Many people are turning to the Internet as a way to help find their next jobs. Why? The reason is simple. More and more employers are turning to the Internet to post their job openings and to begin weeding out possible job candidates. For this reason, if you are looking for a job, you need to know some of the basic online job search tips.
First, like most any other job, you will need a resume. The employer will more than likely ask you to send this to him/her before any real contact is made. This helps in weeding out the potential job candidates from those who are lacking in the experience or qualifications needed.
This means you will need a good resume. It should be one that is well written, with no grammar or spelling mistakes. It also needs to have the precise information such as:
Your correct address, phone numbers (including cell) and email address
Employment history, starting with your most recent and working your way backward. You also need to include with this history, full business names, addresses and contact names and phone numbers.
Education (including internships)
Important clubs or organizations that will make you look like a better candidate for the position you are applying
References, including full names, addresses and contact phone numbers. You should include at least 4, yet have two others on hand. These should include both personal and business related references.
You may also want to have a professional cover letter handy. These are not always used when applying for online jobs. Sometimes you will apply directly on a website and just attach your resume to their application. Yet, if you are applying via email a simple, yet professional sounding cover letter may give you the edge you need to stand out from the crowd of potential employees.
Now that you have the basics covered it is time to begin searching for that next dream job. Where do you begin?
At your favorite search engine?
What about Craigslist?
This is a growing site that allows people to advertise for sale items and help wanted listings. See if there is a listing for the city in which you reside.
What about at some of the top job banks?
There are dozens of these. Here are a few examples:
This site will allow you to post your resume. Then you can search for jobs by: location, job title and salary desired.
This site will also allow you to post your resume. They have jobs across the country and even internationally.
Yahoo! Hot Jobs
You can post your resume. Then you can search jobs by career field, location or company.
There are literally hundreds of job search engines online today. For this reason, you may have to search many sites before you find your ideal job. Remember you are not the only one out there looking for a new or better job. Plus, the bigger the site is the more competition you may have. For this reason, you may wish to look at smaller niche sites.
You may find some jobs by exploring jobs by state directories or your local chamber of commerce online directory. Many counties also have online one stop job centers.
While you are searching each site, be sure to post your resume. Also apply for any and every job that interests you. Follow the posting directions on how to apply. Some will state that you fill out the web sites application, other ads will have you follow a link that will take you to their private website and on toward further explaining of the job and the application process.
It is also a good idea to use one valid email address for all your applications. Make sure it is a working email address, not one that is full or one that bounces a lot of your email into your spam folder. Of course, after applying for several positions, you should begin checking your email regularly.
You may also want to sign up for regular email alerts on jobs. These can be found at many job sites. You just mark what types of jobs that interest you by type or location and a notice is sent to your email box once a job marked with that description is displayed.
Online job searching can be an exhausting endeavor. But by following these simple online search tips, it may be a little easier and in the end you could find out that it was a rewarding endeavor. Just remember as in any job search it can take time, patience and dedication on your part. But once you find that perfect job, it is well worth it.
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