Job Hunting On the Internet Job Hunting On the Internet

The job market can be a scary place, whether you're unemployed or simply looking for a new opportunity. With unemployment reaching all-time highs, competition for good jobs is fierce. You need all the help you can get.

A successful job search has many components: a good resume, solid information on the companies you're interested in, confident interviewing skills, and a polished appearance. With so many details to attend to, where do you start? Job seekers are turning to the Internet more and more for information and job leads. There are a number of job search engines available to help track down jobs in your area.

Consult Internet job sites such as Craigslist, Monster, Careerbuilder or Hotjobs. Also, you could look at your local online newspaper for local listings. Some Internet sites allow you to post a resume online, allowing prospective employers to find you. Some job listings will have links directly to a company's website. You can limit your job search to positions in your area of expertise and location. If you can find a job site that specifically is tailored to your field of interest, that may be useful to add to your arsenal of websites. A site, like hoovers.com, may help you research a company you are interested in working at. It will help you to make a decision as to whether or not a company is a good fit for you.

You may want to take advantage of a website that offers free resume advice such as monster.com or resume-help.org.

An entertainment industry professional from California said, "I had pretty much given up ever finding another radio position after being out of the business for more than six years. I have always loved the broadcasting business and when you love your work, you'll always do a better job. Thanks to CareerBuilder.com, I found a job that I'd only hoped for."

An engineer from California said, "CareerBuilder.com provided me with advice, job alerts, direct employer links and letter formats, and helped me find just the right words for my cover letters, thank you letters, and even my resignation letter. Thanks to the articles and advice, I was able to display a professional demeanor to my future and current employers."

A retail specialist from Texas said, "Thanks to my lead from CareerBuilder.com, I landed a full-time job! I am receiving top pay because and experience and, best of all, I'm working in a custom-focused, friendly and team-oriented environment!"

"You need to show that you've done your homework during your interview," notes the manager of a popular job site. "Being able to talk about the company's latest successes and ask questions based on your background knowledge will put you in a good light."

Here are some additional tips for a first-rate interview:

  • Act spontaneous, but be well prepared. Be your authentic self, professional yet real. Engage in true conversation with your interviewer, resting on the preparation you did prior to coming to the meeting.
  • Know the question behind the question. Ultimately, every question boils down to "Why should we hire you?" If you sense there are misconceptions about your job skills, abilities, experience or achievements, clear them up during the interview.
  • Watch those nonverbal clues. Experts estimate that words express only 30 to 35 percent of what people actually communicate; facial expressions and body movements and actions convey the rest. Make and keep eye contact. Walk and sit with a confident air. Lean toward an interviewer to show interest and enthusiasm.
  • Be smart about money questions. Don't fall into the trap of telling the interviewer your financial expectations. You may be asking for too little or too much money and in each case ruin your chances of being offered the job. Instead, ask what salary range the job falls in. Attempt to postpone a money discussion until you have a better understanding of the scope of responsibilities of the job.
  • Follow up with an effective thank you letter. Don't write this letter lightly. It is another opportunity to market yourself. Find some areas discussed in the meeting and expand upon them in your letter. You'll stand out from other candidates if you consider this follow-up letter as an additional interview in which you get to do all the talking.

For more interview techniques, you can turn to websites such as monster.com, careerbuilder.com, or hotjobs.com.

Courtesy of ARA Content

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