Video:Tips for Using Online Classified Ads in Your Job Searchwith Michael Watkins
Online classifieds ads are a great place to being your job search. Learn how to search the web more efficiently for careers in any field by watching this how-to video from About.comSee Transcript
Transcript:Tips for Using Online Classified Ads in Your Job Search
Hi, Im Michael Watkins for About.com, and today we’re gonna give you tips on how to use online classified ads in your job search.
Update Your Employment Resume
The first thing you’ll want to do when starting your online job search is to make sure you have an update resume in an easy to download format like word or PDF.Here’s a list of the most popular websites based on their Alexa search engine and traffic rank.
Search in Local Classified Ads
Local publications usually have career resource pages that can be very helpful; search under their classified area, under the job listings, to see what they have available.Free community websites like Craigslist also have job postings; however, you should exercise caution when responding to these posts. Legitimate companies will give you all the information you need to do research.
Use Niche Websites for Job Openings
If you have an unconventional career type, look for niche websites that cater to your industry. For example, onlinewritingjobs.com is a great resource for freelance writers.
Use Social Media in Your Job Hunt
Twitter is known for the impact it’s had on social networking, but did you know it’s also a great tool to find employment ads online? Twitter has advanced search operators that allow you to target specific keywords, phrases and locations. And even the context in which the statement was made.
Set Yourself Apart in an Online Format
Employers receive dozens of resumes for their job listings, so set yourself apart by including a cover letter that makes you stand out. This could be an interesting personal hobby or a unique skill set that could help your potential employer.
Be sure to use a proper salutation and closing in your cover letter. This could mean the difference between not getting a call back, and landing an interview. For more information visit us online at careers.about.com