In the virtual environment, job seekers can take a number of avenues that allow them to be in front of the best employers for their skill sets. These include search engines, job-specific websites, company websites, staffing companies, community websites, cloud technology, apps like My Job Apps and automatic notifications.
In an era where our livelihood is all connected by the Internet of Things, it’s virtually impossible for those looking for work to avoid the internet.
In fact, eager job seekers should want to optimize their use of the internet to pair themselves with the best jobs.
Get Ahead of Your Competitors with These 10 Tips for Conducting a Virtual Job Search
Looking for Work? Prepare Your Resume First
The first step to landing your dream job is preparing your resume for electronic job searches within your niche.
If you have an outdated resume start there.
Make sure your resume reflects only your relevant job experience and includes keywords. Keep your resume short, 1 or 2 pages max.
Include work history for the last 7 to 10 years.
When you save your resume make sure the document name includes your name. Save it in a couple of standard formats like Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF.
Make sure to highlight the things that are relevant to the positions you are applying for. For instance, if you are in hospitality management include the annual sales volume of each location you worked at. Instead of writing out a tired list of responsibilities, use bullet points to highlight your achievements at each position.
Restaurant Manager, Company Name, Annual Sales Volume: $500k
From 2013 – 2017
- Under my supervision, store won company award for best customer service three times
- Sales Volume increased from $445k – $500k in one year
- Trained and mentored 6 employees into management positions
Use a Cover Letter
If you’ve been around the online job circuit there’s a lot of skepticism about cover letters. As a general rule of thumb, you should use a cover letter and tailor it as much as possible to the position you are applying for.
That’s because employers that don’t care about cover letters simply won’t read it. Instead, they will consider your qualifications based on your resume which we covered above. But those that do care about cover letters seem to care a lot, and won’t consider employees without one.
Writing a cover letter can be tricky, and if it can’t be done well then it may be better to skip it completely.
To write a good cover letter, those looking for work need to pay attention to a few things:
- Personalization: Whenever possible a cover letter should be personalized to the job, or even the person you are applying to. In some instances, like Craigslist, it’s not always possible to know who you are applying to or even what company. But when you do know the company, look up the HR Director or the person who posted the job, and see if you can find some common ground.
- Don’t Cover the Same Ground Twice: Your cover letter is your chance to tell the employer who you are and why you are a good fit. If you are applying for a job as an auto mechanic, for instance, don’t restate your education and time spent working in a garage. Instead, tell them about how your passion for cars developed; that’s not something they can get from reading your CV.
- Keep It Short and Interesting: The reason many employers don’t like to read cover letters is simply put because they are boring. By following some of the basic principals of writing and including an anecdote, question or other interesting hooks, you can keep the cover letter interesting for potential employers. But don’t write a novel, be courteous of the time it takes to read and interpret your cover letter.
Create Accounts on Top Tier Jobsites
There are several sites out there for general job searches:
That’s just a few. When it comes to your career niche there are more specialized sites like HCareers.com, which promotes hospitality jobs. Knowing your niche, network and creating profiles on the sites that are best for both is a key component in internet job searching.
Once you have a profile you can usually sign up for job alerts that will bring relevant jobs to your email every day.
If you find the jobs you are receiving are not relevant, you can log into your account and update your settings with finely tuned keywords that make looking for work a breeze.
Use Niche Searches and Keywords
While you are creating your profile, don’t forget to include your online resume and again use keywords during this process.
Keywords aren’t only important for making sure you get the most relevant updates. They are also good for allowing your resume to be found on platforms like LinkedIn or Monster by organizations looking for people like you.
Make Your Resume Searchable
The only way using keywords is going to work for you is if you make your resume searchable to employers and recruiters.
Most sites provide options in the account settings that allow you to make your resume searchable online. This is usually something people looking for work have to opt-in to.
Make sure you get familiar enough with your account to make your resume searchable.
Set Up Feeds and Alerts
There are several different types of feeds and alerts that could come to your email or to your mobile phone through push notifications.
- Website Alerts: As discussed, creating a profile on a job board website or company website will often allow you to receive alerts when your job keyword gets a hit.
- App Push Notifications: Apps like LinkedIn offer push notifications when they have several new jobs in categories you have been searching.
- RSS Feeds: Creating RSS Feeds to pull in job notifications can be beneficial for those who want to see a lot of information from different sources in one place.
- Google Alerts: Google allows you to set up keyword alerts, so try using your the city that you are looking for work in and any number of job keywords.
Make a Connection
Whenever you are writing for an employer, be it an email or cover letter, it’s good to make a personal connection.
If you know who you are writing to do a little background research and determine where you have similar interests.
Perhaps you hail from the same Alma Mater or you both worked for the same company in the past. Using the common ground that you researched, craft an intelligent message that resonates with your future employer.
Only Apply for Jobs That You Qualify For
The worst thing you can do is waste an HR person’s time because you didn’t read through the qualifications.
Be thoughtful about which jobs make sense for your career path, and which jobs tie into your experience.
Without a doubt, if you get an interview, the interviewer is going to look at your previous experience and wonder how to connect the dots if it’s all over the place.
All interviewees should be prepared to tell the story of their resume and how it applies to the job they are interviewing for.
Iit makes it a lot easier when you’ve applied for something that you are qualified to do.
Have a Personal Website That Highlights Your Skills
Today’s rat race can’t be won without technology.
The savviest people looking for work include a link to their personal website where employers can find interesting anecdotes about them.
Your resume and cover letter are all part of your personal brand, and your website is what ties them all together.
It should include information that increases your value in the employer’s eyes, similar to a cover letter. And might show off your accolades and community involvement as well as being a hub for your electronic resume.
Once you’ve established a personal brand, you may even want to include a blog.
Rely on Your Established Network
If you’ve been in the business world for any amount of time, you probably have a network. The importance of relying on your network in a job search cannot be overstated.
LinkedIn makes it pretty effortless to see who in your network may be able to help you get the job you want.
Even in today’s techy society, it’s still important to make real connections by attending networking events and keeping your sphere of influence active in your life and your search.
Be a Boss at Virtual Job Hunting
You may not be the boss yet, but you can be a boss at virtual job hunting.
Do this by:
- Preparing your resume for the web
- Using a clean, concise cover letter
- Creating a profile on relevant job sites
- Making use of proper keywords
- Having a searchable resume
- Setting up alerts that make sense
- Making personal connections with employers
- Only applying for jobs that you are truly qualified to do
- Having a good personal website that tells employers who you are
- Asking your network for help
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