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Five Dos and Don’ts of Online Job Searching

May 30th, 2014

The Internet has revolutionized how people connect and seek out opportunities in both their personal and professional lives. While online job searching can help jump-start a new job search or revitalize an ongoing one, it can also make job-seeking more difficult.

To get the most out of online tools for job-searching, consider these “dos and don’ts” for your own online job search. When seeking job opportunities online:

  • DO narrow your search results. Scrolling through 20,000 “hits” wastes valuable time. Use advanced search options to narrow results by company, location, salary and more.
  • DO use resume keywords. Online applicant-tracking systems pull keywords from uploaded resumes. Prep your resume by using keywords that align with job descriptions for the position you want.
  • DO check the date. Not all companies pull their job postings when a position is filled. Check the date on a posting, and send an email to ask if hiring is still going on if you’re not sure.
  • DO boost your job search via social media. A LinkedIn profile is a great way to connect with professionals in your field – including hiring managers.
  • DO clean up your online presence. Google yourself to see what comes up. Use the privacy settings on social media accounts you don’t want to share with potential employers.

Online job searching is powerful when used correctly. But it’s also important to avoid major gaffes. When you’re looking for a job online:

  • DON’T use one resume for every application. Instead, use the job description or job posting to tailor your resume’s keywords for each employer. You’ll improve your chances of being recognized as a promising candidate.
  • DON’T get too personal on social media. Avoid complaining about your current job or your boss, and keep personal conflicts out of public social media streams. Assume that a prospective employer will read every public comment you make online, and respond accordingly.
  • DON’T expect to hear back from every employer. Online job searching has made it easier for employers to screen applicants for the candidates they want – and to ignore the rest. Don’t take silence personally; instead, focus on moving forward.
  • DON’T fall for an online job-search scam. If you apply for a job online, research the company first – just as you would if you applied in person. Never apply for a job that requests personal information, like your bank account information, credit card number, or Social Security number as part of the application.
  • DON’T rely solely on the Internet for your job search. Connect with your “in-person” network, and work with a recruiter who can help you meet the right people to lead you to great job opportunities.

At 1st Staffing, our experienced recruiters can help you find a job you’ll love in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Contact us today to learn more.

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