The Internet has streamlined the job search process, but it has not taken away the need to make personal contact, to “network.”
On an Internet job search site, you will upload your resume, often in a plain text format to facilitate computer search for key terms. There is an art to creating such a resume; a good guidebook will assist you. The site will allow you to search for jobs by location, category, pay range or other parameters. The site might also send you an e-mail every week (or every day if you choose) with new job postings that match your search parameters.
These sites are helpful, but they have a few built-in problems. By the nature of the process, the site gives you a great deal of competition for any given employment position. Also, keep in mind that the ideal job for you might not fit into one of the set categories the site must use to crunch data. Personal networking and word-of-mouth contact open up these kinds of opportunities.
Be aware that you might receive bogus job offers because you list yourself on one of the sites. A common scam is an offer to collect and process money for a foreign corporation. Run from these. Companies with income opportunity plans (you must sell products and bring in other members) also list positions on job sites. You can judge for yourself whether this will be appropriate for you, but do not make the mistake of thinking the listing represents a paid job.
For many professions, listing with an Internet site is the ideal first step. Keep in mind, however, that telephone calls and personal contact will follow the initial Internet contact. No firm hires based on electronic contact alone.
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