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.

Job Search – The Impact of Social Networking Sites on Your Search

There are lots of ways to use the Internet as part of a job search. But as much of a leg up it can give you, there is a flip side to the Internet that also affects your job search – social networking sites. While most professionals regard LinkedIn as part of their professional life, many of them assume that things they have entered on other such websites are part of their personal life. Not so! Employers are as likely to look at your Facebook postings as they are to look at your resume. Once something is posted on the Internet it is public information available to anyone who is online and interested.

Probably the most valuable site for professionals, LinkedIn, can also be misused. Make sure your postings there have correct grammar and spelling and that your thoughts and responses are coherent. Prospective employers may see your profile as a sample of your writing. Don’t forget to proofread! Be sure to get several referrals on your LinkedIn Profile. These will be read and definitely make a difference.

Twitter is one of the most easily misused of these sites. With only 140 characters available for each message (known as tweets) many people are using it as a place to vent anger, joy, and random thoughts — frequently not completely thought of from a professional viewpoint. Would you want to have a potential employer read a tweet that you sent saying telling everyone that you can’t stand your boss or that you’re goofing off at work? Probably not a good idea.

Other social networking sites include MySpace, Plaxo, Squidoo, Ning, Eons and Meetup. There are a total of 153 social networking sites, according to Wikipedia, ranging from those of general interest to Geni.com (families, geneaology), researchGate (for scientific researchers), and Vampirefreaks (gothic and industrial subculture).

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