Over the past several years, the Internet has become an essential part of any job search. But with so many resources available online, it can be difficult to know where to begin and how to use them effectively.
In this module, you'll learn how to use job search engines and job alerts to find different opportunities. We'll also talk about how to respond to an online job posting and how to stay safe when searching for a position.
Conducting an effective online job search
The Internet has made it easier than ever to discover new opportunities. There are hundreds of websites that allow you to search for job postings and upload your resume, such as Monster and CareerBuilder.
While these sites have dramatically changed the way we look for jobs, they cannot be used in isolation. Online job searching is most useful when combined with other job search methods, such as networking and direct contact with employers. As a result, you will need to make the most of the time you spend searching online. Review the techniques below to learn how to conduct an effective online job search.
Using job search engines and job alerts
Rather than search through various websites, you can use a job search engine such as Indeed or SimplyHired. Job search engines collect job listings from hundreds of websites so you can view them in a single place.
As with any search engine, the key is to optimize the amount of relevant results you obtain, so you may have to experiment with search terms and refinements. Indeed's Job Search Tips has great advice about how to get started.
You can also save time by creating a job alert. A job alert is a summary of new job postings from a specific search that is sent to your email. Receiving only a few job listings each day will allow you to stay current with the latest opportunities without having to sort through a long list of search results.
Watch these videos from Indeed to learn more about different techniques that can improve your search results on Indeed.com.
Navigate to www.indeed.com.
- Conduct a search for a job in your area that you'd like to apply for.
- Try modifying your search terms. Do you notice a difference in the results?
- Create a job alert to stay up to date about the latest job postings.