If you're unemployed or ready to make a career change, there's no time like the present to use the internet to help you with your job search.
Step 1: Get familiar with career sites Familiarize yourself with job hunting sites like Careerbuilder.com, Monster.com, and hotjobs.com. These sites have enormous national databases filled with thousands of jobs. You can search jobs by various factors, including location, type of position, education level and more.
Step 2: Create profiles Create profiles on job hunting sites. Many sites allow you to create a personal profile and allow you to upload your resume. This will let prospective employers search for you. In order to create a profile, you will need a valid e-mail address.
TIP: Always use discretion when entering personal information online to avoid identity fraud.
Step 3: Browse Craigslist Browse Craigslist.org. Craigslist allows you to search, among other things, job listings by location. Craigslist is an excellent way to keep your job search local. You can also narrow your search by keyword and, in some cases, areas of a city.
Step 4: Use social networking sites Utilize social networking for more than just fun. Social networking is a great way to keep up with friends, but they can also be valuable job search tools. Update your status to let your online family know you are looking for a job.
Step 5: Use LinkedIn Create a profile on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a free networking site devoted to career networking. You can upload your resume, update your status, and network with thousands of individuals. LinkedIn also has a job search feature.
FACT: In 2010, the U.S. News compiled a list based on the Labor Department's job growth projections. In the top five were X-Ray Technician, Veterinarian, Meteorologist, Software Engineer, and Firefighter.