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How to Simplify Your Job Search
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HEA-Employment.com - http://www.hea-employment.com
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.