IT Career JumpStart

Mar 14 2011   2:19PM GMT

Job Search Online, in the Digital Age

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

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Last November, I wrote an article for PearsonITCertification.com entitled “Using Job Posting Web Sites,” with my regular co-writer, editor, and project manager Mary Kyle. While I highly recommend the original article, here are some high points to ponder if and when you find yourself turning to a resume/job posting site any time in the near future:

  • Make sure you know what kinds of employers frequent each job posting site, and whether or not what you’re seeking matches more or less with what’s on offer there.
  • Be aware that while many or even most job posting sites are free, some are for a fee. The higher your desired annual salary, the more benefits you are likely to get from the for-a-fee sites.
  • Don’t forget to take advantage of social and professional networking in your job search. It’s still the case that up to 80 percent of job offers come via personal networks rather than from online postings. Don’t think that plastering your resume all over the Internet will get you all the way to a job (though it might, if you get lucky or possess high-demand skills and knowledge: the odds are about 4-to-1 against, however).
  • Check out, learn to use, and exercise each site’s profile set-up and management capabilities. They can essentially let you turn their pages into a personal Web-based storage area for job-app info, even as you use social networking techniques to search for work outside their communities and employers.
  • Learn to use job search tools, and use them to the max! If you take complete advantage of job search by location, title, salary, type of employment, and yada yada yada, you may be able to zero in on things of great interest, and steer clear of those of some interest that don’t meet all your selection criteria. You should be choosy, knowing that employers will also be likewise.

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