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How to Make Job Search Engines Work for You

When it comes to a job search, looking for a job isn't the difficult part. Finding a job -- well, that's another story. Fortunately, the internet offers a lot of job search tools to take advantage of, the most common of which are job search engines. Job search engines afford you the convenience of looking for a job in the comfort of your own home (at least initially), and also allow you to narrow down your job search by targeting specific jobs and locations that meet your needs.

Typically, job search engines, normally, have large job banks that you can peruse by supplying specific targeted search criteria --- e.g. industry, location, salary expectations, etc. Unlike your local newspaper, job search engines operate on a broader spectrum and are searchable as long as the job is still available. Conversely, with newspaper classifieds, you have no idea if the job is still available until you contact the employer.

At the same time, not all job search engines are as thorough as they should be (or at least could be). Some are actually restricted to certain regions or countries; however, it is much easier to look for a job with regional job search engines rather than employing other methods i.e. door to door scouting for job leads. So, how do you make job search engines work for you. Here's how:

  1. Post your resume free of charge

    The better job search engines allow you to post your resume FREE of charge. Most will even allow you to post multiple versions of your resume. For those that do charge a fee, without a money-back guarantee, avoid them like a plague. Chances are they are nothing more than a scam. Posting your resume allows the job search engine to identify jobs that are a good fit for you. From time to time, you might receive opt-in e-mails keeping you updated with job opportunities. More importantly, posting your resume allows employers the opportunity to find you. hint, hint.
  2. View the company profile

    The more you know about the company that you are applying to, the more you will know if the position is a good fit. You can see what the employer has (or doesn't have) to offer you. By doing so, you know whether or not you want to be a part of the company before applying for the position.
  3. Customize your search criteria

    One of the best benefits of searching for work using job search engines is that you can customize your search criteria. If you want to look at jobs in an area that you are thinking about relocating to, you have that option. If you want a job in a certain salary range, you have that option, also. Category or industry, work schedule preference, and type of employment are other options often available.
  4. Job Seeker Library Research

    The value of this can not be understate. Read. Read. Read. A better job site will often have a job seeker library. If not get with one that does have a job seeker library. Also, be mindful of the quality of the content. Is it geared towards helping you or providing links to other sites? Keep your eyes open.
  5. Social Networking

    Social networking is a growing trend that is definitely worthy of attention. A better job site will interface with social networks like Linkedin and Twitter and Facebook. Bottom line, the better job sites will be social network enabled to extend the reach and impact of your job search goals.

Author: Mark Schaffer