Supplement to Money Matters “Polishing Your Job Hunting Skills”
Job Hunting on the Web
Start with the big job boards, such as Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, and HotJobs.com. Consider also industry-focused niche sites like Medzilla.com (a pharmaceutical industry site) or IEEE.org (the electrical engineering association).
The best place to find work on the Web could be posting on a company’s own Web site. Careerjournal.com offers sophisticated career advice as well as regional profiles about jobs in various areas.
For a peek at median pay for jobs by title and area of the United States, visit www.salary.com.
The resume should list your four strongest relevant skills, abilities, or knowledge, plus past accomplishments that illustrate each. Include a referral from an employee of the target company, if possible.
Skip underlining or boldface, and use only symbols found on the keyboard—asterisks instead of bullets, for instance. Avoid orange or bright yellow paper, or going overboard with the colors available on your computer, says Pat Kendall, president of the National Resume Writers Association.
When you’ve finished the resume, have someone else read it for spelling errors and grammatical flaws.
Consider using a Web “blaster service” to shoot out your resume online; it’ll provide a list of employers who received it.
To read the Kentucky Living August 2004 column that goes along with this supplement, click here: Polishing your job hunting skills