Written by Evelyn Belanger

Do you remember whenrepparttar idea of home shopping first hitrepparttar 119097 Internet? We were promisedrepparttar 119098 land of milk and honey ... with a cherry on top! What we got was a confusing set of offers on products and services that we really didn't want or need at prices not much better than we could get at our local store. Let's takerepparttar 119099 confusion out of home shopping and find out what to look for in a good home shopping club.


A home shopping club is supposed to make your life easier and better. They are supposed to SAVE YOU MONEY. They should offer you deep discounts. Don't accept a low percentage off today withrepparttar 119100 promise of a substantial discount on your next purchase.

They should bring you offers on BRAND NAME products and services. Anyone can save you money by selling you products mostly found at flea markets. But when you are expecting quality and used to quality you deserve quality.

They should offer you a WIDE SELECTION. If they are not talking BIG numbers of items, just say no. And be sure they aren't just a grocery store onrepparttar 119101 net. Look for a site that meets all (or almost all) of your needs. After all, leavingrepparttar 119102 house can be good too. ;) One way to know if they are cutting edge is to look for them to offer things like health care as well as traditional products.

They should be EASY TO USE offering you an interface that makes selection and checkout easy and safe. They should offer help where it's needed but not intrude into your life with unwanted offers or tacky banners.

Their service should be FREE. If they want to charge you to join up, watch out. The ones that charge will tell you that you will make uprepparttar 119103 signing fee while they are inrepparttar 119104 Bahamas on allrepparttar 119105 signing fees they have collected. Make them earn YOUR business by offering their services for free.

Making Sense of the Internet Job Search... Fine-tune your job search and save valuable time!

Written by Edward B. Toupin

When I first started job hunting onrepparttar Internet, I would spend countless hours searching for anything and everything. I would search one site, then jump to another, and search some more. One ofrepparttar 119096 most frustrating things about job searching onrepparttar 119097 Internet is that most ofrepparttar 119098 same job postings are duplicated across hundreds of job search sites! It's like having three hundred Houston Chronicles fromrepparttar 119099 same day on your desk!

--- Why so many? ---

Monster.com (http://www.monster.com) and Headhunter.net (http://www.headhunter.net) contain numerous newly posted job opportunities. Out of those opportunities,repparttar 119100 webmasters of a hundred or so telecommuting sites search for work-at-home jobs and post those jobs on their sites. Out of those jobs, numerous career-specific site webmasters extract work-at-home jobs in their career categories. In a matter of minutes, one job is duplicated hundreds of times on various sites.

Another place to search for opportunities is inrepparttar 119101 USENET newsgroups. The newsgroups have hundreds of jobs posted from various recruiters and employers. But, many ofrepparttar 119102 smaller posting sites go torepparttar 119103 USENET and post those jobs on their sites as well. Again,repparttar 119104 same job posting is duplicated numerous times.

You could spend an entire week hunting for jobs and seerepparttar 119105 same job posted 60 times on 100 sites!

--- I'm over here! ---

Numerous companies don't post their jobs because they don't want to be inundated by unqualified resume posters. Instead, these companies search for resumes on various sites. To make sure that you're seen, post your resume on several job sites and update it often!

The easiest way to do this is to create a text version of your resume as follows:

1. Create your professional resume in your favorite word processor. Make sure it's correct and all spelling and grammatical errors are resolved.

2. Exportrepparttar 119106 resume to a text file.

3. Editrepparttar 119107 text file and, for each "paragraph," remove all internal carriage-returns. If you look at it in Notepad with word-wrap turned off, each paragraph should be on a single, long line. Since many sites automatically word-wrap your text, this will preparerepparttar 119108 resume for proper formatting.

4. When you postrepparttar 119109 resume, simply paste it intorepparttar 119110 resume site's entry form.

It's a good idea to keeprepparttar 119111 resume's length to about two or three pages since many sites don't accept anything more than 8,000 to 12,000 characters. If you're concerned about leaving out important job-related talents, add a short section atrepparttar 119112 top ofrepparttar 119113 resume that listsrepparttar 119114 information (e.g., ASP, ODBC, CORBA, etc.) This will providerepparttar 119115 needed keywords forrepparttar 119116 search while minimizingrepparttar 119117 length ofrepparttar 119118 resume.

Some ofrepparttar 119119 better posting sites include:

* Monster.com - http://www.monster.com/ * Headhunter.net - http://www.headhunter.net * Guru.com - http://www.guru.com * Ants.com - http://www.ants.com/ants/ * CareerShop - http://www.careershop.com/ * Employment911 - http://www.employment911.com/ * Net-Temps - http://www.net-temps.com/

Don't be surprised if you're already posted on some ofrepparttar 119120 sites. Believe it or not, many ofrepparttar 119121 larger search sites also own and operate some ofrepparttar 119122 smaller sites. This way, they have various front-ends to attract individuals while usingrepparttar 119123 same core data. The important point here is: don't waste time posting to every site you find---target your postings forrepparttar 119124 greatest exposure.

Once you have it posted, make sure that you updaterepparttar 119125 resume at least once a month. I noticed that when I edit my resume and update it, I get a few hits from various companies and recruiters. This happens becauserepparttar 119126 resume is raised torepparttar 119127 top ofrepparttar 119128 stack again. If you notice that your hits are decreasing after an update, deleterepparttar 119129 old account and start a new one onrepparttar 119130 target sites. This will give recruiters and potential employers fresh meat to go after when they search for candidates to fill their positions.

It's also a good idea to post a resume on your Web site. It doesn't have to be promoted to any search engines, but you can sendrepparttar 119131 URL to prospective employers so they can see your experience. I broke my resume up into several pieces (i.e., Education, Experience, Skills, etc.) and created an e-book style presentation. I also added some of my work in a Samples section for their review. This way, potential employers can see my resume without having to download a lengthy document.

Cont'd on page 2 ==>
ImproveHomeLife.com © 2005
Terms of Use