The Internet, as you know, has created ample opportunities for people to find work. From temporary gigs to full-time jobs, opportunities are everywhere.
Job hunting online can take a lot of work, but there are a ton of resources out there to make it easier. You can find a new career on job aggregate sites or use something like Craigslist for temporary gigs. Whatever type of gig you are looking for, whether it is full-time, freelance, or temporary, can be found online. While it is time-consuming to go through listings, apply, and network, it’s worth it in the end.
In order to job hunt successfully on the Internet, you need patience, persistence and consistency. Remember, I struggled for almost 2 years to find a job — and then after beating out 200 people, I finally got a full-time career. Then after a year, I transitioned into being full-time freelance, after finding work on the Internet! It is important to know where and how to look — and also utilize your personal network to your advantage.
The most popular way is to look at various websites that specialize in the work you are looking for or look at aggregate sites that do all the heavy lifting for you. I’d also say that attending networking events and tapping your network are huge. It’s all about who you know! But if you don’t have friends in your specific field, the Internet is the way to go.
How to get started: use keywords in your search that relate to your field and the type of job you are looking for. It can seem like you are swimming in job posts if you don’t start to search specifically for what you want.
1. You search the Internet, applying to specialized sites, looking for a permanent job or a suitable position that matches your skill set. If you are interested in temporary work, use a profile on freelancing sites like Elance (however, it’s tough to get started on sites like that and the pay isn’t very good).
2. Search in printed media. I know nearly everything is done online these days, but look in local papers, journals, magazines and more for jobs. Remember, some of the best jobs aren’t even listed. If you want to work somewhere, start pitching people for an informational interview and create a relationship with that company.
3. Submit your resume into a database on relevant sites. This method can also be time-consuming and less personal, but sometimes a recruiter will find you and give you a good offer. Remember to tailor your resume to each job — same goes for your cover letter. Each job is unique and deserves unique materials to look at. Trust me, it will help you stand out. You can even take language from the job description and use it in your cover letter. Companies are trying to find the best fit, so you want to show them that you are what they want.
4. Utilize your social network. This is so vital! You’d be surprised by how many jobs you can get from Facebook and Twitter. To go one level deeper, you can join specialized Facebook groups that post opportunities.
In the past few years, I’ve found nearly all my gigs and jobs online or through word of mouth. While it can be a lot of work to actually look for work, it’s worth it.