How You Can Use the Internet in Your Job Search
If you haven't already starting using the internet to assist you in the job search, then
you are missing out on a huge employment trend. There are numerous reasons to take
advantage of this powerful tool, the most important one being that employers are using the
internet more than ever to find candidates. If recent internet usage studies are accurate,
nearly 48 percent of businesses do at least some of their recruiting online. Not utilizing
the internet in your job search means that you are flying under the radar for many
potential job opportunities.
The internet is useful for a number of job search-related activities including:
• Searching for Jobs Online
• Posting your Resume Online
• Company Research
Searching for Jobs Online
Million of job openings are posted online each year, many times more openings that you could
possibly access on your own outside of the internet. There are a number of general employment
sites that allow postings in all professions, industries, and experience levels. These sites
are very large in both size and scope, but are popular with employers and job seekers alike.
If you are able to narrow your job search to a specific profession or industry, niche sites
will be incredibly valuable. Niche sites are those websites that specialize in a particular
industry or profession, as opposed to allowing for the postings of any position imaginable.
The advantages of using a niche site are (1) that you will not need to sort through nearly as
many job openings to find those that fit your qualifications, and (2) that traffic is much
less at niche sites. As a result, the competition for these positions is not nearly as fierce.
Examples of niche sites in particular fields include:
• For Human Resource Professionals: SHRM
• For Teaching Professionals: Teaching Jobs
• For Accounting Professionals: Accounting Job Search
In addition to standard online job boards, many government agencies (from the local to federal
level) now list all available positions online. Companies with corporate websites also frequently
post any job openings on the company's job announcement board. You can use any major internet
search engine such as Google or Yahoo to find a specific government or company website.
A final note on online job searches: a large majority of newspapers with widespread
circulation publish classified ads, including job openings, on the internet now. These ads can
be accessed for free in most cases, and will give you direct access to any local position openings.