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These days, using the internet is an essential part of any job search.
Last Updated: Apr 5, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Tailoring Your Resume

It’s vital when applying for jobs that you don’t simply send out your standard resume to every job. You should use the internet to research the organization and the position, and then tailor your cover letter and resume specifically to that company in order to greatly increase your odds of success.  

You can find more information on tailoring your resume here.


Sites to Help Your Search


"The number one source for hourly employment", snagajob's focus is on helping you find a job with an hourly rate.


NCWorks is an job resource targeted specifically at job seekers in North Carolina. Here you can search for jobs, get access to employment information, and find education & training.


 Nationjob offers a wide variety of employment opportunities, and allows job seekers to search by keyword, location or career category. 


Indeed is useful because it serves as a job search engine, gathering it's information from multiple sources including newspapers, employers, and even other job sites.


Senior Service America is an invaluable resource that offers information and services to elderly job seekers looking to return to the workplace.

The Riley Guide has been going strong since 1994, offering careers advice and offering links to hundreds of other sources of information to help you find employment.


Performing a Job Search Online

The internet is undoubtedly an invaluable tool in any job seeker’s repertoire. It will enable you to not only distribute your resume and contact potential employers easily and conveniently, but you can also use it to acquire further information, tips and advice on performing your job search, and widen your scope for potential employment opportunities. 

Many websites that you can use to search for jobs require you to enter ‘keywords’ in order to narrow down their search results and find a job relevant to your skills, experience and interests. Therefore, before you begin your job hunt, it’s crucial for you to consider several things.

Firstly, how far are you willing to travel to work? Many job sites will use distance as one of their factors to filter out search results.

Secondly, it's important to think about the industry, or the role, that you are interested in filling, for instance, are you looking for a job as a cashier, or a administrative assistant? This will be useful for getting more exact search results.

Finally, it's useful to determine exactly what your skills, experience and interests actually are, you can find more information on how to do this here.


Personal Information on the Internet

It's important to safeguard your personal information on the internet. Whilst uploading your resume to one of the large job banks can be a good idea to get exposure, you should be cautious about sending your resume out all over the internet. The more websites you upload it to, the less control you have over where that information goes and to whom it is sent.

Therefore, it's a good idea not to upload your resume to more than one or two of the larger job banks at a time, and if you haven't gotten a response from any employers within 30 days, remove your resume and try a new site. 

Additionally, it's advisable to check the privacy policy of the site before you sign up. Most sites will allow you to perform a job search without having to sign up, so you can delay this part until you've definitely found a job you want to apply for. If the site doesn't have a privacy policy, or has one that you aren't comfortable with, it's best to avoid it. There's many, many websites where you can upload your resume, don't take a risk!


Useful Tips

Remember that it’s critical that you make a good first impression on an employer during the application process. An often overlooked factor is the applicant’s email address. Ensure that the email address you use for applications is sensible, and does not undermine your credibility.

Whilst sites designed to enable you to search for jobs can be very useful, don’t fall into the trap of exclusively using job search websites. To save money, some companies do not advertise on these sites. Make sure to also check the individual websites of organisations, particularly government jobs and large chain stores.

Be wary of social media. Many employers will now check your profiles on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Inappropriate posts or content that you publish or endorse on these sites could result in your application being immediately discarded.

 If not otherwise specified, always send your resume in PDF format, rather than as a Word document or any other format. This will make sure your resume appears on the reader’s screen exactly how you intended it to look, as sometimes when viewing documents in Word, different computer setups can mess up the formatting and layout.

Remember, you don’t need to rely entirely on the internet for your job search. Whilst it’s certainly useful, don’t ignore more traditional methods of performing a job hunt!



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