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Ready for a job that's perfect for you? Before you pound the pavement, surf the Net. More than just a list of Web Sites, Job Searching Online For Dummies explains how to scope out potential employers on the Internet, network online, create and send an electronic resume that really stands out, design your own self-promoting Web site, and get that ideal job.

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Ready for a job that's perfect for you? Before you pound the pavement, surf the Net. More than just a list of Web Sites, Job Searching Online For Dummies explains how to scope out potential employers on the Internet, network online, create and send an electronic resume that really stands out, design your own self-promoting Web site, and get that ideal job.

Inside, find helpful advice on how to

  • Conduct a well-informed job search using online resources
  • Build an electronic resume that best presents your skills
  • Post and send your e-resume and cover letter successfully
  • Network effectively in cyberspace -- and make contacts with peers and employers
  • Create a dynamic Web page that really markets your talents
  • Tour the top job databases and check out corporate culture online
  • Keep your job search confidential and your personal information private
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764503764
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/27/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 9.17 (w) x 7.39 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents


What's in This Book
Part I: Getting Ready for Your Job Search
Part II: Building Your Electronic Toolkit
Part III: Communicating and Networking in the Digital World
Part IV: Finding and Choosing a Job Online
Part V: The Part of Tens
The Job Searching Online For Dummies Internet Directory
How to Use This Book
Foolish Assumptions
Conventions Used in This Book
Icons Used in This Book
Launching Your Most Successful Job Search Ever

Part I: Getting Ready for Your Job Search

Chapter 1: Figuring Out What Makes an Online Job Search Work
New Trends in Job Searching
Looking at the Numbers
Getting Hired by Getting Wired
Who Is Likeliest to Succeed in an Online Job Search?
The Tools You Need to Succeed
Chapter 2: Winning Online Job-Search Strategies
How an Online Job Search Works Today
An inside view of the job-search process
Understanding the employer's candidate-search process
Understanding how recruiters fit into the online job-search process
Your Part of the Job-Search Process
Job searching online step by step
Ultra-effective online job-search strategies
Value-added job-search strategies
Chapter 3: Getting the Information You Need Online
General Search Tools That Work in a Hurry
Search engines
Quick search engine tips
Professional indexes or directories
Quick tips for using directories
Meta lists
Word of mouth
The Tried and True Search Methods
The Quick and Dirty search method
The Narrow It Down method
The Popularity Contest method
The Comparison method
The Bunny Rabbit method
Search Samples to Get You Started
Timesaving searches
Lost in cyberspace: Time-wasting searches and ways to fix them
Scouring a Web Site for Job-Related Information
Esoteric Search Tricks and Tools
Unearthing local info: Geographical search tricks
Unusual search tools to try
Chapter 4: Keeping Your Resume and Your Job Search Private
What Every Job Seeker Needs to Know about Privacy
Keeping Your Boss Away from Your Online Resume
Be aware of reverse spamming
Don't post your resume on Usenet if you're currently employed
Before you post your resume on any employment database, call the people who maintain the database
Password-protect your Web resume
Take promises about "blocked" access with a grain of salt
Know what you want: A password-protected, confidential resume database where you decide who sees your resume
Staying Safe from Identity Bandits
Surviving Preemployment Screenings
Managing Headhunters Who Call, Call, and Call Some More

Part II: Building Your Electronic Toolkit

Chapter 5: Choosing Your Electronic Resume
Taking a Big-Picture Look at Electronic Resumes
New resume basics
Knowing the Types of Electronic Resumes
Plain-text or ASCII resume
Formatted electronic resume
Scannable resume
Web resume or Web portfolio
Chapter 6: Constructing Your Electronic Resume
Getting Your Resume in E-Style
Looking at the Elements of an Electronic Resume
Name and contact block
Job objective
Summary or keyword paragraph
Work experience
Creating and Formatting Your Electronic Resume
Step by step to a basic electronic resume
Theme and variations: Getting your resume in e-style
Chapter 7: Putting Your Electronic Resume Out There
Resume Send-Out Strategies
E-Mailing and Posting Your Resume Online
E-mailing resumes
Posting your resume to employment databases
Getting your resume to a company via a company Web site
Chapter 8: Building and Using Your Electronic Cover Letter
Cover Letters: From Appetizers (Then) to Desserts (Now)
An Overview of Great Electronic Cover Letter Styles
The electronic cover quip
The longer electronic cover quip
The complete digital cover letter
Knowing What to Say in Your Cover Letter and When to Say It
Power Writing Suggestions for All Electronic Cover Letters
Getting Digital: Creating Super Electronic Cover Letters
Electronic Style Tips
Using Your Electronic Cover Letter
General guidelines
Which cover letter to use in which circumstances
Looking at Sample Cover Letters
Deciphering Modern Cover Letter Etiquette
Chapter 9: Acing Interviews, Online and Otherwise
Preinterview Preparation
Industry research
Company research
Competitor research
Creating a Portfolio
Why bother with a portfolio?
Portfolio basics
Winning Telephone Interviews
Bringing Your Online Research into Your In-Person Interviews
Breezing through Online Interviews
Special Pointers for Combination In-Person and Online Interviews

Part III: Communicating and Networking in the Digital World

Chapter 10: Using E-Mail in Your Job Search
What You Need to Know about What Employers Expect
Employers expect you to have an e-mail address
Employers expect you to check your e-mail every day
Employers assume that you have copy-and-paste and attachment skills
Employers expect spelling perfection in e-mail messages
Top Ways to Use E-Mail in Your Job Search
Winning E-Mail Style
Style tips that help you make the grade
Bonus: v-Cards
E-mail bloopers to avoid
Putting E-Mail to Work: Samples of Great E-Mail Style
E-Mail Checklist for Job Seekers
Chapter 11: Finding the Right People and Making Contact
The Limits and Potential of Online Networking
Masterful Online Networking Strategies
Have a caring, giving attitude
Have a goal
Understand networking timing
Begin early
Focus on quality, not quantity
Follow your hobbies (the "gym rule")
Get and stay active in relevant associations
Bring online networking traffic to you
Show deep respect to a major online principle: The Net remembers
Knowing Where to Network Online
Discussion groups/Usenet
Web forums
Mailing lists
Web pages, especially company-, association-, and hobby-related
Chat rooms
Online courses
Knowing What to Say Online
What works
What doesn't work
Chapter 12: Marketing Yourself with Your Web Page
Tapping into the Power of a Job-Search Web Page
What to Include in and Exclude from Your Web Resume
Fabulous Web resumes and portfolios
Creating Your Web Page
Walking through the basic steps of getting your Web page online
Web page creation tools

Part IV: Finding and Choosing a Job Online

Chapter 13: Where the Jobs Are: Uncovering the Best of the Best
Trekking through the Online Job Databases
The Big Seven
Treasures off the beaten path: Other general employment sites
Fabulous specialty or "niche" employment sites
Geography is destiny at the regional employment sites
Expanding your horizons at international employment sites
Finding Your Own Top Job-Search Spots
Chapter 14: Working the Online Job Databases
Understanding the Opening or Main Page
Take the time to read the entire opening page before you begin clicking on links
Spot cobranding and joint agreements
Scroll down to see the fine print
Working with the Job-Search Page
Navigating the seas of jobs
Scoping out the jobs
Using the Push Technology and Job Search Agent Page
Using agents effectively
Scrolling through the Resume Page
Resume red flags
Resume privacy checklist
Looking at the Contact Page
Chapter 15: Dealing with the Results of Your Online Job Search
Important Preparation Tips for Everyone
Preparatory phone tips
Preparatory organization tips
What to Do After the Phone Starts Ringing...or Not
Get as much information as possible from the caller
Make a quick decision based on the facts at hand
Work to land the interview
Send a follow-up note
Dealing with a "no thanks"
Dealing with special circumstances
The Next Prep Step: Preparing for Your Interview
Finally! Figuring Out What to Do When the Job Offers Start Rolling In
Ground Zero: How you were treated during the interview
Elimination Round One: Fiscal stability
Elimination Round Two: Corporate personality
Elimination Round Three: Salary, training, benefits, and cost of living
Elimination Round Four: Your place in the corporate structure
Elimination Round Five: Personal reconnaissance
Elimination Round Six: Your gut-level feeling

Part V: The Part of Tens

Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Improve Your Online Job-Search Odds
Have a Three-Second Resume
Hand-Tailor Each Resume
Spell-Check Your Spell Checker
Be Savvy about Employer Resume Software
Be Employed
Prepare for Phone Interviews -- Right Away!
Take a Portfolio to the Interview, No Matter What Your Profession
Develop Strong Computer Skills
Create a Web Site That's a Known Hub for Your Profession
Don't Overlook Low-Profile Companies
Chapter 17: The Top Ten Online Job-Search Questions and Answers
What If I Don't Have My Own Computer?
What If I Don't Have My Own E-Mail Account?
There Are Sooo Many Job-Search Sites on the Web -- Where Do I Start?
How Can I Tell the Good Sites from the Bad?
How Long Does an Online Job Search Usually Take?
How Can I Tell Whether My Electronic Resume Arrived in One Piece?
What Happens to My Resume After I Post It on the Web or Send It to a Company?
Will My Boss See My Resume If I Post It Online?
Is It True That Online Job Searching Works Only for Techies?
What Parts of a Traditional Job Search Transfer Best to an Online Job Search?
Chapter 18: Ten Hot Tips from Employers
Read My Web Site Content Before You Apply or Interview
Don't Send Me Attachments!
Spell Correctly and Organize Cleanly
Keep Electronic Cover Letters to One Paragraph or Less
Mail Me a Formatted Paper Resume as a Follow-Up with a Short Note
Don't Call!
Keep in Touch Via E-Mail, Even If I Don't Hire You
Don't Fax Me a Resume Unless I Specifically Ask for a Fax
Be Committed to and Interested in My Company
Send Me Your Resume Even If You Don't See a Job Opening
Chapter 19: Ten Big-Time Online Goofs That Can Cost You a Job -- or Worse
Cold-Call E-Mailing the Company President, or Vice President, or...
Putting Too Much and Too-Detailed Contact Information on Your E-Resume
Posting Your Resume on Open Resume Databases
Paying to Post a Resume
Using Your Work E-Mail in Your Job-Search Efforts
Sending a Formatted Resume Via E-Mail
Flaming Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime
Applying for Too Many Jobs at One Site
Putting Silly Information on Your Web Page
Underestimating the Real-World Impact of an Online Job Search
The Job Searching Online For Dummies Internet Directory
Appendix: About the CD
System Requirements
How to Use the CD Using Microsoft Windows
How to Use the CD Using the Mac OS
Using the Directory Links
What You'll Find
Acrobat Reader 3.01
BBEdit Lite 4.0.1 and BBEdit 4.5 Demo
Eudora Light 3.1.3
Free Agent 1.11
HTML Web Weaver Lite 3.0.1
HTML Pro 1.08
InterNews 2.0.2
Internet Assistant for Microsoft Word
Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0
MindSpring Internet Access
Netscape Communicator 4.0
PageMill 2.0
If You've Got Problems (Of the CD Kind)

IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., End-User License Agreement

Installation Instructions

Book Registration Information

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