Jobsearch sites usually ask for pertinent information such as the person’s name and contact information. They will also ask jobseekers to add information about their educational background. Most importantly, employment history has to be mentioned which includes the job description and highlights the experience and accomplishments during a person’s career.
A section in the account will also ask the preferred industry of work, if the person is willing to do field work or open to relocation and the expected salary, should one be accepted for the job.
With all the information provided, jobsearch sites will then match your qualifications with the jobs available. This service is free and matches can be seen when the person logs on the account or gets a notice via email. CareerBuilder is a good example of this service. Don’t forget to log into Indeed. Indeed is another good example.
Below you will find various tips for making the most of your online job search. You will also note a list of jobsearch sites at the end of this article
Help Emloyers Find You
If your resume is not in the database that your dream employer is searching, you’ve already lost out.
See What Employers See
- You will see the Top 10 candidates for your keywords (i.e. your competitors) and you can then model your own profile and resume after these successful examples.
- You will immediately see that placing keywords in the Title of your profile and body of your resume are critically important (because that’s how employers search the database).
- You will learn what keywords work for your occupation and possibly discover others you hadn’t thought of.
Save Your Money
Don’t waste your money. First of all, you have no way to measure how much higher your resume will rank over non-paid resumes. Second, for the most competitive fields, thousands of other people have purchased the same package, defeating their purpose. Third, the biggest online job boards have publicly acknowledged that simply changing one word of your profile or posted resume on a regular basis will have the same effect (essentially getting you the outcome of the paid service for free.)
Protect Your Identity & Privacy
- Never list your home address on your posted resume.
- Even if you remove your address, make sure your city and zip code are not removed.
- Do not share any personal information. (i.e. I have seen people share personal information in their cover letter as follows: “I moved to Los Angeles after my divorce because my daughter is a student at UCLA.” Please do not freely share personal information as you post your resume on jobsearch sites, in the name of storytelling. Sharing this type of personal information is very helpful to scammers and not in your best interest.
Always Complete the Online Profile
Knowledge is Power. Make sure you use it in your career search and don’t fall through the cracks.
- Some of these sites require a fee for their services, while others are free.
- Some are listing remote jobs, others are listing freelance opportunities, and some are listing a combination of everything.
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About the Author
Mandy Fard is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, CMRW) and Recruiter with decades of experience in assisting job seekers, working directly with employers in multiple industries, and writing proven-effective resumes.
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