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How to Use the Internet to Find a Job. Life Train, LLC www.LifeTrainLLC.com. Internet Basics. Part of your overall approach Does not replace real world job hunting – gives you a powerful tool to assist you Don’t lose touch! Will a phone call work better? Is a letter more appropriate?

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how to use the internet to find a job

How to Use the Internet to Find a Job

Life Train, LLC

www.LifeTrainLLC.com

internet basics
Internet Basics
  • Part of your overall approach
  • Does not replace real world job hunting – gives you a powerful tool to assist you
  • Don’t lose touch! Will a phone call work better? Is a letter more appropriate?
  • Essential to grasp the overall basics of job hunting before it can be applied Online!
online application basics
Online Application Basics
  • Retain formality – even in e-mail
  • Attach (do not copy and paste) your resume
  • Make sure you attach it! (If you have Gmail turn on their attachment lab)
  • Use a universal format – PDF is best, next best .doc. Convert limited number of documents for free using www.acrobat.com.
  • Save complex formatting for PDF files
google
Google
  • Research companies
  • Find open positions
  • Check your own Google quotient – online/offline consistency is important!
  • Keyword rich resumes can help you land jobs
online news sources
Online News Sources
  • www.wsj.com - If you only have time for one, this is the one for business!
  • Local paper online
  • Industry related RSS feeds, Podcasts, etc.
  • Don’t just look for jobs, look for opportunities
social media networking
Social Media Networking
  • Facebook/Myspace
  • Twitter
  • Plaxo
  • Quality vs. Quantity - Better contacts, better posts, better results
  • Use to not only get your name out there, but also to do your research www.tweetmyjob.com
  • Give back too! What can you add to the community?
linkedin
LinkedIn
  • Profile – build it basic, then add more!
  • Groups – by industry, interest, region, goals
  • Connecting – make it relevant
  • Q&A – what do you know or need to know?
job board models
Job Board Models
  • Free job boards – lots of jobs, lots of junk
  • Employer pays – only invested employers
  • Employer pays on hire – may need other methods to compliment, more sorting needed
  • Advertisements – what is the privacy policy?
  • Job seeker fee – is it worth it?
job boards
Job Boards
  • Industry specific: www.dice.com,
  • The “big ones”: www.monster.com, www.careerbuilder.com
  • Regional: www.careermatrix.com
  • Freebies: Craig’s List
free vs paid resources
Free vs. Paid Resources
  • Does it cover what I need? (Topic and learning style)
  • Has it helped others? Good customer service?
  • How does the value compare to competition?
  • What is the value of time saved vs. money spent?
  • Don’t lose your individuality or your edge!
  • Spotting scams – can their claims hold up? What are you paying for? How are they making their money?
time allocation
Time Allocation
  • When job seeking, stick to job seeking!
  • Don’t allow the Internet to account for all of your search time.
  • Create goals and achieve them, set a schedule and keep it, finding a job is a job!
online or offline
Online or Offline?
  • Job application – follow the guidelines
  • Thank you notes – send an e-mail if you want but always follow up with a handwritten note
  • Cold “calls” – call, then e-mail (or follow instructions)
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