The online job search is the way of the future. It’s also the here and now. Finding jobs online is becoming the norm as the newspaper classifieds go the way of the phonograph. Use these 10 tips for job searching online, and you will be off your duff and into the workforce in no time.
Make your search as geographically broad as you’re comfortable with. In a job market that is expanding into untouched pockets of the United States and the world, there are an increasing number of prospects for employment in places you may not have considered. If you have a spouse and family, you may not be comfortable with moving. However, if you are young and mobile with a thirst for adventure, you may find many more options for job opportunities in these faraway niches. So make sure your online job search is as geographically broad as possible.
Broaden your position search as much as possible. If you have always worked in skincare, and you are really comfortable in skincare, your job options are only going to take you so far. However, if you could transition this experience into other areas of sales, marketing, retail and operations, you may have a lot more luck finding a job online. When your online job search has hit a dead end, do yourself a favor and figure out what you’re good at and what you’ve always wanted to do. Then push the envelope. See just how far you can go outside your comfort zone, then, go just a little bit further. You may find that you have an untapped set of skills you hadn’t even recognized before.
Be sure your cover letter is engaging. Your cover letter is your online face. If your personality is a 10, and your cover letter reads like a eulogy, make sure you shake out that cover letter and spice it up!
Remember to update your contact info. The worst thing for your online job search is having an old email attached to a current resume. Also, you may want to think of getting rid of that email address that begins with “hotandspunky” or “readytoparty,” and find an address that’s a little less casual. Firstname.email@example.com is a much better address than one you had made up in high school.
Make sure your resume info is up-to-date. A key indicator of a poor resume is having your last job be from 1999. Surely you’ve worked since then, and if you haven’t, what have you been doing? If the charity work you were doing with blind children in third world countries for the last decade isn’t crystal clear in your online resume and cover letter information, you can almost guarantee that the hiring manager won’t be able to discern this.
Search a variety of online job boards. Once your info is up-to-date and you know the type of jobs and locations you’re looking for, then check out a variety of job boards. You will find a lot of the same stuff, but remember that all companies are not going to use the same online job boards. If you’re trying to find the most applicable jobs, make sure you cast the widest online job search net possible.
Go directly to company websites. If you have specific companies or industries you’re looking into, explore the company job boards. For many of the most desirable jobs, companies are looking for people who come to them. Look directly to the company’s online presence, especially if you’re comfortable with a certain brand, industry or trade.
Reply promptly when contacted. While the laborious part of finding a job online is finding the job, once you’ve hit “send” on your cover letter and resume, the work has just begun. You need to keep a close eye on your inbox. Keep up with your email and reply promptly once contacted.
Once contacted, don’t harass. Once you have made that initial point of contact and responded to the person’s request, don’t get too bold. The hiring manager probably has scores of people to contact, so only reply in the manner in which they have stated. Most hiring folks are pretty succinct, too. If they say, “I’ll call you on Thursday,” then they’re probably putting that down on their list of things to do. If you remember, you can ask, “If I don’t hear from you by 5 p.m. on Thursday, may I call you on Monday?” That’s not unreasonable. This will also show the hiring manager that you won’t forget them, so they probably won’t forget you.
Make your online presence as wonderful as your real world presence. In the end, making your online presence as wonderful as your real world presence is the goal. If you are able to shine in the interview room as well as you shine online and vice-versa, then you’ll be turning away job offers in no time!