Using the Internet in Your Job Search
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Using the Internet in Your Job Search

If you are searching for a job, the Internet is one avenue you have probably taken; it is becoming the most common platform people use to find work. There are websites available where thousands of open jobs are posted on a daily basis, websites of local companies that have an employment page, and even online editions of your local newspapers. If you want to get the most out of your job search, it’s best to use a combination of these three resources.

Knowing where to find a job online is just the beginning. You must learn the ins and outs of online job searching and how to successfully apply so that you stand out from your competitors. It is also essential to be on the lookout for scams. The Internet brings many positive elements, but there are some negative aspects, such as scams and identity theft.

Internet Scams

If you are just starting to use the Internet to search for jobs, you need to be aware of Internet scams. The number of scams online multiplies every day. More obvious scams tend to be of the “too good to be true” variety, but some even appear to be conventional job listings.

When you are applying for a job, the first and most important step for you to follow is to research the company thoroughly. Every legitimate company has a good Internet presence. If it is a company you haven’t heard of before, or the company does not have credible information available on the Internet, don’t provide your social security number or personal information in your application.

Customize Job Searches

Customize your searches to focus on the jobs that are available in your chosen field and in the location you prefer. Don’t waste your time applying for a job in a different country if you have no desire to relocate. Most job search sites will give you the option to enter a zip code for the area you want to search. This will help you find the jobs that are local to you and save you time sorting through jobs according to distance.

Applying for a Job Online

When you are searching for jobs online, sometimes there are options to apply for the job directly from the listing and maybe even submit your résumé. However, caution should be your priority; check everything twice before you hit submit because once you send your résumé and application, no more editing can be done. Make sure your application is perfect. Check the company’s instructions for applying before finishing the process. There are risks involved in sending attachments via email (viruses, scams, etc.), so some companies won’t open emails with attachments from unknown senders. If a company prohibits email attachments, you might want to copy and paste your résumé into the email body. When you copy and paste, double check that the format is maintained and that no errors occurred in the transfer.

Applying Through a Company’s Website

Applying through a company’s website is also an easy and efficient method. Most companies have a “Careers” page or something similar on their website. This page will list the jobs available within the company and provide you with a form to fill out or an email address where you can send your application. Once you get used to using the Internet to its fullest extent, you will drastically increase your chances of finding the right job for you.

If you need help preparing for your next interview, or if you are interested in upgrading your technical skills to better market yourself for employment in the IT field, please feel free to contact us. We provide intense Microsoft, Citrix, VMware, Cisco, Linux and Red Hat courses. We are located in Mississauga near Toronto, Milton, Hamilton, Oakville and Brampton and offer courses to students looking to change their career or improve their professional skills.

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