How to Conduct your Job Search Online
Nimish Thakkar, MS, MBA,
Career Coach and Professional Resume Writer,
of the game have changed. Job search tasks that once required
candidates to commute to their local libraries, can now be performed
online. For years, coaches complained about how the Internet had
literally erased the “human component” from job searching. While that
still holds true, there is much hope offered by Web 2.0 (social
I have attempted to describe a few online job search strategies in
Largely popularized in the 90’s, online job boards serve as large
electronic exchanges for both job seekers and employers. Access to
millions of qualified candidates and lower recruitment costs are
driving many employers to post their job openings on these job boards.
Candidates, too, enjoy many attractive benefits, such as online
profiles, free resume posting, and e-mail job alerts.
The big three job boards serve a wide range of industries and
professionals and include popular sites, such as monster.com,
hotjobs.com, and careerbuilder.com. Over the past few years, many
niche job boards have started
catering to specific professions. Popular job boards for the
healthcare field, for example, include biospace.com and medzilla.com.
In addition to online job boards, most organizations now feature
fully-functional career sites which function much like online job
boards and allow you to create profiles, subscribe to alerts, and
respond to job openings.
communities and groups
Closely mimicking the real world, online communities are essentially a
forum where like-minded individuals interact with each other. Large
communities, such as beyond.com and biospace.com, cater to millions of
individuals through various features, such as news, job alerts,
company profiles, etc.
Smaller communities function as e-groups and e-lists where members
interact with each other on various issues. Recruiters and HR
professionals often target these groups to post openings and solicit
resumes. Groups.yahoo.com and groups.google.com are often great
starting points for finding and forming groups. Many associations
utilize e-list platforms provided by Google and Yahoo! to further
networking and Social Media
Sites such as linkedin.com, ryze.com, facebook.com, digg.com,
twitter.com, myspace.com, and many others have taken online networking
and social interaction to new levels. Members on these popular sites
network with each other on many professional issues, from projects to
job leads. Memberships on most of these sites are free but there may
be fees for premium services. Once you become a member on any of these
sites, you can invite friends to join your network and they in turn
can invite their friends. This chain of connections can snowball your
network to hundreds of contacts within just days. You can also connect
with millions of members who are already using these technologies.
Imagine the possibilities.
newspapers and classifieds
Newspapers offer much more than free news content online. Most
newspapers feature a access to their employment classifieds and also
to custom-designed job boards. We have created a special resource page
online newspapers. Craigslist.org is
another popular destination for furthering your job search interests.
You can not only search job postings, but can also post your own
profile and resume.
Websites of industry and professional associations function much like
professional communities. In addition to links to members, they often
offer forums, job boards, networking opportunities, event
announcements, and more.
Click here to find an association that caters to
your industry or profession.
resume writing services
If you want to work with a professional resume writer, consider
online resume writing services, such as ResumeCorner.com.
On completing the initial process online, you will be interviewed by a
certified resume writer.
Recruiters and headhunters
The very folks you are desperately trying to reach are just a click
away. Most employers and recruiters encourage candidates to submit
their resume on fully-automated websites. Simply typing the company or
recruiter’s name in any popular search engine will bring up hundreds
Company research or
headhunter search could never have
Online job searching, as beneficial as it is, can also expose you to
serious privacy risks. Always protect your personal information and
avoid disclosing your social security number and any confidential
information. There are also many employment scams that are targeting
members of large job boards. Use caution and discretion while dealing
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Nimish Thakkar is a sought-after certified
career management coach. He has helped thousands of clients, including
professionals at Fortune 500 companies, through cutting-edge career
management tools. Thakkar has authored hundreds of articles and is
regularly invited to speak on a wide range of career-related issues.
Nimish edits and manages a
free career information site,
SaiCareers.com, and is the CEO of a
professional resume writing service,