Online Job Search – Steps To Success
The Internet is a treasure trove to look for ways to help you in your job search. It can also be overwhelming to navigate without having a little bit of knowledge in just what to look for and what resources to use. By knowing just what resources to use and what to do to be prepared for your search, you can be ready to find the ideal job.
Prepare your Resume
Any job, whether entry level or CEO, is going to require a resume. If you do not have one, prepare one yourself or hire someone to do it for you. If you already have one, make sure everything is up to date. Make sure your resume is in your computer filed as a text document so it is ready for you to attach to any internet ad. Practice some options for customizing your resume for particular jobs.
Research Company Websites
Do a search in the area you want to work for twenty of the most desirable companies in your field. Often the companies will have a job search engine right on their web page. If there is a job opening listed that you are interested in, you can apply right on their site.
Seek out Job Boards
Job boards are the newspaper classified job listings of yesteryear. By entering keywords, you can find lots of job listings in the area you select. You can also upload your resume so job recruiters can see your resume and contact you. Use all the major job boards and upload your resume to all of them and get in a regular routine of checking them daily for new listings.
Build an Online Image
Create a profile on LinkedIn and start to make contacts with others in your field of interest. Join a professional online association in your desired field. Use Twitter to your advantage, and tweet about your profession and follow companies you are interested in. On Facebook, ‘like’ companies you are interested in as well, so you can keep up to date with your knowledge of them. Read blogs about your profession and comment on them.
Look for a Headhunter/Recruiter Online
A headhunter or a recruiter works for a fee paid by the company to find candidates for jobs. Recruiters are not very knowledgeable about the jobs they post but act as more of a conduit between you and the company.
Manage your Online Reputation
Google yourself and see what your potential employer will see if he googles you. Take steps to remove anything that might cast you in an unfavorable light. Clean up your Facebook and Twitter accounts as well. Follow the basic rule that if you don’t think a potential employer would think well of something you post or tweet, don’t do it. Keep an eye out when friends tag you on photos as well, and remove the tags if the photo is one you would rather keep private.
Following these simple guidelines gives you some basic tools to find the ideal job.