Advantages of Online Job Search Sites

People who are looking for employment opportunities no longer have to spend a lot of time with the newspapers or go from company to company in search of a job. The use of the Internet in the job market has completely changed the way people search for jobs.

There are numerous online job search websites, which make it really easy for both candidates as well as recruiters to find what they are searching for. These websites have revolutionized the way the job market functions. The best thing about these online job search websites is that they are designed to make sure that any company that wants to hire someone for a particular post will almost certainly find the right candidate in the list.

If you are looking for a job opportunity in a specific field of interest, all you need to do is sign up with some of the larger online job search websites as these provide the greatest coverage of job postings. These websites provide the systems and resources to help you get matched with the type of job that you are looking for, and in the industry that you want to work in, as soon as possible.

You can generally find interview and resume writing tips on these online job search websites as well as some job searching tips. Many of these sites also offer career tests that will help you determine which job will be right for you and they can provide relevant services to help you with career planning.

The websites will also help you with your resume and you can keep your account open with them until you find the job you are searching for. Once you upload your resume to the site this is stored in their database, together with any other information that you provide, and classified and grouped into various categories based on the fields.

Every time a recruiter or employer conducts a search for prospective candidates or employees that match your details, the database will present your name, information and resume to the recruiter. The website will also have a lot of recruiters from various companies in various fields checking out the database so the chances of you being contacted by an interested company is very high.

Another advantage of these online job search websites is that they let people search on their database for any prospective job openings that might be present. So you can browse through job listings and see whether anything interests you. If it does, simply apply for it and wait for the company to get back to you.

Identity Theft and Your Online Job Search

While identity theft is nothing new, the Web has opened up whole new world of opportunity for identity thieves.

According to the FBI, identity theft is the top online fraud. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission says that identity theft is it’s number one source of consumer complaints – 42 percent of all complaints, in 2001.

The thief will use your personal information to open credit card accounts, cell phone accounts, open bank accounts in your name and write bad checks-leaving the victim with the bills and ruined credit ratings. Identity thieves may pose as representatives of banks, Internet service providers and even government agencies to get you to reveal your Social Security number, mother’s maiden name, financial account numbers and identifying information.

In a recent article (http://www.msnbc.com/news/830411.asp), MSNBC reported the case of a man who fell victim to a fraudulent job listing that was posted at Monster.com. According to the article:

“It was just the job lead Jim needed: a marketing manager position with Arthur Gallagher, a leading international insurance broker. And only days after Jim responded to the job posting on Monster.com, a human resources director sent along a promising e-mail. We’re interested in you, the note said. The salary is negotiable, the clients big. In fact, the clients are so valuable and sensitive that you’ll have to submit to a background check as part of the interview process. Eager for work, Jim complied- and sent off just about every key to his digital identity, including his age, height, weight, Social Security number, bank account numbers, even his mother’s maiden name.”

Jim spent the day canceling his credit cards, checking his balances and contacting the credit bureaus, but he’s concerned that his information is now “out there”.

There are warning signs that can tip you off to fraudulent job listings. While these items don’t necessarily mean that the listing is a scam, they are indications that you should do further checking.

–Incorrect grammar and spelling errors

–Phone or fax number area codes don’t match the address given

–Unrealistic salary

Online job databases are not the only places that identity thieves cruise for personal information. In recent indictments across the U.S., individuals have been charged with obtaining and using personal information through various ways. In Miami, two individuals were indicted for illegally tapping the computer networks of restaurants using the cover of a dummy corporation. A clerical worker at the New York State Insurance Fund pilfered office files and used stolen identities (of people across the country as well as fellow office workers) to obtain goods and services. A phlebotomist at Kaiser Permanente admitted to using the personal information of patients and employees in order to open credit card accounts in various names.

Recently, an FTC investigation into a work-at-home scheme spawned an incredible “scam-within-a-scam” when a man pretending to be an FTC employee emailed hundreds of the scam’s victims. He requested personal information stating that it was to be used as evidence in the case.

While it’s impossible to completely eliminate the chances of becoming a victim, you can minimize the risk by putting the following to practice:

–If a would-be employer asks you for any personal information you should ask them for their contact information and then separately look up the company’s information and contact them to verify that they actually exist. While it’s not unusual for an employer to ask for certain work-related information (like your work history and former employers), it is not appropriate for them to ask for personal information (like a social security number) unless you are actually being hired (and you’ve checked them out to make sure they’re legitimate). Even then, you should never be asked for financial information such as a credit card number.

–On online resumes, never include your social security number and keep even your work history brief.

–Check your credit card statements often. Believe it or not, many people never even check them!

–Be sure to follow up with creditors if your bill doesn’t arrive on time. A missing credit card bill may mean that an identity thief has changed your billing address to cover their tracks.

–Order your credit report from one of the major credit bureaus each year and verify that everything is correct.

What to do if you’ve been a victim of identity theft:

The FTC maintains Consumer Sentinels Identity Theft Data Clearinghouse, the nations repository for identity theft complaints. The FTC established the Identity Theft Toll-Free Hotline, 1.877.IDTHEFT (1.877.438.4338) and the ID Theft Website (www.consumer.gov/idtheft) to give identity theft victims a central place to report their problems and receive helpful information.

The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). You can use their online system to file a complaint.

[http://www1.ifccfbi.gov/index.asp]

Online Job Search Techniques

There’re many ways to conduct online job search. However, many job seekers only think of posting resumes and searching opportunities on big job sites like monster.com, hotjobs.com, and careerbuilder.com etc. There’s nothing wrong with it, but according to a survey conducted by careerXrooads.com, of all hires in 2002, only 3.6% come from monster.com, 1.5% come careerbuilder.com, and 0.5% come from hotjobs.com. Morever, many companies only advertise their job openings on their own company websites and some other speciality websites. Wouldn’t it be nice if you can use search engines to find these opportunities that are ignored by other job seekers?

Before we go any further of how to conduct online job search, I would like to talk a little bit about Boolean Logic. If you are a math or a computer student, you may have already known it. Actually, it’s very powerful, yet simple to use in search engines. The following are some of the most popular Boolean operators, modifiers and field search commands.

  • AND: Collects documents that include all terms.

    Google default operator.

    Example: job AND nursing

  • OR: Collects documents that include at least one of the terms.

    Example: nurse OR rn

  • NOT Collects documents that include the term that precedes it but not the

    term that follows it.

    AltaVista: AND NOT; Google: – (e.g. -submit); All The Web: ANDNOT

    Example: manager AND NOT sales

  • NEAR Collects documents with both terms that are within close proximity to

    each other (usually 10 terms or less).

    AltaVista ONLY. Useful for finding contacts within a specific location.

    Example: manager NEAR marketing

  • Quotation Marks “” Specify an exact phrase

    Example: “SAS programmer”

  • Parenthesis () Define a search subset

    Not used in Google

    Example: (iowa OR ia) AND (manager OR director)

  • Wildcard Symbol * Matches any type and number of characters.

    AltaVista ONLY.

    Example: manag*

  • url: Look for keywords in the document URL.

    Google: inurl

    Example: url:position AND ibm

  • title: Look for keywords in the document title.

    Google: intitle

    Example: title:position AND merk

  • link: Look for pages linked to a particular URL.

    Example: link:dell.com

  • host: Scans a specific computer or host of a URL.

    Example: host:mit.edu

  • domain: Looks for pages within a specific domain like .com, .org, .edu.

    Example: domain:.org AND nurse

  • like: Looks for pages related in content

    AltaVista: like:

    Google: related:

    Example: like:dell.com

  • filetype: Looks for pages with a specific file type attached or documented

    Example: filetype:xls OR filetype:pdf

  • Now, let’s say you’re a pharmacist and is looking for a new job in boston area. So you can go to www.altavista.com and conduct online job search using the following string:

    url:job AND pharmacist AND contact AND position AND boston

    If you use www.google.com, you don’t need to type in AND since it’s default operator in Google. So you can just use:

    inurl:job pharmacist contact position boston

    Now look at some more complicated online job search examples:

    (url:(job* OR opening* OR position* OR employ*) OR title:(job* OR opening* OR position* OR employ*)) AND send AND benefits AND opening AND EOE AND contact AND “SAS programmer” AND boston

    (“[email protected]” OR “[email protected]” OR “[email protected]” OR “[email protected]” OR “human resources”) AND (apply OR “send us” OR “send your” OR submit OR “fax us” OR “fax your”) AND (“organic chemist” OR medicinal chemist”) AND (synthesis OR synthesize)

    Now you see the power of online job search? Try different key word combinations and use them in different search engines. Some links you find might be junk links, but keep trying, as long as you pick up right key word combination, you should be able to find many job opportunities that are buried in deep deep web and are ignored by other job seekers.

    Happy searching.