In the old days, the only way to search for job posting advertisements was to buy the local newspaper and check the classifieds section. But with the internet making its way into our daily lives, job seekers can learn about job openings far from the reach of their local paper.
The internet has truly made the world a global village, enabling people to search for jobs far from home – even in other countries. Online there are many sites that provide job information. All you have to do is register, fill out a form and submit your resume.
When you register, you will usually be asked to provide relevant personal information such as name and address, phone number and/or email and perhaps your social security number (if applicable). Many sites will also ask you to supply information about your educational background and work history, and perhaps relevant highlights from your professional experience.
In general you will also want to indicate what type of work you are looking for. You may be asked how much travel you are willing to undertake, whether you are willing to relocate and what salary you are expecting. After you have provided the relevant information, the site will automatically seek a match between your information and the job openings posted on the site. Most of these sites are free and they will email you when new openings come up.
Some job sites provide a “premium” service for an extra cost that will give your resume preference over the job seekers who don’t pay the extra charge, but even then there is no guarantee that you will get interviewed for the position. Internet job searching is not only for professionals. There are lots of positions advertised online for part-time jobs or contract work that takes place within a specific time frame.
It is not only job sites that offer online job postings. Many companies have a “jobs” or “careers” section on their own website where job openings are posted. Sometimes you can directly apply via the company’s site, while in other cases an email address for sending applications will be provided.
Even in tough times there are always numerous job vacancies, and thanks to the internet employers are more easily able to make those vacancies public. The internet has also made it easier for job seekers to send in their applications online rather than having to hand in a resume in person or sending it through the post office.