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Your Simple 5-Step Checklist For An Organized & Successful Online Job Search

Looking for an online job can be difficult especially for beginners. Just follow these 5 simple steps to help you start with your search.

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Your Simple 5-Step Checklist For An Organized & Successful Online Job Search

  1. 1. Your Simple 5-Step Checklist For An Organized & Successful Online Job Search Not much fun, is it? Job hunting usually doesn’t rank high on anyone’s top-ten list of “things I like to do”. The fact that you can conduct an online job search probably doesn’t make it any more enjoyable. But it can be. In fact, it you get (and stay!) organized, you may find that searching for a job online can be interesting, perhaps even an experience that provides you with skills that will serve you both professionally and personally. Lookingfor a job? First, a few words about searching for work using the internet. Ours is now a world full of social media, populated globally by somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 social networking sites (SNS). As each of those sites have matured, users have discovered different ways to utilize the strengths each possesses. Sites such as Facebook (friends and family) and Pinterest (photos and images) have morphed into promotional vehicles for businesses and employment sites for individuals, for example. Social media is now so pervasive, so ingrained in our daily lives, that anyone who chooses not to have some form of presence online
  2. 2. some form of presence online virtually doesn’t exist (both literally and figuratively). With that being said, it seems fairly obvious that an online job search strategy is essential to career development. From basic web- based job boards to setting up Job Search pinboards on Pinterest or making extensive use of Twitter to follow others in your professional sphere, knowing how to use the internet and, equally importantly, ensuring you do so in an organized manner, is mandatory for maximizing your online job search efforts. (Don’t keep things in your Inbox or Sent Folder-you’ll hate looking for it later). Resumes, cover letters, thank you letters, rejection letters. When you apply via email, send a copy to yourself via Bcc. Save copies of all materials related to each job, including URL, Facebook name, etc. Here are a few items to consider: Job Websites Engage with social media sites. Save your info!Imme diately. Visit websites of companies in the industries in which you would like to work., CareerBuilder and the like. Schedule a time to review them. Set up Bookmark folder on your desktop to make repeated site visits simple and provide storage for information about specific openings. Complete your search of all sites one right after the other, then go back to your folder and apply for the openings, again one right after the other. You’ll appreciate Research and categorize which companies have Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and Pinterest accounts, for example. Follow them. Diligently. You’ll not only learn about openings and the focus of each company, you can learn a great deal about their corporate culture as well. Again, set up a separate folder for each so that Repeatedly. Create a Bookmark folder. Or a spreadsheet. Whatever format you prefer that enables you to efficiently access and work with the information you’ve stored. 1 2 3 4
  3. 3. You’ll appreciate the rhythm you fall into. for each so that you can quickly refer to something specific rather than have to scroll through pages of info or lists of documents. stored. 5 It’s a date! Use whatever calendar works for you to meticulously record the who, what and when of all of your job applications and requisite follow-ups. Missing a deadline when applying for a job means doom. (800) 644-9694 The Internet’sRésumé & Career MarketingSpecialists…Since 1996 Copyright © 2013, Distinctive Career Services, LLC