Saturday, May 31, 2008

Effective Online Job Hunting

I read a great post from Scott Schulz of Glendale Community College Career Services recently at Jobing.com.

Here is what Scott said about job hunting online:
I have known many job seekers who spend 10, 12 or 14 hours per day searching online endlessly! When I first started looking for a job, someone told me, “Looking for a job is a full-time job!” Since that time, I have come to my own conclusion that quality time is better than quantity of time. My recommendations for job seekers includes balancing of time: Visit Job Fairs, contact your local community college career center which is free and open to the public, visit your local One-Stop Center (http://www.careeronestop.org) or other provider of career-support assistance to gain further insight.

Scott is so right about not spending all of one's time online. Balance is very important and so a successful job search must include a mix of online and in person connections.

I encourage jobseekers to use a timer when job hunting online. Set the timer for every 20 minutes. You would be amazed at how much more productive you become if you stay on task. This way the time you spend online is meaningful and you accomplish more.

After resetting your timer about 4 times, it means you have been job hunting online for about an hour. Switch gears and make phone calls or schedule time for virtual job fairs as well.

Read Scott's posting here.

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