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For job seekers at any level of experience, this book is the ultimate guide to the wide variety of online job sites and career-building resources. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Finding Your Dream Job Online covers general job search issues, shows you where to locate resources, and gives you other career change considerations. Learn how to save time searching classified ads and how to research employers, opportunities, industries, and occupations. See the top job listings and recruiting sites and learn how to ...

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Overview

For job seekers at any level of experience, this book is the ultimate guide to the wide variety of online job sites and career-building resources. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Finding Your Dream Job Online covers general job search issues, shows you where to locate resources, and gives you other career change considerations. Learn how to save time searching classified ads and how to research employers, opportunities, industries, and occupations. See the top job listings and recruiting sites and learn how to network through newsgroups, mailing lists, discussion rooms, and association or professional organizations' sites. The book also explains how to prepare, email, and post an electronic resume.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789723260
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia A. Cardis is an independent professional writer and co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Planning a Trip Online. She has also written about online business travel and Web development for small businesses. Julia has worked as a content provider and Web marketer in a startup Web agency and in the feeelance market as a business writing consultant. She has written book reviews for Valut.com and contributes to other career and travel Web sites.

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Table of Contents

I. THROW YOUR HAT INTO THE RING: PREPARING FOR YOUR ONLINE JOB SEARCH.

1. Use the Web for Career Development: For a Job Now or Later.
Career Tools, Resources, and Advice.

2. It's a Jungle Out There: Job Hunters Beware!
Excuse Me, Ma'am, Your Résumé Is Showing. Oops-Getting Caught Looking for a Job on Company Time. Career Sabotage: What Your Former Employers Really Say. Skeletons in Your Closet? Beware of the Background and Credit Check.

3. Getting Ready: Get Organized and Develop a Plan of Action.
How the Online Job Hunt Works. Develop Your Job Hunting Tactics: Timesaving Tips and Tools to Be a Smarter Searcher. Time to Decide: Are You an Active or Passive Job Seeker? The Plan Is in Place...Now Get Organized Before You Make a Move!

4. Don't Wait! Prepare for Calls and Emails to Start Rolling In!
Prescreening by Phone. What If the Phone Doesn't Ring at All? Preparing for the Interview. Samples of Quick and Easy Follow-Up Notes.

II. GET A CHARGE OUT OF JOB HUNTING: THE ELECTRONIC RÉSUMÉ AND COVER LETTER.

5. Understanding the Electronic Résumé.
A Little Background on the Purpose of the Résumé. First Things First-Choose Your Format. Next Things Next: What to Write. What to Leave Out. Go Online for Free Advice. UsingRésumé Software and Wizards. The Hired Gun: Working with a Professional.

6. Get Help with Your Résumé Writing.
The Many Faces of the Electronic Résumé. ASCII and You Shall Receivey. Scannable Résumés. Formatted Electronic Résumés. Web Résumé. Online Résumé Forms.

7. The E-Cover Letter.
The New Rules of the Online Job Hunt and the Role of the Electronic. Cover Letter. Electronic Cover Letter Samples. Common Cover Letter Faux Pas and Fix-Ups. Composing and Formatting Your Cover Letter for Email. Online Resources for Help with Your Cover Letter.

8. Privacy, Distribution, and Access to Your Résumé.
Who Needs to Worry About Résumé Privacy? Post to Usenet and Newsgroups As a Last Resort. Protecting Your Good Name. What NOT to Include on Your Résumé.

III. MARKET YOURSELF! TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES FOR GAINING THE COMPETITIVE EDGE.

9. Hi-Fi Online Portfolios.
So You Know.... Who Needs a Hi-Fi Online Portfolio? Job Seekers Looking for the Competitive Advantage. You Know You Want One-Where Are You Going to Put It? Ingredients and Planning. Creating Adobe Acrobat Files. Images Ready? Time to Break Ground. Making Your Site Findable.

10. Be in the Know.
Before the Résumés Go Out...and Before the Calls Come In. Just the Intellifacts, Ma'am. Dig Deeper: More Business Research Resources. Get an Outsider's Opinion. Researching Your Competition.

11. It's Who You Know.
Who's Hiding All Those Great Jobs? The Power of Networking. Networking with Current Employees. Other Networking Resources. Mastering the Art of Online Networking.

IV. READY, SET...HUNT! THE ONLINE JOB SITE LANDSCAPE.

12. Starting Points.
A Brief Lesson on the Ways of the Web. Go the Search Engine Route. Top Search Engine Directories of Career Sites. A Guide to Career Guides. Gateway Sites.

13. Mega Sites.
How to Find the Job Site That's Right for You. My Picks for Top Mega Job Sites (and Why). CareerSite (www.careersite.com). Monster.com (www.monster.com). CareerBuilder (http://ms.careerbuilder.com). HotJobs.com (www.hotjobs.com).

14. Other Notable Job Sites.
Headhunter.net. 6figurejobs.com. Career Magazine. Vault.com.

15. Regional Guides.
Who Should Use Regional Job Sites? Getting Started at Search Engines. Online Help Wanted Classifieds. Leave No Stone Unturned! The Pros and Cons of Relocation. International Jobs.

16. Finding Industry-Specific Sites.
Search Engine Directories. Industry-Specific Job Site Directories and Gateways. Featured Niche Job Sites.

17. Headhunters and Third-Party Recruiters.
Making Sense of the Recruiting Business. Recruiter Do's and Don'ts. Locating Online Recruiters. Reaching Recruiters Through Virtual Job Fairs and Career Expos.

18. Go Straight to the Source.
Getting Started at Search Engines. No Luck at Search Engines? Try a Web Business Directory. How Large Corporations, Web-Based, and High-Tech Companies Recruit. Tips for Responding to Company Web Site Job Postings. You Found the Site, but No Job Listings.

V. RESOURCES FOR EVERY TYPE OF JOB HUNTER.

19. Just for Entry-Level Hunters.
Get Your Feet Wet: Online Career Resources. Prime Spots to Hunt for Jobs Online. Internship Opportunities from Career Planit.

20. Just for Professionals Making a Career Change.
You Gotta Know When to Walk Away.... Avoid Making the Wrong Move for the Wrong Reasons. Jumping into a Hot or “Interesting” Field. America's Career InfoNet.

21. Just for the Currently Unemployed.
The “F” Word. Dealing with a Layoff. Web Sites for the Unemployed. Tips for Quitters. Locating Temporary Work Online.

22. Diversity in the Workplace.
Diversity in the Workplace. Women in the Workplace. Diversity Sites and Resources.

23. Just for Executives, High Rollers, and Those in High Demand.
CEO Express: The Executive's Toolbox (www.ceoexpress.com). Company and Industry Research Sites. Networking on the Big Network. Look for Jobs. Working with Online Headhunters and Recruiters.

24. Just for Entrepreneurs and Free Agents.
Starting Your Own Business. Franchise Opportunities. The New Economy: It's a Different Ballgame These Days. Project Marketplace: Going Once, Going Twice. Talent Brokers and Executive Contract Work. Jobs for Open-Collar and Bathrobe Professionals. A Final Word to Job Hunters.

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Index.
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