There is no question about it. The frequency
of use is growing, but equally more important,
people are becoming more successful finding
Sarah Needleman wrote another tips-filled
article that I wish to point you to: “How to
sharpen your aim when job hunting on line.”
Three tips I wish to underscore:
1. Use the ACS Careercenter for posting
your resume. Consider posting more than
one, if your ‘target companies’ are in different
segments (perhaps this can’t be done, try
alternating one week at a time…). Ms.
Needleman wisely points out, many specific
area firms (like chemistry, polymers, etc.)
will look at ‘niche sites’ first to find
candidates to bring in.
2. Find a connection or common ground with
the person who is the contact, hiring suervisor
or department manager. Not that this, generally,
is new, but the example she cites is
thoughtful…use social networks to locate
people (i.e., linkedin.com), search journals,
business articles. Cite the common ground
in the cover letter.
3. Register to receive email alerts and RSS
feeds. (Consider creating a separate email
address for such automated contacts as you
may be flooded with email that will be hard to
separate. You can then forward the top line
items to your “regular” email account.)
There are several other suggestions in this
don’t miss article.