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Job hunting on the Internet

Each day millions of Americans look online for job information. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that 1 in 5 jobseekers between the age of 20-34 used the Internet to look for jobs in 2003. This percentage continues to increase.

Internet jobseekers

93% Read online listings

70% Reseach companies

57% Submit resume/apps

41% Use job listing services

(from Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Internet search engines and directories supply timely information about companies, along with links to company websites. Each product is set up differently, so the savvy jobseeker reviews the Help feature as part of the successful job strategy.

Job-hunting online : a guide to job listings, message boards, research sites, the UnderWeb, counseling, networking, self-assessment tools, niche sites
Mark Emery Bolles & Richard Nelson Bolles.
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, c2008.
The Internet can be an invaluable tool in any job hunt-but only when you know how to use it. Cowritten by career guru Richard Nelson Bolles and his son, nontraditional career expert Mark Emery Bolles, JOB-HUNTING ONLINE helps job seekers navigate the overwhelming amount of information available on the Internet to find the most useful sites and avoid common pitfalls. Filled with hundreds of annotated website recommendations and newly reorganized to follow the action steps of a successful job hunt, this time-saving desktop guide is essential to an effective online job search.  This up-to-the-minute revision of the WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? companion helps job searchers integrate the Internet into an efficient job-hunting strategy. Updated with information on all the current hot topics, from researching to networking, career testing to job sites. The companion website, www.jobhuntersbible.com, features clickable links to key sites. ReviewsMarvin Walberg's syndicated "Getting Hired" column 4/30/08: called it "a great book" and "a powerful tool that will help you find and use the incredible resources that the internet has to offer. I plan to keep my copy by my computer and urge you to do the same. It's a small price to pay for an enormous investment in your future."-Scripps Howard News Service  
     
Your next move : success strategies for midcareer professionals
Dan Finnigan and Marc Karasu.
New York : Sterling Pub., c2006.
Sometimes a professional just knows it's time to move on-preferably to bigger and better things. The experts at "Yahoo! HotJobs "are here to help, with tips from top business leaders, recruiter cheat sheets, and advice for future success. Plus, this unique guide contains advice on finding that new job, updating a resume, interviewing, and negotiating a higher salary.
     
Job seeker's online goldmine : a step-by-step guidebook to government and no-cost Web tools
Janet E. Wall.
Indianapolis, IN : JIST Pub., c2006.
One-of-a-kind job search tool that taps into the Web resources sponsored by Uncle Sam and noncommercial entities. Job seekers, students, and anyone interested in important career information will find a goldmine of assistance through the little-known, but highly useful Web tools described in this book. This action-based, goal-oriented handbook guides the reader in accomplishing specific career and education goals - all by using high-quality, no-charge Web tools that help them pinpoint career interests, write resumes, find job openings, and more!
     
Job-hunting on the Internet
Richard Nelson Bolles and Mark Emery Bolles.
Berkeley : Ten Speed Press, c2005.
This compact resource has established itself as the guide for anyone who's taking their job search to the Internet. This book shows readers how to integrate the Internet into a comprehensive job-hunting strategy.
     
Haldane's best employment websites for professionals
Bernard Haldane Associates.
Manasas Park, VA : Impact Publications, c2002.
Outlines the most important employment-related websites used by clients of Bernard Haldane Associates in organizing and implementing a successful job search.
     
eResumes : everything you need to know about using electronic resumes to tap into today's job market
Susan Britton Whitcomb, Pat Kendall.
New York : McGraw-Hill, c2002.
Nearly 70% of employers now use the Web for job postings or recruiting, and even if a company advertises in a newspaper, it #8217;s likely they require applicants to e-mail resumes. As Susan Britton Whitcomb and Pat Kendall say in this A-to-Z guide for job seeking in the 21st century: in today #8217;s market, the only people who won #8217;t need a Web resume are those who want to work for an employer without a computer. In e-Resumes Whitcomb and Kendall cover all forms of electronic resumes and explain their uses, strengths, and weaknesses. They also show how to: * Construct, post, attach, and send the perfect e-resume for the job * Create an impressive 3D e-resume with hyperlinks, images, and audio or video clips * Find out about privacy issues, and search for jobs discreetly Whether conducting an active online job search or maintaining a Web page of accomplishments, savvy job-seekers should turn to e-Resumes for all the help they need.
     

Many consider the Internet a large job board with its listings of openings in almost all industries and at all levels. Company websites, job listing sites like Monster.com and Missouri's Job Bank, along with online newspapers and magazines (including ones from St. Louis) post new openings daily. Some allow jobseekers to fill out online applications or post resumes. Preplanning, attention to details, and proofreading are important considerations when using these job boards.

Training and career coaching opportunities on the Internet should not be overlooked. Online tutorials cover topics such as learning about the Internet, updating job skills, and practicing interview techniques.

Yes, the Internet makes it much easier to search and apply for jobs. But jobseekers must be careful to avoid scams and protect personal information. Use common sense when an potential employer requests money or credit card numbers.

While the Internet opens many opportunities for jobseekers, do not expect to just post a resume and sit back waiting for potential employers to contact you. The Internet offers immediate access to information and openings, but it is up to the jobseeker to actively use that access to secure the desired job.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff