How to use websites and social media to your advantage in the job search
The job search is an overwhelming process for everyone. With so many websites posting jobs, it can be difficult to decide which ones are worth your time. Applying to jobs online can be frustrating, as you can apply to hundreds of jobs and not hear back from anyone. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your Internet job search:
- Research companies in your field—Don’t limit your search to the big job sites like Indeed and Monster. Find the companies that support jobs in your field. Follow them on social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. That way you can learn more about trends in your field and be prepared if they call you in for an interview. Regularly check the job posting on the companies’ websites, as not all companies advertise through larger job sites.
- Create a LinkedIn account-- Creating an account on LinkedIn allows you to post your resume where potential employers can see it. LinkedIn is a professional networking site that can connect you with companies in your field and alert you to job postings that you might qualify for. If you sign up for email alerts from LinkedIn, the website will use your resume and interests to alert you to jobs that might be right for you. Make sure that your LinkedIn profile is update, professional, and free of typos, as it could form a potential employer’s first impression of you.
- Find websites that are specifically for your field—Employers want qualified applicants to see their job postings, so they often post jobs on websites that are specific to their field. Non-profits use Idealist, media professionals use Mediabistro, and health care providers post on AlliedHealthCareers. You can use a simple web search to find job boards in your field. For example, you can search: “Allied health jobs,” to find available resources.
- Try using the big job sites—Indeed, SimplyHired, CareerBuilder, and Monster are all websites that post jobs in every field. While these websites can be overwhelming, they most likely will have postings for jobs in your field. Make your search as specific as possible. You can narrow the search by location, job title, and salary requirements. You can also use these sites to find tips for improving your resume, preparing for interviews, and networking. Limit the time you spend on these sites, as many people will be applying for the same jobs.
- Try local listings—Employers can be just as overwhelmed by the high-traffic websites as you are. Sometimes they post job listings on local newspaper websites or the local Craigslist page to ensure that they attract a smaller, more specific pool of qualified applicants. Make sure to check your local sites to find the job you want in the community where you live.
While the Internet is an important tool for the job search, it’s easy to get sucked into spending all your time searching for jobs. Connections and networking can be a great way to learn about new opportunities. Talk to your friends, neighbors, and former teachers and classmates to learn about opportunities in your field.
Good luck with the job search! We hope that these tips will help make your job search time more productive.
The Salter School provided this article to help you in the job search. The Salter School is a career-training school that specializes in preparing students for careers in healthcare, including professional medical assistant, health claims specialist (medical billing & coding), massage therapy, and pharmacy technician. For more information about the Salter School programs, check out our programs page.