What if you land聽your dream job, and you鈥檙e not ready for it?

By now, you鈥檝e probably heard that most of the skills you need for your job will be learned on the job. While that鈥檚 comforting (and more importantly, often true), your hiring manager LOVES the idea of hiring someone who鈥檚 ahead of the learning curve. To exceed his or her expectations, set yourself apart from other candidates and make your first month on the job *that* much easier, you can familiarize yourself with a few online tools that your dream company likely uses on a pretty regular basis.

Once you get the job, you鈥檙e going to be learning a LOT during that first month. And the less your prospective employer has to teach you, the more appealing you鈥檒l be as a hire, and the more time you鈥檒l have to learn other things!


With that in mind, allow us to introduce career coach Lauren Berger. Lauren鈥檚 the founder of Intern Queen, where she connects tons of young people with internships and dream jobs every day, and she asked recent hires the same question:

What are the things you wish you knew before you got your job?

Responses came back in the form of online tools, and she found a lot of overlap in their answers, compiled below. In some cases, these were nice-to-haves; in others, new bosses often expected new hires to already know them. In her online class, Preparing for Your Job Search, Lauren recommends that anyone on the job hunt should have a basic understanding of these online tools. All of these sites let you get started by setting up a free user account!

Spend a few minutes on each of these sites, and you鈥檒l be ready to knock 鈥榚m dead! You can thank us later.

1. Dropbox: The flash drive鈥檚 greatest nemesis; your best friend. Dropbox syncs all your files across your devices and to the Dropbox website, so you never have to stress about leaving your flash drive at home, or worry about whether you鈥檙e working on the most current version of a file. Lots of companies use Dropbox as a company-wide file sharing system. To use it to its full potential, download it to any device you want to use it on.

2. Bitly: At its most basic, Bitly is a URL shortener. Companies use Bitly to generate cleaner, shorter, more shareable links, and to use it as such, you don鈥檛 even need an account! Just go to the site, paste in a link and have it automatically shortened so that it鈥檚 easier to copy, paste and share. With an account, you can save and track clicks to all your links. Same but different: Goo.gl and TinyURL.com

3. HootSuite: Despite appearances, companies like Brit + Co and POPSUGAR aren鈥檛 actually live-tweeting from the break of dawn until bedtime. Most rely on social media planners like Hootsuite to schedule posts in advance. This one鈥檚 a huge time saver and an insightful analytics tool, and knowing how to use it says you鈥檝e got efficient workflow on lockdown.

4. BaseCamp / Trello: Collaboration is one of Lauren鈥檚 鈥淭op 5 Skills You Need to Hone Before Landing the Job,鈥 and if you鈥檙e a company with more than one employee, this is where sh*t gets done. When you have to work with multiple people across multiple departments to get a job done, things get messy. There鈥檚 a lot of moving parts. Project management systems like BaseCamp and Trello rally everyone together and keep things organized.

For the other four 鈥淭op Skills You Need to Hone Before Landing the Job,鈥 take Lauren鈥檚 class on Preparing for Your Job Search.

5. Google Analytics: GA lets you pull back the curtain of your website to look at all the fun data on how your pages are performing. It鈥檒l give you a better picture of how people are experiencing your site, and it鈥檒l change the way you web browse forever. If you don鈥檛 have a website of your own, ask a friend who has one if you can use theirs in exchange for some free analytics insights.

6. Evite / Eventbrite: If you鈥檝e bought concert tickets in the last five years, chances are you鈥檝e encountered Evite or Eventbrite. When you need to organize or attend an event, these event planning sites manage all the logistics: sending invitations, planning, hosting, marketing and selling tickets.

To learn more about becoming the best candidate for your dream job, check out Lauren鈥檚 classes, Preparing for Your Job Search and Nailing Your Job Interview, available for purchase in the B+C Classroom!

Questions? Reach out to Lauren @internqueen on any social network.