Original article "Finding Jobs Online" by the authors of best-job-interview.com
Summary: An online job search can be both frustrating and very time-consuming. This article outlines valuable search tips and techniques to make your job search a lot more productive.
Seven simple but effective ways to make your job search online more efficient and accurate. Know the best job search sites and get ready for success.
1. Use the right keywords in your job search
We all know the value of using the correct keywords when doing an online search. Be very specific about the position you are searching for.
Use the full job title, the job itself and even some of the job tasks. For example, if you are looking for a marketing position you can type in "Marketing Agent, Marketing, Sales, Customer Relationships"
2. Use quotes
Using quote marks allows you to search for an exact phrase. If you type in marketing jobs in Philadelphia you will get all pages that include both the word marketing jobs and Philadelphia. If you type in "Marketing jobs in Philadelphia" you will only get results with that exact phrase on the page.
3. Type in the exact location of where you are looking
When finding jobs online be specific about the area you are looking in. You can use a zip code in your search terms to get the best results.
4. Check your online resume
Make sure your resume is complete, current and contains the right keywords before posting it online.
Many companies prefer to search online job portals for good candidates than to advertise the position. It is essential that the resume you post online contains the correct details, outlines all your duties and responsibilities and highlights your skills and abilities.
Include everything that a prospective employer would want to see. It is important to have all the correct keywords in your resume to attract the employer and make it easy for them to find you online. Include sufficient contact details for the company to get hold of you without difficulty
5. Type the heading "Resume" on the resume you post online
Many recruiters search online using the keyword "resume".Make sure at the top of your resume you have "Resume of (your name)" on a separate line. Your file name should include keywords and your name to both identify and market you.
For example: "Call-center-agent-JSmith-resume.html"
6. Include a cover letter where indicated
A cover letter is a convincing summary of why you are the right candidate for the job and is the best way of making sure your resume gets read. Use these sample cover letters to help you draw up your own summary.
7. Find out about the employer before responding to a job posting
If you are not familiar with the company it is a good idea to do some research on what it will be like to work there. Type in "working at XYZ Company" or "life at XYZ Company" and you will get some interesting results.
Search Facebook and Linked In for company information. Use these online resources to find out about the company.
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