9 New Tools to Help You Get Work Now

From navigating unemployment, finding contract works, getting referrals, to networking — there’s a lot that goes into getting a job. These tools make it easier.

1. SYRG, an hourly scheduling software, has built a very simple tool to help you get unemployment benefits & find hourly work. https://get.uihelp.org/

Why we like it: If you’re an hourly worker, this is a great tool for you. It simplifies the process of filing for unemployment and helps you find work that won’t conflict with your benefits

2. Drafted has created an endorsement layoff list. Drafted’s layoff list is especially great for people who are in the tech sector. Ask your former boss and colleagues to recommend and add you.

Why we like it: This approach neatly plugs into how hiring managers and recruiters actually evaluate candidates. Hiring managers prioritize candidates who are endorsed by someone they trust.

3. JobGet.com/HigherMe.com/Scouted.com/Hired.com/Vettery.com: These are 5 platforms where employers apply to candidates, not the other way around. Get your profile up and get approached by companies that are seriously hiring. Make sure to set up email notifications and check your email, so you respond to interested employers.

Why we like it: Save time on applications by having companies apply to you. Since jobs are more competitive now, make sure to get feedback on your profile, make sure to use keywords commonly used in descriptions for jobs you want.

4. Ladders’ Unemployment Insurance Calculator.

Why we like it. Are you waiting for your state’s unemployment benefits website to load? Use this tool to estimate your benefits so you can stay motivated. Ladders has made it easy to calculate your unemployment benefits, including all of the recent policy changes. Follow the prompts. Once you figure out if you qualify, they provide easy links to your state’s application page.

5. Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

Why we like it: Ok, this book isn’t exactly new. But, if you haven’t read it, it’s time. Wharton Business School Professor Adam Grant, provides examples of good and bad ways to build professional relationships and the success that can result. Punchline: find ways to give to your network — your friends, your colleagues, your friends of friends. But also, don’t be afraid to ask as well. Read it, internalize it, and start building your network

6. Finding a Job During COVID-19 Guide

Why we like it: We’re biased since we wrote it. This guide eliminates feeling like having to do all of the job things at once. We broke out each step in our recommended order. And, we put all of the resources (job boards, email templates, resume templates, interview preparation exercises) in the order you’d need to use them.

7. The Ultimate Job Resource Stack

Why we like it: Patricia Mou has done a fantastic job curating job boards, updated hiring lists, and job skill resources. There is something for every job seeker here!

8. Skip the Drive

Why we like it: Skip the drive is a remote job board for full-time roles that also has excellent suggestions for how to get part-time, contract, and gig work to complement your full-time job.

9. Catch aims to make it easy to figure out your benefits, taxes, and health insurance — when your employer doesn’t provide them.

Why we like it: During this crisis, consider setting up contract or taking freelance gigs to get your foot in the door, expand your skills, and bring in some cash to tide you over. Navigating the 1099 world and figuring out how to handle your taxes and find insurance plans can be tricky. We love that Catch makes this is an easier option.