Tips for Online Job Seekers

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					by: Tamara Jong

1.Searching for a job online

Pierre Omidyars (pronounced Omidvar) first job out of university was that of a software
developer, now hes the founder of ebay. Brad Pitt dressed up like a chicken before his
breakthrough as an actor. Denise Donlon was a coffee house singer and until just recently held
the post as President of Sony Music Canada. What we have in common with these individuals is
that at one point, they had to apply for a job, just like you and I.

Where will you begin your search? Is there only one way to find a job? There are several ways to
do so, but today we will cover the online option. Many of you already know that the internet now
provides instant access to jobs 24/7. Former print Classifieds now appear online locally and
nationally(i.e. workopolis). Companies go to career fairs, use recruiters and work with
associations to reach their audience. As companies move ahead so does their recruitment
methods. Not only do most companies use their websites to showcase their product or business,
they now host a virtual human resources center containing career pages, online applications and
job alerts.

Search engine tools like Google, Yahoo and Alta Vista, etc. using keywords such as careers,
jobs, work, automotive, engineering jobs, are a good start. Be as specific as you can so that you
will pull up the most accurate results. There is no hidden secret to finding a job online. It takes
time, research and diligence.

2.Tools available with online job boards

Pick a job board that is suitable for you. What types of jobs are posted? Are the companies
posting in your industry? Are there new listings every day? Ask yourself questions like this and
what you are looking for from a job board. Make it work for you.

There are a variety of features on many job boards that help you to find what you need.
Generally, job boards have a category search that comes up by date, specific industries, job titles,
provinces, cities or keywords. These helpful tools pinpoint what youre looking for quickly.

Besides listings, there are many excellent employment related articles and career advice columns
that can put you on the right track. Subscribe to newsletters that contain valuable tips about job
hunting and current trends. Some of the information you may come across on any online job
board are perhaps tips on how to put together a good resume or write a cover letter. There may
be products advertised that may assist you in your quest, recommending books, resume writers
and the like. If you dont have time to look for jobs everyday, once registered, Job age nts can be
set up on most accounts to let you know when job searches using the criteria youve entered show
up on the job database. An automated email is then sent to your inbox with your selections and a
hyperlink to the job making this easier and less time consuming.

3.Posting resumes online
To post a resume it goes without saying that you need to have one in the first place. As a new
grad, you may or may not have jobs on your current resume that are relevant to the position that
youre applying to. If youve done a co-op, put that on your resume, volunteer experience, etc. The
most common resume is the basic chronological format which lists the most current job history,
along with your educational background. Another type is the functional resume that lists your
skill sets and potential which is suitable for those entering the work force. When this is done,
download it until you need it. Once your resume is created, most job boards allow you to cut and
paste your resume into your account so you dont have to perform the same function every time
you apply to a position. With most sites, there are options to have more than one resume on your
account. One is active, the others when you need them. Some job boards like Canjobs for
example, allow your resume to be posted in five categories (for ie: automotive, engineering,
etc.). Some allow privacy settings, which means not just anyone can view your resume or your
personal information. The possible employers only see your information when you apply to

4.Targeting the Automotive industry

The employment potential in the automotive industry according to the Labour Market
Information site run by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada is listed as good.
Salary wages can vary between $13 an hour to $32.19 depending on location and experience.
Employment prospects are closely associated with the outlook for the manufacturing sector.
More than half of mechanical engineering technicians and technologists work in manufacturing.
The most common industries are automotive, electronic/electrical products, automotive robotics
and transport equipment technologies.

The modernization of equipment and processes will continue to affect the manufacturing sector.
It should create demand for mechanical engineering technologists and technicians. At the same
time, advanced technologies such as computer aided design, drafting and computer simulation
will automate some of the work done by technicians. The rapid rate of technological change
means those working in this field should plan for periods of retraining and skills upgrading.
Opportunities for mechanical engineering technicians and technologists include areas such as
production, mould making, quality control, machine and tool design, industrial automation and
maintenance, consulting engineering and technical sales.

Industry association websites that are on the pulse of the industry such as AIA(Automotive
Industries of Canada), APMA(Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association of Canada),
CTMA(Canadian Tooling & Machining Association) or OACETT(The Technology
Professionals in Ontario) contain useful information on outlooks, forecasts and jobs from
companies directly involved with your specific industry.

5.Pros/Cons of online job boards

Online job boards were built to produce fast easy access for jobseekers and employers to meet.
They can be efficient and resourceful. You need to consider these points in mind when using the
job board right for you. Dont mass post your resume on every single site you see. This may not
look good to potential employers or recruiters who search resumes or post on several sites.
Initially, you may not like initial lack of human contact and automated responses and because of
the exposure the job listing may receive, your application may get lost in the thousands of
applications. Differentiate yourself with an tailored cover letter and decide what your job
objective is.

With this in mind choose your online job board(s) wisely. They can assist you in your search
when effectively used and help you to find your new career.

This article was posted on January 06, 2005

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