Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Four Tricks To Boost Your Online Job Search

Most experienced job seekers know all about the standard things they need to do to enhance their prospects. Whether it's customizing resumes for each job application or being prepared for interviews, these individuals know what it takes to succeed in the job search. But did you know there are some lesser-known tips that can make a big difference?

It goes without saying that a lot of job hunting is done online these days. As such, most of the tips you will find have to do with the Internet. It's no different from these new tricks I am about to share with you. If you are finding your normal techniques are not working, consider trying out these four techniques to enhance your prospects:

  • Answer LinkedIn Questions: There's a feature on LinkedIn that allows you to answer questions from other users. If your answers are rated highly enough, they will show up on the experts list. This will give your profile greater exposure, which in turn will grow your personal network.
  • Use Twitter: Many employers and job search engines utilize Twitter as a means to post new jobs. For example, The NonProfit Times has an account that posts the latest positions from the Nonprofit Job Seeker.
  • Search Employer Websites: Many employers will post their open positions on their own website in addition to third party job boards. Make sure to check out the pages of the nonprofits that you are most interested in joining.
  • Use Key Words In Your Resume: Strategically insert key words into your resume so that they will get past the automated systems many organizations use. If you aren't sure which words to use, read the job description. The key words that employers want to see will usually be sprinkled throughout it.

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