Job Search - Seven Ways to Use the Internet to Find the Next Step in Your Career
It's almost impossible these days to look for a job without a computer, after all, everyone expects you to customize your resume to their needs. But have you fully utilized the power of the Internet in your job search? Here are some tips to help you utilize this "today" tool to your maximum benefit.
Job Boards are a given. They don't usually produce many results, especially if you are looking for a position that is beyond junior level, unless you are a techie. But, they are a great place to do research. Not only can you get a feel for what's happening in the marketplace but you can pick up on some of the buzz words it would be a good idea to include in your resume.
LinkedIn. LinkedIn has been around for a number of years and is probably the most professional of the social networking sites. There is space for you to post your resume in your profile and the ability to both network and do company research.
Other Social Networking Sites. Social websites (Facebook, MySpace, Squidoo, Digg) give you an Internet presence and demonstrate that you are technically savvy, an important quality when you are changing careers in midcareer and beyond.
Research companies. There are two sides to this research issue. Interviewers now expect you to know a whole lot more about their organization than they did before the Internet. The flip side is that the Internet is a wonderful place to do research. Go on the company's website, google the company's name and the name of the person who is going to interview you. Find people who used to work for the company on LinkedIn and find out what they can tell you.
Research your network. The Internet is a great way to find people you have lost track of, people you used to work with, etc. But it's also a great place to find out what they have been up to since you last spoke with them, especially if they have a profile on one of the social networking sites. And, email is less intrusive than a phone call and gives your friends a heads up about what you want to talk to them about. In short, the Internet doesn't replace face-to-face communications but can definitely go a long way to enhance their effectiveness.
Training. Training on almost anything is available on the Internet. This is a great opportunity to brush up on skills you have let get rusty or learn the newest hot topic in your area. In an era where more and more professions are requiring credentialing, most of the training to get those credentials are available via the Internet.
Use email effectively. Treat a job search email like business letter, give it as much formality as a paper letter and avoid email shorthand. Email is also an easy way to keep in regular touch with your network and to follow-up within hours of a networking meeting or interview.
And, with your permission, I'd like to offer you a free mini guide: Job Search for Mid-Career and Beyond, that goes into more aspects of the job search process. You can download it by going to http://www.resumesthatrock.com/Job_Search_Guide.html
From Jane Trevaskis and Success-Catalyst.com.