Decades before when the internet was not accessible to common people, the few options available to jobseekers were newspaper job ads and recommendations from friends and well wishers. Some jobseekers in those days walked into well known companies and submitted their resume and just waited in anticipation. It was like shooting in total darkness – either the candidate landed a job or the application was buried in the human resources department never to see the light of day. Candidates were seldom informed about the status on their applications.
Things have changed for the better for jobseekers over the years, and revolutionizing the job seeking process are the large numbers of job sites in USA. Almost everything at job websites is instant – you can search listed job posting or make a query for a precise search, or post your resume. There are multiples of queries that you can use. It is almost like making a search using a search engine.
The first step toward finding the right job is selecting the appropriate job site. There are hundreds and thousands of them, and posting your resume in multiple websites is waste of time. Select couple websites and stick to them. Some job websites operate in niche segments or predefined areas, and if your profile fits, then, it is better to use them rather than throwing a wide dragnet.
The next step is to do a precise search. Most job sites have so many jobs listed that make it like searching for a needle in a haystack. But there is a way out – after you type in your query refine it with further queries until you zero-in on the right job. Your query should best describe your preferred place (usually zip code or state name), your salary expectations, industry or sector you like to work with, and many other factors. Making a query is usually intuitive; job sites have popup options that you can click on. The advantage is it saves a lot of time.
Well known job sites segregate listings based on the posting’s antiquity. You should use this feature extensively. Recent listing (usually under one week) work best for most jobseekers. You should describe your job title as precisely as you can so that you can be found easily, as well as find the right employer. The cue to the title is usually available in the job site itself. When you stay with the site’s nomenclature system you get better exposure. It will work to your advantage.
The third step is to set up an alert and/or subscribing to RSS. This will not only save you time, but also, save you the trouble of browsing through enormous listings. You should understand that most job sites accept listing even from not-so-serious companies that post their jobs. In fact, jobsites have no way to know who is serious and who is not. If there is a featured listing of employers, you can be sure that they are serious. The more serious employers are usually the ones who make their jobs transparent and easy to understand – they will even tell you the maximum remuneration and for how long their listing is valid.
The fourth step is preparing your resume. It is always best to give accurate information in your resume. You should include information about your education, the college you attended, the programs you took, your previous employment, and even the credentials you can produce at the time of interview. This will build confidence in the minds of employers. You can leave out your salary expectations until the employer has expressed an interest in your profile.