How to Get the Most Out of Job Hunting Websites

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Are you looking for a new job? If you are and if you also have internet access, there is a good chance that you may end up turning to career hunting or job hunting websites.
  Two examples of these types of websites are CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com. Although these websites are great ways to gain access to hundreds, if not thousands, of up-to-date job listings, if you want to be successful it is advised that you know how to get the most out of these websites.  A few helpful tips that you may want to familiarize yourself with are outlined below.

When it comes to using career hunting or job hunting websites, there are some websites that allow you to search through job listings without having to create an account.  However, if you find a job listing that you would like to apply to, you will often need to create an account. The good news though is that most of these career hunting or job hunting websites, at least the reputable ones, are free to use. This means that there is absolutely no reason as to why you shouldn’t register for a free account. In fact, registering for an account may also get you extra member benefits.

Speaking of the extra job hunting or career hunting website member benefits, there a number of “perks,” that you may be able to enjoy; perks that may make it easier for you to find a job.  Of course, it is important to remember that not all career hunting or job hunting websites are the same. With that in mind though, many career hunting and job hunting websites allow you save a sample job application, with all of your personal information already filled out, as well as a copy of your resume on their website. This can help you save time when it comes to applying for job.  Also, many career hunting or job hunting websites also allow their members to make their resumes searchable by employers; employers who are looking for qualified candidates.

Even if you are able to make it is that your resume is searchable by employers you may still want to take the time to find and apply for job listings that you, yourself, are able to come across.  Most career hunting or job hunting websites allow you to do this a number of different ways.  For instance, you can browse through a large selection of job listings, often for the whole country. If you are unwilling to relocate or if you were looking for something in particular, you could tailor or customize your search. For instance, if you were looking to work within fifty miles of where you live, you could search based on that criteria.  You could also perform a search for a certain type of job or a job in a certain industry, like education or construction.

When using a career hunting or job hunting website, many job listings request that you apply for the job through the job hunting or career hunting website in question, but not all do.  Before applying for any job, whether you find it online or not, you want to make sure that you thoroughly read through all information given to you. Despite an ‘apply now,” tab at the bottom of a job listing on a career hunting or job hunting website, the employer in question may actually want you to send your resume as an email attachment.  You never really know unless you thoroughly read through all of the information given to you. To prevent yourself from looking silly or associated as being “the one who doesn’t follow directions,” you will want to make sure you read and think before you act.

By keeping the above mentioned points in mind, you should be able to use career hunting or job hunting websites to the best of your ability.  In addition to CareerBuilder.com and Monster.com, you can find additional websites by performing a standard internet search.


How to Spot Employment Scams


Are you looking for a new job?  If you are, you may be using the internet or your local newspaper to find job listings.  Although the internet and local newspapers are a great way to find up-to-date job listings, you also need to be on the lookout for scams.  There is such a thing as an employment scam.  The good news is that many employment scams are easy to spot, especially when you know what to look for.

When it comes to being on the lookout for employment scams, it is extremely important that you remember employment scams are not only found online.  While these scams are more common online, many employment scams are making their way to local newspapers, possibly even your local newspaper. That is why you always need to be on the lookout for employment scams; you should never let your guard down.

As for spotting an employment scam, which is also commonly referred to as a job listing scam, there are a number of points that you will want to be on the lookout for.  Perhaps, the biggest red flag is when you are required to putdown a deposit to apply for a job or to get hired.  If you are thinking that it is suspicious, you are right.  Many people are so desperate for a job that they don’t realize that they shouldn’t have to pay to work; it should actually be the other way around.  No matter what excuses you are given, like that your deposit would be used to process your application or pay for your training materials, do not fall for it.  Under no circumstances should you pay an employer to let you work for them.

Another easy way that you can spot an employment scam is by examining the information given to you in a job listing.  For instance, most legitimate business opportunities or job listings will be full of information. Whether the job listing is for a local job or work-at-home job, you should be able to get information on the type of job available, a little bit of background information on the company in question, qualifications needed, as well as information on how to go about applying for the job.  Employment scams often provide as little information as possible.  You will want to be on the lookout for job listings just that encourage you to “act fact, as only five more positions available,” or something else along those lines.  Never apply for a job without knowing exactly what you would be doing first.

One of the reasons why you are advised against apply for a job that you don’t really know much about is because many job applications request your social security number.  Your social security number in the wrong hands can result in a bad, costly situation.  The requesting of a blank check, for direct deposit, is another red flag that you should be able to spot.  If you are hired to work for a well-known company, one that is either local or online, direct deposit is okay, but you should never signup for direct deposit because you are required to do so, especially if you are trying a new work-at-home opportunity.

The above mentioned red flags are red flags that you should always be on the lookout for and avoid.  In all honesty, you may be able to search for and find legitimate job opportunities or examine a large number of job listings without every coming across an employment scam, but it is still best if you are prepared for it all.


Interview Tips to Help You Land that Job


Are you looking for a new job or a new career?  If you are, your first step should be examining job listings.  When it comes to finding job listings, you have a number of different options.  For instance, you can use your local newspaper, the internet, or career counseling centers.  In a way, finding job listings is the easy part.  Actually getting the job that you want is the hard part. 

When it comes to landing a job that you applied for, your interview will play an important part in whether or not you are hired.  If you are able to get a job interview for one of the jobs that you applied for, you are advised to proceed with caution.  Your actions or your responses during an interview can either make or break you.  To increase your chances of landing your dream job, or at least the one that you applied for, you will want to continue reading on, as some helpful tips are outlined below.

When going to a job interview, it is important that you are properly dressed.  You would actually be surprised to learn how many job applicants show up to a job interview in unattractive, unprofessional attire.  Even if you are just applying for a job as a cashier at one of your local supermarkets, you are still advised to dress professionally for a job interview.  Depending on the job you are applying for, a dress or a business suit may be called for; however, a simple pair of black pants and a white shirt is much better than a pair of jeans. 

You are also advised to bring a couple of copies of your resume to your job interview.  This is something that many job applicants do not think to do, but it is actually a wise move.  Yes, you may have already submitted your resume to the employer giving you the interview, but it is important to remember that they probably received hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes.  It is not unheard of for resumes to get lost or misplaced.  Bringing along an extra copy of your resume shows that you are responsible and likely to always be prepared.  In addition to brining an extra resume for the interviewer, it is also advised that you bring a copy for yourself.  This will make reviewing your work history and education easier, as everyone would be on the same page.

During the interview, you will be asked a number of different questions by the interviewer.  One of the most common questions asked is about your strengths and your weaknesses.  One of the biggest mistakes that a job applicant makes is stating that they don’t have any weaknesses.  Everyone has at least one weakness or something that they wish that they could chance about themselves.  You will want to be honest and admit this.  Of course, you don’t want to go overboard.  What you will want to do is try and make your weakness a strength as well.

At the end of most interviews, most interviewers ask the interviewee, which would be you, if you have any questions. You are advised to ask questions.  In all honesty, even if you don’t have any questions to ask, you are advised to come up with some.  Many interviewers use the “do you have any questions,” as a ploy.  Many are turned off by interviewees who do not have any questions.  Some even associated it with not be interested in the job or the company.  Even if you ask about how the company got started or what the chances are for moving up the company ladder, you are advised to ask questions.  Of course, be careful with the questions that you do ask.  You don’t want to sound too pushy or overbearing. 

At the end of your interview, it is extremely important that you shake the hand of your interviewer and thank them for the opportunity.  This is very important.  It is hard for some to imagine, but a simple thank you actually goes a long way nowadays, as it is hardly spoken anymore.  It is also advised that you send a thank you note the interviewer you met with.  This may not necessarily increase your chances of landing the job, but it will make you look professional.

By keeping the above mentioned tips in mind, you should be able to have a successful interview.  As a reminder, interviews are the most important part of landing a new job.


Job Hunting:  Should You Lower Your Expectations


Are you in need of a job? If you are currently unemployed you may even consider yourself to be desperate for a new job.  If you are, you may end up wondering if you should lower your expectations, to make it easier to find a job right away.  If so, you are definitely not alone.

When it comes to determining whether or not you should lower your expectations, when hunting for a job, there are a number of important factors that need to be taken into consideration.  One of those factors is your need for a job.  For instance, do you have a family to support?  Do you have rent, mortgage, or car payments that need to be made?  If you do, your need for a job may actually be quite high, especially if you are not receiving money from your state’s unemployment fund.  If your survival depends on having a job, you may need to lower your expectations, even just temporarily.

Another factor that needs to be examined, when determining whether or not you should lower your expectations, when hunting for a job, is your expectations.  For instance, are they reasonable?  Are you interested in working as a doctor?  If you are, do you have a degree in medicine?  If not, you expectations are not only too high, but they are unreasonable. The first step in not being required to lower your expectations, when searching for a job, is making sure that your expectations are reasonable. For instance, if you worked as a retail cashier for a while and attended business school, you may want to think about trying to acquire a job as a retail store manager. This type of goal is one that is just right, as it isn’t too unrealistic.

It is also advised that you examine the current job forecast for the industry that you would like to work in. In keeping with the above mentioned example of a retail store manager, if the retail industry isn’t doing too well, there is a good chance that not as many new retail stores will open up in or around your area.  This may limit the number of retail store manger jobs that are available.  In this case, you may need to lower your expectations or just change them, to include something different.

Of course, what you need to remember is that if you do need to lower your expectations, when hunting for a job, especially if your survival depends on it, it doesn’t have to be permanent.  For instance, if you are required to take a job as a retail store cashier, but you are actually qualified to work as a school teacher, your retail store job doesn’t have to last forever.  When working and making a little bit of money, possibly enough to help your family or pay your bills, you can continue on by searching for teaching opportunities.  If you keep after your goal long enough, you should be able to find an opportunity that you are more than qualified for.  If and when that time comes, you could choose to give up the job that caused you to lower your expectations. 

Although you may not necessarily want to take a job that you may consider to be beneath you, there may come a time in life when you have to.  If and when that time comes, it is important that you remember that nothing has to be permanent or forever etched in stone.



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