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Using Job Boards to Learn About Employment Possibilities in Your Field
Nearly everyone looking for a job today starts with the Web. This communication workshop will help you use the Web lo study job openings in your field. Looking for jobs or internships on the Web has distinct advantages. For a few job seekers, the Web leads to bigger salaries, wider opportunities, and faster hiring, The Web, however, can devour huge chunks of time and produce slim results.
In terms of actually finding a job, the Web does not always result in success. Web searching seems to work best for professionals looking for similar work in their current fields and for those who are totally flexible about location. However, the Web is an excel lent place for any job seeker to learn what is available, what qualifications are necessary, and what salaries are being offered. Thousands of job boards with many job listings from employers across the United States and abroad are available on the Web.
Career Application. Assume that you are about to finish your degree or certification program and you are now looking for a job. At the direction of your instructor, conduct a survey of electronic job advertisements in your field. What's available? How much is the salary? What are the requirements?
• Visit Monster.com (http://www.monster.com) , one of the most popular job boards.
• Study the opening page. Ignore the clutter and banner ads or pop-ups. Close any pop-up boxes.
• Select keyword, category, city, and state. Decide whether you want to search by a job title (such as nurse, accountant, project manager ) or a category (such as Accounting! Finance, Administrative/Clerical Advertising/Marketing) , Enter your keyword job title or select a category-or do both. Enter a city, state, or region. Click Search.
• Study the job listings. Click Expand to read more about a job opening. Click More to see a full description of the job.
• Read job search tips. For many helpful hints on precise searching, click Job search tips. Browsing this information may take a few minutes, but it is well worth the effort to learn how to refine your search. Close the box by clicking the X in the upper right corner.
• Select best ads. In your career and geographical area, select the three best ads and print them. If you cannot print, make notes on what you find.
• Visit another site. Try http://www.collegerecruiter.com , which claims to be the highest-traffic entry-level job site for students and graduates, or http://www.careerbuilder.com , which says it is the nation's largest employment network. Become familiar with the site's searching tools, and look for jobs in your field. Select and print three ads.
• Analyze the skills required. How often do the ads you printed mention communication, teamwork, computer skills, or professionalism? What tasks do the ads mention? What is the salary range identified in these ads for this position? Your instructor may ask you to submit your findings and/or report to the class.