Finding Jobs in the Internet – A Survival Guide

When it comes to jobs in the internet, it’s not a question of availability – there’s plenty for everyone – but a matter of skill and common sense.  After all, not every job posted online is a legitimate offer while others are plain scams.  However, that shouldn’t discourage you from pursuing a career as part of the internet labor pool.  Here is a survival guide for finding jobs in the internet:

If you qualify, apply

Don’t make the mistake of applying for jobs in the internet that you are only remotely qualified for.  Many of these jobs require specific levels of skills to perform.  Do yourself and the prospective employer a favor and check the requirements carefully.  The right qualifications will mean a good match for you and the job.  If the match is missing, you probably won’t last in that job for long.

Target the right jobs.  Avoid making random applications.  Go for quality opportunities and don’t place your bets on quantity.

Make it easy on your prospective employer

If there are requirements or a set of instructions you have to comply with, then do so.  When applying for jobs in the internet, it’s important that you understand the kind of information that the employers wants you to provide and how you should provide it.  Do you need a cover letter or will a resume do?  Do you need to provide a list of references?  Should your application be sent in a certain format, will it be allowed as an attachment or part of your e-mail message?

Use multiple sites to look for jobs in the internet

No matter how large a database one website maintains, it still cannot hold all the lists of available jobs online and the information about prospective employers.  Try to search for Internet jobs using several different websites.  If applicable, try different industries as well.

When checking out job websites

Always check all the options available and try to find out about the site’s background and history.  Go for sites that have a large number of job listings, preferably from many different employers.

Consider industry-specific sites.  If you have specialized skills and want jobs in the internet that require those skills, it will be easier to find quality listings if you use specialty sites.  Use options provided on the sites to enhance your search.

Get organized

There are literally thousands of opportunities for you out there.  When you start looking for jobs in the internet, you’ll find that later on, the choices and the process can get confusing.  Worse, you could be applying to the same job several times simply because it got posted in several different websites.

To organize, create a folder on your computer where you can save information about job searches.  This can include the sites’ URL, information about the site and the jobs you applied for.  You might also want to include the date you sent your application.  This will help you track your job hunting efforts and avoid any duplications in the future.

To pay or not to pay

There are job boards online that require a paid membership in order for you to be able to access job listings.  This is a legitimate practice so if you prefer to avoid paying for the fees involved, then look for job boards, classified ads and listings that are offered for free.

And now for the scams

There are scams a-plenty pretending to be real jobs in the internet.  While some are obvious enough to allow job hunters to spot them immediately, there are cleverly disguised scams that can fool both the uninitiated and the experienced.  Some of the warning signs you should take note of:

Too much interest in your personal information

If a job in the internet is asking you to divulge personal information such as your home address (past or present), driver’s license or professional license number, Social Security number, credit card or bank account information, be on your guard.  If you are dealing with a real employer, this information should only be obtained after they have hired you.

Try to protect your personal information from being misused or stolen.  For jobs in the internet requiring you to leave a resume, do not include your home address or phone numbers.  Your name and an e-mail address should suffice.  If your personal information is being solicited, make sure that there is a good reason for it.

The job requires you to do something questionable

Does the job require you to accept transfer funds or money on your bank account?  It could be a scam that will deposit stolen money to your account prior to transfer someplace else.  Does the job require you to focus on recruiting other members so you could get paid?  It could be an illegal pyramiding scam.

Lack of a real business entity behind the job listing

Legitimate jobs in the internet should be backed by real individuals or companies.  A legitimate employer has no reason to hide their identity.  If they are vague or cagey, there must be a reason behind it and it can’t be good.

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