Should I Take My Career Aspirations Online?

The days of finding a job in your local paper are ending.

idea_plan_actionWhile you can still find a job in print media, most people (and employers) have turned to the internet. It’s cheaper (or free) to advertise, it’s faster and, most importantly, job postings online reach hundreds of thousands of people.

Companies know that in order to find the best candidates, they need to broaden their scope.

Don’t Underestimate Internet

Whether you’re looking to switch careers entirely or you’re just looking to switch companies, don’t underestimate the power of the internet.

Here are four ways you can find a good job online:

  • Job boards – This is the most popular way for people to find a job. With so many applicants for each listing, though, it can be hard to land an interview. Top job boards include CareerBuilder, Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster and SimplyHired. Job boards allow you to filter your searches based on industry, job title, location, availability and more. You can also upload your resume to the sites so employers can find you.
  • LinkedIn – Professional social media network LinkedIn is quickly becoming one of the top ways to find a job. You build a profile listing all of your strengths, qualities, work experiences, volunteer experiences and what you’re looking to find. You can then join groups and network with like-minded people and companies. Hoping to land a gig writing for your favorite magazine? LinkedIn can connect you to the editor and possibly get you an ‘in.’
  • Social media – Networking via social media connects you to thousands of other people. They say getting a job is all about who you know, not what you know. By expanding the people you know, you are exposing yourself to more job opportunities and connections. Also, don’t be shy about letting people know that you’re in the market for a new job. You could post a Facebook status to your family and friends expressing that you’re in the job market. There’s a good chance someone will respond with a lead.
  • Your own blog – While blogging is particularly important for those in the writing and marketing fields, it can also be a valuable tool for people in any industry. If you’re an architect, for example, you could showcase your portfolio online via a blog. As the following article looks at, maybe you’re wondering, “How do I become a home inspector?” You could do an internet search and find blogs on people who do that job for a living and perhaps find someone to connect you to a home inspector job in your area.

When looking for a job online, the biggest takeaways are to be creative and to not be shy.

Don’t be afraid to “friend” an employee of a company you hope to work for. Be genuine in forming a relationship with that person and feel free to ask them questions about their job. The bottom line, networking can be a great asset in your job search.

People love talking about themselves, so if you aren’t afraid to approach people you just may land that dream job you’ve always wanted.

About the Author: Sarah Brooks is a freelance writer living in Charlotte, NC. She writes on a variety of topics including small businesses, jobs and personal finance.