An exercise for your online job search

An exercise for your online job search

By Maria Deshler, A Plus Resumes 

This post is to provide you with one tip/exercise on something you can do to make your online job search successful.

Make a list of companies .

Make a list of the organizations you would like to work for. As you come across a new company you think you would like to work for, add it to your list. Once your list reaches 10 or so, then go to your computer or laptop and begin with the first company on the list. Search that company using google and type in their name. Almost all organizations these days have a company website.

As an example, let’s use Target. For purposes of this exercise, I have written down Target as one of the company’s I would like to work for. I type in their name in google. You will then see their website comes up first after you type in their name, and they have a link set up for their career section.  After you select their “careers” link, you can then select whether you are seeking corporate or hourly position, at the far left.  

Look through all the jobs.

It is a good idea at this point to look through all the jobs at the company, not just by keyword. Continuing to use Target as an example, If you search by location, and select Minnesota, then all the jobs in Minnesota will come up. For company’s other than Target, they may have it structured differently. You may select “all jobs” rather than by location. You may think to yourself it is too much work to go through all the jobs.  However, there are many reasons this is a good tactic.

For one thing, you may find positions or jobs which you would not have discovered if you would have focused your job search on just a couple items.  For example, if you were searching for a logistics specialist, but found a supply chain specialist or distribution manager, these jobs are both similar in nature, but the search terms are different. Also, what if you were just applying for a store manager position, but you discovered as you were going through the jobs, that there was a project manager position available that you were also interested in? In addition, you will also get an idea of the types of positions and careers which are most in demand in company’s these days.  There is also one other point to mention. Some organizations just list the positions they have available on their website, and in no other location on the Internet.

Once you find a position you are interested in, you can upload your resume (using Microsoft Word), fill out their application, then move on to the next company on your list. Once you have completed the list of 20, you can start creating a new list. This is a good exercise to keep you proactive in your job search.

Not to mention the fact that you will gain valuable experience in online job search and internet surfing.  Looking for a job on-line is interactive, it is something you have to “do”. It’s hard to explain it or tell you how to do it, you just have to jump right in!  

The more you work at it, the better you will get! I hope what I have mentioned here gets you started.

Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a successful job search!


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