Find a Job Without Leaving Your Basement

Job Searching Online for Dummies by Pam Dixon (IDG; ISBN: 0764506730)

It’s like, what’s a CD-ROM?

My Luddite father-in-law couldn’t believe I was reading an entire book about online job searching. He asked, “How much can there be to know?”

Well, a lot actually. For anyone doing the job-hunt dance here at the cusp of the 21st century, this book, Job Searching Online for Dummies, is an invaluable guide.

It’s clear that searching for a job online is no longer limited to tech folks. Being Web savvy is a growing necessity for any profession. The book has what you’d expect, like a yellow pages of Web sites, and offers much more.

As for those recommended job links, the book goes the extra mile. Sure, there are the ten big ones, including Super Bowl advertisers Monster.com and HotJobs.com. But the author also lists addresses for regional, profession-specific and other niche job sites. The number of jobs posted on these smaller sites is less than the larger sites, but you’re more likely to find something that fits.

Dixon describes different strategies of job search: the blowout, the little bit of everything, the passive or the precision strike. There is plenty of good info about what to do next. Even if you are diving into the pool of Web-based job ads, you’ll need to know how to handle job interviews and offers. Don’t miss her top ten lists – “Ten tips from employers” and “Ten big-time online goofs that can cost you a job.”

“Searching for a job online is no longer limited to tech folks. Being Web savvy is a growing necessity for any profession.”

Dixon also provides insight from the other side of the interview table, which is something you don’t see often enough in job-hunting guides. She discusses what recruiters and hiring managers are looking for and what makes them panic. With a better understanding of your “adversary,” the hunt gets easier.

For those needing to refresh their job search strategies, Job Searching Online can be an eye-opener. For Web novices, the book gets into the basics, such as how to search and how to respond to job postings. And for those ready to go the extra step, the book gives slightly more advanced info on marketing yourself through a personal Web page.

The book also comes with a CD that provides an online version of much of the advice offered in print. You get an e-resume template, direct links to the recommended sites and trial versions of software to create your own Web site.

By the way, I caught my father-in-law sneaking a peek at Job Searching Online for Dummies. He was writing down some Web sites that he might check out.

Job Searching Online for Dummies by Pam Dixon (IDG; ISBN: 0764506730)

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *