Searching for the right job is never easy, and is especially challenging in a down economy. This week, we're going to talk about searching for work online from several different perspectives. Maybe you're seeking full-time or part-time work. Maybe you're wanting to transition to a different career, or to freelance work. Maybe you're a blogger who wants to help your readers who are looking for work. We're going to discuss ideas and resources for all of these scenarios this week. Today, let's address those seeking employment.
Rest assured that your future employer/interviewer is likely to Google you, so you'd best Google yourself, and find out what they are going to see. Due to Google's new personalized search features, you'll want to sign out of your Google account if you have one, to be sure that you are seeing what a prospective employer is seeing (not what your profile cookies are displaying based on previous searches). Also, check Bing.com, and 123People.com. While you may not be able to "fix" anything on short notice, you should at least know what is there, and be prepared with an explanation for any questions.
Clean up your Social Networking Profiles
While your search engine profile might be hard to fix on short notice, your social networking profiles are a bit easier. Make sure that all of the photos and comments by you on the profile pages of your social networking profiles reflect the most professional version of you possible.
Format your resume for uploading to job sites
If you have a fancy resume, formatted using an MS Word template, or other formatting such as special fonts or tables, know that all or most of that formatting will be lost when you upload it to the job search sites. To do this, save your resume as a "plain text" document (US-ASCII Coding), then carefully edit to make sure the resume is legible and correct in this format. It does not need to be pretty. Most of these resumes are scanned electronically, rather than read by human beings.
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Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is a trainer and tech writer in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. Her weakness is the mocha frappuccino.