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Job Searching on the Web
Since you are reading this article, we assume that you have already discovered that the web offers enormous resources for a job hunt. Yet, you may still be asking, "Do serious or top level job hunters benefit from launching their searches on the net?" The answer is "Definitely, yes!" But, how?
Using the internet to find a job doesnt necessarily replace talking to colleagues, reading classified ads, or rewriting your résumé. Yet, the great news for you is that the web can dramatically increase your awareness of job openings. It can inform you regarding salaries, companies and names of decision makers. The internet can significantly reduce your efforts in fact finding and speed up your overall search. The internet is very important for a successful job search because it exponentially increases your job search activity, number of contacts and ability to contact others.
Where do you start? If you are seeking a top professional job or executive level job, you will definitely want to contact recruiters. The Directory of Healthcare Recruiters contains over 1,000 contacts, many of which have web and e-mail addresses in addition to their postal and fax numbers.
The web has particular advantages. You can browse over ten thousand sites that deal with jobs, careers, or job-hunting whenever it is convenient for you. You can do it in the evenings, after work. Web sites can help you conduct research on industry trends and on your prospective employer. A good place to start is the Employers page. Other sites help you brush up on interview skills and rewriting your résumé.
Most sites even allow you to post your résumé at no charge. But whether online résumés are a successful way to find a job is a point of debate. Few recruiters read online résumés when hunting for candidates to fill a job opening. Those recruiters who do say they do so only as an alternative to using headhunters to recruit upper management positions. It is still better to obtain information from websites about where to mail your resume. You can learn ways to send your resumes to recruiters, such as the instructions offered at our Resume page.
Once you have landed your dream job, go back online and research salary surveys and polish up your salary negotiation skills. For tips on moving, interviewing and finding housing, you may wish to consult the Career page or the Interview page.
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