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What Color Is Your Parachute? Guide to Job-Hunting Online

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What Color Is Your Parachute? Guide to Job-Hunting Online

Blogging, Career Sites, Gateways, Getting Interviews, Job Boards, Job Search Engines, Personal Websites, Posting Resumes, Research Sites, Social Networking
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Before you start your Internet job-hunt, there are some things that you must know, like: • Why are job sites like Monster and CareerBuilder so stunningly ineffective?• What can you do...
Before you start your Internet job-hunt, there are some things that you must know, like: • Why are job sites like Monster and CareerBuilder so stunningly ineffective?• What can you do...
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  • Before you start your Internet job-hunt, there are some things that you must know, like:

    • Why are job sites like Monster and CareerBuilder so stunningly ineffective?
    • What can you do to make sure your resumes survive the elimination process?
    • How do you find the information that search engines like Google can't?
    • How can you tell the difference between a genuinely helpful job board, and a website designed only to collect resumes?
    • When are hobby forums more helpful than business networking sites?
    • When is the Internet not helpful when job-hunting?
    • What is the fatal flaw of all social networking sites?

    The Guide to Job-Hunting Online, 6th Edition, not only answers these questions and many more, but shows you how to comprehensively and effectively use the Internet for all aspects of your job-hunt.

    This companion to What Color Is Your Parachute?, the best-selling job-hunting book in the world, has been completely rewritten for our changing times and includes hundreds of updated website recommendations and descriptions. The Guide to Job-Hunting Online shows you how to quickly find the data that will be most helpful to you, how to identify and research the places where you will most enjoy working, how to leverage the power of social networking sites, and how to use your Internet time most effectively, avoiding the common pitfalls and setting you up for success.



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  • Chapter 1

    Introduction

    All jobs are temporary.

    There is no promise made today that cannot be erased with an apology tomorrow. Companies go out of business, mergers occur, divisions are reorganized, projects get cancelled, funding is cut . . . and we're really sorry, but we're going to have to let you explore other opportunities.

    Or maybe your company has grown uncomfortably large (or uncomfortably small); perhaps you have realized that the job you started with is not quite the same as the one you ended up with, and it's time to move on. Or your spouse has been promoted to a new area of the country. Or you took this last job knowing that it was only a two-year project, and it's time to look for the next one.

    Figures vary, but most experts (and the federal government) say that the average job lasts three and a half years. Which means that the average person becomes a job-hunter every three and a half years, voluntarily or not. And the trend, on average, is toward shorter job tenures, not longer.

    At the same time, it's taking each of us longer to find a job. In a trend that has been building for years, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics says that in April of 2009, the average job-hunt lasted just under twenty-seven weeks; less than a year later, in April of 2010, it was thirty-three weeks. For older workers seeking senior positions, the job-hunt (again, on average) generally takes between one and two years.

    What is going on here? It's not like there aren't any jobs available.

    People are always quitting, being terminated, retiring, moving to another town . . . the turnover is endless. Even in the brutal economic times we have been going through, this country has shown a net job growth every year since 2001. I don't want to keep bombarding you with numbers, but in 2007 alone, although there were 54.6 million "separations"--that's government-speak for quits, layoffs, discharges, and retirements--employers hired 57.8 million people, for a net jobs gain of 3.2 million. Meaning, that every month, over 1 million people were finding jobs--158,000 people every day. But, on average, it took them each over six months to find that job.

    This makes no sense. Every day, there are more jobs available; as time goes by, we have to go job-hunting more often; and yet, we are getting worse at it. You would think we'd be getting better, seeing as we need to do it so often. But all of the numbers point the other way.

    Well, numbers can hide as much as they can reveal, but I do know one thing: this country is going through a revolution in the way the job-hunt operates. And one of the main factors in this revolution--perhaps even the main cause of the revolution--is the Internet.

    As a job-hunter, you need to understand the Internet and know how to use it effectively in your job-hunt. If you can do that--learn how the Internet can help you find work, how it cannot, and even learn how the Internet will likely be harmful to your job-hunt--then you are no longer the average job-hunter that we have been talking about. Your search can take much less than thirty weeks, or whatever the average happens to be right now. You can, in a relatively short time, find the work you enjoy at a place you enjoy doing it. And that's the whole point of this book.

    Monster Expectations
    First let's look at some ways that the Internet is not helpful, and is perhaps even harmful, when you are job-hunting.

    The first problem the Internet brings is unrealistic expectations. Many people think that the Internet will make the whole job-hunting process much easier and quicker. We are constantly bombarded with ads on...

About the Author-
  • Principle author Mark Emery Bolles has worked as a computer programmer, technical writer, musician, and musical instrument maker. He is an expert on using the Internet to support the job-hunter, particularly with alternative career paths.

    Co-author Richard Nelson Bolles has been a leader in the career field for nearly forty years, and is the author of the best-selling What Color Is Your Parachute?, with over ten million copies in print.



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