Looking For a Job on the Internet?Written by Karrie Langmeier
You've heard about it on news, read it in morning newspaper. People are looking for jobs and majority of them are turning to Internet to find them.
I did a search on Google for "job sites." My search returned top ten of "about 2,690,000." That tells me that thousands of people have realized potential to capitalize on helping individuals find employment via Internet. You're thinking, "Cool. Finding a job on Internet should be a snap." Well, maybe. There a few things you should know before clicking on one of those 2,690,000 possibilities to find a job.
Sharing of Information
Many of job boards share a common database of information. Working collectively, each individual web site contributes to database by attracting resume and job posters. In a combined effort, they all benefit from having generated a mass amount of searchable information they can display on their individual sites. The average person does not realize that resume banks and job postings are recycled to possibly several hundred job sites that share in a database. Keep in mind, these sites can range from local and niche job boards to medium and large size companies. "OK," you say. "So, what's big deal?"
Do your research. The resume you post on one job site may end up being circulated to several other job boards, all over Web. Secondly, search engines have what are called "spiders." Spiders scour Internet gathering data that is made available when someone performs a query on a search engine. Newsgroups and personal web pages are a few of additional places spiders frequent. The majority of people don't realize that their personal information such as a home address, phone number, e-mail, work history and other personal details are now available to vast numbers of strangers.
Free Internet: What's it Really Cost?Written by Merle
If you're sick and tired of paying 10 or 20.00 a month to your ISP for Internet Access, listen closely to what I'm about to say. "You don't have to." Yep, that's right; you can surf Web totally free if you don't mind giving up some of your precious screen real estate to banner ads.
Most of Free providers want your personal information as well and will ask you to fill out lengthy registration forms when signing up to use their services. They'll want to know if you're married, own or rent, if you have children, and so on and so forth. Some of them will even track your surfing patterns and sell that information to third parties.
According to Jupiter Communications, last year 2.5 million people signed up for free Net access. That number is expected to grow to over 10 million by year 2003. That's a lot of people who are interested in getting something for nothing.
Let's take a look at some of more popular services and what they have to offer.
Address.com: This free ISP tracks your surfing patterns for ad targeting purposes. Downloading and setup are fairly simple. The banner they place on your screen is 486x86 pixels, which is not a bad size for this type of service. They also offer free email accounts, free webpages, and URL forwarding.
FreeInternet.com: The banner size for this service when undocked is 509x76. You'll be asked for a lot of personal information when registering and your surfing habits will be tracked and shared with third parties for targeting banner ads. Their website offers free email accounts, weather, shopping, and its own instant messaging system.
AltaVista Free Internet: http://www.microav.com Another free dial up from search engine Alta Vista. service. The banner placed on your monitor is 502x84 pixels undocked. The sign-up process is pretty simple and they don't ask for as much personal information as some of others. During setup you're given opportunity to select backup dial-in numbers in case first one is busy. This download works on Windows or Macs and is small at 600K.