Search Company Web Sites for Job Listings

4 of 12 in Series: The Essentials of Job Search Tools

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 possibly check all of them during your job hunt.

Unlike general job boards, such as Monster.com and Career Builder, the universe of company Web sites is decentralized. Unless you’re using a vertical job search engine, exploring that universe is time consuming. You can easily spend two hours reviewing just a couple of corporate career sites.

Consider the following when searching for job listings through a corporate Web site:

  • Fully research the company site. As you scan a company site, back up to the home page and view press releases, annual reports, and other general areas for any edge you can use to enhance your application when you move to the careers area.

    Susan Joyce, the talent behind Job-Hunt.org, reminds you: “In addition to visiting the employer’s Web site to see what the company does, also check the company out on Yahoo Finance, BusinessWire.com, Hoover’s, and so forth to discover the latest news about the employer’s industry. Don’t be the last person hired before layoffs begin.”

  • Submit a targeted resume. When you reach the careers area and begin submitting your resume in earnest, pay close attention to each requirement of the position and customize your resume to show that your qualifications are a bull’s eye for those requirements.

  • Don’t bother sending a hard copy to the company’s HR department. It’s unnecessary and will likely be tossed. You can, of course, send a hard copy to a hiring manager.

  • Pay attention to specific instructions on each company’s site. And don’t be surprised if you’re asked to take online pre-employment tests or respond to screening questions.

Some corporate sites won’t accept anonymous candidates who cloak their identity. Some candidates use anonymous resumes to maintain their privacy and stay out of trouble with their current employer. An anonymous resume is stripped of the resume subject’s name and contact information. Former employers may not be identified by name but described generically. Anonymous resumes are distributed by job sites or third-party employment services but employers often consider them to be too much trouble to bother with.

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