Secrets of the Job Hunt


Monday, January 05, 2009

Jobs Oline: Search Tips

If you're applying for jobs online, there are some steps you can take to make the process a little easier.

Because of the current state of today's economy, more and more people are searching for work. While some people still use word-of-mouth to get jobs, many people turn to the Internet and online job databases to find positions.

In an article by The Associated Press, John Thieman, a career development specialist at Stratford University in Falls Church, Va., offered the following tips to help make the online job search easier.

First, you should build a professional Web site, which can double as a resume and portfolio to help showcase your skills and experience.

Second, you should use online resources to network. Social networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook help you connect with potential references and employers and also show other people your skills and what kind of work you're searching for.

Third, you should try using various resume formats. For instance, an online video resume could give you an edge over the regular paper format.

Fourth, Google yourself. This way, you'll know what others will see when they look at your background. You should make sure you don't find any pictures or information you don't want others to see.

Fifth, you should be assertive. You can do this by using alert systems on job boards to help notify you of opportunities and by further checking companies' Web sites for employment opportunities.

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