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The best general web sites to use (in terms of number of new jobs in USA that appear on sites) are:
•http://www.Monster.com •http://www.Careerbuilder.com •http://www.Hotjobs.com •http://www.Job.com •http://www.JobWarehouse.com
If you are particularly looking out for a local job, it may be worthwhile adding one or two local websites to your ‘chosen’ list – for example, for anyone looking for jobs in Atlanta, http://www.AJCjobs.com is one site I recommend highly. To find out most popular website in your area for local jobs, check out ads in your local newspapers or websites aimed at people in your local area. It may also be worth joining any Yahoo Groups for job seekers in your area, or searching Newsgroups for jobs in your local area – go to http://groups.google.com
If you are searching for a specialist job within a select industry, it may be worth making one or two of your ‘chosen’ web sites a site that specializes in that industry. Trade magazines/websites are a good way to find out top web sites in your chosen field – or go to http://www.google.com and type in name of your industry followed by word ‘jobs’ or ‘careers’.
Once you have posted your resume to 4 or 5 key sites that contain a high number of jobs of type you are looking for, likelihood is that recruiters will find your resume themselves without you needing to contact them.
However, while you are waiting for jobs to roll in, it does not hurt to proactively make some applications for particular jobs that you think you are ideally suited to.
Carefully think about ways to ensure that your search for “ideal jobs” is more effective by choosing different terminology that may be used in descriptions of those jobs on website.
Once you find your ideal job, ensure you write a cover letter to emphasise reasons that you believe you are ideal for role. Within letter ensure that you mention salary or rate you will be requesting and how soon you are available, as well as whether you are looking for Full time or Part time work.
This helps recruitment agent to determine whether or not you really are an ideal candidate and reduces amount of time you have to spend going to interviews for roles that you really would never consider even if you were offered role. However be careful not to specify such criteria if you are open and flexible about such options as doing so could close door to role unnecessarily.
Another thing you can do while you are waiting for interview offers to roll in, is to get more qualifications to make you even more attractive as a candidate!
There are a number of websites offering free or cheap training in a wide range of subjects now, and job search time is an ideal time to take advantage of them as you are highly motivated at this time, because you need to get another job, and also because you may not be working (if you have left your previous job already). Depending upon subject you want to learn about, you can find free/cheap courses at sites such as http://www.blackboard.com, http://www.smartcertify.com and http://www.freeskills.com Once you know your subject very well, it is a good idea to get certification in that skill to prove to potential employer that you have a high level of skill/knowledge in that area. You can gain certification in a wide range of subjects – some free of charge – at http://www.Brainbench.com – which also has links to training materials (some free, others fairly reasonably priced).
The nice thing about Brainbench certification is that you are given a web address to send to potential employers at which Brainbench lists your certifications and verifies your skill level – very useful for employers who might need proof that you have those skills very quickly to decide whether or not to include you in their interview list! You can see an example of one of these Brainbench web addresses here (my Brainbench web page) http://www.brainbench.com ranscript.jsp?pid=255096
Hopefully, this article has provided you with some ideas about how to use internet to increase your chances of finding a job more quickly and effectively. If you require any further advice, on this or any other Ebusiness/web issue, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via my web site http://portal.michellejohnston.com or http://www.firebirdservices.com
Michelle Johnston has 15 years IT and Ebusiness experience and has written an Ebook on Ebusiness. Michelle runs Firebird Services at http://www.firebirdservices.com and you can see samples of her work at http://portal.michellejohnston.com