Acquire a Working PC and Internet Connection for Your Job Search
If you buy only one item to help you with your job search, especially if you're going to make use of social media, that item needs to be a computer or a tablet PC (a smaller, hand-held device with a touch screen). The good news is that every year, the cost of a computer goes down.
In fact, you can have anything from a desktop computer to a netbook (a super small laptop, usually about 80 percent of the size of a standard laptop) for less than $300.
If you’re willing to spend a little time on sites such as eBay and craigslist, you may be able to purchase a used computer for even less money than the cheaper new ones cost.
After you have your computer, you need to find yourself an Internet connection because the majority of communications you’ll engage in during the hiring process will be via e-mail, and you may even have to fill out online applications for certain positions. Many affordable Internet options exist, ranging from free to $30 per month.
Want to get (relatively) free Internet? Most coffee shops these days offer free wireless Internet access. For the cost of a cup of coffee or a snack, you’re welcome to sit in the shop for as long as you want.
If you want Internet at home, you have many options as well. Some cities now offer WiMAX services, also known as 4G, which is like cellphone service but used for data. It’s essentially wireless Internet to your home. The leading provider of 4G Internet is Clear, which has home Internet plans starting at around $30.
Other options are cable and DSL from your local cable company. Cable companies offer promotions all the time, so make sure you ask for their current promotions when you call them. You may even say something like, I’m looking for a new job and can’t take on a large bill; what promotions can I take advantage of to become your customer? (This works every time!)