Take control of your online job hunt

Abridged: Associated Press

CHICAGO, IL — Applying for jobs online may make you feel like you’re sending your resume into an abyss even though it’s not true. John Thieman, a career development specialist at Stratford University in Falls Church, Va., offers these tips for using the Internet to your advantage during your job hunt:

Build a professional website or enhance your current online resume profile. The site can double as a resume and portfolio to demonstrate your skills and experience. Use job search engines and job search tools to save time. Network online. Use social networking sites to let others know what your skills are and what type of job you’re seeking. Try different resume formats. Depending on your field, an online video resume may give you an edge. It’s also a great opportunity to showcase communication skills.

Google yourself. It’s important to know what others will find if they are researching your background. If you find unsavory pictures or information, contact the sites and ask them to remove them. Be assertive. Use alert systems on job boards and be sure to check a what you searched for, search for it again each day, and AUTOMATICALLY APPLY FOR YOU to new jobs matching your criteria. Review jobs in advance or put searching & applying on auto-pilot. The choice is yours.


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