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Job Search Strategies for the Web

Monday, August 01, 2005 at 12:00:00 AM


So you’re ready to search for a job, and target your next career step. There are a number of resources available to you on the Internet, and by using them strategically you can have success.

Keep in mind, however, that the ease of applying for a job via a submit button has also made it easier for your peers as well, and has made it more difficult for you to differentiate yourself from the competition. This is amplified in today's difficult job seeker's market.

Then how do I use the Internet as a resource for my job search effectively? First, let’s discuss several of the resources available to you.

Job Boards


Generally the niche job boards such as hireRx.com and hireBio.com are more targeted to your industry than the general job boards such as Monster or HotJobs. They allow you to highlight important industry experience and skills.
In addition, recruiters in very specialized fields such as biotech, pharmaceuticals, chemistry and biology may be more likely to search these resume databases than those on the larger, more general boards.

When posting your resume on a job board, read the privacy policy to ensure your email address doesn’t end up being sold to third-parties. Speaking of email addresses, you should have an email dedicated solely to your job search. It’ll look better to potential employers and it will allow you to organize your job search without distractions.

Also, be sure to make your resume keyword rich. If you have experience in validation and/or have worked in regulatory environment, mention oft-used words somewhere in your online resume.

Networking Sites


Resources such as LinkedIn allow you to network with peers, friends and distant colleagues. Essentially they’re an electronic form of six-degrees of separation, where each person is only separated by six degrees from any other person on Earth.

While the jury may still be out as to whether you’re within two degrees to Donald Trump, no one can argue the best jobs are often obtained through networking. This is even more prevalent in relatively close-knit fields such as biotech and pharmaceuticals. By using electronic networking, you can ask a friend or colleague to make that introduction to the CEO of your local biotech. Once the online introduction is made, use your interpersonal and networking skills to close the deal and get a job at the company.

Social Networking


Sometimes finding a job can be as simple as changing your status on Facebook or tweeting on Twitter. If you’re looking for a job, announce it! If you’ve collected enough friends and have the right qualifications, there’s a good chance someone you know can connect you with that illusive job opportunity.

But being on Facebook also means making your private life public, so make sure to adjust your security settings so potential employers don’t find out about your wild night out drinking.

Straight to the Source


Though niche and general job boards have many job opportunities, quite a few firms receive enough visits on their corporate career areas they don’t feel the need to advertise. This is often the case with the larger biotech and pharmaceutical companies who have name recognition.

So do your research, think about 25 companies you’d love to work for, and be sure to visit their corporate career site. You may just find your perfect job waiting for you.

Keeping Track


During your search, you may end up visiting over 100 corporate, niche or general job sites – each with their own username and password.

As a result, it’s important to focus on keeping organized. Keep an Excel spreadsheet with information about every resource you used, including the web address, username and password. Keep a log for each on the companies you applied to. No matter what anyone tells you, applying for the same job on each job board won’t help your chances to get the job; it will only annoy the recruiting manager.

In addition, once you’ve found the job you don’t want to your employer to find your resume online two years later. By keeping track of the username and password, you’ll save yourself some effort. And be able to contact each online resource to deactivate your account.

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