the organization run high: “We want to create a movement,” says Goyal. “Really, we want to galvanize people to make changes in their own lives so that, ultimately, as I do, they look back on their own life and say, ‘Wow — never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined this is my life.'”
Score a job at Google
Google certainly lands near the top of the list of the tech industry’s hottest companies — and getting your foot in the door requires a mixture of skill, luck and dedication.
Landing a job at a company like Google typically requires a job seeker to have a solid foundation in computer science, among other factors. It’s especially important that candidates possess adaptable technical skills, and are capable of keeping up to speed in an ever-evolving market.
To give candidates some guidance on how they might score a job at the tech behemoth, Google recently created a Guide for Technical Development, which lists a number of courses and suggested resources meant to help candidates hone their technical skills.
Many of these courses are available for free or for a low cost online through sites like Coursera, and can teach candidates skills they might not have thoroughly learned in the classroom or through work experience.
Find startup opportunities with HireArt
For job seekers attracted to the appeals of startup life, HireArt compiles some of the hottest opportunities available in the startup scene. The site utilizes a personalized process, in which job candidates answer questionnaires and submit video interviews, to pair candidates with prospective employers that may be a fit for their skills, experience and career aspirations.
To date, the company is responsible for more than 600 hires at more than 400 companies.
Position yourself as “poachable” if you’re neutral about your current job
Maybe you’re not miserable in your current work situation — but you’re not exactly happy, either. Or perhaps you’ve stagnated in a once-exciting role, and have recently been considering switching career tracks, but don’t have the time to commit to a full-fledged job hunt. For such candidates, apps like Poacht and websites like Poachable provide a perfect solution.
These platforms require minimal effort on the part of job seekers, and employ match-making systems that allow companies actively seeking talent to browse through candidates who may be open to leaving their current job, with timelines ranging from “I want out of my current job ASAP” to “I’d leave in the instance of an amazing opportunity.” These “covert” job search platforms take measures to ensure that your current employer doesn’t know you’re looking elsewhere.
Discover your hidden strengths with Good.Co
Good.Co refers to itself as a “self-discovery engine,” and the app aims to help users glean insights that can improve their career outlook and path. Users take fun, science-backed quizzes that highlight skills and strengths, and uncover personality attributes that might play into crucial career decisions.
“My team and I are all about creating happier, more productive workplaces -– a solution that not only helps people discover happiness, but also positively impacts the financial bottom-line of companies,” says Samar Birwadker, CEO of the company.
The quiz results and the fun, hypothetical scenarios go beyond simple explanations of basic personality traits. “Instead of simply telling users that they’re an introvert, we go one step further and tell them what type of introvert they are, how they interact in the workplace, the type of environment they should seek out, weaknesses of which they should be aware and how others perceive them,” says Birwadker.
These discoveries can help employees and job seekers discover different types of working styles, as well as learn how their unique style may (or may not) be a fit for certain professional environments. To ensure accuracy for test results, Good.Co employs a chief psychometrics officer, Dr. Kerry Schofield, who relies on decades of research to construct the assessments.
An enterprise version of Good.Co is in the works, though Birwadker says that companies and organizations are already using the consumer version of the app to uncover insights on company culture and improved communication among colleagues.
Find incredible opportunities with DreamJobbing
Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities usually only come around, well, once in a lifetime. ButDreamJobbing hopes to change this: The startup aims to match job seekers with incredible experiences and jobs.
Potential candidates apply by submitting a one-minute long video to tell their story and showcase their passions and creativity. Other candidates’ videos are available on the site to serve as inspiration, and user submissions gain votes to move along the application process.
“We work with companies and brands to create these opportunities and experiences and, through our platform, connect to people from all over the world,” says Roberts.
Though the site currently only offers a few “dream jobs” up for grabs, Roberts says that the goal is to expand to more full-time opportunities a little farther down the line.
“Our plan is to launch a new incredible DreamJob every one or two weeks so that people can see the newest opportunities on a regular basis, follow the winners and be inspired by our community.
Our tag line is ‘Change Your Story,’ which is exactly what we want to help people do on a daily basis.”
Are you working at your dream job? Share how you scored the gig in the comments below.
Mashable Job Board Listings
The Mashable Job Board connects job seekers across the U.S. with unique career opportunities in the digital space. While we publish a wide range of job listings, we have selected a few job opportunities from the past several weeks to help get you started. Happy hunting!