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Finding Job-Hunting Help with Recruiters and Agencies

When you're searching for a job, you might consider getting some help from recruiters (headhunters) or employment agencies. Headhunters and employment agencies aren't right for everyone's job search, and [more…]

Confirming That Your Dream Career Won't Be a Nightmare

A career idea has captured your attention. You know something about this potential career from visiting Web sites, doing informational interviews, and reading about the work, but you still don't know whether [more…]

Job Search: How Useful Are the Want Ads?

Using the want ads as a job search tool, either from the paper or online, might not be a bad job search strategy, even though some career counselors rant that answering want ads is a weak approach to landing [more…]

Relying on Want Ads in Your Job Search

How much should you use want ads in your job search? Some career guidebooks give everyone the same advice: Use want ads sparingly. But when it comes to finding a job, one-size-fits-all advice rarely does [more…]

How to Complete E-Form Job Applications

The e-form job application is a shorter version of a plain text resume, usually found on company Web sites. You add information to an e-form by entering the data within the designated fields of the form [more…]

How Online Screening Techniques Affect Your Job Search

Your targeted resume may be screened out if an employer’s online screening program decides that you aren’t qualified for the position. Online screening software has the first word about who is admitted [more…]

Using a Person-to-Person Approach in Your Job Search

The person-to-person approach to job searching de-emphasizes technology and can be effective in a few scenarios. For example, your exclusion rate from interview offers may be high when the employer uses [more…]

Tips for Filling Out Paper Job Application Forms

Filling out paper job application forms may require a shift in what you write, because you have to sign them, making the application form a legal document. [more…]

Skills and Personal Qualities that Employers Want

Learning how to identify your workplace skills and personal qualities and to believably write and talk about them with employers — in resumes, cover letters, and during interviews — will transform your [more…]

When to Acquire Professional Job Certifications

Professional certification can be a kind of passport, identifying you as a citizen of a career field with all its rank and privileges. Professional certification [more…]

Understanding the Challenges of Changing Careers

People typically change careers for one of two reasons: They leave their career or their career leaves them. Either way, employment challenges during a career change are much the same when it comes to [more…]

Comparing Popular Vertical Job Search Engines

Several vertical job search engines are available that can help narrow your online job search. Here's a comparison of the best-known vertical job search engines — those that offer the most amenities and [more…]

Searching Online Job Boards

A job board is a Web site that posts general or specialized job listings. Employers pay job boards to post their open positions. Job seekers typically view these job postings for free. The number of job [more…]

Reviewing Newspaper Ads During Your Job Search

The trend for job ads is to appear online; but don't overlook the profusion of classified print ads in newspapers and in specialized publications during your job search. The Help Wanted section in newspapers [more…]

Search Company Web Sites for Job Listings

Consider searching company (also called corporate) Web sites for job listings, in addition to using vertical job search engines and job boards. Company Web sites are so numerous, of course, that you can’t [more…]

Researching Other Countries During a Job Search

Considering a job search in a foreign country? Develop a job search plan for each country of interest. The plan should include foundation research that you'll need for most interviews. Add to that base [more…]

Blogs, SEO, and Other Web 2.0 Job Search Tools

A resume sometimes isn't enough in this world of social networking and blogs. In the new Web 2.0 world of interactive Internet, Web 2.0 tools are available that can play a role in your job search. You [more…]

Job Search: Pros and Cons of Online Social Networking

Your online image in social networking services is becoming as important as the customized cover letters and resumes you send in more familiar employment explorations. Get an edge by making sure you know [more…]

How to Use Online Employee Referral Services

Companies use online employee referral services mainly because good people tend to know other good people. Employers often rely on referral services as a way to spot great candidates. Therefore, job seekers [more…]

How to Boost Job Contacts with Online Social Networking

Job seekers and employers are now using business-oriented online social networking sites (such as LinkedIn), where people post career profiles and recruiters search for prospective employees. The only [more…]

How to Start a Blog to Develop Job Leads

A blog can be useful to job seekers when it garners attention that develops into job leads. Today's blogs have morphed into sleek Web sites that showcase content posted by one or several authors, and which [more…]

How Get New Job Postings with RSS Feeds

RSS feeds are a wonderful way to get the first word when a new job is posted. RSS technology sends free live feeds to your computer or handheld device with the latest jobs from thousands of employers and [more…]

How to IM in a Job Search

Use instant messaging (IM) services as a job search tool to receive real-time or near real-time job postings. An IM service enables you to send resumes and messages to anyone on your [more…]

How to Use Podcasts as a Job Search Tool

As a job seeker, you can use a podcast the same way you can use a blog to spotlight your job achievements and experience. Having a podcast is cutting edge and differentiates you from the competition. Consider [more…]

How to Create Effective and Professional Online Profiles

Online networking for a job search has opened the floodgates for professional online profiles — the kind you place on networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook. You want an edge over countless competitors [more…]

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