Finding a job, especially the right job, can be a challenge and a headache. With the rise of the Internet and social media sites like LinkedIn, job searching has drastically changed in the last decade. In-person job hunting has become a thing of the past, being replaced by the digital era.
Fortunately, there are many useful online resources to help you land your next job. Here’s just a few of the best resources to help make your job search a breeze.
There are many job hunting sites to help get you started in your search. LinkedIn is the most popular, making it a must for those on the job hunt. LinkedIn is like the Facebook of career networking as it can help you build connections with other professionals. It’s easy to join and once you’ve set up your profile you can “link” to current co-workers, former co-workers, people in your desired field and employers. LinkedIn also allows employers to lists jobs and search profiles for potential candidates.
CareerBuilder is another great resource for job searching. CareerBuilder is the largest online source for job listings in the United States. You can search for jobs by title, location, and days posted. CareerBuilder also allows you to save jobs and applications as well as post your resume. Another great website for finding jobs is usajobs.gov, the Federal government’s official job listings site.
While you’re searching job listings, you’ll want to have a polished resume ready to go. A word to the wise, always tailor your resume to each job you’re applying for. This may seem like a chore, but online resume builders can help you whip out a perfect resume every time.
HowToWriteAResume.net is just one of many free online resume builders. It offers resume templates, step-by-step instructions, and something called PhraseBuilder to make you sound smart. You can print for free or, for a one-time membership fee, you can get access to saving your resume files as well as more templates and more smart-sounding phrases you’ll want to include in your resume!
Nail the Interview
Once you’re job hunting skills and flawless resume have landed you an interview, it’s time to start preparing for the big day. You can find free sample interview questions online to practice answering or, if you’ve got an interview for your dream job, you may want to consider paying the $197 price tag for Big Interview, an online interviewing tutorial which helps prepare users for their specific industry interview and offers personalized feedback.
Find the Right Career
If part of your battle in finding a job is trying to figure out what you even want to do, you should try taking a career aptitude test. Career aptitude tests take things like your interests, skills and desired work environment into account to suggest careers which may be best suited to you. There are many free online career aptitude tests to help guide you to the right job.
With these resources for job hunting, you’ll be on your way to starting your career in no time!
– By Stephen Reynolds, Editor