Online Job Searching Rev. 6/30/09 Jennifer Wishart Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Before You Begin
Define your Search:
What kind of jobs will you be searching for?
What are key words to describe those jobs?
What categories would those jobs be in?
You will Need:
Formatted in plain
Saved on a disk
Internet Resources for your Job Search
Job “Spiders” – Search many different websites (simplyhired.com, indeed.com)
Corporate Websites – if you have a specific company in mind (upsjobs.com, plcmc.org)
Local Job Banks – Search jobs in the Charlotte area
National Job Banks – Search jobs
Some Great Job Search Sites
When a job is listed in the Charlotte Observer , it is also listed on this site.
This is a great resource for jobs in Charlotte.
The application process is the same for most of the jobs on this site.
Good for local and national searches
More Great Job Search Sites
Snagajob.com - for hourly and part-time
When you begin your search, it is wise to look for jobs on several different sites. Over time, you will figure out which sites have more of the type of jobs you are looking for.
Making the Most of Your Social Network
Due to the deluge of applications on traditional job search sites, finding a job using this method is not as effective as it once was.
Your network of friends, family and professional acquaintances are valuable resources for job leads.
Using Social Networking Sites in Your Search
LinkedIn – build relationships in your field and show off your expertise by answering questions
Twitter – lots of ways to search for job postings, interact with recruiters in particular fields or geographic locales, and respond to listings.
Additional Websites for job and career advice
AARP – aarp.org/money/work
DiversityInc – diversityinc.com
Hoovers – hoovers.com
Job Link - joblinkcenter.org
CNN – CNN.com (careers page)
Wall Street Journal – WSJ.com (careers page)
Websites about job searching (Page 5 in your handout)
Other Features of Job Sites
Sometimes on job search sites, it’s hard to tell what is an advertisement and what is useful information.
Some features to look for:
Job Fairs/Career Fairs
(But be wary of any information you are asked to pay for.)
How to Search Job Websites
By job category
(you can fill in any or all of these options)
A Sample Job Search Page
Before you apply for a job you found:
Read the description thoroughly.
Don’t waste time applying for jobs too far from your home.
Don’t waste time applying for jobs you are not qualified for.
Don’t ever pay for job posting information. (There are plenty out there that are free.)
How Do I Apply?
How you submit your application will be determined by the employer.
Even if you are applying for jobs found on the same job bank, the application process may be different for each one.
Follow the directions given by the employer precisely.
A Sample Application Page
Tips When Filling Out Applications
Starred (*) fields are usually required fields.
Anything without a star is optional (…usually. Again, each site is different.)
If you don’t see any stars, fill in ALL fields.
Check your spelling!
Ways to Submit Your Application
Mail, email or fax your resume and cover letter.
Fill out an online application through the job bank website.
Go to the employer’s website and fill out an online application.
Copy and paste your resume into a blank window on the online application.
The General Application
Some sites ask you to create a basic application that is not job-specific.
You then choose which positions you want to apply for and answer additional questions depending on the position.
You will need to write down your User Name and Password to find your general application again.
Why do some job sites ask me to create a username and password?
Different companies use a login system for different reasons. You may be able to do any or all of these things depending on the website:
Go back to that website and check the status of your application.
Apply for other job openings within that company without having to fill in your information every time.
Partially complete an application and save it to finish later.
You’ve Applied, Now What?
If a site asks you to create an ID and Password, always write it down so you will remember it later.
Some websites allow you to check the status of your application online.
Use the ID and Password you created while filling out the application to log in and check your status.
I have an Interview (about which job?!?!?)
Keep a record of the jobs you have applied for, the date you applied and the job description!
It may be a month or more before you are called for an interview, and you may not remember the description and qualifications of every job. Therefore, you wouldn’t know which of your skills to highlight in an interview.
It Worked! You Got an Interview!
Bring a copy of your resume and references.
Always be on time but never more than five minutes early.
Research the company before you interview.
Have a few questions ready about the position or company to ask the interviewer.