What are the Best Tips for Conducting an Online Job Search?

Amy Hunter
Amy Hunter
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Conducting an online job search is an excellent way to find a new job. While some parts of an online job search are similar to conducting a traditional job search, other parts are very different. Online job searches can encompass everything from huge job boards that have listing from all across the country to online versions of the local paper to the job section of company websites.

Regardless of the type of websites you are looking at during an online job search, there are some important things to keep in mind. There is usually more competition for jobs posted online than those advertised locally. The increased competition means that you must work especially hard in order to stand out from the competition.

Another way that online job searches differ from traditional job searches is in the way that you submit your information. Traditional job searches typically require that you submit a paper copy of your resume and cover letter. An online job search requires that you submit your resume and cover letter in digital form.

The different format required for digital submissions means that you should rework your resume and cover letter. It is important that your resume is easy to read. Formatting problems can pop up when transmitting a resume over the Internet. Experiment by emailing a copy of your resume to yourself. It should show up with proper spacing and alignment. If not, work with it until you have a document that you can insert in the body of your email, not as an attachment.

Some companies that advertise jobs online require that you provide information in text boxes on the online site. If you apply for a job that requires you to complete an online form, type your resume and cover letter rather than cutting and pasting it into the text boxes. Cutting and pasting can leave you with odd formatting issues.

When conducting an online job search, it is important to watch out for fraud. The Internet is so vast that it is easy to fall victims of less than honest individuals. To reduce the risk of falling victim to scammers, stick with reputable job sites. Never pay money to a website that offers to help you find a job.

While online job searches can be an effective way to find a job, it is important to realize that the competition can be intense. Check online website on a daily basis or set up RSS feeds for your favorite websites in order to be one of the first to submit your resume. Also, don’t let the sheer volume of job listings lure you into becoming lax in your submissions. Companies are inundated with generic submissions to online job listings. Personalizing your resume and cover letter will make it stand out.

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