Can you tell me how I am supposed to find job leads on the Internet?
I am so frustrated right now about finding a job. Call me dazed and confused over this whole
The Career Doctor responds:
For most job-seekers the Internet is just one of several tools you should be
using to find a new job. The Internet — all the vast number of job sites — offers
no guarantee of finding that perfect job. And many job-seekers spend way too
much time searching online than performing other activities that are much more
likely to lead to job leads and job interviews.
Let’s start with the Internet. The best way to use this tool is for research. Yes
it probably makes sense to post your resume on one or two of the major job boards
including our own Quintessential Careers Job Portal
as well as a few of the niche sites (industry-specific or
location-specific). It makes
more sense to go to the career centers of major companies and conduct research
there (as well as apply to jobs that interest you). Job-seekers can find a wealth of
information about organizations by spending a little time online. For more information
read my article Step-by-Step
Guide to Researching Companies.
Your most valuable tool of job-hunting however is still networking. Of course you
can network both online and in person. Think of career networking as relationship
building. All you are doing when networking is making connections with people;
you are NOT asking people for jobs. Instead you make connections and share information.
When you are actually job-hunting some of the information shared will be job leads.
Network with your family friends former co-workers and bosses and alumni and former professors. You can also network with larger groups of people in community and religious
organizations with professional groups and associations and at social events.
There are also numerous social networking Internet sites. For more information
check out these Key Career
Networking Resources for Job-Seekers available on Quintessential Careers.
Finally let’s not forget the old school but still very viable direct contact method
where you identify a set of employers research their needs and obtain the name and
title of their hiring managers (not HR) and send them a directed cover letter and resume.
Read more in my article published on Quintessential Careers
10 Ways to
Develop Job Leads.