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Are You Putting the Internet to Work for Your Employment Needs?

When the time arrives to find a new job, where do you turn?

In the “old days” before the Internet, most people hunting for work relied on newspaper ads. Fast-forward decades later and the Internet is by far the leader. Although some still use newspapers to search, the worldwide web is a go-to source.

With that in mind, are you putting the Internet to work for your employment needs?

In the event the answer to that question is no, you should consider the Internet in your search. Otherwise, you could end up on the outside looking in when it comes to locating work.

Let the Internet Be Your Go-To Source

So that you are able to best use the Internet for work searches, keep these pointers in mind:

  1. Plan

Like pretty much anything else in life, you need a plan as it relates to searching for work.

That said you are better off when using the Internet for your job search to target certain cites from the start. In doing so, you won’t wonder around looking for companies and help wanted ads.

Make sure you are reviewing current trends in the job market. This is especially true in the field or fields where you are most interested in landing work.

By having an idea of the national job market data, you are in a better spot to know which industries serve you best.

Someone looking for a job in the healthcare field does not always need to apply to a hospital in a major city. Some hospitals in smaller cities are oftentimes looking for help because of:

  • Pay may be lower
  • Less to do around the area outside of work
  • Fewer opportunities for advancement in a smaller healthcare establishment

By doing your research and having a plan, the Internet can be your best work resource going.

  1. Social media

More employers are finding social media to their liking when it comes to advertising. With that being the case, are you adept at using social networking for your job needs?

If you do not have a LinkedIn page, what are you waiting for?

Millions of professionals have found how important this site is to their aspirations. As a result, they are in a better position to find work than some of those who are without such a page.

You should also look to be active on sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

As more companies post help wanted ads on these two sites and others, you stand to benefit.

It is not uncommon to see companies posting help wanted ads on their own Facebook and Twitter pages. As these ads get shared and retweeted, those looking for work stand to gain.

  1. Email

Unlike the times when you’d make a follow-up phone call to an employer, email and even texting rule now. As a result, it is imperative that you have the right email and texting etiquette. If you do not, you stand to get left out in the job search more times than not.

For instance, do not pepper a company with many emails right after interviewing with them. Not only does it look unprofessional, you come across as desperate for work. A simple follow-up thank you email is a good place to start. If after a week or so you haven’t heard anything, a quick follow-up inquiry is fine.

Finally, remember the most important facet of job hunting whether it is online or offline.

Always do some research on the prospective employer ahead of time.

The last thing you want is to appear as if you’ve never heard of the company or what it does.

So, are you putting the worldwide web to work for you?