keywords http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/5697/all en-US How Online Job Boards Can Actually Help A Job Search http://www.wisebread.com/how-online-job-boards-can-actually-help-a-job-search <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-online-job-boards-can-actually-help-a-job-search" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/jobs board.jpg" alt="people looking at job boards" title="people looking at job boards" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There was a brief period, before the last recession, when my career-services clients actually found jobs on online job boards. They&rsquo;d post r&eacute;sum&eacute;s, and interview requests and job offers quickly followed. For the past several years, though, clients have told me that they felt as if online applications led to a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_hole_(disambiguation)">black hole</a>: r&eacute;sum&eacute;s were submitted but companies never made contact; even a rejection letter would have meant progress, indicating that a human was somehow involved in the decision-making process. Though I don&rsquo;t recommend online boards as a direct path to a new position, I do find them extremely useful in a job search.</p> <p>For someone launching a job search, online job boards can provide a wealth of information. I have had consistently good results with <a href="http://home.monster.com/">monster.com</a>&nbsp;though there are many other general boards,&nbsp;industry niche&nbsp;boards,&nbsp;and aggregators of job listings, such as <a href="http://careerbuilder.com/">careerbuilder.com</a>, <a href="http://www.indeed.com/">indeed.com</a>, and <a href="http://www.dice.com/">dice.com</a>. My focus is on finding well-written, detailed job descriptions that indicate specific responsibilities and requirements. Many descriptions are vague and useless to me; others, however, seem to have been constructed to outline highly specific needs for real jobs with viable companies. A bit of fluff promoting the company and its tremendous benefits and great working environment is fine but should&nbsp;be accompanied by a multi-bulleted list of duties beginning with an overview and then mentioning key areas of accountability as well as position requirements.</p> <p>Here's what I use these job descriptions for:</p> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Do a reality check</b>. One of the first things that a job seeker should do is define his ideal job or target position based not only on career goals but also on education, experiences, knowledge, and skills. Figuring out whether such a position actually exists is a natural next step, made pretty easy with a keyword search.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Pinpoint a job title. </b>A job title is useful in conveying goals to a hiring manager in words that she&rsquo;ll understand. Postings with position descriptions can be useful in matching real-world job accountabilities with a job seeker&rsquo;s professional capabilities. Though organizational structures may vary among companies, there will often be enough similarities to pinpoint a job title. Job seekers can then reference this title in communications with potential employers or those who may offer referrals, and use the title in searches of the careers' sections of target employers.&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Uncover obstacles to landing that perfect job. </b>In some cases, a job seeker has most, but not all, of the qualifications. Not being a perfect candidate shouldn&rsquo;t rule out searching for that type of position. But, if certain skill sets or types of experiences are requested repeatedly by a number of employers, then a job seeker could consider taking a class or learning a new technology, for example, or figuring out how to communicate why his experience is similar to the experience requested by the hiring manager. &nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>See what companies are hiring and where the jobs are. </b>Though I like to read articles about what industries are hot, what companies are hiring, and which geographical areas are experiencing an economic boom, I use specific job postings with real companies to make decisions about where to concentrate a search.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Refine or write the r&eacute;sum&eacute;.</b> My modus operandi is to create a first draft of a r&eacute;sum&eacute; and then use job descriptions to make adjustments. I might add a position duty or a computer skill that seemed insignificant but appears on most job postings. For a job seeker writing her own r&eacute;sum&eacute;, the online job descriptions could be useful in creating or fleshing out&nbsp;the r&eacute;sum&eacute;.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Find keywords. </b>Job seekers may be fearful that they won&rsquo;t use the right keywords and their r&eacute;sum&eacute;s will never be selected by computerized screening systems. Scrutinizing well-written, detailed job responsibilities and requirements&nbsp;can provide the job seeker with current keywords.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>&nbsp;</b></div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><b>Craft a cover letter. </b>Customizing each cover letter to match the exact requirements of each target job can be time-consuming and energy-zapping. Instead, craft the letter to meet the descriptions and requirements for a handful of similar positions, and use that letter as the base for subsequent letters.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">I typically don't give unsolicited advice to individual clients, but, if asked, I will mention that putting oneself&nbsp;out there (posting a r&eacute;sum&eacute; for anyone to see, with no privacy settings) has not been particularly fruitful for many job seekers. To avoid the black hole of Internet searching, some clients have found that referrals from business associates (former co-workers, vendors, and customers), direct inquiries to targeted companies, and communications with those in industry or trade groups are more helpful than blindly posting to online job boards.</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">&nbsp;</div> <div style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt">Have you used online job boards to find a job lately?&nbsp;Share your experiences in the comments.</div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/julie-rains">Julie Rains</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-online-job-boards-can-actually-help-a-job-search">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-more-out-of-business-trips">10 Ways to Get More Out of Business Trips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-get-people-to-respond-to-your-email">15 Ways to Get People to Respond to Your Email</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/professional-resume-services-are-they-worth-paying-for">Professional Resume Services: Are They Worth Paying For?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-7-best-free-tools-to-improve-your-work-performance">The 7 Best Free Tools to Improve Your Work Performance</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-stay-productive-while-working-from-home">5 Ways to Stay Productive While Working From Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Productivity job descriptions job search online job searching keywords online job boards resume writing Thu, 04 Jun 2009 16:22:04 +0000 Julie Rains 3228 at http://www.wisebread.com Would Paris Hilton in the WWE be the biggest draw ever for search engines? http://www.wisebread.com/would-paris-hilton-in-the-wwe-be-the-biggest-draw-ever-for-search-engines <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Cenahilton.jpg" alt="pariscena" title="pariscena" width="280" height="419" /></p> <p>It would. But if she were playing poker at the same time, while attacking a Pokemon and marrying The Bachelor, well, the results would be unreal. But what do you care? </p> <p>If you&#39;re a blogger, or a small business, or a huge business, or an entrepreneur, it should matter a great deal. Because knowing what people are searching for on a daily basis can mean more money. Especially in the blogging/adsense business, when traffic to your site can generate some very nice income for you and your family. </p> <p>Of course, you don&#39;t want to be hooking people with a popular topic and then writing about something else. Remember the old &quot;FREE SEX&quot; headline, with the copy saying &quot;now that we&#39;ve got your attention, let&#39;s talk life insurance.&quot; But if you keep your finger on the pulse, and write about some of the most popular topics on the web (or aim products at the people searching for those topics) then you will literally be the goose that laid the golden egg.</p> <p><strong>So, where do you find out about searching habits?</strong><br />There are several resources out there. Some are quite specific, some more vague. I&#39;ve listed my TOP 5. If you know of better ones or new ones, please let us all know in the comments box. </p> <p><a href="http://www.dogpile.com/info.dogpl/searchspy/"><strong>1 - DOGPILE SEARCHSPY </strong></a><br />This one is funky. It&#39;s not the best for giving you an overall picture of the week&#39;s searches, but I like it because it&#39;s in real-time. You can literally see what people are typing in as you watch the web page. You can choose from Filtered (family friendly) or Unfiltered (watch out, there&#39;s porno about) and the results are instantly displayed on your screen in a scrolling format. Here&#39;s what I got just now. (Oh, and Metaspy has a very similar service <a href="http://www.metaspy.com/info.metac.spy/metaspy/">here</a> .)</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Picture_7.png" alt="dogsearch" title="dogsearch" width="221" height="206" /></p> <p><a href="http://50.lycos.com/"><strong>2 - THE LYCOS 50</strong></a><br />A veteran in the searching business, this Lycos tool shows you a regularly updated picture of who is searching for what, along with other categories like Movers &amp; Shakers. This was the inspiration behind the Frankenstein&#39;s monster above. Lycos seems to be dominated by Paris, Poker and WWE every week. Check out the top 10 the week ending May 19th.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Picture_3.png" alt="lycos50" title="lycos50" width="280" height="375" /></p> <p><a href="http://hotsearches.aol.com/"><strong>3 - AOL HOT SEARCHES </strong></a> <br />Personally, I have no time for AOL. But millions of people do and it&#39;s important to know what they&#39;re searching for, too. As with anything by AOL, it&#39;s dumbed-down but the search data was interesting. Ann Coulter at #1 this week? One question...why? Yikes. (No surprises American Idol was up there).</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Picture_6.png" alt="AOL" title="AOL" width="246" height="252" /></p> <p><a href="http://about.ask.com/en/docs/iq/iq.shtml"><strong>4 - ASK IQ </strong></a> <br />ASK.COM have subdivided this main page into four main sections. News Searches, Advancing Searches, Movie Searches and Top Searches. I took a quick snap of the news searches. Would you believe it, Paris Hilton is up there again! Only in America can someone be famous for being famous. Know what I mean.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Picture_5.png" alt="ASK" title="ASK" width="158" height="194" /></p> <p><a href="http://buzz.yahoo.com/overall/"><strong>5 - YAHOO BUZZ </strong></a><br />Hey, Yahoo is still useful even in the times of the Google monopoly. I particularly like Yahoo Buzz. Always have, always will. It&#39;s well designed and easy to navigate. And hey, guess what? Hilton didn&#39;t make the top 10. Does that mean Yahoo users are smarter than Lycos users? Hmmmmm.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Picture_2_0.png" alt="Y!" title="Y!" width="288" height="236" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Honorable mentions. </strong><br />Here are a few others I use, just not as often. <a href="http://google.com/trends">Google Trends</a> and <a href="http://www.google.com/press/zeitgeist.html">Google Zeitgeist</a> are very good. I don&#39;t know why I don&#39;t use Zeitgeist more often, even the name is great. <a href="https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal">Google&#39;s Adwords</a> tool is also a handy resource. And <a href="http://www.urgentclick.com/top-keywords.html">UrgentClick</a> has some good keyword data, too. </p> <p>So, go forth an use this information to get more visitors to your sites and more consumers of your products. All it can do is help you out. </p> <p><em>Main horrendous picture by me. I thank you. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/would-paris-hilton-in-the-wwe-be-the-biggest-draw-ever-for-search-engines">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/google-pays-you-10-per-business-referral">Google pays you $10 per business referral</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-quirky-search-tools-to-help-you-get-results">Three Quirky Search Tools to Help You Get Results</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/over-7-million-money-making-ideas-google-patents">Over 7 million money-making ideas - Google Patents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-tax-deductions-for-bloggers-and-freelancers">101 Tax deductions for bloggers and freelancers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/money-in-your-yard-how-to-sell-palm-trees-for-cash">Money in Your Yard: How to Sell Palm Trees For Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> AOL Dogpile Google keywords lycos Making Extra Cash Metaspy search search engines yahoo Thu, 24 May 2007 21:00:19 +0000 Paul Michael 677 at http://www.wisebread.com