One of the first places job seekers turn to these days is the Internet. Job search websites offer listings of available positions, as well as many other important resources. CareerBuilder.com, Yahoo Inc.’s HotJobs.com, and Monster.com, for instance, offer informative articles, video tutorials, and much more. When it comes to looking for a job through these sites, remember that it is not always easy. Hundreds and thousands of people have access to the websites. Both employers and recruiters post job openings on these sites. Therefore, companies that post open positions are usually flooded with resumes and cover letters from applicants. Do not get discouraged. You never know when you might get a call. Keep on checking these sites and subscribe to get updates about new jobs via email. You cannot do enough during your search.
First, make sure that your cover letter and resume is powerful and free of errors. It is the first impression you will be making when you apply to a job. If you are applying to a specific position, make sure that you customize your resume the job. Emphasize experiences and skills that match the requirements of the position.
Besides applying to positions, post your resume online for companies to view. Employers and recruiters do check for resumes on these sites. Whether you apply to the jobs or keep your resume online, remember to include keywords in your resume and profiles. Companies often run online searches and, therefore, if you want to discovered, you need to include the right keywords. Most sites allow you to post your resume for no charge. Very few sites actually successfully charge applicants for this service. Executive job sites are among the limited that charge applicants and maintain to stay successful. This is because executive level jobs are seldom posted anywhere else.
When it comes to storing your resume on sites, remember that you can store more than one version of it. This is very useful since jobs come with different emphasis points and you can send in a resume that highlights different skills of yours.
Further, some employment websites offer an application that you can fill. It may be inconvenient to fill in this form, especially when you feel like your resume covers all the information that is necessary, but some sites might still feel it necessary to have everything in a standard format.
Online job searches can get overwhelming since there are tens of thousands of job sites dedicated to the purpose. Make sure that you go with a few sites only. You do not need to register with every job site out there. Remember that there are plenty of job scams out there. Watch out for that. Quality is much more important that quantity. Ask your friends for referrals and do your research to help decide what works for you. Make sure you are using a legitimate and safe site. Do not be too quick to trust. We wary of job sites that provide free job postings. This may be a sign of a scam.