Finding a Job
Whether you're researching companies and job opportunities, perfecting your résumé and cover letter, building a positive online identity, putting your best foot forward in a job interview, or negotiating appropriate pay for your position, the Job Hunting Web Guide makes finding jobs online a breeze.
The Internet can help you speed through the career search process and find the job of your dreams. ... read more »
Before you begin your job search, you should know which details of your life are on the Internet and how to create your online identity. Many employers now look online to see what information they can find about potential employees. Make managing your online profile part of developing your professional identity.
- Explore your online personal profile by entering your name in a popular search engine such as Yahoo or Google.
- Most people won't find much about themselves online—maybe a mention or two on an old company or school Web site. If you do discover that your online persona appears less than stellar, there are a few things that you can do to avoid being skipped over in the application process. Take a look at this article from The New York Times.
- Contact a Web site's administrator and ask them to remove outdated or misleading information.
- A lot of community sites prompt you to put personal information in your profile. Most of the time, you should be able to find a way to limit the amount of information you share. Most online communities have private options for profiles so that only select viewers can see it.
- When you create material for people to find, you are taking control of your online identity. Help people to differentiate between the real you and another person who happens to share your name.
To explore your online identity …
has instructions on how to search for yourself online so that you’ll know what information is easily available to potential employers (or anyone else looking for information about you online). This site also helps you develop what it calls a "link résumé": an online profile that includes links to your other online profiles or Web sites, and links to the schools you attended or groups to which you belong.
is a search engine for people. Verify your identity (either with a company e-mail address or your credit card) and edit your details so that others will find only what you want them to.
is a search engine for blogs. Enter your name in quotation marks to see if anyone's been blogging about you.
searches message boards and forums (part of the "invisible Web" that most search engines don't include). Also search for images on message boards and forums here.
To clean up your online identity …
has a "search and destroy" motto. For a fee, it will search the Internet for information tied to your name and send you monthly reports with what it finds. The fees vary depending on what you want.
To enhance your online identity …
helps you create your own online image. This site specializes in self branding and networking. Create your online profile, start discussion groups, connect with other professionals on the Internet and much more.
is a site for businesspeople to make comments about and give recommendations to each other. Develop a very thorough profile with all of your contact information, or a very basic profile. Skip almost any step in the registration process (like importing your e-mail contacts) by clicking the "skip" link.
places your site profile in the top results of a Google search for your name. When you first sign up, Naymz does this for free. If you want more features, purchase the premium plan.
A lot of companies post job listings on their Web sites, which is great if you know exactly where ... read more »
Your résumé can be the greatest asset to your job search. It is your first, and often ... read more »
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When the job offers start coming in, be prepared to ask for what you're worth. Use the sites below ... read more »
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