You may be thinking about using the Internet to help you in your quest for a new job. If not, you should. Maybe this will persuade you: in 1998, there were over 28 million jobs posted on the Internet. That number includes Job Boards, Corporate Web sites, and Usenet (1999 Electronic Recruiting Index,, 1998). According to Job Searching Online for Dummiesby Pam Dixon, 17,000 new jobs are posted online each week and employers and recruiters use the Web to make 48*percent* of all hires.

As you can see, employers and recruiters are making good use of the Internet and so should you. This article will help you learn how to use the Net as a job search tool. Since you are reading this article it’s obvious that you are already using the Internet to help you with some of your career planning needs. You may even be using it to search for a job already. My goal is to help you make full useof what this amazing tool has to offer.

Job Listings

While many of you may be familiar with the general employment sites, such as and TrueCareers, you may not be as familiar with niche sites. Niche sites are those sites that specialize in a particular industry or profession, such as Job Listings for those looking for jobs in the sports industry. Or perhaps you are looking for a job in government. Did you know that many federal, state, provincial, and local government jobs are listed online? Many companies list their job openings on their corporate Web sites. You can easily find those sites by using any search engine. Another great resource is, which gathers job listings from company Web sites.

In addition, newspapers often publish their classified ads on the Web. You can access those listings for free. Local employment sites provide help to those who are limiting their search to a specific geographic region and are especially useful to those who are relocating.

Resume Banks

Then there are resume banks, which allow you to post your resume on a database which is accessed by recruiters and employers. Many of the sites that list jobs also have resume banks. To list your resume you will have to fill out a form with your employment history, skills, etc. Some resume banks allow you to cut and paste your actual resume into the form. For that you will need an ASCII resume, which is simply your resume without all the fancy formatting. That ASCII resume will also come in handy when you respond to job announcements via email, or when a company requests a scannable resume. A scannable resume is one that can be scanned into an electronic resume database or an electronic resume tracking system. Both are commonly used by employers and recruiters.

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