How to Perform a Job Search on the Internet

Looking for a job is almost always stressful. No one wants to go through the process of reading newspaper listings, travelling to their local job office, or writing letters to businesses. However, for a person going through a job search in 2011, things are much more convenient due to the internet.

There is a wealth of resources available to most job seekers, as the Internet now advertises hundreds of thousands of jobs every day. There are numerous ways to look for jobs online, most of which are accessible for free to anyone with an internet connection.

Before searching for a job, you will want to be prepared. You should think about your skills and what kind of job will suit you best. You should consider the qualifications you have and also your previous experience. Potential employers will consider all of these factors, and so it is important that you consider them too.  The perfect time to think about these things is when you are writing your resume. This can be tailored specifically to the type of work you are applying for, and you will have more success if you make a new and tailored resume for each application you fill out.

Once a basic resume has been completed, it is time to look for some jobs online. Using an online search engine like Google should be the first place to look. Jobs can be found directly by typing the type of work you are looking for into the search engine. Or you can search free job listing websites, like Craigslist for example.

Job listing websites provide job openings in a similar way to how jobs are listed in newspapers. However, searching listings online is far more efficient. If you know that you want to work in Law, you can simply type the keyword ‘Law’ at the top of the screen on the listings page and it will show you all of the jobs that relate to this subject. This essentially cuts out the need to scan through thousands jobs that don’t relate to you.

Another way to speed up your search is to download free RSS software that allows you to follow particular pages on the Internet. Why would you want to do this? Well, job listing websites update their pages all the time. It doesn’t make sense for you to go back and check the listings every hour. When you use a piece of RSS software, you can tell it to notify you whenever new pages appear on the listings website, and specifically in the areas you are interested in.

For example, let’s say that you are looking for government jobs in Boston. You can simply tell your RSS software to download every page related to those jobs when they appear on the website. As soon as you open the software on your desktop, you will see all of the new jobs listed at the top of the page, and don’t have to spend time searching yourself.

The RSS software has basically done all of the work for you, giving you more time to look at the relevant jobs and work on your qualifications simultaneously.  If you are interested in using free RSS software to search for jobs, you can look on Google, which provides plenty of resources on how to do this.