Teena Rose is a columnist, public speaker, and
certified/published resume writer with
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to Design, Write, and Compile a Quality Brag Book,
20-Minute Cover Letter Fixer,and
Cracking the Code to Pharmaceutical Sales.
The Internet is loaded with job listings – thousands
and thousands of them. Log on to Monster.com or Jobs.com and check out
the Help Wanted Bulletin Boards. Most likely, you’ll find lots of
listings in your job category. Unfortunately, so will four billion other
programmers, researchers or administrative assistants. Can you imagine
the number of resumes a good posting will generate? Hundreds and
hundreds. So, are on-line job sites worth your time, or are they a waste
On-Line Job Sites: Size Does Matter
There are more than 4,000 job sites on-line. They
come in all shapes and sizes, from Monstrous to miniscule, and in the
case of your job search, you’ll have greater success by finding the
right job sites for your skills and career objectives.
Let’s start with the biggest sites, Jobs.com,
Careerbuilder.com, Monster.com and the other employment behemoths. These
mega-sites post jobs around the world and in virtually every US
Department of Labor category of work. Employers love the world-wide
exposure their postings receive. It’s very inexpensive (less than an
advert in the local paper), it produces a digital blizzard of resumes
and it’s a great place to post open listings – positions that are always
However, the competition for the really good jobs is
fierce. If you’re a generalist within your profession, these gigantic
sites shouldn’t be your first stop in your on-line search. Conversely,
if you’re a nano-technology engineer with a PhD in calculus, that’s a
specialized field and the competition won’t be as fierce since most of
us don’t even know what a nano-technology engineer is.
In either case, it certainly doesn’t hurt to sign up
with these sites and post your resume. You may get a call simply because
the timing is right and the stars are properly aligned.
Specialty Job Sites
These sites focus on a particular industry, skill set
or other limiting criteria. For example, there are several web sites
that connect recent post-graduates (MS, MA, PhD, etc.) with
‘entry-level’ positions in research, academics, government and industry.
Check out sites like AmeriCareers.com that focus on post-graduate job
Some of these sites are sponsored by professional
associations – CPAs, pharmaceutical representatives, real estate agents
– if you fall into a general work category like one of these, the
competition for the good jobs will be less, meaning you’re more likely
to get noticed.
Most states have job listings posted. Some post them
as part of the main site for the state, while others have separate web
sites for employment listings. For an example, visit
www.ctdol.state.ct.us – the Connecticut Department of Labor website.
These sites are useful for finding local and regional openings,
especially important to job seekers who don’t want to uproot their
families and move across country. Many of the listings on state job
sites are for positions in state government. If you’ve had experience in
this area, check out postings on your state’s site, or the sites of
states to which you’d be willing to move.
Also, you can post your resume on these
government-sponsored sites, always a good idea. The viewer may be
looking for someone just like you.
Large companies post job listings on their own sites.
Many have a link off the home page labeled ‘Job Opportunities’ or
‘Employment’. These are definitely worth adding to your favorites file
during a job search. New postings come up daily.
Many large companies will even e-mail you when
openings in your area of expertise are posted. This can be a real time
saver. For an example, visit www.thehartford.com and click on the
‘Careers’ link on the home page.
Most of these sites will also take a digital
(on-line) resume and keep it in their database. People have received
calls months and months after posting resumes on some company sites.
Hey, you never know.
A Few Words of Caution
Looking for a job can be stressful. No, it is
stressful. Unfortunately, a lot of unscrupulous people know this and
on-line job scams have been reported. So, here are a few tips to protect
yourself, your wallet and your personal information.
1. Never pay a site a listing fee. Potential
employees (you) are the ‘commodity’ these sites sell. Employers should
pay all fees and be glad they found you.
2. Never post personal information on an unsecured
site. There are all kinds of hackers, crackers, script kiddies and other
cyber-creeps who would love to know all about you. Post your resume on
secure sites but never list critical information like your Social
Security number or mailing address. Provide an e-mail address only when
you post your resume on an open job site.
3. Remove your posted, on-line resumes from job sites
once you’ve found a job. Again, you already have enough personal
information floating through the Ethernet without adding to it.
Using on-line job sites offers the opportunity to
discover the perfect job that you would never have found using
conventional means. It’s convenient, employers love them for all sorts
of reasons and they work when used to your best advantage.
They are worth the time. Just think of it as
one more dimension of your larger job search – another open door to your