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Find Your Job on the ‘Net
Yes, it’s true, most people find jobs through
The figure is something like 66 percent. For shy people, making the
contacts that lead to a job can be like "slaying a mastodon."
So says Susan Guarneri, certified career counselor and owner
of Resume Magic, with offices on Route 206 in Lawrenceville.
Now there is an alternative for those who blush and stammer in groups
of new acquaintances. It is — no surprise — the Internet.
The medium is a fine place to find job postings, but, says Guarneri,
it is also a prime networking spot for job seekers, and is a help
in a host of other ways.
On Monday, December 3, at 7:30 p.m. Guarneri speaks on "Job
on the Internet" at a free meeting of the Job Club at the
Church in Princeton. Call 609-771-1669.
Guarneri says there are three main ways the Internet benefits job
seekers. It’s a research tool, a place to post resumes, and an
arena. In this job climate, which Guarneri characterizes mildly, as
"not as good as last year," job seekers need all the tools
they can get. She sees some clients "rolling over and playing
dead," so discouraged are they about job prospects. But, she says,
"there are still good jobs out there." The Internet offers
a plethora of ways to unearth them. Guarneri explains how to do the
trouble with networking, it’s hard to start conversations out of the
blue," she says. "With the Internet they can hide behind the
anonymity of the computer screen." Even the gregarious benefit
from Internet networking. "You have a much wider audience,"
says Guarneri. "Are you going to fly to San Diego? I don’t think
so." Yet on the Internet, job hunters can build relationships
with people throughout the country, and all around the world.
associations," says Guarneri. Chances are there will be forums,
job postings, and opportunities for cyber chat with other writers,
nurses, or physicists. Alumni association websites are another good
place to meet people with whom you have lots in common. A general
site Guarneri likes a lot is Vault.com (www.vault.com),
where a section called "water cooler" promotes chat among
people in similar industries.
Joining E-groups is another good way to meet people who can help in
a job search. Guarneri, who belongs to three E-groups for professional
resume writers, likes the lists of groups at Yahoo!’s special E-group
section at groups.com. Job leads commonly circulate in
these groups, with list members passing along opportunities that are
not right for them. Friendships grow up too, and reciprocity is
Guarneri says a member of one of her resume list groups came across
a problem she couldn’t solve late on a Sunday evening. "Within
four hours, she had five answers," she says. All of them helpful.
"The groups are only as anonymous as you make them," she says.
It is fine to "lurk" — just read postings, but
will pay greater dividends, making you a person others will think
of when a good job comes up.
number of online networking groups might want to write boilerplate
initial letters as they approach each type of networking group.
suggests a first paragraph could be an introduction, and the second
could be a statement of common interest — "I graduated from
Princeton in 1976." or "I’ve worked as a wildlife photographer
for six years, half of them in Kenya." A third paragraph could
describe an objective, perhaps information on job leads or a chance
to meet people from a particular company or industry. This saves time,
as the same information will be repeated over and over.
posting a resume on the Internet by registering with the big job
Monster, at www.monster.com, is the biggest. Other sites with
a long reach are CareerBuilder (www.careerbuilder.com) and
(www.headhunter.net), which is in the process of being acquired
first step, but it is not enough. "Some people just post on
and sit back to wait for the phone to ring," says Guarneri. She
calls posting on the big sites a "shot gun approach." It
is possible to hit the target, but a little more precision can yield
There are sites for entry level employees, and for executives. Sites
for Latinos, and for African American. And, says Guarneri, there are
lots of sites for women. There are geographical sites, too, including
njjobs.com for New Jersey and philly.preferredjobs.com for jobs in
the city of brotherly love. Of course, the government has job posting
sites as well. A good portal to all of the above — and more —
resides at www.myjobsearch.com. Find all niche sites into which
you fit, and then post resumes on each.
The graphic designer with five book jackets under his belt is sold
for $125 an hour. That is basically how auction sites work. Post your
qualifications, and employers bid for your services. An auction site
Guarneri especially likes is found at bid4geeks.com
pay you for sending qualified workers their way. If your friends are
hired, you are paid a fee. "It’s not as much as a recruiter would
get," says Guarneri, but she has a friend who makes a nice little
living placing acquaintances through these referral sites, including
Career Rewards at www.careerrewards.com.
as can E-mailing it to prospective employers. Another way to gain
a wide audience for your resume is to post it on your very own
perhaps along with samples of your work and letter of commendation
you have received. Guarneri says this saves employers from having
to open an attachment, something many are loath to do. Having a resume
on a website also means it can be formatted and placed on subtly
"paper," while resumes sent as attachments need to be sent
as text files and stripped of all personality.
Guarneri says web-savvy job hunters can build their own website, or
pay to have someone else create and host one. As part of E-Biz Magic,
a company she started when she realized she needed a website for her
business, Guarneri offers this service. She will put a resume on a
job hunter’s website for about $119 plus a $59 a year hosting fee.
Samples of what these resumes look like are available at
under the heading "samples."
along with a positive attitude. "Be persistent," is Guarneri’s
advice. "Don’t give up. Remember, there have been recessions
and people did get jobs."
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