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Online Job Search Resources

 

Here are some tips, tricks and tools we have picked up along the way to help you optimize your job search. We have listed a variety of niche job board sites along with a wide variety of other sites and tools to help you in your job search.

 

What is an RSS Feed?

Really Simple Syndication is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as job postings or Blogs. An RSS document, also called a “feed”, “web feed” or “channel”, contains either a summary of content from an associated website or the full text. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite websites in an automated manner that’s easier than checking them manually.

Websites like Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com use these RSS feeds to spider out to a large variety of job sites so you don’t have to.

 

What about Monster.com?

Monster is the grandfather of job boards out there and remains one of the most visited internet sites. When you open up a free Monster Job Seeker account you gain the ability to store up to five different resumes. Only one resume may be searchable at a time.

Why might you want to store multiple resumes online? Your resume should be tailored to the type of job you are applying for. If you have an interest in multiple industries it is a good idea to have a resume customized for each industry.

 

E-Mail Agents

Many sites including Monster offer an e-mail service to keep you informed about new jobs added to their database. When an appropriate job appears in their database, this service will e-mail you a notice. This can save you time and effort — you don’t have to keep visiting the site to see if any new jobs have been posted. Many sites offer you the ability to create several different agents so that you can try different combinations of search criteria, e.g. different key words, job titles, different locations, etc. It is important to note that an e-mail agent will only notify you of new jobs posted to the website. An e-mail agent will not notify you about jobs that have been previously posted (the day before or last week) on the website . Therefore, you will want to do your research on the existing job postings before focusing on your e-mail agents.

 

What is a Google Alert?

 

 

Google Alerts will notify you via e-mail when new entries are added to the top 10 to 50 search results for the specific search term you ask Google to monitor. Currently, Google provides 6 different Alert capabilities, described below, and you’ll probably find a need for all of them at some point.

 

What will a Google Alert do for you?

Businesses use Google Alerts to track competitors, potential customers, trademarks, copyrighted material, and many other things. Job seekers can find many uses also.

 

  • Ever wonder what’s out there about you that a potential employer might find? You can find out by setting up a Google Alert. Set up Google Alerts for your name (with and without your middle initial), and Google will let you know about new items that show up in the top search results on your name.
  • Interested in working for specific companies? Set up a Google Alert for those employers by name, and Google will let you know about new items in the top search results for those companies.
  • Interested in a specific industry? Set up a Google Alert for the industry, and Google will let you know about new items in the top search results for the industry.

Google alerts allows you to track whatever is important to your job search and to your on-line presence and reputation.

 

Using Google Alert information:

They call it the “Information Age” for a reason. Use the information provided by Google Alerts in a way that will expand or help you reconnect with your network, stay up to date with your industry or profession, or further your job search in some way. For example, you could:

 

 

Major Job Boards:

 

 

RSS Feeds:

 

 

Niche Job sites:

 

 

Professional Networking:

 

Studies have shown networking to be the most effective job search method. Candidates found within professional organizations or that have been referred by professional colleagues or acquaintances are stronger candidates because they have been vetted, they are known, and there is a trust factor involved. Below is just a small sampling of some of the Professional Networking websites that are out there. LinkedIn at present time is one of the most popular.

 

On-Line Networking Made Easy:

 

If you search on SimplyHired.com there is a nifty little button you can click on named “Who do I know”. This is a direct feed to your LinkedIn contacts and your contacts networks as they relate to the company/job posting you are looking at. Through LinkedIn you can ask to be introduced by one of your contacts to anyone in their network that is employed at the company in question.

 

 

 

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