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How to Effectively Use Internet Job Boards to Find a Job

Editor Note: I usually write about freelancing issues. But, I’ve been getting a lot of queries lately that revolve around FT employment. So, I thought I’d devote this post to answering some of those questions. Today’s topic, how to effectively use job boards to find a job.

4 Tips on Using Online Job Boards to Find a Full-Time Job

Monster and CareerBuilder are two of the largest online job boards on the web. They post hundreds of thousands of positions and have millions of resumes on file. So, how do you get found? How do you effectively use job boards to find a job? Following are four tips.

1. Use Keywords: Many applicants don’t make good use of this, but it is how you get found by employers. Let me explain.

Employers and recruiters search for resume by typing in key words. If your resume is not keyword rich, even though you may be extremely qualified for a position, it will never come up in their search.

How to Make Your Resume Keyword Rich

As an example, under “Computer Skills” on your resume, you may type in MS Office Suite. Included in this software package is MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel. If you just type in MS Office Suite, and the recruiter is looking for someone with PowerPoint, your resume will not come up in their search.

So, list your skills like this: MS Office Suite (PowerPoint, MS Word, Excel). That way, no matter how a search is conducted, your resume will be part of their search.

2. Revise, Revise, Revise: As in, revise your resume to fit the job. This does not mean lie. To explain, when you see a job you know you are qualified for, but your resume may not reflect it, revise your resume to suit the position.

For example, if you’ve been an office manager and are applying for an executive assistant’s position, take the skills that overlap and rework your resume to reflect how those skills are directly transferable.

Also, have two or three different resumes going at the same time. Take key words and phrases from the job description provided and use them in your revised resume.

It’s tempting to just shoot off the same resume over and over again. BUT, the reason that job hunting is a “job” is because it’s time-consuming to tailor a resume to every position. However, this is what you have to do, especially if you’ve sent out many resumes with no response.

3. Apply Judiciously: Don’t apply for any and every thing you think you are remotely qualified for. Many employers and recruiters see the same resumes over and over again.

And, if your resume continually pops up for positions that you are either only peripherally qualified for or are not qualified for at all, your candidacy won’t be taken seriously – not matter how qualified you may be for a position.

Remember, there are real professionals on the other end reading your credentials. And no, your resume doesn’t disappear into a black hole, even though it may seem like it sometimes. Making a hiring director’s job harder by applying over and over again will only get you blacklisted.

4. Salary: If your salary expectations are unrealistic, you will never even get the call. So, if you are currently making 38K and want 50K, it is rare that a recruiter will call you. Most employers will consider a slightly higher salary than what you’re currently making; this is expected.

However, a large salary increase – unless it’s under extremely unusual circumstances (eg, you went back to school and got an MBA, you worked for a nonprofit and are looking in the corporate arena now, etc.), will have to be justified.

If you fall in this arena, it’s better to just leave the salary section blank and/or include a detailed cover letter explaining why.

I hope these job hunting tips help and remember, the web can be your foe or your friend when conducting a job search. Which one depends entirely on you.

Happy hunting!
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