Out of Work or Underpaid? Tips Utilizing Internet Service to Help You Find the Job You’re Looking For
Looking for a job used to be quite a pain! Your options were typically limited to scouring the classifieds in the newspaper or walking door to door to find work. Now that virtually every person and business in the country has access to high speed internet providers, you can not only find a job right from your own home – you can quickly and easily learn everything you need to know about the jobs you’re applying for.
There are several options available to look for a job online. Sites like Monster.com and Yahoo Jobs Search have listings from major companies. When you sign up with these sites, you’ll be able to upload more versions of your resume which you can then easily send to potential employers.
You’ll also have the option of uploading or writing a cover letter. Many people who are job searching don’t realize just how important this cover letter is. The truth is that human resource directors are likely to see hundreds of resumes for each job they post. The first thing they’ll do is glance at cover letters. The ones that stick out will lead to a closer look at the resume it’s attached to, while poorly written or generic cover letters can get an application deleted without further review.
There are many different formats your resume could take and it should be set up to highlight your strengths. For example, an applicant with a college degree but no relevant experience would include their educational information at the top of their resume, while someone with a wealth of experience, but minimal education, would start with their professional work experience.
If you aren’t sure that your resume is as good as it can be, it can be well worth it to hire an expert to improve it for you. Believe it or not, there are people whose entire career is writing and rewriting resumes. These people study the trends and know exactly what HR professionals are looking for. You can hire your own resume consultant on a site like Elance or oDesk.
In fact, if you have relevant skills and are interested in a full time freelance career or you just want to earn some extra cash, freelance sites like Elance and oDesk can work for you. There are many different categories, such as admin work, accounting, graphic design, writing and more! You bid on each job and only take jobs you feel comfortable working on.
Another job resource is Craigslist. This site can have hundreds of listings for the types of job you’re looking for. However, in many cities it’s free for potential employers to post job listings. What’s that mean for you? It means that some so-called employers are actually out there to scam you. Be wary of any employer who asks you to pay for anything, who puts pressure on you or asks you to do something you don’t think is legal or legitimate.
Additionally, if you find that there is a job on CraigsList, or any other site, that you’re not sure about, try doing a web search for the company or some of the language in the listing. For example, if you find a job listing with the headline: “Big Money for Phone Specialists – No Training Necessary!” you can search that specific wording. If you see many of the same ads pop up in various cities or find web posts complaining about that company, then you know you’ve stumbled on to something that’s just not right.
The internet can also be used for networking. Check out sites like LinkedIn that help you stay in touch with people you’ve worked with in the past. This might be other co-workers, past bosses or even people who’ve worked for you. You never know when you’ll need a reference and having access to them online will mean it’s easy to get that reference. If you have people in your profession as friends on other social networking sites, be sure to let them know you’re looking for work. You never know when the perfect position might pop up for you.
The best option when looking for a job is to use several of these methods. Start by ensuring you have a professional resume and that you understand what should and shouldn’t be included in a resume. Look for online opportunities but be wary of jobs that seem too good to be true. Finally, network with people you’ve worked with in the past and keep your eye out for the next opportunity.