There for the Taking
Online resources are available to meet many job search needs
➔ One good thing about job seeking in the 21st Century, there is a lot available to the job seeker through technology. Of course, technology is a job seeker’s two-edged sword. But that’s another topic for another day. For now, let’s focus on the positive implications of technology.
The most obvious technological impact is online job posting. You can search for thousands of jobs – literally all over the country – dressed in your pajamas, right from your desktop. Despite the much-discussed downside of applying online, electronics have made that function easier than ever.
Beyond the obvious
Like the old commercials used to say, “But wait! There’s more.”
Technology has made it easier than ever for the job seeker to gain some comfort about one of the most perplexing aspects of the job search – salary. Through websites such as salary.com and payscale.com and others, today’s job seeker can get a reasonably good idea as to what to expect for remuneration in most areas of the country.
Ask any recruiter or job coach and they’ll tell you that networking may be the most critical component of any job search. Luckily, technology can help here as well. Perhaps the most profound job searching networking technology there is LinkedIn. Some recruiters claim to spending more than 90 percent of their time on LinkedIn.
In recent years, LinkedIn has expanded its reach to include training sessions. While many of these sessions are paid, anyone can access them by way of a 30-day free trial.
Beyond that, the online service Meetup maintains lists of dozens of networking groups. You can search their listings for networking groups by industry, by job function… by geography. If you crave up close and personal – even if it’s only a Zoom meeting – you should be able to find it through Meetup.
In the end, the most important person in your job search may be your local librarian. Libraries today are far more than books. They may have specific job search programs as well as training in any number of areas. It’s worth it to learn of the treasure trove of support your local library can provide.