JOB HUNTING ON THE INTERNET
Resource Guide for Job Hunting on the Internet
1. Use a professional sounding e-mail address: When job hunting, every detail is important. Don't forget your e-mail address, which is the first impression that the potential employer received. You don't want to use an address that is adolescent or silly such as "hotdog," mscool" or beach babe." Also check the outgoing message on your land-line and cell phones. The message should be concise and professional.
2. Scan the oldies but goodies. When visiting job boards, many job hunters make the mistake of limiting their search to positions posted in the last few days. A position posted one month ago might still be open, especially if it requires hard-to-find skills. Plus, with most job seekers focusing on recent postings, you may be competing with fewer candidates. A dated job advertisement doesn't reflect the quality of the company or the potential desirability of the position.
3. Visit recruiter sites. In addition to browsing the large boards, visit the Web sites of recruiting firms that specialize in your field, which maintain their own job postings. Some even offer detailed career information and job search advice. The advantage of these sites is that job seekers can conduct highly targeted searches and also connect with a recruiter who can work on their behalf.
4. Go surfing. Job sites offer more than just listings. They also can serve as a launching pad for other opportunities. For instance, you may find an appealing job posting for which you are overqualified. Though you're not right for this role, you now know the company is hiring. Visit the prospective employer's web site to see if there are any additional openings. Send a resume and cover letter to the company expressing your desire to be considered for future jobs.
5. Get social. Networking is one of the most effective ways of locating new opportunities, and the Internet makes it easier than ever to expand your web of contacts. Social networking sites such as LinkedIn.com provide "virtual" opportunities to connect with other professionals -- in your area or halfway across the world. Participating in chat rooms and discussion forums, such as those hosted by professional associations in your field or industry, also is an excellent way to find about open positions.
6. Don't blast away. Most job sites enable users to apply for a position with the simple click of the mouse. But don't blindly blast your resume to every company you come across. Hiring managers seek tailored resumes that directly tie a job seeker's unique skills and abilities to the requirements of the position. Take the extra time and effort to customize your application materials to each specific opportunity.
7. Proofread, please. Completing employment applications online is convenient but potentially costly if you're not careful. Be mindful of your spelling and grammar when typing information directly onto online forms. Typos are no less problematic on screen than on paper. Use spell check, better yet, read your cover letter or resume out loud to make sure you are not forgetting any words or making grammatical errors. If you have a friend who is good with spelling and grammar, enlist him or her to help proofread your document. You don't want to lost the chance at an interview over a mistake that could have been caught.
8. Apply for jobs at your home computer, not at the workplace. There's a time and a place for everything. With that old adage in mind, be careful of when and where you do your online job hunting. Using your company's computer and Internet connection to look for a new position is a bad idea. Employers have the right to monitor the sites you visit and the e-mails you send. So, resist the temptation to hunt for a new job at the office if you want to keep the one you have for the time being.
9. Follow up! When job hunting online, it's critical that you follow up with prospective employers after applying for a position. More than a few resumes have gotten lost in cyberspace. If you've submitted your application and haven't heard back from the company, make a call or send an e-mail to verify that the resume was received and to reassert your interest in the position. Don't worry; you're not going to annoy the employer. While the Internet has revolutionized the way job seekers connect with prospective employers, an online job hunt shouldn't be the only strategy you use to find a new position.
Top 30 Job Boards
City Employment Information - Local
City of Chesapeake: www.chesapeake.va.us
City of Hampton: www.hampton.va.us
City of Newport News: www.newport-news.va.us
City of Norfolk: www.norfolk.va.us
City of Portsmouth: www.portsmouth.va.us
City of Suffolk: www.suffolk.va.us
City of Virginia Beach: www.vbgov.com/careers
College/University Human Resources Offices - Local
Norfolk State University: www.nsu.edu/jobs
Old Dominion University: http://www.odu.edu/af/humanresources/recruitment/jobpage.htm
Tidewater Community College: http://support.tcc.edu/hr/jobs.asp
Virginia Wesleyan College: http://www.vwc.edu/hr/positions.php
Virginia State Application Form via Internet: http://jobs.virginia.gov/state7.doc
Federal Employment Agencies
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): www.odci.gov
Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI): www.fbi.gov
Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM): www.navy-nex.com
Office of Personnel Management: www.usajobs.opm.gov
U.S. Customs Service: www.customs.ustreas.gov
Federal Government Application (OF-612): www.usajobs.opm.gov/forms.asp
Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center: www.bonsecourshamptonroads.com
Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center: www.bonsecourshamptonroads.com
Chesapeake General Hospital: www.chesapeakehealth.com/employment
Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters: www.chkd.org
Eastern Virginia Medical School: www.evms.edu
Sentara Healthcare Employment Center: www.sentara.com
Daily Press: Hampton Roads Daily Press: www.dailypress.com
Hampton Roads Employment Weekly: www.hrew.com
The Virginian-Pilot: www.pilotonline.com
On-line repositories of resumes to which you can submit your resume for prospective employers to search:
Tidewater Community College/HireNet: www.hirenet.net/jobs.cfm?orgid=jtcc3763
Tidewater Community College partners with HireNet.net to bring enhanced career services and employment to TCC students and graduates.
Hampton Roads’ most comprehensive on-line employment source. Offers useful tips on preparing for your next interview, plus information about prospective employers. You can also enter your resume into the resume database so that employers can find you.
Employment Guide: www.employmentguide.com
Features professional, technical and management jobs. Post your resume and utilize the “Job Search” service.
Whether you are a first time job seeker, or a seasoned professional interested in climbing the career ladder, HireNet is here to help! The classifieds section includes over 150,000 jobs, posted by over 4,500 of the Nation’s leading Employers and Professional Recruiters! Create a “Candidate Profile” to automatically transmit your qualifications to employers with job openings of interest to you.
Hot Jobs: www.hotjobs.com
Search through thousands of jobs and hundreds of top companies around the U.S. and the world. Create your resume on-line and apply to any job by entering your e-mail address and optional password.
Monster Board: www.monster.com
Features employer profiles, resume builders and free access to more than 50,000 jobs.
MSN Career Builder: www.careerbuilder.com
One of the nation’s largest employment network – find jobs locally or nationally! Post a resume and let employers find you! Set Up Job Alerts – receive job matches via email.
In one search, Indeed gives students free and instant access to millions of jobs and internships from thousands of job boards, newspaper classifieds and company websites.
College Central Network: www.collegecentral.com
With CollegeCentral.com, there are more jobs than ever to choose from. We not receive daily entry-level job feeds from nearly 150 newspapers, including 32 of the 100 largest newspapers in the country - USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Newsday, Arizona Republic, Detroit Free Press, Miami Herald, Sacramento Bee, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, Kansas City Star, Indianapolis Star, and many more. with over 95,000 entry-level jobs currently available, what are you waiting for?
Getting Hired: www.gettinghired.com/edu
Careers and Community for People with Disabilities: This online network gives you access to thousands of others who face the same challenges as you, including established, successful professionals who are ready to mentor and give practical insights and advice. More importantly, GettingHired.com is the only online, national job portal providing career opportunities from enlightened employers who are committed to hiring people with disabilities.
The Buzz: Disability Job News & Articles - a part of Getting Hired. http://media.gettinghired.com/ghnewsletter/april/web/newsletter.html?utm_source=newsletter0409&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=media0409
Virginia Association of Insurance Agents/Independent Insurance Agents of VA: www.iiav.com
Features a Career Opportunity Board that features internships and entry level positions in the insurance industry. Postings are from all over the state.
Juju'a goad is to make job search easier. This job search engine provides access to jobs found on thousands of employer web sites and job boards all around the web and offers features that will help you find the job you're looking for more efficiently.
This is a free service where resumes can be uploaded at no cost to the recruiters or professionals. Students can go to eresumex.com register and upload their resumes. Once they have created a profile, recruiters will have access to view their resumes and find employment for them.
Clear Channel Radio: http://clearcareers.clearchannel.com
Hampton Roads Radio Group: http://hamptonroads.vartv.com
Judicial Branch Recruitment Register: http://www.courts.state.va.us/jbrr/jbrr.htm
WTKR-TV (Channel 3): www.wtkr.com
WAVY-TV (Channel 10): www.wavy.com
WSET-TV (Channel 13): www.wset.com
WHRO-TV (Channel 15): www.whro.org
CW27/WGNT-TV (Channel 27): www.cw27.com
MYVZ/WTVZ-TV (Channel 33): www.wtvz33.com
WVBT (Fox Channel 43): www.myfoxhamptonroads.com/myfox
Job Board for People Over 50
Information For Active Duty, Veterans, & Military Spouses
Job Leads https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B2v4m2eblV79LVZhRGpQSE9UcE0/edit?pli=1
Jobs that are provided to Military Fleet and Family Support for publish.
Continuing Education Resources For Veterans: http://www.accreditedonlinecolleges.org/resources/veteran-continuing-ed
This is a web resource rich with educational material for veterans interested in using GI Bill money as a means to pay for their eduction.
Ready Prep Interview: www.readyprepinterview.com
A free site with thousands of job interview questions that are position specific. The behavioral job interview questions on Ready Prep Interview are based on the qualities and skills required to do the job. The questions are even sorted by how important the qualities and skills are. We have questions for hundreds of positions and are adding new positions regularly.
HospitalityManagementSchools.org focuses on explaining the relation between hospitality, the tourists and the service industry. The idea of hospitality originated centuries ago, where travelers from afar would be offered protection from the wild and comfy lodgings in cities such as Sparta. Of course in those ages, the individuals who were given these services were nobles such as diplomats and philosophers, but luckily the idea of providing amenities to guests now is the foundation of the tour and service industry. What makes a hospitality manager different from a traditional manager lies in the fact their customers are more than consumers but also guests. Because guest psychology and traditional management intertwine throughout the service industry, hospitality management is a unique career for those interested in service and accommodation.
Serves as a resource for potential teachers and students researching the state requirements for teaching certification.
Search Accounting Jobs: www.searchaccountingjobs.com
With a free registration you can search accounting jobs, submit your resume, apply for job opportunities and contact local recruiters. View hundreds of accounting jobs across the country. Job seekers can create a free account, upload a resume, search and apply online to jobs, directly contact top accounting recruiters working in their specialty, geographic location and much more.
New Grad Therapy Jobs: NewGradTherapyJobs.com
Job board dedicated to helping connect new graduate Occupational, Physical and Speech with companies that can offer mentorship, training and supervision to help new graduates get up and running successfully in their new careers.
Therapy Jobs 360: http://www.therapyjobs360.com
Therapy Jobs 360, the brand new website dedicated to physical, occupational, and speech therapy jobs, today announced the company will partner with colleges and universities across the country to work together to help students and alumni find jobs in the therapy industry.
Search for millions of jobs around the web. If you'd like to link straight to jobs or career opportunities in Virginia Beach or its surrounding areas (Norfolk, Chesapeake, etc.): http://jobs.ziprecruiter.com/?search=&days=&location=Virginia+Beach&radius=25
Part time or full time, summer or seasonal, we have almost every job application online you could be possibly looking for. OnlineJobApplications.com has information on every major application from every major job industry, including fast food applications, retail applications, restaurant applications, healthcare applications, telecommunications applications, fitness applications, airline applications + dozens of more industries and 100′s of companies.
BrainTrack: BrainTrack's Career Guide offers visitors the following advantages:
- Original Career Profiles – Helps those considering a specific career path by detailing: typical occupation responsibilities, activities, and requirements; types of degrees and schools; studies; personal traits associated with that career; and how to evaluate schools. Several of these careers, such as teaching and nursing, offer scholarships and include original stories from students that offer advice to others seeking similar careers.
- Career Statistics – Assists those thinking broadly of career choices by compiling information for over 400 occupations in the US that usually require higher education and are expected to be in demand in the years to come, including:
- percentage breakdown of education levels for workers
- number of jobs
- typical annual pay ranges
- Schools by State – Especially helpful to those seeking an undergraduate or graduate program for a new career (or for advancing a career), BrainTrack's career profiles link to comprehensive lists of relevant public and private schools in each state. Our lists include only those colleges and universities with accreditation recognized by the US Department of Education.
Finbox.com offers a variety of resources that your students will find helpful and necessary as they move forward with their professional careers, ranging from roughly 40,000 job postings to first-hand industry insights. You can view our extensive list of regularly updated job listings throughout the United States here: http://www.finbox.com/job-search. Finbox.com also maintains close relationships with Financial Industry Recruiters and individuals working within virtually every field of the financial sector. Many of our users regularly write blogs and share insights on numerous topics, such as successful interviewing, culture within specific companies and how to stand apart from the competition when beginning your career in finance.
Retail Employment Opportunities: www.retailjobs.org/about/link-to-us
Search job sites, company career pages and associations for daycare jobs: DayCareJobs.org.
Inside Career Info: www.insidecareerinfo.com Is a searchable collection of hundreds of candid career reports written by "insiders", sucessful professionals who are actually doing the job.
Judicial Branch Recruitment Register: www.courts.state.va.us/jbrr/jbrr.htm
View current vacancies in the Judicial Branch offices of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Job Hunter’s Bible: www.jobhuntersbible.com
This site is designed as a supplemental to the book, The 2007 edition of What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters & Career Changers.
This site was created with the sole purpose of giving employers an affordable internet job site where they can post all their openings, giving internet savvy job seekers a better place to find employment. BOBAJOBS Classified: Hampton Roads; Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; Richmond, VA; Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Staunton; Roanoke, Salem, Blacksburg areas.
Employer Survey: http://www.tcc.edu/welcome/collegeadmin/OIE/IR/factbook/Employer.htm
Average salaries for graduates with Associates Degrees and Certificate/Diplomas.
Careers in Child Care: www.careersinchildcare.com
Search for Full-time, Part-time and Seasonal employment opportunities in Child Care Centers, Preschools, After School Programs, Day and Summer Camp Programs all over Virginia and now nationwide.
Internship Database: www.internzoo.com
Free internship database website for college students.
Fastenal Informer: recruitingnewslettersept_1.pdf
For additional information, contact the Career and Employment Services , Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach Campus, 1700 College Crescent, Princess Anne Building, Room A-105, Virginia Beach, VA 23453. Office number, (757) 822-7228. Email Babi Brock at firstname.lastname@example.org.