The job market has been bleak, and few will deny that fact. But we have one advantage compared to previous times in U.S. history that jobs have been hard to come by, and that advantage is the Internet.
The web makes it possible to find jobs across the nation or across the world. It also makes applying for jobs quicker, cheaper, and sometimes easier (have you seen some of those online applications and questionnaires?!). You can use Internet-based communications, like Skype, to interview with potential employers. You can advertise what you have to offer on online portfolios and social networking websites, like LinkedIn. If you are without a job and on unemployment compensation, you are able to both complete your weekly job search, and fill out the required paperwork from the comfort of home.
Previously when you needed a job, you had to go out and pound the pavement, literally stopping by local businesses to inquire about potential openings, complete an application, or drop off a resume. Now you can let your fingers do the walking with a myriad of job posting websites to choose from.
You can’t get a good job if you can’t find a good job in the first place, so having quality employment resources at your fingertips is vital. Don’t forget old standbys like Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com, which I did not include due to the fact that most people know about those sites already (plus Monster has gotten a little less useful, in my mind, due to the overwhelming advertisements that now plague the website). Many of these websites offer not only the ability to look for jobs, but also the capability to apply for them using an online account, streamlining what is often a laborious process. Some of these websites offer exclusive access to job postings to its registered users only, allowing you to find positions that are not readily available to the general public.
Before I leave you, I want to mention one other cool website that I just found out about, but have not had a ton of time to mess around with other than importing my info. Thankfully it’s really easy, so I do not think you have to waste a lot of time for set-up. Heads up to all those visual-types out there!
The site is still in Beta stages, but they allow you to create your resume, or I just connected through my LinkedIn account, and all of the info was automatically pulled through– talk about living simply! They have numerous customizable resume format options that utilize bar graphs and circular pie charts to map out your work and educational history on a brightly colored timeline.
Time will tell about how useful of an option that a visual resume may be, but it would be fun to customize your URL (do it early before yours is taken!), and provide it on your resume or LinkedIn account. You may be surprised at how many potential employers take a peek, since employment experts say that an increasing amount of employers conduct online searches to find out more about candidates. A tool like this could make it easier for hiring managers to swim through the sea of resumes to find yours, giving you a better chance to land your dream job.