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How to Find A Job Online

Computers have become almost indispensable, haven’t they? Not only can our PC or Mac; Desktop or Laptop inform us of worldly happenings, monitor stocks and trends, influence culture, report on scientific findings, check the time, date and weather anywhere in the world and pull up a bit of armchair travelling for us, but, for those of us who relied on newspapers, dictionaries and encyclopedias in times past, Google has taken over as our primary search tool .

OK, so reference librarians will always have a place in our hearts, and they can oftentimes find answers that even computers miss, but it seems our new go-to source of information and data has a screen and calls up thousands of search results in seconds.

And – wonder of wonders – most of the answers are pertinent!  The science of computers has progressed to where searches are truly fine-tuned.

And so it comes as no surprise that we often turn to the internet to find employment leads.

Whether you’ve used the web before, to score a super job, and just need to ensure you’re doing all you can do to make use of the world’s greatest posting board, or whether you’re a newbie with a need to know how to go about it, let’s get to it – some tips on how to find YOUR next job, online!

  • Put together an outstanding CV or resume. What makes them outstanding? They’re concise (no more than 2 pages, at most); pithy – say what you need to say in as few words as possible; punctuated with action verbs (“managed”; “conceptualized”; “coordinated; “developed”; etc.) and chock-full of bullets, as opposed to run-in sentences.

As an example of the latter suggestion, you might say: Promoted to Design Master in three years versus:  Started at Design Pro in 1994 as Assistant to the President, where my skill sets were quickly recognized and I was asked to take on new responsibilities.  (More about how to write an exemplary biography, in your format of choice, in a future article – but these tips should make a huge difference.)

  • Put together a few templates of CV or resume cover letters. These are absolutely necessary – and by that, I mean that a cover letter must be sent out each and every time you respond to an ad . You do NOT need a template – in fact, writing a cover letter afresh with each application might serve your purposes to a “t”. However, the purpose of a template is to so facilitate your job search that you have the time and focus to tailor your skill sets ONLY to the jobs that are well suited for you. No scattershot resumes. Those are a waste of time for both you and for the hiring manager.  Why?  It is apparent to the person who wrote the job posting that you did not adhere to all the Qualifications , and your approach will thus lack direction.  Remember: hiring managers have the power to ALMOST get you hired – they will at least grease the skids for you – so you need to pay attention to , and comply with, what they state they want.
  • Use key words that you have taken the time to identify as most representative of YOU. How to distill all the things you can do into one job title?  You’ll have to use several job titles.  Don’t sweat it. There’s no minimum – at least not in most reputable job boards, there aren’t.
  • Streamline your search further. When you’re on a job board, you’ll find they divvy up their job openings into categories:  location, job type or title and amount of money you’d like to make.  Not sure of what to call what you’re looking to do? Just leave the “what?” field blank and enter your city and state. Then hit “Enter”. You’ll be directed to all the job listings in your area. The latest, or most recent, job listings will be first, after the Sponsored jobs (which are paid ads). Sometimes, Sponsored jobs will be scattered throughout. How will you know how to recognize them?  They’re usually tagged – sometimes in red. This doesn’t make them bad or somehow inferior; just be aware they’ve paid for their space.
  • Include the source of the ad in your cover letter. You’ll be receiving leads from everywhere – from corporate newsletters to newspaper ad listings and everything in between – and your would-be employer can sometimes lose track of where it is that they have placed their ads. It would be useful if you can let them know where you saw the ad – it helps HR to track their candidates and informs administration as to which job search engines provide the most qualified leads.
  • Take advantage of the reviews included in the online ads. Now HERE’S something you don’t see in newspaper ads. Many top-quality job boards include a category they’ve titled “Reviews”. Click on that link if you see it.  It’ll be an eye-opener. You’ll be able to read on-site reports from current employees and frank appraisals from former employees.  What’s really great is that they are all productive reviews: whether they’re giving the company in question a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down, you learn the specific reasons behind each Pro or Con. For instance, you might find out that the company’s computers could have used a bit of updating – and that the company culture is uplifting, from the president’s office on down. Why is this of merit?   Very simply, you might be the sort of person who can deal with antiquated computers – hardware and software can be changed, and you might just be the person knowledgeable enough to recommend that, right?  However, you know yourself, and you realize that, if the job environment is not conducive to a supportive and uplifting approach to work, it’s liable to be a deal breaker.  Therefore, having glanced at this particular job listing, you’d be itching to send out a resume, and you’d have a few things you could mention in your letter! Personalized letters catch the attention of a hiring manager, so you’d be more likely to be considered for an interview.

Revise your resume or CV every six months, or more if – career-wise – you are extremely active. There’s nothing like an updated background to set the stage for a successful job interview.

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