In today’s job search environment almost everything is done online. Whether it is connecting with employers or applying to positions, you, job seekers need to have reliable knowledge of these online resources. Indeed, for example, is generally the most popular service for finding employment as it offers a variety of positions and filters out search terms.While LinkedIn is a more of a professional social network site that also aids in making connections to professionals in the field. This website also allows for more specialized positions and building a professional network of colleagues.
Indeed will be of most use to directly apply for positions and receive word back from employers. This starts with creating your profile, attaching your resume to the account, and searching for positions that interest you. There are different filters to search for jobs that narrow down location, pay, full/part time, career field, and many more that help you find the best position for you.
Once you apply for a position it may take up to a week for an employer to get back to you for a phone call or to set up an interview. If, for some reason, they don’t connect with you it is a good idea to follow up with them. Call their number and ask for their hiring manager to check the status of your application. You can start off the conversation with something such as “I am very interested in this position and would like to ask if you looked at my application or have any questions about my resume”. This allows you to find where you are at in the application process as well as express interest in the company.
It’s also important not to neglect company websites that you can directly apply on. If a company, perhaps a non-profit or smaller business, that you’re interested in isn’t on a job hiring website, go directly to the source and start the application process on their site. It’s the goal for them to give you a response but if they don’t feel free to call up and check in with them about the status of your application.