We may be qualified or even very highly qualified, but with all the qualification we have what we really look forward to is a good profession, a profession that you have been dreaming of all through your life. And the job search has never been so easy for many of us.
Until very recently, this Job search to find your dream job was almost a herculean task for most of us. But today the Online World we live in has become so powerful that it has created a great impact on everything that we can think of including our life style to a totally different level. It has also created great impact on job search both for the candidates as well as for the employers.
Like the candidates are searching for their jobs, employers are also searching for suitable candidates for their organisation. The main issue is how to they meet and match their requirements. This powerful online world has made everything so simple.
Job Search – Why Go Online?
As mentioned in the section above, if you’ve used Facebook to connect with old friends, you already know how powerful a tool the Internet can be. But why is the Internet particularly useful for a job search? For quite a few reasons – including the following ones: Read more….
Before You Go Online for your Job Search
Preparation for an online job search doesn’t take much – and in fact, it has a lot in common with preparation for a traditional job search. The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure you’ve got your resume up to date, and formatted as a Word document, a PDF file and a plain text document. As you update your resume, take notice of the keywords you’re using, and jot down some notes of the ones that seem most relevant to the types of jobs you’re looking for. These keywords can fall into several categories, each of which forms the answer to a certain kind of Read more…
Select the Right Sites for your Job Search?
The Internet abounds with job websites of all shapes and sizes – and the sites that your friends, family, and the staff at the career centre use and love may not be the best ones for you. So how do you decide which resources will fit your needs? Try asking yourself the questions Read more…
Start your Online Job Search now
A complete job search includes four main activities and they are:
Networking – Put out the word that you’re in the market for a new job. Don’t be shy about mentioning it in conversations with friends, family members, former colleagues and classmates, and anyone else you happen to meet. You never know where the next opportunity might come from. Consider joining a professional association, as well as a job-search support group – even if they don’t directly connect you with job opportunities, they’ll help guide you in your search. If you don’t already have a profile on LinkedIn.com, set one up and join some discussions related to your field. And seek out discussion groups on other social-networking sites like Facebook and Google Plus, while you’re at it. Every conversation is an opportunity to learn something useful for your search.
Researching Employers – Potential employers come in every size, from local small businesses to multinational corporations – and almost all of them have at least a basic website nowadays. Jump on Google and search for terms related to businesses in your geographic region and your area of interest –and explore these companies’ websites to find out how their application processes work. If you can’t find info on a given company’s website, contact them yourself and ask. You can search by industry, occupation, or location to create your list of possibilities.
Reviewing Job Leads – The sheer quantity of job lead sources available today means there’s no way to look over it – so go for quality over quantity and target your searches strategically. As mentioned above, use keywords to focus your searches on sectors and types of work that particularly interest you. For a quick start, from the handy list of Sites with Job Leads, select a category from the top of the page, then select your target page within the site to view resources specifically for you. Share your resume freely.
Sharing Your Resume – Think of your resume as a marketing brochure for yourself and your work. It says “I worked here, and while I was there I did this to benefit my employer”, implying that you can also benefit any potential employer with whom you share it. And while it’s a good idea to make your resume available for viewing on one or two major job search sites, as well as one or two sites related to your industry in particular, use caution when deciding how freely to share your contact information, and how widely to distribute your resume.
Some resume distribution services (also known as “resume-blasting” services) offer to send your resume out to thousands of companies in return for a fee – but many of the email addresses to which they send it may not even be active anymore, and there’s no guarantee that the people at the other end signed up to receive resumes. So avoid getting a reputation as a resume spammer, and focus on getting your resume in the hands of people who express interest in it.
And when you’ve found a job, delete your resume from everywhere you’ve posted it. You don’t want your new employer to stumble upon it months later, and call you into the office for some serious explaining.
Bottom Line: Follow the above activities and you’ll be putting together a multi-level job search that utilises all the resources at your disposal. Remember, until you’ve found a job, looking for a job is your full-time job. So treat it as seriously as a any major assignment, and you’ll start to notice results over time, even if it takes a few months of concentrated effort on your part. And finally you will be able to find your Dream Job.