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
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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