The four R's of getting hired online

01.25.2013


The four R's of getting hired online
The four R's of getting hired online

Although it is by no means the only way to go about finding a job, performing online research and applying for jobs on the internet has undoubtedly become one of the most popular ways to conduct a job search. But if the web is your primary location for looking for a job, there are a few things you'll need to consider if you hope to see any results.

According to Business2Community, the definition of a perfect job naturally includes several factors such as pay, job satisfaction and the field you are working in. But to find such a job, you'll need to perform extensive research on a number of topics. Luckily, the internet has made it easier than ever to gather this information, and apply it to the thousands of jobs that are now available on online job boards.

Research
First, you should use resources on the internet to determine if you want to remain in your current field or venture into a new career. If it's a new field you're looking for, it may be a good choice to participate in any of the online aptitude tests that are available to help you hone in on how you can best apply your skills set. Keep in mind that no single test can direct you which direction to go, but by taking several, you can put these findings together to get a clearer picture of which industry may suit you best.

Resume
When writing your resume and submitting it online, it is more important than ever to study the job listing and include keywords that would most likely be picked up by an online applicant tracking system. In the age of online and emailed resumes, it will also be important to determine how your potential employer would like to receive the document. Some companies may prefer it in the body of the email, while others will request you send it in an attachment. Either way, be sure to do the research to find out.

Resources
The internet is jam packed with all kinds of websites and tools you can use to find open positions and improve your chances of getting hired. Many staffing companies offer online expertise on the latest trends in hiring, interviewing and resume writing, so be sure to take advantage of this information. Job sites are great tools for whittling down what positions are most available, and many will even allow you to post your resume online for any recruiters to see, according to the news source.

Regional
While the internet is as vast as the atmosphere itself, keep in mind that looking for a job online will always be the most fruitful if you keep locally based sites and employers in mind. This smaller market will have less job searching traffic, and employers have even reported that they prefer scanning local job boards - as opposed to national or even international ones - to eliminate the hassles of having to interview and hire an employee currently living cities, states or countries away.

The best of the best
According to Digital Trends, a few job listing websites have certainly come out on top for good reason. Indeed.com was recently rated as one of the best job boards on the web, with more than one billion job searches every month and hundreds of thousands of new job postings every week.

SimplyHired, LinkedIn and Craiglist were all also rated as some of the best places to find a job online. 

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