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If You’re Searching for a Job Online, Avoid These Common Pitfalls

Searching for a job using the Internet definitely has its advantages.  You can:

  • conduct your search from the comfort of your own home;
  • actively look for a job while you’re still working;
  • apply for jobs with just a click of the mouse.

Still, the process is not without its potential pitfalls.  Privacy concerns and issues with technology can complicate matters and jeopardize your chances of success.  So before you start surfing the job boards, make sure your online job search is safe and productive by avoiding these common online job search mistakes:

Overlooking privacy issues.

If you’re currently employed, the last thing you want to do is lose your job because your boss finds out you’re looking for another one!  In reality, many employers actively search for their employees’ résumés online using search engines or job boards.  So be smart.  Protect your identity (and your existing job) by limiting access to your essential contact information (i.e., name, address, phone).  Set-up an anonymous personal e-mail account for recruiters to use to contact you.

Waiting for opportunities to come to you.

If you think the perfect position will appear in your Inbox, you may be deluding yourself.  Instead of waiting for online opportunities to come to you, go out and find them by leveraging Internet research sources.  Spend time reading through company websites to identify potential employers.  Then, customize your résumé and cover letter based on what you find out about them, their competition, their products and services, etc.

Blasting your résumé all over the Internet.

When it comes to applying for a job the right way, you can’t take a “one size fits all” approach.  Merely posting your résumé to hundreds of job sites will not be as effective as you might think, because you won’t be able to customize it for a particular position or company.  You will get better results if you apply for far fewer positions, but take the time to tailor your application so that it stands out from the crowd.

Limiting your efforts to the Internet.

While it’s easy to apply for jobs online, you’ll be much more successful if you cast a wider net.  Make sure to network, leverage social media, attend job fairs and register with an employment agency like Wood Personnel.

As a leading staffing service in Middle Tennessee, Wood Personnel works with the area’s best employers.  Our direct hire, contract and temporary employment opportunities are among the best jobs in the region.  We work hard to match you with the ideal assignment or position and ensure confidentiality throughout the entire process.  What’s more, because several WPS clients choose to work with us exclusively, we fill many career openings that may not be found elsewhere!

Getting started with Wood Personnel is as easy as applying for a job online.  Why not give it a try?