The Top Ways to Find a Job Online
Gone are the days when you have to walk the streets of your town looking for windows donning “help wanted” signs to get a job. With the popularity of the Internet comes infinite opportunities to find a job. All you need to succeed is a complete resume and the determination to approach all possible opportunities.
This method works just as well for finding traditional brick and mortar careers in your hometown as it does for work-from-home opportunities.
Big job sites like Monster.com, SimplyHired.com, CareerBuilder.com and even your local Craigslist listings will have opportunities for a wide range of positions. Companies pay to list their openings on these sites, and often get a lot of responses. Keep in mind that, due to the competition of applicants for online job postings, your resume should be very carefully tailored to the position. Apply to as many jobs as you can find that fit your interests; it never hurts to apply, and the more you try the greater your chances.
These same job sites also allow you to post your resume. Potential employers then look through resumes for the position they’re looking to fill and contact you if they like what you see. Rather than applying to a bunch of jobs, this method makes the employers come to you. This way, you already know that they are interested. You may get gigs that you would have never thought of looking for. With a resume highlighting your knowledge, skills and abilities, as suggested by USAJOBS, you’re sure to get a hit.
If you have a career that lends itself well to working from home, such as writing or graphic design, spend time reading blogs related to your field. Some blogs, such as Freelance Folder, Elance and Problogger.net have job boards for at-home freelance workers. Look for opportunities here to build up your list of freelance clients, and your portfolio.
There are some dangers in answering job posting ads on large job sites, such as scammers looking for personal information, according to the Better Business Bureau. Avoid these risks by contacting companies directly. If you have an ideal company you want to work for that has a good reputation, go to its website. Look for a page of job openings to see if it has anything you can apply for. If it doesn’t have job listings, contact it directly through email or a form from the contact page. Use a subject line such as “Job Openings” and use the body of the email as your cover letter, explaining your interest in the company should any openings arise. Paste your resume at the bottom of the email since most companies won’t open unsolicited attachments.
If you already know someone working for a company, this can give you a leg-up over your competition. Announce to your Facebook friends or Twitter followers that you’re looking for a job. After all, it doesn’t hurt to ask. A few of your friends may know of openings at their company, and they can recommend you for the position to their employer.
LinkedIn is a social business site where you can list your resume for all to see. Ann Handley of Entrepreneur mentions that putting some time into socializing on LinkedIn can give you leads for job openings in your field. Sign up for groups in your related field and link your profile to people you’ve worked for or with in the past or present. When you’ve built a large list of contacts on LinkedIn, request referrals from people on your list. If anyone knows of any jobs available, they may send the prospective employer your way.
Join Meetup Networking Groups
Through sites like Meetup and Eventbrite you can often find networking groups and mixers for your field of interest. Join groups that cater to your profession, and meet others in your field.
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