Conducting a job search online is a popular choice for many job hunters these days. Since there are so many websites and search engines to use, one can easily become overwhelmed or frustrated. Instead of blindly searching around the Internet, first narrow down what type of job you want, what sector you want to work in, and for which company.
Some of the best resources to use are company websites. Most companies across the country have a website with a page specifically devoted to information about them as well as employment opportunities. There may be internships, upcoming opportunities, or links to additional job search websites.
Local Job Search Sites
If you’re looking to apply within a specific city or region, look for local job search websites. For example, you might type in “Boston marketing job opportunities” or “Ontario engineering job search”. If commuting isn’t an issue, you might also want to extend your search to one or two towns over.
Career Resource Offices
For new graduates, job hunting can also be a very stressful situation. You have your degree, but where do you go from here? Most campuses have a career resource center, which can put you on the right track to finding a job. Also, the school should have a job search website that employers can use to post ads specifically seeking new grads or senior college and university students.
Job Board Sites
Another option for using the Internet as a job hunting resource is putting your resume online on some of the larger job board sites. These sites allow you to post your resume and a brief description of your talents and qualifications. Potential employers will scan your resume and evaluate whether or not your experience and credentials match what they’re looking for. This is also a good place for networking. If one employer can’t use your set of skills, they may know someone who does, and pass your information on to them.
Patience, Persistence, and Consistency
Whichever method you choose to use, remember that patience, persistence, and consistency are key. Job search websites are always changing and being updated—make your job hunt a daily task. Also, do not get discouraged. No matter the state of the economy, job hunting can be a lengthy process.
Polish Your Resume
Furthermore, before you submit your resume to any of the postings online, make sure that your document is neat, concise, and professional. And loaded with keywords and accomplishments. You need to prove right from the start that you’re a winning candidate. Double and triple check spelling, grammar, punctuation, and the overall format of the resume. Ask yourself “Does it look appealing?” “Would I hire myself?”
If the answer is “no” to one or both of these questions, give your resume a rewrite, or hire a professional resume writer to create a masterpiece for you. In the long run, a professionally written resume is definitely worth the investment, especially when it lands you your dream job.
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