Online Job Search Resources That I Don’t Understand – YET

wind in my hair

After such a beautiful long weekend, it’s hard to face the job search again!

I like to think of myself as pretty tech savvy… but there are a couple of online job search resources that I have yet to take advantage of.

Why?

Well, like plenty of young graduates my age, I’m a bit behind on the times when it comes to professional development themed internet trends. Despite the fact that most employers expect people my age to be computer/internet savvy, I can assure you based on my Facebook newsfeed that the majority of us are not!

I’m an older millennial (born before 1990) and I’m concerned about sharing too much personal information on the internet – which I expect is pretty popular among young college graduates. I am very hesitant to post my resume online! I really don’t know if my past employers will frown upon it and whether it makes me look desperate. So I’m going to do my research before taking that step!

Which online job resources am I interested in learning more about?

  • LinkedIn: I want to learn how to build an exceptional profile, the protocol for networking, and what’s the deal with the groups.
  • Online portfolios: I’ve come across sites that allow you to post your resume and accomplishments online (Visualize.me, Carbonmade, and Krop to name a few), but I really want to know more! Is it a good idea to put so much personal information on the web? Can aspiring Scientists make use of these sites?
I’m going to be doing my research into these sites over the next couple of weeks and posting my findings here on my blog – so if you’re a like-minded young professional, please follow along and get involved!
Do you have any online job search resources that puzzle you? Let me know and I’ll see about adding them to my list.
Elle
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11 thoughts on “Online Job Search Resources That I Don’t Understand – YET

  1. The LinkedIn groups are a great place to start up a discussion with people in your field or area of interest. Several discussions go on for ages, I’m still getting notifications about one I commented on months ago. This means that a variety of people are giving their opinion and could possibly give you tips or insight that is useful to your career. Also nothing wrong with being active in the community, good for networking and getting noticed.

    • I’ve been reading about the discussions on LinkedIn and I can see that they would be interesting if I find a group that’s related to my desired career. I’ll have to give it a try, but it’s interesting to hear that some people are taking away information from these while others aren’t.

  2. It’s good to have a LinkedIn page since employers often peak at that, but I never heard of anyone getting a job directly through LinkedIn, and most of the jobs on there seem to be spam posts.

    I would definitely say post your resume online. If you’re afraid of privacy issues, remove your address and phone, but I’ve had employers contact me who saw my resume on Monster and Careerbuilder (too bad the positions sucked though).

    Keep your head up, I’m in the same boat.

  3. As a linkedin user for a couple of years now, I am not sure it is as useful as it once was. Now it seems a bit spammy. Some of the community discussions are downright stupid sometimes and more difficult to opt out of than to join.

    In terms of actually getting a job through Linkedin, I’ve never seen a posting that was exclusively there and not on any other job posting site.

    • It seems like most social media sites get pretty spammy! Maybe the site isn’t perfect for finding job postings, but can be used for networking and maintaining connections?

      • Sure, but sometimes people add you even when they don’t know you! I feel like it’s really awkward to request a reference on linkedin also

  4. A very nice photo. It’s a good shot. Don’t worry. I’m 26 and the information that’s readily available on the internet about anyone at any given time totally freaks me out too. There is such a thing as too much information. I’ve known a lot of people who have found work through linkedin but personally would not post my resume in full-only a general idea and then add that my resume is available upon request. Good luck in the job hunt!

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