recruiters and hiring managers time and effort. “We’ve incorporated searching on the Internet into our recruiting activities because we’ve found that individuals on the Internet tend to hold advanced degrees and have many years of experience in their field,” says Zakryscha Hayes, president and human resource specialist for Precise Staffing Services in Chicago. “We’ve placed talented directors, vice presidents and executive-level candidates for our clients through our Internet activity,” she adds.
SEEK AND EMPLOY
Although the Web is a tool that should be used by job seekers, recruiters say care must be exercised. “Job hunters must understand the Internet is the electronic version of a Neanderthal job-hunting system that hasn’t worked for years,” says Richard Nelson Bolles, author of the What Color is Your Parachute? series and Job Hunting on the Internet.
However, Bolles says the Internet is extremely helpful for job hunters. It provides access to company research, contacts, tests and advice. “These sites are vastly useful for developing contacts and researching geographic areas and fields. Using traditional research methods, you would have a hard time doing this. But with the Internet, it’s duck soup.”
Margaret Riley Dikel, author of The Guide to Internet Job Searching 2000-2001 and moderator of the Riley Guide Website (www.dbm.com/jobguide), says methods of researching companies are significantly improved by what the Web offers. “My readers have told me that using the Internet helped them target employers and do the research that gave them an edge to win a job.
“The biggest problem for the hunter is where to look and where to post,” says Dikel. She advises, “Find the sites that speak to your profession and start your search there.” Visit sites that can provide information about the company’s business practices and success. Register with sites that can provide detailed information on private companies as well. CompaniesOnline (www.com
paniesonline.com) is such a site. Another Website, blackenterprise.com, is also beneficial to job seekers. Not only can résumés be posted on our Website, but a variety of employment information can be accessed through the site.
Beyond corporate Websites and employment sites, newsgroups, chat rooms and mailing lists can be rich sources of job-opening information and provide incredible networking opportunities.
Complement your search by using the keyword “careers” with search engines like HotBot or Yahoo! Poppen says, “If an employer is looking for a left-handed physicist on the Web, he will go to the Left-Handed Physicist Page for résumés. Job hunters should also look to professional organization Websites for career options or links to career sites.”
HOT WIRE YOUR RESUME
A résumé alone will not get you a job. But a good résumé-one that profiles your accomplishments and qualifications to a potential employer-will attract the attention of the hiring manager and secure a job interview. This process is no different in online recruiting.
While there is no “Internet résumé” per se, experts advise job hunters to translate their present résumés into plain ASCII text or consider an HTML version for online use. Your goal is to design a résumé that will not be rejected by scanners, or