How to Use Online Resources to Find Your skills
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a job seeker. Whether you’re looking for your first job or you want to strengthen your skills before applying for a new position, using online resources can help speed up your search and reduce the stress of not knowing where to begin. With so many resources available today, it can be challenging to know where to start. More than ever before, job seekers have access to information about relevant companies and organizations from various angles. They can check online job boards to see if any new opportunities have opened up; browse career websites and digital directories to see if any relevant jobs are listed; follow job-related social media accounts; and more. Even though there are so many ways to find your skills, not everyone has the same needs or interests. That’s why it’s important to ask yourself how much time and/or effort you’re willing to spend on looking for work-related opportunities. It would be foolish (and unprofessional) not to acknowledge that even the most diligent job searcher might need a little help at times. Unfortunately, while there are plenty of useful online resources available, they all come with their own set of challenges. How can you use these tools effectively? How do you make sure that what works for one company won’t instead backfire on another? And how can you find the information that best suits your needs?
Hiring managers are looking for your experience
As a recent college grad with no experience in HR or employment law, I was shocked by the number of recruiters who requested my CV. After a couple of interviews, they found that I went on to get a law degree and went on to work for a corporate law firm. When they saw my resume, they expressed concern that I might be overqualified for their company. The truth was that they just didn’t know how to evaluate my experience. After all, they were relying on my resume to fill them in. But how do you know whether or not to trust a resume until you’ve been in the position to put your own experience to the test? You shouldn’t.
Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback
One way to prove yourself worthy and get feedback on your abilities is to ask for it. This approach can be risky, as you may jeopardize your chances of getting the position if an employer isn’t quite happy with your answers. But, in some cases, it can be worth the risk. For example, you might ask an employer for feedback on your written resume, only to discover that he or she is actually looking for your conversation-based experience to be printed in your resume. You may have to ask twice.
Check-In With Company Pages
Like online resources, many company pages provide invaluable information to job-seekers. You can search these pages by industry to see which ones are available in your area. If a job posting is found on one of these pages, click on the company to view their information. You can also search by name to see if any related organizations or job posts are listed.
Online Job Boards
Online job boards are great for people who want to employment-based resources but don’t necessarily want to deal with the hassles of applying to jobs. For example, you can search for openings at retailers or restaurants using these boards. The key here is to sort through postings to find the one that interests you most.
Online directories can be a goldmine of information for job seekers. They usually list jobs in order of preference, so you can easily see what job boards and organizations have listed you in their daily postings.
Resumes and Personal Statements
Resumes and personal statements are a job seeker’s best friend. They can help you stand out among the crowd and get the attention you’re seeking. But, you need to use these tools correctly.
These online resources can be a great way to find your skills, but only if you know where to look. No one ever said finding a job would be easy, so don’t let online resources get in the way of your job search. Take your time, be thorough, and make sure you’re presenting yourself exactly as the employer would want to see you.