5 Job Search Tips You May Not Have Considered

In this age of technology searching for a job is not what it used to be. No longer can you stick your head in the sand when it comes to searching for a job online. You have to an online presence, as well. The Internet is probably your biggest job search tool, and if you aren’t using it to its fullest capacity in your hunt for employment, then it will take you a lot longer than it should to get started on your career.

And don’t think for a second that signing up for a service like Monster.com is ALL you need to do online to become gainfully employed. Although these services are definitely helpful, there’s still a lot more Internet legwork to be done on your part. According to recruiters anyone looking for a job should preface their search by doing these five high-tech things first:

Create a Website

Recruiters are quick to point out that applicants are NOT required to have a website, but it sure makes life easier for the recruiter if they do. A website can fill in the blanks left by your resume, thus answering questions a recruiter might have before they even call you in for an interview. Plus, a personal website shows you have initiative and that you’re tech-savvy.

And let’s not forget you can add things to a website that could never exist on a resume, such as a video resume, previous work (i.e., your writing samples or artwork, if those are relevant), and direct links to your references’ email addresses and websites.

Check Your Reputation

First things first, remove any Facebook pictures and posts that show you in an unflattering light. This includes photos of you in skimpy Halloween costumes, you slamming down tequila shots in Hussongs Cantina, you testing out your frat house’s new beer bong, etc. You also might want to remove any angry posts your ex-girlfriend or -boyfriend made right after you broke up, or any witty, spontaneous comments you posted about your previous boss after he hit on you.

Then get on the Internet and Google yourself. If anything incriminating appears clean that up BEFORE you start sending out resumes. Fair warning, the first thing recruiters do if they’re interested in you is cyber stalk you on the Web. If he/she finds anything remotely shaky, chances are your resume will go in the wastebasket. It’s imperative that you clean up your online reputation before you start the process of looking for a career-oriented job.

Target Companies

Now it’s easier than ever to target companies prior to your job search. Think you might want to work for Apple, Wells Fargo, or even the mom and pop insurance brokerage firm down the street? Then get on the Internet and Google them. Cyber stalking works both ways. Learn all you can about a company before you apply to it. The best place to start is its website. You may find out things about a company that deters you from applying. But the good news is you might also find out good things about other companies you never knew about.

Test Drive Your Resume

Whether you write your own resume or you hire a service to write it for you, don’t assume it’s perfect right out of the gate. Email that baby out to as many people in the know as you can (BEFORE you send it to companies and recruiters) and get feedback. Don’t feel obligated to make every change everyone suggests, but then again don’t be closed-minded, either. There are even resume evaluation services like CheckMyResume.com to let you know if you’re on the right track.

Get Social

If you’ve resisted jumping in the social networking pond because you think it’s just a fad, now’s the time to give up that ridiculous notion. If you haven’t already, join Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Plaxo, Monster.com, Craigslist, and any other business networking platforms that may have come into existence by the time I finish typing this sentence. They’re all free and a great way to stay abreast of the job market. And don’t join just to do NOTHING. Log in everyday and build your base of friends, connections, fans (whatever the platform calls your network). Then keep everyone apprised of your job search progress. Tell them what kind of job you’re looking for, where your resume resides online, and if they know of anyone they could introduce to you to help. You’d be surprised how many important people your friends and acquaintances know.

In this job market you need to do whatever you can to give yourself a boost ahead of your competition. You have to assume everyone else is using the Internet as a job search tool. So if you’re not, your lack of foresight puts you that much further behind, making it take THAT MUCH LONGER to embark upon a rewarding and lucrative career.

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