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  1. 1. The New Way to Look for a Job Job Boards, Networking, Online Social SitesTABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Developing Good Online Job-Hunting Habits 2. What is a Job Board? 3. Job Sites: What to Look for 4. Job Site Review Starting a Job Search 5. New Job-Search Options = Craigslist.org and Networking Sites6. Aggregator Job Sites = Some Job Sites Search Other Sites7. Largest Job Sites = Monster, Yahoo-HotJobs, Dice, CareerBuilder8. Niche Job Sites Industry-specific Sites Help Filter Options9. Tob Job Sites10.What is Networking?11.How Do I Network Using the Internet and Why12.Netiquette: The Fine Art of Correct Behavior On the Internet13.E-Networking What is it?14.Where to Network Online15.Making Contact16.Your Personal Networking Plan17.Warning: Social Networking Can Be Hazardous To Your Job Search 18.What is Social Networking?19.How to Use Social Media in Your Job Search20.Social Networking Sites21.Recommended Reading and Videos Developing Good Online Job-Hunting HabitsIt goes without saying that the Internet has drastically changed the way people today hunt for jobs. After all, it's probably been a few years since you've submitted a rsum via mail or fax. But even though most administrative professionals turn to the Internet first for help locating a new position, not all understand the finer points of a Web-based job search. Following are some tips to keep in mind the next time you look online.Think big.It's wise to start your search by visiting large job sites such as CareerBuilder.com because of the sheer number of listings offered. In addition, employers of all sizes and in every industry are apt to list their job openings on sites with strong brand recognition. Checking out smaller niche web pages can be helpful, but if you're at a crossroads in your career or willing to relocate, the big boards offer the widest view of what jobs are currently available.Scan the oldies but goodies.When visiting job boards, many job hunters make the mistake of limiting their search to positions posted in the last few days. A position posted one month ago might still be open,
  2. 2. especially if it requires hard-to-find skills. Plus, with most job seekers focusing on recent postings, you may be competing with fewer candidates. A dated job advertisement doesn't reflect the quality of the company or the potential desirability of the position.Visit recruiter sites.In addition to browsing the large boards, visit the websites of recruiting firms that specialize in your field, which maintain their own job postings. Some even offer detailed career information and job search advice. The advantage of these sites is that job seekers can conduct highly targeted searches and also connect with a recruiter who can work on their behalf.Go surfing.Job sites offer more than just listings. They also can serve as a launching pad for other opportunities. For instance, you may find an appealing job posting for which you are overqualified. Though you're not right for this role, you now know the company is hiring. Visit the prospective employer's website to see if there are any additional openings. Send a rsum and cover letter to the company expressing your desire to be considered for future jobs.Get social.Networking is one of the most effective ways of locating new opportunities, and the Internet makes it easier than ever to expand your web of contacts. Social networking sites such as LinkedIn.com provide "virtual" opportunities to connect with other professionals -- in your area or halfway across the world. Participating in chat rooms and discussion forums, such as those hosted by professional associations in your field or industry, also is an excellent way to find about open positions.Don't blast away.Most job sites enable users to apply for a position with the simple click of the mouse. But don't blindly blast your rsum to every company you come across. Hiring managers seek tailored rsums that directly tie a job seeker's unique skills and abilities to the requirements of the position. Take the extra time and effort to customize your application materials to each specific opportunity.Spell well.Completing employment applications online is convenient but potentially costly if you're not careful. Be mindful of your spelling and grammar when typing information directly onto online forms. Typos are no less problematic on screen than on paper. In a poll by our company, employers cited typos and grammatical errors as the most common mistakes job seekers make on their rsums.Tread carefully.There's a time and a place for everything. With that old adage in mind, be careful of when and where you do your online job hunting. Using your company's computer and Internet connection to look for a new position is a bad idea. Employers have the right to monitor the sites you visit and the e-mails you send. So, resist the temptation to hunt for a new job at the office if you want to keep the one you have for the time being.Follow up!
  3. 3. When job hunting online, it's critical that you follow up with prospective employers after applying for a position. More than a few rsums have gotten lost in cyberspace. If you've submitted your application and haven't heard back from the company, make a call or send an e-mail to verify that the rsum was received and to reassert your interest in the position. Don't worry; you're not going to annoy the employer. Eighty-two percent of executives polled by our company said job seekers should contact hiring managers within two weeks of submitting application materials.While the Internet has revolutionized the way job seekers connect with prospective employers, an online job hunt shouldn't be the only strategy you use to find a new position. The best searches combine a variety of approaches, including exploring the services offered by recruiting and staffing firms, touching base with members of your professional network, and participating in industry events where you can hobnob with hiring managers. WHAT IS A JOB BOARD? Job Board is used to refer to a website, often located on the internet or in an employment agency. People looking for work might check the job board every few days to identify opportunites. Today you may find a few of these job boards still, especially in universities, and occasionally at an employment office. More commonly, the job board is now job listings on the internet, similar to classified ads for jobs.Youll find a variety of job board types on the Internet. Sites, Blogs, & Networks like Monster; Hot Jobs; Dice; CareerBuilder; Ruthies List, Craigs List; or, Twitter can advise you of opportunities of all kinds. They may be organized around specific occupations or locations. Some are devoted to certain types work. In most major fields, youll find websites devoted specifically to searches within that profession.One thing made clear by job board listings on the Internet is that they are taking business away from the other main source for job searches, classified ads in newspapers. In larger cities, you may see fewer and fewer want ads since it may be more cost-effective to list jobs with Internet companies. Since they deal with high volumes of ads, Internet companies can usually charge less than do newspapers. Because the old standby of want ads is changing, it makes sense when youre looking for employment, to check Internet job boards first. Youll usually find the most jobs in your profession online instead of in the paper.As you seek new employment, add basic familiarity of computers and the Internet to your skill set. This can make navigating a job board, or multiple ones much simpler.Job Sites: What to Look ForIf you're starting an online job hunt, reviews suggest using more than one site and remembering that job sites are just one tool in your search. Many reviews recommend posting a resume at a large site like Monster.com or Yahoo! Hot Jobs, as well as at smaller niche sites. You should try to find a site that specializes in your field or industry. One recruiter suggests the home pages of professional organizations or unions -- you can search for them at the American Society of Association Executives' Gateway to
  4. 4. Associations. CareerXRoads.com is a well-respected site that offers directories, white papers and personalized advice on finding a job. One white paper provides an annual list of the top corporate job sites.There are online resources for arts administrators, zoologists and everyone in between. A recent Wall Street Journal article notes that employers may prefer specialized sites over the broad-based mega-sites. Employers prefer to target their ads to more qualified candidates, and ads on larger sites sometimes produce too many unqualified applicants. The large sites are working to develop relationships with niche sites, and they now have filters that employers can use to eliminate unqualified respondents. Overall, the niche sites are likely to keep gaining on the big boards, especially since they charge employers much less for posting ads. The Riley Guide, another website, has a huge listing of niche sites.Peter Weddle, author of "Weddle's 2009/10 Guide to Employment Websites," surveyed employers and recruiters who state that they find job candidates through job-related niche sites, as well as association and college alumni websites. Employers state that these sites have a higher quality of job applicants.Here are some common features to look for on job sites: Resume posting lets the job come to you. Employers and recruiters can review your profile and contact you directly. Most reviewers find this to be more effective than applying to specific jobs online. It also works better for high-demand jobs in the high-tech, business and health-care fields. Career advice lets you explore a new field. Most sites have some career-guidance features, including salary surveys and personality or skills tests. On larger sites, you will also find resume help, interviewing