Tuesday, May 24, 2011

How Opportune Are Online Job Opportunities Really?

The Internet will never run out of promises. People sell things to each other over the Internet,and every second, promises are exchanged with ever increasing sweetness. It's not really appropriate anymore to speak of promises as being broken. Perhaps, the more apt thing to say is opportunities not created.
Take for example job search sites. Thousands of websites promise they have the perfect job opportunity for you. They have comprehensive and categorised job listings which d
efinitely saves you precious time and trouble. They have free resume posting, and lets your résumé be viewed by employers everywhere.
These are all well and good, and pretty much standard fare in ever
y job search website. You just post your résumé for free, and let them take care of the rest. It seems as if, in this age of instant-noodle, instant-everything, our cut-and-paste generation can just relax and let that job opportunity surprise us on
e lovely day.
Recently, more and more employers are giving pr
eference to jobseekers who apply online, which translates to people at ease with Internet and technology—exactly the kind of people companies need. The Internet may make our lives easier, but it's a mistake to pin
all our hopes on it. There might be thousands of job
opportunities available, it's true. But just like love, "opportunities" is a large category, and "hope" is what you wait to happen, not what you get for yourself. The trick is knowing what you want, and getting exactly that. And you can't do that by just lounging around. If you find a good job search website, don’t just stop by posting your résumé there. Get companies’ phone numbers and e-mail addresses, and take the initiative.

Employers don't just browse job search sites for resumes. They also google up applicants' names in,
ahem, hopes that something favorable will turn up. They are curious, of course, about the “you” that isn't as consciously marketed as your résumé does. So if you still haven't been keeping a blog, or created a portfolio of your works, start now. Of course, don't let your goal of making an impression override your freedom of expression. If employers see that you are very much alive, and in a positive way, on the Net, they'll be more receptive to your application.

Also, learn a few more things while you're still job searching. Education doesn't stop after highschool or college. Learn a new language, or a computer software. Improve. There's always something new to learn especially in this world where things become obsolete at a fast rate. Keep yourself busy; employers will appreciate knowing you've spent your bumhood wisely.

You see, looking for job opportunities is one thing. Creating them for yourself is quite another.


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