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It's Not All Electronic

Most job search strategies involve pre-computer skills: research, organization, time management, persistence, networking, and confidence.

The following guide treats computers and the Internet as tools that make the job search a little easier and maybe more interesting.

What Do I Want to Do?
Managing Your Career

Think of your career as the business you own. You control it. Using electronic technology well gives you even more control and more choices.

The Internet gives us a great, inexpensive way to learn about careers, professions and companies.

Treat the Job Search like Work

To find a good job you have to start by working hard. If you're currently employed, plan on spending at least 10 hours a week looking for work. If you're unemployed double that time. Keep a log of your time and what you're doing.

It can 3-6 months to find the job you want -- keep that in mind as you budget time and your money.

Explore Possibilities

What do you like to do

List ten things.

Now list jobs related to those ten things.

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What's Out There?

According to the Department of Labor, there are 60,000 different job titles -- even with some redundancy in the list, that means there are many, many potential jobs if we look for them the right way.

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First Steps

Assess your skills.

Explore careers that interest you.

Research industries, occupations and companies.

Think about how you want to live (salary, benefits, hours worked, where you will live).

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84% of people who research and plan their career objectives report they found better jobs and were more pleased with their employment options.

Assess Your Skills

Every person has many skills. Employers are interested in our "transferable skills," those talents which can help in various work situations.

A good site to explore these skills is:

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Research industries and careers -- is the field that interests you viable (i.e., typewriter repair v. computer programming)?

Research companies: What do they do? What are their products or services. Most importantly, why does it interest you?

When you click on this next site, find Career Research and select Company Profiles:

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Career Planning tool & Career Search

Finding a Specific Company

One source of information is the company's own web site. First go to a search engine and type in the company name and see what the site has to offer.

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Here are a set of direct company links. Scroll down past the opening article on this page:

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Work for the Government?

Every year the Federal Government hires 300,000 people. State governments also are a major source for employment

for Federal Jobs:

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For State Jobs:

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Recommended Employment Books

Resources and advice from the experts!

Don't Forget Not-for-Profits

Not-for-Profits are major employers, including hospitals, universities, service agencies and foundations.

To find this kind of job, explore:

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How Do You Want to Live?

Before looking at specific jobs, you need to ask yourself these questions.

What kind of salary do I have to have?

What benefits are necessary, which are nice?

What hours are required of the positions that interest me?

Where do I want to live?

What are you worth?

To learn more about salaries, see:

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Before the Resume: More
Planning & Research

A good resume is more than a list of companies, titles and dates.

A good resume is a marketing document targeted to the needs of potential employers.

A good resume will show how you are different, what you have accomplished and achieved.

Sometimes an objective viewpoint is helpful. There are experts that can help you in your local area.

The following Web Sites will help you better define and display accomplishments and achievements:

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Eyes without a Face: Scanning

Many large companies scan resumes using OCR (optical character recognition) software. These robot recruiters respond only to key words and phrases. If you don't have the correct number or mix in your resume, it may never be read by a human being.

It is very important that you speak to the requirements listed in the job posting. Copy any words/phrases that fit your skills word for word from the ad.

Plain Text Resumes

Many companies will request a plain text resume be inserted in your e-mail or posted into a field instead of an attached Word/WordPerfect/PDF document.

To convert a resume, choose "save as" and pick the "text only" or "plain text" option.

To cut and paste: select "control A", select "control C", go to the target document, click on the document or field to activate the insertion point, select "control V"

Keep all lines to 65 characters or less and font 10+.

Put title of position sought in the subject of the message.

Plain Text Resumes

Test the resume by sending it to yourself.

Follow the company's directions for submission.

Make a .txt/ASCII
Resume Look Good

When you copy a resume written in Word/WordPerfect or PDF format, you will lose tabs, bullets and underlines. Here are some alternative ways to make text stand out.

- Use CAPS in place of Bold/Italics.
- Use extra lines and white spaces.
- Use asterisks in place of bullets

Always print your resume and proofread carefully
- Have a friend or resume professional help you.

E-Cover Letters

Cover letters should be part of your e-mail message. They should be brief, but well written, containing the following:

- Name/Title of the contact person.
- Format of the resume attached
- Position and why you are interested in it.
- Why you are qualified.
- Request an interview.
- Thank you -- signature (type name & phone number).

The Passive Job Search

One of the most misunderstood points of the E-Job search is resume posting.

Despite what is promised by some Web Sites, posting a resume doesn't guarantee that employers will beat down your door.

Posting is a passive technique that gives your resume more exposure. But maintaining an active search still gives you a better chance for success.

Effective Use of Job Boards

All job boards are not equal.

Ask the following question to evaluate service:
- Does the job bank include your field?
- Does the site tell you if your resume has been viewed?
- Does it tell employers that new resumes fitting their needs have been posted ( does).
- Does it tell you when new jobs have been posted ( does).

Will My Boss See My Resume

If you're concerned that someone at your current job will find your resume, look for the following features in a job board:

- One that will allow you to prevent companies you choose from viewing your resume.
- One that gets your permission before sending that resume to an employer.


These Sites offer jobs in almost all fields in the U.S. and sometimes internationally. They also offer advice and help in career planning, interviewing and negotiation.

Test various sites and find which one best suits your needs.



Specialized Sites

For students just out of college, bilingual speakers and minorities.



On-Line Networking

- Networking is the most effective way of finding a job.
- Use the Internet to learn more about fields that interest you and meet more people involved in those fields. Don't think of networking as a simple matter of e-mailing someone and asking for an interview. That's rude -- and ineffective.
- Becoming involved in associations is a good way to network. Helpful site for finding associations:
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On-Line Networking

- Join lists or discussion groups related to your field. Linkedin Groups
- Keep the right attitude. Get to know people before you ask for a favor and give some sense that you will remember and return favors. Follow up on any advice, and thank people who help you.

Interviewing on/off line: Practice

- Interviewing is a skills that can be improved with practice.
- Practice with a professional or a friend so you answer questions naturally and confidently.
- Try the following Web Site for practice and strategy.109 Interview Questions and how to answer them.

On-line Interviewing

- Companies interview on-line to save time, to save money, and to make sure that all applicants are asked the same questions.
- There are two kinds of on-line interviews: Face-to-Face and Multiple choice question and answer.

Face-to-Face On-Line Interviews

- In this format you see the interviewers and they see you via a computer hook up.
- Never pay for this service -- that's the company's responsibility.
- Speak slowly and clearly when answering questions since feeds may have static or breaks.
- Wear sold color clothes.
- Keep a happy, alert face while listening to a question. Don't let interviewers see a frowning face on their screen.

Multiple Choice Interviews

- These interviews resemble multiple choice tests.
- Consider all the choices carefully and choose the one that fits you knowledge and beliefs.
- Type carefully -- don't get zapped by typos.

On-Line Tests

- Skills tests check basic abilities like typing and data entry.
- Integrity tests evaluate character and honesty.
- As a rule avoid absolute answers like always and never unless the subject is violence or theft in the workplace.
- Personality tests attempt to predict how well you will fit in the company's profit. They are almost impossible to prepare for. Relax and answer honestly.

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Serendipity and Perseverance

- These are big words, but useful ones for job seekers.
- Serendipity: keep looking around and exploring. You'll be surprised at what you find.
- Perseverance: Simply put: Keep trying. Finding a job is frustrating for everyone, but you have to keep trying because your career is your own business.

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