How to Search for a Job Online
As Internet job boards continue to evolve, it can pay to stay current on the latest search tools and tactics. By learning how to use them, job hunters may be able to boost their chances of securing interviews.
Here are ways to make an online job-search effort more effective:
Find a hook. When an ad lists a hiring contact, research the person’s background to get fodder for making a special connection.
You may have graduated from the same college or belong to the same professional association. Or, see if he or she has been cited in a news article so you can mention it. Then you can reach out to that person on a more personal basis.
If the recruiter’s name is cited in a job ad, use LinkedIn.com to determine how you might be connected to them. Other sites useful for uncovering connections include Ryze.com, ZoomInfo.com and Google. Bear in mind that you might not always be successful, but it won’t hurt to check.
Search your niche. Save time by focusing on sites that list openings exclusively in your area of interest. For example, if you work in the wine industry, check out WineJobs.com, which lists only jobs at wineries, vintners, distributors, wholesalers, bottlers and other related employers. Have your sights set on high pay? Search boards that advertise only jobs paying a minimum salary of $100,000 such as 6FigureJobs.com and TheLadders.com.
Create a candidate profile. Many employers’ career pages invite visitors to fill out candidate profiles that ask for information such as job interests and salary requirements. In most cases, if a position opens up that matches your profile, you’ll receive an email notifying you. Or, the hiring manager might contact you directly.
Sign up for job alerts and RSS feeds. On most job boards, you can register to receive emails alerting you to new postings that meet your criteria, such as location or keyword. Most also allow you to select their frequency, such as daily or weekly. Note that email alerts from niche job sites are likely to be even more narrowly tailored to your expertise.
Also consider signing up for RSS feeds. RSS is short for really simple syndication, which is an automated electronic information-sharing system that allows you to receive content in an easy-to-read format. You can sign up for RSS feeds for postings from many job boards.
Another option is to download a news aggregator or reader software to your computer. New job postings that match the criteria you choose will be delivered to you automatically, typically the same day or the following.
Use filters. Many job boards offer this tool to help users refine their search results. Filters are common search categories with subcategories showing the number of job postings in each. Using them may save you the step of selecting search categories one at a time without knowing their likelihood of bearing fruit.
On most job boards, filters are located on the left of the results page and include options such as industry, location and job duration. For example, at SimplyHired.com, you can filter for dog-friendly, gay-friendly, eco-friendly and socially responsible employers, among others.