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Online Job Search Tips

30 May 2012 9 Comments

Being a twenty-something looking for a job in this economy isn’t easy. Fortunately, there are things you can do to improve your chances of finding a job as you conduct your job search online. Here are some of the things you can try out:

Ditch Craigslist

Everyone uses craigslist. Hundreds of people apply to the same job openings you’re applying to on craigslist. That means that the chances of you landing an interview for a job posted on craigslist are pretty slim, unless you’re an absolutely perfect fit for the job.

Visit Individual Company Websites

Before an employer puts a job posting on craigslist, they’ll usually put it on their website. So, make a list of all the companies you’re interested in working for in your area, and regularly visit the websites of those companies. Additionally, you may want to use a job search engine like Indeed.com to help you find job postings that are related to your field.

Consider Cold Emailing

According to the well-known job search book, What Color is Your Parachute, one of the best ways to get a job is to contact companies and ask about job opportunities before they’ve advertised any job openings. So, you might consider taking another look at the list of companies you want to work for. Go to those company websites and find the contact information of the appropriate hiring managers. Once you have that information, shoot an email detailing how much you’d be interested in working for the company if positions become available. Oh, and don’t forget to attach your résumé.

Don’t Lose Momentum

Even if you’ve sent hundreds of résumés out and filled out hundreds of online applications and you still haven’t found a job, don’t give up. At some point, you will email your résumé to the right person, and you will find a job. No one ever said it was going to be easy. But no one will tell you it’s impossible either. Keep your head up, stay confident, and keep up the hard work!

Author’s Bio: Carolyn is a guest blogger on the subjects of small business operations, ecommerce, and order management software for BigCommerce,Shopify, and 3dcart subscribers.


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    I got 2 jobs on Craigslist, it is easy and quick to search, with good filtering. The key is ONLY apply to those for which you are a VERY good match–but these days that's true of ANY job site right?

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  • angelajshirley said:

    I totally agree with emailing before I job is advertised, but I would also like to add that if the subject of your email does not get past the company's SPAM protection – that is a wasted effort. The challenge these days is to first find the correct contact (a lot of websites now hide this information and only have an online contact form for general use) and then making sure both subject and email does not come across as "spammy"… The sad part is that real "spam" still gets through – I have to make it a habit to check my "spam" folder before deleting it. Yes, I use to have the "auto" delete but something told me to undo this option. Glad I did as a few of my contact's email for some reason ended up in my "spam" folder. Bottom line – do not rely only on email contacting – explore all options and use as many as you can to make sure you get through and get that job you deserve! Career Counseling