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How to Simplify Your Job Search

Updated on October 1, 2014
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Angela Kane is the Senior Customer Support Representative of HEA. HEA provides free access to legitimate work from home jobs and resources.

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Simplify your Job Search

The internet, a great resume, and strong interviewing skills are crucial to finding a job in today’s market and can make the job search process much easier. The internet provides numerous, credible job sites that can save time and energy when looking for a job. Job seekers no longer need to drive across the state or country in order to apply for a desired job opening. Internet job search sites allow registered users to: search for jobs by field, geographical location, and education level; upload their resume for public viewing so that potential employers can contact them; and access many other useful tools that can ease the stress that often comes with trying to find a job.

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Job Search Sites

One top job site is the well-known, Monster.com, which allows users to post up to five resumes to their job profile. There are job sites for every type of job from financial to sales. Account users can then easily see how many employers have viewed their resumes, receive e-mail alerts when their resume has been viewed, and even receive e-mail or phone calls (depending on the user’s preferred method of contact) regarding a job opening. Monster makes it easy to search for jobs by job title, skills or keywords, and geographical location, along with other advanced features to narrow down search results. Similar legitimate job search sites include HEA-Employment.com, Careerbuilder, Indeed, and even social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace, which feature their own pages dedicated to jobs. LinkedIn is a social networking site designed specifically for career networking and is another resourceful site. Glassdoor is a great site for finding industry or company specific information including; company reviews from current employees, salary information by position, and potential interview questions.

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Apply Online

Some people still prefer going directly to an employer to fill out a physical application, and some companies do this, but many will refer job seekers to their website where the application goes into a pool that is often viewed by their corporate human resources personnel. To save time and speed the process along, it is often best to visit an employer’s website from the beginning. A follow-up phone call can sometimes be a good thing, but many employers frown upon this, as they will often say that they will contact people if they are interested. They often do not have time to speak with every applicant, especially when there are hundreds, even thousands to sort through.

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Powerful Resume

A strong resume is also essential to landing most jobs these days. The internet offers many resume writing tips and even provides services that will write them, although often for a price. A resume, which is usually presented at the time of an interview, ideally should be no longer than one page in length. It provides an employer with a concise look at a potential employee’s work history, educational background, and skill set. Basically, it summarizes what someone can offer that employer and and provides a foundation for them to ask any questions they may have during the interview. It’s beneficial to know the resume in and out and to be prepared to elaborate on any positions held, job responsibilities, or to explain any gaps in employment. It is best to be straightforward and honest on both the resume and during the interview, as most employers conduct background checks and contact references to verify information.

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Make a Good Impression

The resume and the interview are the time to shine and present oneself in the best possible light; it’s the time to brag a little, to sell oneself. It’s important to be well-prepared for the interview and to make the best first impression. Aside from being well-groomed, appropriately dressed, and to arrive 10-15 minutes early, it helps to set aside time doing some homework prior to the interview. The internet is a great tool to research the employer, including their mission and values, what products or services they offer, and in general, to be able to display company knowledge and a genuine interest in becoming a member of their team. The internet is also a great place to find information on possible interview questions and even the best answers! Being able to anticipate what the interviewer will ask and having a well-thought out, succinct response will both ease any nerves, and provide an advantage during a one-on-one, panel, or phone interview. Confidence and a great smile are icing on the cake.

In today’s economy, it is ever more important to have an edge when it comes to conducting a job search. The internet is an essential tool to have in the arsenal and provides immeasurable information to give anyone an advantage in the job hunt. Searching for a job can be very stressful, but we hope the tips and advice provided make your job hunt easier and more effective.

My main advice for job seekers is to search for jobs that fit their experience and qualifications the best. If they try to apply for jobs that are popular, they will be competing with thousands of job seekers and they will have a harder time getting employed. Apply for jobs that match your resume the best and apply early so you will be the first in line for the position.

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Work-at-Home Company Listing: A sourcebook of over 1,000 companies that hire telecommuters and virtual assistants. (HEA Work-at-Home Series)

HEA-Employment.com is a work-at-home job listing service. Our website offers job seekers access to thousands of available work-at-home job opportunities. Over the years we compiled a listing of thousands of legitimate telecommuting companies that hire telecommuters and virtual assistant. The companies listed in this EBook have hired people to work from home. A majority of the companies are accepting resumes for current and future job openings.

 

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    • Angela Kane profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Kane 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks for your comment and I will visit your website.

    • Rolly A Chabot profile image

      Rolly A Chabot 

      5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Angela... Thank you for writing this, a very informative read. I have retired now and over the years had many different jobs in many different fields. In my time work was easy to find but today with so many unemployed the advantage has definitely turned in favour of the employer. I have been on either side of the desk and when choosing an employee it must be done carefully and with great consideration.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      This a a perfect research tool. Especially with so many currently on the job-search line. Well-researched and chock full of useful information.

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      IAmForbidden 

      5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      each company is tricky. your hub is helpful to those who are searching and planning to apply for a job.

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      Peter V 

      5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      The internet has really changed the way people find jobs these days. I was looking for jobs a few months ago and my Grandparents offered me their Sunday paper. I gave them a funny look and said I could do it all online, which caused them to give me a funny look back and say, you can do that? Haha, times have changed! Good info here.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This is a great hub for job seekers. Technology has changed the way we find employment. It is best to apply online before trying to contact a company (as you say they will probably just redirect you to the web). Very informative and useful. Voted up. I am going to look into your website as well. Thanks.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      Searching for a new job can be very time-consuming and a bit overwhelming too. This hub is very useful with great tips for everyone that search for a job! Voted up, useful!

      Tina

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      Sinea Pies 

      6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Great hub, Angela. This will be so helpful for those who are in a job search. Voted up and useful.

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      NetBlots 

      6 years ago from Melbourne

      *high fives for getting frustrated then!* hehe =)

    • Angela Kane profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Kane 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      LOL! I think that is what everyone wants.

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      jenubouka 

      6 years ago

      To simplify my job search would be to land a job that was long term and paid more than a penny per word, lol.

      On a serious note, this was indeed very useful and a great reminder to those who are feeling frustrated to keep their heads up and keep trucking. Thanks.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This a well-written hub and would be very useful for sometime hitting the job market for the first time or returning after a break.

      Shared on FB & Twitter.

    • Angela Kane profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Kane 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Your welcome.

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      Tammy 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub! It can get tricky applying for jobs when each application requires an individual electronic application with all the resume information. Uggg.. Thanks for these tips!

    • Angela Kane profile imageAUTHOR

      Angela Kane 

      6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Good for you, I also started my own business after searching for a job and having no luck.

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      NetBlots 

      6 years ago from Melbourne

      One things I always found a being a problem was trying to apply in a really unique way, directed specifically at said business.

      However I always became frustrated when after a 5-10 minute letter, many of them never bothered responding. Which in the long run was great, because I thought "Screw it, I'll start my own business!" 1 year later and kicking butt! =)

      My friend is going through the above thing now though.

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