How To Search For a Job Online

Applied Academics
Bath Regional Career and Technical Center

There are many places to look for jobs online. Job search sites can be location-focused (Maine's Job Bank), company-focused (General Dynamics), nationally-focused (jobcentral.com), thematically-focused (idealist.org), or industry-focused (weldingjobs.com).   Commercial Arts students: to develop more experience and your portfolio, consider freelancing.  

Shaws now uses online applications.  To check out their application, click here.  You will need to create a login in order to start the application and come back to it (you have 48 hours).  Record your login information on a checklist.  You will need information such as your address and social security number.  Capitalize proper nouns!  Save yourself frustration and read the FAQs before completing the application.

You will need a professional email address (such as your first initial and last name) that you check regularly.  Many job search engines require you to create an account.  Keep track of your logins and passwords.

Be organized. Create a system (manila folders? Google docs?) to track job search sites, jobs you apply for (and when), companies of interest.  Use the checklist provided or a similar tool to keep track of jobs you have applied for and follow up steps.  (Always follow up after a reasonable amount of time)  The type of follow up will depend on the position and location, you may call, email or drop by in person.  

Create an online presence. Networking is key in finding a job.  You cultivate personal networks (friends, family, former employers, teachers).  Considering what type of job you are looking for, develop your social media presence online.  Stay current on news and information regarding companies on their websites and blogs.  Be sure you are presenting a professional image on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Beware of scams!  Be wary about jobs that promise high income for part-time hours, charge to hire you, require you to purchase start-up kits or training materials, pay based on recruitment of others, claim to provide you with leads, etc.

Develop a list of keywords to plug into search engines. What type of job are you looking for?  What are keywords that would describe this job?  What is the position called?  Keep a list of keywords to type into job search engines, as well as into Google and Yahoo.  It may require more scrolling if you don't use a job search engine, however, you may find positions not listed in a job search engine.  If you find a company of interest, make a note of it.  Research the company, keep posted on the company, consider sending a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources (HR) department even if they are not officially hiring.  

Best of luck in your search.  Remember, looking for a  job online takes persistence, as there may be hundreds of people applying for the same job.  That's why organization and follow up are key!  Also make sure your application, resume, cover letter, etc are proofread, spell checked and mistake-free.  These documents are examples of you, especially in an online search where many people apply to the same position and HR departments have to screen out lots of resumes.