Millions of people scour over the internet each day, searching for the latest and best-paying jobs. While some few are lucky and end up getting their dream jobs, the majority end up disappointed and frustrated. But this should not always be the case; when it comes to conducting online job searches, you have to be very smart. Save yourself time, energy, and resources by ensuring that your search is fast and favorable.
Below we have come up with a list of dos and don’ts when it comes to doing an online job search;
- Know what you want; you don’t have to spend time, scouring overall job applications for the sake of it. Know what you want; do you want an internship, a full-time job, a part-time job, volunteering, etc. This knowledge will guide you in your online job search.
- Narrow your search; having identified the kind of job that you want, move on to the next phase of narrowing in your search. What category does the job fall in? If you have studied a mechanical or technical job, then search in the relevant category. If you studied finance or banking, move on to the relevant category. In most cases, the top job sites have categories of all the available jobs, arranged according to the specific faculties or departments.
- Read all details keenly; most people don’t always read the requirements of the job keenly. The end result is a candidate investing in many hopes, preparing for an interview, only for you to be turned away at the last minute due to something you failed to take note of.
- Don’t lie; the good thing about telling the truth is that you don’t have to remember what you said! Desist from lying or giving false information during your job application; the lies you tell to impress a potential employer online may backfire, and come to haunt you later. Companies have been known to sack and fire employees the moment they realized that some of the information given during the job search was false and untrue.
- Pay is not everything; never hasten to apply for a job, or ignore it, based purely on the indicated remuneration. Sure, the pay matters, but also look at things like job security, whether you get a chance to utilize things you studied in school, opportunities for growth, etc.
Location of the job; before rushing to apply for that enticing job, find out the location. Will you manage to commute or drive to the new workplace daily, or will you be forced to relocate? And if you are relocating to a new city or town due to a new job, is it worth it? It is always advisable to opt for a job located closer to where you live until you have stabilized financially and are able to move out to a different city or neighborhood.