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(ARA) - The Internet has fast become a part of daily life for most Americans. From e-mail to message boards, the Web allows us to communicate as never before. And millions are using it to find new careers as well. You can research occupations and find out about industry growth and decline. You can reach deep into your local area as well as take your job search far beyond your geographical boundaries. Although the amount of information on the Web can be overwhelming, executing an effective Web-based job search can be easy and straightforward. Pamela Piliero, a coordinator in the Career Services Department at the University of Tennessee, gives the following suggestions to best use the Web in a job search.
General Search Tips
The term "search engine" is often used generically to describe both true search engines and directories. When used correctly, these tools are extremely useful in pointing you to helpful sites. Different search engines work in different ways, so for best results stay with one or two main search engines and learn how they work.
There is no doubt the Internet has caused a fundamental change in the employment process, as well as the skills required to wage a successful job search. You should have a clear idea of what type of jobs you want and what you are qualified to do. Before you begin, make a list of keywords you can use in your search criteria. Identify general occupations, not just job titles. When you begin looking through job descriptions, note the skills and kinds of experience employers are seeking and use these words in your search.
Researching Career Fields
You don't want to waste time sifting through jobs you don't want or jobs for which you are not qualified. On many job search sites, you can explore career and industry information, job profiles from people currently employed in your field and company information. Many sites allow you to search companies by industry, or if you are interested in a particular company, you can search alphabetically. WetFeet.com and Vault.com will give you information on a company, including an overview, financial statistics and contact information.
In today's high-tech resume processing environment it is important all candidates have resumes in an electronic format that can be submitted via the Internet. Be prepared for anything an employer requests. For instance, some employers might ask for a resume created in a Word document, while others will have you fill out an online application.
Executing Your Search
Plan your online job search strategy to cover a limited number of sites in a variety of categories - large job banks, industry-specific resources and others.
Even if your strategy is sound and your technique thorough, the Web won't work by itself. It's still important to network and make contacts in person. By using the Web adeptly, you can make your search more effective and dramatically increase your chances for success.
From distributing company newsletters to providing instant customer service, e-mail has allowed the business world to instantly communicate important information to accomplish a wide variety of tasks. Most employees have the liberty to communicate via e-mail, but unfortunately many have not been trained in its proper use. Couple this with poor communication skills and you and your employer could be getting a bad reputation due to poor e-mail practices.
Remember these etiquette guidelines when composing e-mails for business use:
Assess your audience
Style and Formatting
Remember: Your writing is a reflection of you and your communication skills. You never know when a client, customer or employee will judge your business
or service based upon these skills. Members of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) use skills like these to find new jobs, hone their
online skills and find resources to help them enhance their professional careers. Sound like an association you need to be a part of? Consider joining today.
Visit NAWIC online at www.nawic.org.
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