Online Job Searching Presented by the Monroe County Public Library
Introductions• Austin Stroud – Instructional designer at the library. Also, adjunct faculty @ Ivy Tech Community College.You can still find jobs in theclassifieds of the newspaper, butchances are you have to go online toactually apply.• Have you ever applied for a job online? If so, how did you do this? Company website? Unemployment office? Job search website? Share your online job searching experiences or frustrations.
What do I need to get started? • A valid email account (available for free at gmail.com, yahoo.com, hotmail.com, etc.). • Basic background information (at least your most recent three jobs, where they are located, contact information for supervisor) • A resume (in some cases) • A cover letter (in some cases) • Contact information for up to three references (in some cases) • A computer with an Internet connection (free at the library ) • Uninterrupted time
Online Job Searching Tips• I have provided a handout with some quick tips for some popular online job search websites.• If a job asks for a cover letter, try to include as many key words in the cover letter as possible. Key words are any words listed in the job ad description. Many employers use screening tools that will eliminate your application before even being seen by a real person if you don’t match enough words in the job description.• If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! If you do have a question about the legitimacy of a job ad, feel free to call the reference desk or me to get feedback before applying.• Look for https at the start of a website address when filling out an online job application. The ‘s’ on the end stands for secure, ensuring that your personal information is being entered into a secure website.
My Contact InformationAustin Stroud812-349-3050 ext. firstname.lastname@example.orgI also am available for free, one hour, one-on-oneappointments. Just contact me to setup a time that workswith both of our schedules. The library holds monthly jobsearch programs with HR professionals from around thearea, so ask about these at the reference desk ifinterested. They can help you with your resume, coverletter, interviewing tips, etc.