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Mastering the Art of Online Job Hunting

Technology and the internet have completely changed how we do most things, and job searching isn’t an exception. How? Some years back, you had no option but to print out your resume and visit businesses to drop your applications. But things have changed today, and many companies advertise job vacancies online. Additionally, you can create professional profiles on websites like LinkedIn, where recruiters can find you. Unfortunately, there is high competition for jobs online. Therefore, getting one requires time and effort. So, it would help if you were an innovative searcher.

How to Land Your Dream Job

Internet availability has made it easy for everyone to access jobs online. Unfortunately, getting the perfect job can be difficult. Every good career opportunity is highly sought after, making it hard to get.

In fact, statistics show that every job vacancy attracts at least 250 candidates. Of those, only four to six will attend an interview, but only one will get the job. Therefore, knowing how to search for jobs online is essential. Keep reading to learn the best tips.

Mastering the Art of Online Job Hunting

Have an Online Presence

It should be easy for potential recruiters or HR teams to find you online. However, as a job seeker, being wary about what they see is important. Having an online resume is just one of the best ways recruiters can find you.

Make platforms like LinkedIn an essential part of your job search strategy. Nowadays, many recruiters use the platform to perform their first search when they have an opening. Still, businesses are using social media platforms to find suitable candidates. For instance, there are some Facebook pages where employers share vacancy details. So, search for such groups and join them. Furthermore, some brands have Facebook pages where they notify their followers of job openings.

As mentioned, you need to have an attractive online presence. How?

  • Enter your name on a search engine to find out what other people are seeing.
  • Ensure you have two profiles (a private and a public one).
  • Always think before you share anything on your social media accounts.
  • Change the settings of your personal social media accounts to private.
  • Always be active on your business social media account by sharing interesting, professional, and relevant content.

Spend Your Time Well

Searching for a job is not easy. You may spend weeks searching for one, which is not helpful. So, spare a few hours when you can search for a job actively and use the remaining time wisely. For instance, spend some time learning something new or sharpening a particular skill. Acquiring new skills, such as using Microsoft Excel, coding, design, or video editing, can help your resume stand out.

It doesn’t hurt to make some coins, too. How about you take surveys and earn cash rewards for a few minutes? Sharing your opinions might even be fun.

Use the Relevant Keywords

Using the right keywords to search for relevant jobs can be helpful. Avoid general terms such as designer or developer. You will waste your time shuffling through the irrelevant results. Instead, use drilled-down keywords such as “WordPress developer” or “real-estate social media manager.”

Also, make use of filters available on job search platforms. For instance, add more information, like whether you want a remote or on-site job, your experience level, salary range, etc. Using filters will help you get the most relevant jobs, thus saving time.

Read the Job Posting Carefully

Once you come across a job you like, read all the details carefully. Every job post will have various parts, such as:

  • Job title
  • Position description
  • List of qualifications and requirements
  • The roles and responsibilities
  • Necessary skills and experience
  • Application link

However, be careful since scammers usually use fake job postings to steal from unsuspecting job seekers. Therefore, before sharing your information, research the company first.

Research the Employer

Have you found job postings you like? Then ensure you research to learn more about the organization. Where is the company located? What is the company’s background? Carefully read the posts and take note of keywords. These are terms that are essential to the employer. Researching will help you know what to emphasize concerning your qualification and experience when customizing your resume.

Keep a Record

You might need to apply for various job openings before getting an invitation to interview. And keeping track of where you sent an application and the resume you used can be difficult. So, ensure you write down details about every job you have applied including the resume version you used. This way, you can refer to them easily when necessary.

Get the Job You Want

Getting a perfect job online may seem like a tedious process. But it does not have to be that way. You can find a job as long as you prepare well and follow these tips. However, be on the lookout for fake listings to avoid being scammed. You should just stay away if the deal sounds too sweet.

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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