Acquire a Working PC and Internet Connection for Your Job Search

By Joshua Waldman

If you buy only one item to help you with your job search using 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 computers goes down. In fact, you can have anything from a desktop computer to a netbook (a small 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 social networks, 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.