How to Do an Excellent Online Job Search

Prior to THE RISE OF THE Internet, classified ads in your local newspaper was the first place you would go to search for jobs.

Nowadays, you can find all kind of jobs, in any sector, market with a simple search online. Job boards or aggregation sites such as Simply Hired and Indeed are some examples.

When conducting a job search online, there are a few things you need to take into consideration to increase your chances of success and have a less frustrating experience. There are thousands of resumes submitted every day in response to ads – there are a few things you can do to increase your odds of being chosen for a position that fits you well.

  1. Take time to build your network, both online and in person. Participate in your professional organizations, attend networking events and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself. You will enlarge your network with every new acquaintance you make.
  2. Do your research on the company you are interested in before you reach out. LinkedIn is a good place to start – look up their company values and challenges. Make sure you mention this information in your cover letter and explain how you can add value with your experience and skills.
  3. Figure out how you can network your way into the company prior to applying. You can use LinkedIn for this as well – find people in the company and be proactive. Make yourself the first one to offer help before you ask for it.
  4. Narrow down your applications to relevant positions. Look for positions that are suited to your skills and experience and don’t bother applying to hundreds of job roles which you clearly aren’t well suited to meet the employer’sneeds.
  5. Inquire as to whether the company has an employee referral program. Provided that this is true, would he be keen in sending your resume to the right individual? Keep in mind that, if you’ve submitted your resume to the company already, the employee won’t get credit for your application.

Keep in mind the old story of the tortoise and the rabbit. Slow but sure can win the race. The equivalent is valid with your job search. Go for less applications yet make an intensive research and make a clear statement as to how and why you can be an asset to the company. It’s dreary work, however, your odds of progress will fly high.

Good luck hunting!

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