these three steps to an easier online job search, plus discover websites that
show you the hidden job market...
spend all day in front of the computer looking at job listings and fine-tuning
your resume. But all you get is a headache. How can you give your online job search
Easier Online Job Search: 3 Steps
1 - Pick Your
Brush up on your job-hunting skills. The Internet has excellent inside
tips on the state of the job market in numerous industries. Before you go online
to find available positions, take a serious look at what you want to do and where
you want to do it. Be realistic, but don't undersell yourself. You may be able
to bypass the "entry level" log jam by building on skills from part-time
jobs, hobbies or volunteer work.
2 - Talk the Talk
industry insider speaks in jargon. If you want to pick up the insider accent,
try reading top industry blogs or following pros on Twitter. Learn all the keywords
and categories relevant to the position you're seeking, or the special skill set
you have to offer. For instance, if you want to write technical manuals, you might
want to try terms such as "help docs" or "documentation developer"
in addition to the more standard "technical writer."
3 - Tailor Your
Once you've learned the important keywords associated with the position
you're seeking and the jargon associated with your skills, make sure to put them
in the information you upload to the jobs search websites. If these keywords aren't
in your profile, how is a potential employer searching through the database of
applicants going to find you?
to Start Online Job Searches
you looking in the right places? Everyone goes to the major job search websites
like Monster.com -- and they should, since these sites have more job listings.
Ending your job search there would be a mistake. Here are some other sites you
should also check out to find jobs online:
website for the company you would like to work for. There are even 'meta' job
search websites that include the online job postings of large companies.
'Meta' online job search sites, which collect listings from numerous other jobs
search sites. That means thousands of listings without having to go to hundreds
websites. Mass-emailing resumes to employers can be a waste of time -- and might
technically violate laws against sending unsolicited messages. You don't want
to start out your job search as a spammer. Instead, use one of the web services
that will send your resume to recruiters, rather than employers. Recruiters are
actually happy to get your resume since they know what to do with it.
employment agencies, which are often simply two or more recruiters or headhunters
working together, can be hard to find. The good news is that they usually advertise
on job search websites. If you see a job listing that is unusually vague, it may
be an employment agency. If you apply, you may be considered for other jobs that
the agency has to fill.
Linked-In has been getting some positive reviews as a job networking tool. You can set up
a profile and start adding others who already work in your field or are looking
for positions. Many companies hire based on employee recommendations. A linked-in
contact who is looking for work now may be a future job referral. One word of
caution. Top industry people usually don't like strangers trying to add them as
contacts or friends. Stick to people who will reciprocate your contact and you
may find yourself networking to the top.