Getting the most out of Online Job Boards

Written by Scott Brown

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3. Make sure your resume is compelling. Your resume is your representative. Would you hire someone to represent you if they didn't look at least as professional as you yourself? Probably not. Same goes for resumes. Make sure your resume is free of spelling and grammatical errors (userepparttar spelling and grammar check in Microsoft Word). Make sure your resume is easy to read and can be understood by a layman. If a busy recruiter has 50 resumes to look through on a job board and they can't understand withinrepparttar 139238 first 30 seconds of looking at your resume how you can help their company, they'll just skip on torepparttar 139239 next resume. No one wants to work any harder than they have to.

4. Keep in mind there are many job boards used by recruiters. Don't put all your eggs in one basket and rely on just one job board. Post your resume on several sites. You can use a service like which will do this for you. will let you enter your resume once and will then post it on over 90 job sites including Monster, HotJobs, CareerBuilder and many more.

5. Inrepparttar 139240 best case, you could have a 50% chance of finding a job through a job board. Inrepparttar 139241 worst case it could be as low as 10% or so. Knowing this, it makes sense to spend no more than 50% ofrepparttar 139242 time you're allotting for job searching on using job sites. Just like when you invest inrepparttar 139243 stock market, you should diversify your portfolio and use several different job searching methods. Talk to people and attend events, for one thing. Word of mouth isrepparttar 139244 #1 way to find a job.

6. Don't think of job leads you get from job boards as just potential jobs. Think of them also as Networking Leads. When you get asked in for an interview after posting your resume or responding to a job ad, go there with a networking mindset. Regardless of whether you're meeting with a third party recruiter or a direct employer, your approach should be to think of opportunities to create a long-term relationship withrepparttar 139245 company or individual. If you are looking for ways to help them long-term -- whether it's referring friends to them or other potential business -- they will start thinking of ways to help you long term. They will also be more receptive to referring you to someone else if they don't thinkrepparttar 139246 position isrepparttar 139247 right fit for you.

7. Update your resume regularly onrepparttar 139248 most popular sites. Most job sites receive less than 1,000 resumes per day, which spread out acrossrepparttar 139249 thousands of counties inrepparttar 139250 U.S. does not amount to an inordinate number. However,repparttar 139251 top 3 job boards - Monster, HotJobs and CareerBuilder - each receive 15,000 or more resumes per day. On these three sites, your resume will start appearing lower inrepparttar 139252 search results recruiters see after a couple weeks. Therefore, we recommend logging in to each of these 3 sites about twice a month and changing one or two words inrepparttar 139253 resume so it will appear as if it's updated.

8. Get Noticed. If you see a position on a job board that you feel is a good fit for you, make a conspicuous note of that inrepparttar 139254 email you send with your resume. Consider coming up with a headline forrepparttar 139255 message subject orrepparttar 139256 top ofrepparttar 139257 email that will getrepparttar 139258 recruiter's attention, like "LPN NURSE WITH 6 YEARS EXPERIENCE WORKING IN HOSPITALS LIKE YOURS." A recruiter may get 100 responses or more to a job ad. They're more likely to look at a resume if there's a personal note relevant torepparttar 139259 specific position. You can also consider faxingrepparttar 139260 resume with a service like to bypassrepparttar 139261 recruiter's inbox. One caveat here: don't invest a lot of time with ALLrepparttar 139262 job ads you see - justrepparttar 139263 best ones.

Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook ( As editor of the weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.

Escaping from your Job Search Groundhog Day

Written by Scott Brown

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The movie Groundhog Day is really a metaphor for challenges many people have in their lives - such as searching for a new job. It is an inspiring story about how most people can very easily fall into a rut of living a life they're not passionate about and how if they actually realize they're stuck in a rut, their first instinct is to just get mad atrepparttar world or take shortcuts to get out of it. Asrepparttar 139237 movie illustrates, building a life that you're excited about takes a long-term effort. It requires a commitment to truly follow your dreams even if it means hard work.

Many job seekers do some ofrepparttar 139238 actions that someone looking for a job should do - like sending out resumes or talking to networking contacts. But they're really just going throughrepparttar 139239 motions and their perspective is one of someone who's stuck in a rut. If you have no inspiration and no passion, people will see that -- networking contacts, recruiters, etc. It's also easy to forget thatrepparttar 139240 people you interact with inrepparttar 139241 job search process are human beings and not just a means to an end. Bill Murray's character in Groundhog Day was at first dismissive of Ned Ryerson, an insurance agent who interrupted him on his way to work every morning. Inrepparttar 139242 beginning, Murray's character didn't even treat Ned like a human being -- at one point even knocking him down to get past him.

If you're just going throughrepparttar 139243 motions in your job search and living like it's Groundhog Day over and over again, your results aren't likely to change. But if you start to live with passion and inspiration and truly connect withrepparttar 139244 people you interact with in your job search, you *will* get what you want. Bill Murray's character didn't need to know how to playrepparttar 139245 piano for Rita to fall in love with him. But learning that new skill created a passion and excitement that Rita was attracted to. Learning a new skill can have a similar effect in your job search -- employers like to hire people who are going somewhere in their lives. Atrepparttar 139246 end ofrepparttar 139247 movie, allrepparttar 139248 people ofrepparttar 139249 town were singing Phil's praises because of allrepparttar 139250 wonderful things he did to help them. This contributed even more to Rita's falling in love with him. If you see people as human beings and use your time to help them, they'll remember and will be more likely to do things to help you in return.


I hope this story encourages you to take action today to inject some passion into your life and really take your job search inrepparttar 139251 right direction.

Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook ( As editor of the weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.

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