Internet Job Searching

Job searching is a bit less complex than career searching, but many of the same principles apply.

The best way to learn how to find your way around job sites is to check out the really big job sites, like Monster and craigslist.

We'll take you on a tour of the sites. Most job sites use systems similar to these big sites, and there are a lot of common elements.

Craigslist

Craigslist is a true phenomenon on the internet.

It includes a huge range of advertisements and services, and it has a very big user base of advertisers and people looking for services.

Let's take craigslist New York as an example.

written specifically to the jobs you're applying for.

It's not targeted.

You are very strongly advised to:

MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU'RE SENDING YOUR POSSIBLE NEXT EMPLOYER AS A CV.

Relevance is appreciated.

Irrelevance definitely isn't appreciated. Great way of not getting a job.

There's another few problems about online resumes:

  • The documents they're based on can also become disorganized.
  • Most people use Word documents for their CVs.
  • It's quite normal for gaps in the text, or strange overlapping pieces of text, to completely wreck the appearance of a CV. It seems to be quite normal that this very important document becomes a mess the minute you need to use it.

Check to make sure the document's OK, before and after you post it online.

CV, or CVs?

Because you need to rework your CV to particular jobs, emphasizing skills in one job application differently than another, you do need to keep modifying your CV, pretty much continuously.

You can post multiple CVs, like Jane Smith accounts resume and Jane Smith horticulture CV , but that also gives you a lot of documents to maintain in working order.

Do what you find is most effective, but:

Always keep a basic copy of all the information required on your CVs.

There's a real risk of losing information, or worse, getting the wrong information on an application.

You could be applying for an accountancy job, quoting your experience in horticulture.

So you organize your CV as

  • CV Master copy (do a backup of it, too)
  • CV accounts
  • CV horticulture

Job sites- overview and conclusion

All job sites are slightly different, but the searches and methods of finding your way around the site are pretty easy to learn.

We mentioned earlier that you need a good stable of job sites.

Be fussy about which sites you use for your job search.

This is all about what gives you what you need.

Depending on your profession, you will need at least one general job site, a big one like Monster or craigslist, and any specialist sites in your line of work which have good information.

(The trouble with the specialist sites is that often nobody knows them, and people tend to advertise on the big sites on principle, rather than targeting their job ads to the professional sites. Employment agencies also tend to work on the big sites because they have accounts with them.)

Points to note:

  • Always refine your searches and reduce the amount of material you have to read through.
  • Remember the keywords and search criteria that give you the best results.
  • Search every day, so you don't wind up looking through a week's supply of information.
  • If it takes you an hour to read through a search, that's too long. You could do three job applications in that time.
  • Again, always keep track of your job search information. Do not lose it, because finding it afterwards can be a nightmare and a half.
  • Be conscientious about your searches, for your own sake. Keep things moving, and keep the applications coming. You do need the job site information, and it needs to be current.
  • Compare jobs. Which is the best option, and looks like the best chance?

Every search is a possible step upwards.

Be patient, and the searching will pay off well.