The Internet: A vital tool to any job search

The Internet is becoming an increasingly important tool to any soon-to-be college graduate. The Internet is one of the most common ways through which people obtain jobs. If a job seeker knows where to look, the Internet can be a useful tool for both job seeking and networking. Both are vital in the hunt for employment.

There are a number of resources out there for job seekers to use, all of which have their benefits and drawbacks. Below are some useful tools in the search for employment. These resources should provide a good base for any job seeker and help them decide what to do once they have that all-important interview.

Internet job search engines

Finding a job on the internet is the new way to go. Graphic by Caitlin Lewis.

Indeed is one of the premier job search engines on the Internet. The search engine looks through thousands of postings every day, updating its database constantly. It allows users to search for jobs using key words and location; with this, the website compiles a list of search results, which users can filter through using a tool bar on the left side of their screen. Users can increase the distance away from their starting location to include more results or can narrow it down by selecting a salary range. Simply Hired is another Internet search engine very similar to Indeed, though both pull from similar sources. For some reason, sometimes one will have a listing the other will not, so it may be best to check both.

Specific job posting boards

If you are looking to enter a specific field or just looking for a government job, posting boards may be the way to go. For those looking to work in the public sector, there is USA Jobs, which provides a listing of all federal job openings for those looking. Another job board that caters to more specific jobs is mediabistro, which is targeted toward those seeking a job in journalism. Whether it be as a writer, editor or graphics manager, bistro has a posting for it. Many fields have boards specific to them, it’s just a matter of finding them.

Job websites

Job websites are places like Monster or CareerBuilder that have a bit of everything. These websites allow employers to post job openings on them, but they also allow employers to go through potential candidates and contact them. Job websites are like a two-way street: not only are the job seekers actively looking, but so are some of the employers. These are also some of the more actively used websites because of their massive ad campaigns.

Social networking

The Internet seems to be a place of constantly evolving social networking websites, so why not use this trend to your favor? LinkedIn is a social networking website designed specifically for the purpose of allowing people to create and maintain social networks using them for the goal of getting a job. Tweet MyJobs makes use of existing social networking websites. Tweet MyJobs allows job seekers to use their existing social networking accounts such as Twitter and Facebook to receive job postings. Users that sign up for the website let it know what they are looking for by telling it keywords, industry and location; the website then passes this information on to users’ Twitter and Facebook accounts as employers post information to the website.

I have an interview. What do I do now?

Research is key. Just because you have a job interview scheduled doesn’t mean you have a job. The more you know about your potential employer the better, and what better way to find out about them than through the Internet? Research can be as a simple as a Google search. Glassdoor provides potential employees with an in-depth look at what they can expect. Glassdoor has information provided by previous employees on things like what to expect out of a job and how much to expect for a salary.

The Internet is a vital tool for any job searcher, as it provides not only job listings and a way to utilize a job seeker’s networks, but it can also be a source of information, preparing them for what to expect and what to ask. In this day and age, the Internet may be the ultimate job seeker’s tool.