Do you go first to your network, do you surf the
Internet, do you read trade magazines (C&EN, for
example), do you look at newspapers? These days
all of these are Internet resourced.
A snapshot of modes of Internet use points out:
- don’t use resume Internet distribution sites
- use care in choosing resume posting sites,
know how they are benefiting from having you.
View how you are represented in the site.
Control the length of time your resume is there.
- how are resumes reviewed– computer search
algorithms for terms, individual resume screening.
- when you paste your resume into a site, what
happens to it… confidentiality, scams.
In the end, the Internet helps you get noticed and
supports your application. It rarely replaces communication
skills, displaying how you work with people or revealing
what problems you can help solve.
Small firms will not ordinarily initiate a search by
looking at resume posting sites. They will use the
Internet to confirm information about you, explore
a person’s background and work and contact people.
So, wisely use the Internet so that it works for
you without having it be a distraction from your
job searching goals.