The online job hunt: How does it work?

FI-Log-On-With-Larry-SchneiderDear Larry,

I need to find a new job. How can I go about job hunting on the Net?

 

M.D.

 

Dear M.D.,

Times, they sure are a-changing. Only 10 years ago, you’d have to resort to the time-honored techniques of searching newspaper classifieds or visiting employment agencies, schnazzy recruitment firms and not so schnazzy headhunters. And while these approaches still have their place, no job search would be complete these days without time well spent surfing and searching the Internet.

So you’re not alone, M.D. Top-notch websites aimed at job hunters await you and they’re not only trying to attract your attention. They also want a piece of the hundreds of millions of dollars being spent by employers who are tempted by the Internet’s relatively low cost and global reach.

Job-posting websites offer a wide array of services that sure beat beating the pavement in search of the right position. You can explore vast numbers of job listings and search for only those that meet criteria important to you, such as job type, location and salary. You can scour online ads posted by potential employers. Most sites let you store your résumé online so that it’s sent to prospective employers automatically when you apply for a position. Still others offer offline search agents that let you search continuously for desirable job posts; they alert you via email when new jobs are found that meet your pre-defined conditions.

Of course, a smidgen of career and résumé advice doesn’t hurt either.

But before you venture out, you’ll want to be sure you have a decent grasp of several Windows and Internet-related skills. It should also go without saying that you’ve fully prepared and reviewed your résumé. If it’s not already in pristine condition on your computer’s hard drive, get it there.

If you haven’t brushed up on your Internet browsing skills lately, there’s no better time than now to get some practice. When it comes to your livelihood, you don’t want to be caught short on Internet basics such as the back button, bookmarking, and bypassing bottlenecks. If your skill level in these bread-and-butter basics is — shall I say, stale — it’s time you called in reinforcements for help. Invite over an Internet-savvy friend or hire a professional to help you come up to speed. While you’re at it, perfect your Microsoft Office skills at the same time.

So much for boot camp. Now, where to?

To be sure, the monster of all job hunting websites is still monster.com. It’s a clean and well-organized site that makes it a joy to use, and its popularity attracts millions of potential employers and employees alike.

Other websites that deserve your attention are careerbuilder.com and job.com. Those of you who are aiming for particularly high-paying positions should add execunet.com and 6figurejobs.com to your list.

Finally, don’t just take my word for it. Rely on the Riley Guide at rileyguide.com for a comprehensive set of links to innumerable Internet resources aimed specifically at job hunters.

With a little bit of time and work on your own, you’ll be working for somebody else in no time.

This is Larry Schneider, logging off.

 

Larry Schneider is the owner of Accent on Computers, a Greenwich-based consulting firm catering to individuals, businesses and professional offices. Services include computer setup, training, troubleshooting, virus resolution, networking, Internet, database and programming. Call 625-7575, visit accentoncomputers.com, or send email to [email protected] 

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