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How to Job Search

Embarking on a new online job search can be a daunting prospect - especially if you're used to job-searching via more traditional means, like scanning the classified ads or walking into stores with "help wanted" signs. But many of the same principles that apply in any job search also apply on the Internet - talk actively with people in your network, keep your resume updated and tailor it for each potential employer, be specific and courteous in your contact attempts, and so on.

The links on this page will point you to some Riley Guide articles that'll walk you through many aspects of your job search, from preparing your resume to using job websites to expanding your online network to working with recruiters and staffing firms. Each page linked here contains detailed information on a certain area of online job-searching, as well as more links to help you further. So wherever you are in your job search right now, just click a link that applies to you, and get some expert tips on where to go from here.

Articles to Assist You
  • How to Use The Internet in Your Job Search -- Online job-searching is similar to a traditional job search in some ways, but different in others. This article provides an overview of the entire process, including a step-by-step "Quick Start" walkthrough.
  • Networking & Your Job Search -- Building a network involves many of the same principles, online and off - and in fact, the two often overlap. This article offers tips on recognizing the network you already have, expanding it, and maintaining active communication with all your important contacts.
  • Find Your Dream Job by Targeting Employers -- A dream job might sound like... well, just a dream; but it may be easier than you think to land fulfilling work in an area that interests you. Here are some hints on researching employers and targeting the kinds of positions you really want.
  • Use the Internet to Find Job Leads -- The Internet is full of postings about open positions, but it's not always easy to find worthwhile ones, or ones that apply to your own expertise and areas of interest. These tips will help you figure out how to track down solid leads that fit your needs.
  • Prepare Your Resume for Email and Online Posting -- An electronic resume is more than just a single type of document - it's a set of different files, each adapted for a specific purpose. These steps will walk you through the process of adapting your resume for various situations you may encounter online.
  • Using Employment Kiosks and Online Applications -- An increasing number of employers are relying on electronic kiosks to screen prospective employees and process applications. These pointers will help you get familiar with employment kiosks, and help you with the prep work so you can save time.
  • Working with Recruiters & Search Firms -- Staffing firms and recruiters can be powerful allies in your search for a new job. Here's a page of info on how they work, and how you can get their attention.
Resources for More Help
  • Job Search Advice -- If you're looking for insider advice from career gurus, this page is the place to start. It's got links to the websites of many job-search experts, along with a little info about each of them.
  • The International Job Search -- Finding work outside your current country can be a great way to see the world. Here's how to execute a job search outside your country of residence, how to apply for work/study programs, and more in that same vein.
  • non-US Job Search Resources -- For more specific info on how to find a job or work/study situation outside your current country, check out our list of links to programs and services all over the world. The list is broken down by region, so pick one that interests you and start from there.
  • Protecting Your Privacy Online -- The security of your contact information and other personal details can be a risk when you're posting your resume online. These tips will help keep you safe, while also making sure your information gets shared with the right people.
  • The Internet as a Job Reference -- Whether you're an active social-media marketer or not, your online presence says a lot about you to employers. Many hiring managers now Google prospective employees as a matter of course, so use the tips in this article to make sure they'll like what they find.
  • Scams & Schemes in Work & Employment Services -- Sad as it sounds, people in need of work are common targets for companies posing as legitimate employers and government service employees. Here's how to spot a scam and report it, and how to take action if you've been a victim.
  • Networking & Support Groups -- You might not have considered joining a job-search support group, but these can actually be crucial resources as you plan your next career move. These tips will explain what a group like this can do for you, and help you find one in your own local area.