Conducting a Good Internet Job Search

Looking for jobs in today’s world is much easier. You no longer have to go through the tiniest classified ads to look for information on a job that a thousand other people will be fighting for. You no longer have to go from building to building, from office to office, hoping to find a job vacancy that fits your qualifications. You can simply sit at your computer, go online, and go through databases to find a job that suits you. This innovation bodes well for employers, too: they no longer have to pay thousands of dollars to get ads out in newspapers. They can post their job wanted ads online and get many responses conveniently.

Going through a job posting database, however, is not going to be easy. You have thousands of other people waiting for the right job, and you may have to find a way to get yourself ahead of and above the competition. This will require you to re-write your resume and get your act together, because today’s job market is extremely competitive and Internet savvy. You cannot simply sit back and wait for a job to fall onto your lap.

Be Pro-Active, Not Reactive

Being proactive means that you can act even before things happen, whereas reactive entails you waiting for something to happen before you act on it. If you can anticipate what will happen, you can make things happen for you.

This may sound counterintuitive, but take this example. If you are applying to be a web designer for a clothing company, you should know what such a company will require for its website. This can include having secure shopping cart software, a secure catalog, and maybe even a forum for customers to share their ideas and discuss their opinions.

You can have this vision in mind as you apply for the job, and your vision can color the tone of your application letter. This can increase your chances of getting the job. Keep the same concept in mind when you start your job search. Know exactly what it is that you have and can offer, and make a list of these qualifications. Next, know exactly what it is that you know a bit about, but that you need coaching or more education on.

Lastly, make a list of what you definitely do not have. Allow this list to guide you as you go through the job requirements, qualifications, and expectations so that you do not blindly apply and end up either coming up short, wasting your time, and getting kicked out of the application pile; or lying about your qualifications and still getting kicked out of the application pile when you come to the interview and cannot prove your “credentials.”

Many job searching sites will also require you to register with them and provide your resume so that employers can search for you. Make your resume short and succinct, with all the information that prospective employers will need if they wish to obtain your services. Keep your information truthful. Format your resume so that it looks professional. Limit your document to one font and use a size 12 font for better reading. Make a resume that you would like to see if you were looking for applicants for that job position.

Know Your Keywords!

The efficiency of a job search depends on the keywords that you use to search for openings. In some databases, you can find jobs already classified by sector, educational requirements, or location. However, not all jobs are classified in all job databases, and even if they are, they can be incorrectly classified because of errors made by employers. You will need to use the job database search engine in order to get the job openings listings that you need. This means that you need to have a set of keywords to use as search strings.

Make sure that you not only have the right keywords, but that you do not have too few or too many.

If you are a web designer, you could look for “web designer,” “web developer,” or even “website developer and designer,” but do not limit your searches to “designer” or “developer,” or you will have pages and pages of information to go through.

These are only a few tips that you can use to guide you in making the most of your job search. If you know what tools are at your disposal, you can make a better search and find the job that you want, even in the most cluttered job market.

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