The Online Job Search

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The Online Job Search 

The job search can seem like a daunting task, whether you are a college student looking for an internship, a recent college graduate looking for full-time employment or a working professional searching for a career change. Now more than ever, the job search is an activity that is focused online. Researching online for new jobs can be overwhelming since there is so much information available, and we at blueStone Staffing want to make the search as efficient and successful as possible. In this article we share many job researching tips from our recruiters.  

LinkedIn Job Search 

We can’t talk about the online job search without first talking about LinkedIn. LinkedIn has revolutionized the job search. With a few clicks, you are able to search for positions that you are interested in, explore these positions and the company, and then apply all on the same website.  LinkedIn is especially valuable in researching companies that you may potentially want to work for. If you are a student, or even just a working professional that wants to learn more about an industry or role you are interested in, we highly recommend reaching out to them. This could involve scheduling an informational interview or even just asking them a brief question. 

It is also important to note that companies are aware that you are researching them. The data that they are provided by LinkedIn metrics shares your LinkedIn profile with them (which includes everything on your profile).  Thus, if you are looking for a job at a company you are really interested in, make sure your profile is updated!  

Resume/Cover Letters as they relate to your job search 

While on the job search pay special attention to the keywords used in the job descriptions. Then utilize these keywords in your own resume and cover letters. This is beneficial in many ways; the primary one being that your resume will stand out to machines that may be filtering through resumes. For especially competitive positions, many companies use software to filter out different resumes, and if yours does not contain the necessary key words then you may be eliminated, even if you are qualified. In addition to including these key words into your resume and cover letter, it’s important to tailor your resume and cover letter to each specific job you are applying for. Writing a general cover letter won’t impress recruiters, they want to truly know why you want to work for their company and to know about as much relative experience you have as possible.  

Narrowing the search 

The online job search is difficult in the aspect that there are thousands of open positions, and trying to narrow down your search can be a long process. Fortunately, search engines are smarter and quicker than ever, and with a few tips you can narrow and quicken your job search easily. When searching for jobs, try to add key words to your search, connected by a “+”. For instance, if you were interested in an information technology job that also valued sustainability, you would search “Information technology + Sustainability Jobs.” This will significantly lower the amount of search results that you need to filter through. Our recruiters also recommend using the available filters provided by search engines; utilize the filter that searches for results within a certain time frame. There is no point sifting through jobs that were posted 6 months ago.  

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