The Online Job Hunt:Taking Your Job Search to the Next Dimension<br />
Why job hunt online?<br />Internet searches can provide you with opportunities you never before considered. <br />Almost all employers require applicants to apply for jobs online. <br />Stretches your job search across geographical area very quickly. <br />24/7 access.<br />Demonstrates your technology skills. <br />
Résumés<br />Have a resume prepared before you begin to search. This will help you come up with search terms. <br />Be prepared to edit your resume for every application. <br />Stress experiences that are most relevant to the position you want.<br />Quantify experience. <br />Ex: Completed an average of 25 sales per week. <br />Repeat defining words from the job description. <br />Use bullets. Pay attention to white space. <br />Read sample resumes online or in library books. <br />Be sure your grammar and spelling are perfect. <br />Save your resume in several different formats. <br />http://susanireland.com/ and jobsearch.about.com<br />
Online Applications<br />Avoid using the back button in your browser. <br />Don’t let the computer sit for more than a few minutes without activity or the website will “time out” and your application information will be lost. <br />Fill out all information even if your resume repeats what you’re putting on your application. <br />Allow yourself an hour per application and 2 hours for government positions. Expect job hunting to be a full-time job. <br />
E-mailing and Job Hunting<br />Most online applications will require an e-mail address. <br />Make sure you have one in advance and that you know your login information. <br />Check your e-mail often. Employers may contact you through your e-mail address. <br />Employers expect applicants to know how to use e-mail and Internet even if it’s not required for the job. <br />
Online Social Networking<br />Often cited as the best way to get a job. <br />LinkedIn<br />Facebook<br />Twitter<br />
Virginia Workforce Connection<br />Full range of features and services to assist job seekers.<br />Users must create a login to see job information.<br />Explore job market data. <br />Search for jobs (must create login). <br />Jobs are posted here by state and local government as well as small and large businesses. <br />Created by the Virginia Employment Commission. <br />
Virginia Employment Commission<br />From Virginia state government. <br />Guides you through what to do when you are unemployed. <br />Not truly a job seeker website.<br />File for unemployment.<br />Going to job seeker services forwards you to Virginia Workforce Connection. <br />
Indeed.com<br />www.indeed.com<br />Search engine for job postings (pulling from lots of sources). <br />Search by keyword and/or location. <br />Results are far-reaching. <br />Simplyhired.com serves the same function, but you don’t need to use both sites.<br />
Craigslist.org<br />Local, free classifieds. <br />A good place to look for postings created by local small businesses with little money to spend on advertising. <br />Especially good way to find restaurant, domestic, and small business office jobs.<br />Also can search “gigs”—short-term, often labor-intensive jobs. <br />Copy reply e-mail addresses from Craigslist and paste into your e-mail “to” box. Do not click on e-mail addresses on Craigslist.<br />
Capital Region WorkForce Centers<br />Use computers, phones, fax, and a resource library. <br />Get help with your resume and applications. <br />Receive job search training. <br />Workshops for job seekers.<br />
Other Sites to Use<br />Websites for companies and organizations<br />www.vcujobs.com <br />www.dom.com/careers <br />www.capitalone.com/careers<br />http://richmond.bonsecours.com/careers<br />Local government:<br />www.richmondgov.com<br />www.chesterfield.gov<br />www.henricojobs.com <br />Richmondjobnet.com<br />Capital Region WorkForce Network Center <br />http://www.onestoprichmond.org/<br />
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