How to Find a Job Using the Internet

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How to Find a Job Using the Internet

There are multiple ways to use the Internet to find your next great job. Utilizing a multi-pronged approach focusing on Job Boards, Job Search Engines, Networking Platforms/Social Media and Targeted Company Searches will increase your chances of finding the right job for you. Building an online job search strategy takes time, determination and patience.  After all, it’s a marathon not a race to the job search finish line.

General Internet Search Information

Studies show that Internet job searching reduces individual workers unemployment durations by about 25 percent.

  • 89% of U.S. companies will use Social Networks for Recruiting

  • 73% of candidates ages 18-34 say online social networking led to their most recent position

  • 53% of candidates ages 18-34 say a Job Board led to their most recent position

  • 40% of those with incomes over $75K say online social networking led to their most recent position

  • 26% of those with incomes over $75K say a Job Board led to their most recent position

  • 46% of college grads say online social networking led to their most recent position

  • 41% of college grads say a Job Board led to their most recent position

Job Boards

  1. National Job Boards:

These job boards cover positions of all types and in all industries. Top National Job Boards include, but are not limited to:

    1. –



Tips & Tricks

  • It’s good to post your resume to these national boards as they get broad exposure to multiple companies

  • Most job boards (national & niche) allow you to set up “search agents” or “alerts” based on your specific search criteria. This allows the system to “alert” you when a position opens on their site that meets your criteria.

  • Bookmark all the good job board sites so you are constantly checking for the newest job postings that might not come through in an alert.

  1. Niche Job Boards

There are thousands of different niche job boards. Top Niche Job Boards in the healthcare and IT industries include, but are not limited to:

    1. Technology Sites:




      4. Women in Technology International (WITI)

    1. Healthcare & Healthcare IT sites:

      1. HIMSS JobMine – for healthcare IT professionals

      2. AMIA – American Medical Informatics Association – for clinicians interested in healthcare IT roles

      3. ANIA – American Nursing Informatics Association – for nurses interested in healthcare IT roles

      4. AHIMA – American Health Information Management Association – for records management professionals

      5. – search jobs in the healthcare industry

      6. RSNA – for PACS/RIS professionals

      7. – for PACS/RIS professionals

    2. Executive Sites:



Tips & Tricks

  • Once you figure out what type of position & industry you’re interested in then research what job boards focus on those types of positions and post your resume there.

Job Search Engines

  1. Job Search Engines

    1. Job Search Engines/Aggregators allow you to search millions of job listings from thousands of websites, job boards, newspapers, blogs, career pages and associations to find job listings that match or are similar to your search criteria.

    2. Top job search engines include, but are not limited to:




      4. Careerjet

      5. SimplyHired

Networking Platforms/Social Media

  1. Networking Platforms – LinkedIn

    1. LinkedIn is the nation’s largest business-networking site with over 100 million active users. Linked-In is an excellent way to connect with people who can help with your job search and/or who work at a company you’re interested in.

Tips & Tricks

    • Make sure your LinkedIn profile is 100% complete. Members with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to receive opportunities through LinkedIn than those with incomplete profiles.

    • LinkedIn has a jobs section and a jobs blog, and most of these jobs are looking for specifically qualified people

    • Be sure to update your LinkedIn profile showing that you’re looking for employment and give your qualifications. Also, be sure to update your settings to allow employment inquiries.

    • LinkedIn’s Job Section – In their job section you can search for positions by keyword and location, or use the Advanced Search option to search for listings by specific search criteria.

    • LinkedIn Groups – Be sure to fully utilize the Linked-In Groups. Choose groups in industries/careers that you’re interested in to connect with those that can help in your job search.

    • LinkedIn also allows you to maintain a collection of personal recommendations. Take advantage of this. Ask colleagues for recommendations before you fall out of touch with them. Search your network for links to a company or industry to find out if, for example, your college roommate is connected to the head of sales at your dream company. This mutual contact may be your “foot in the door.”

    • When trying to connect with contacts, don’t use a generic introduction. Take the extra time to write one or two lines on how you know the person and why you’d like to connect to them. This can make the difference between them accepting or declining your connection request.

  1. Social Media

    1. – this is the largest Twitter job board. It includes 6500+ vertical job channels segmented by geography, job type and industry.

    2. Jobzey – this is a social job research tool that allows you to use your social networks to find job opportunities where you already have existing inside connections, but may not realize it.

Tips & Tricks

    • First & foremost if you have something other than a 100% professional Facebook or Twitter page, create a new one just for job searching and set the privacy settings to your other pages to “Only Friends” or “Private”. More than one job applicant has lost a job offering because of inappropriate content on their personal pages.

    • Determine those professional colleagues with whom you’ve bonded and add them to your social network through Facebook, Google Plus, or Twitter. Touch base with these contacts frequently through “liking” their posts or commenting on them. If you stay on their radar, they’re more likely to know who you are and think of you in a positive light when the time comes to ask for a recommendation.

    • Choose connections wisely and only add people you actually know or with whom you’ve done business whether it’s on LinkedIn, Facebook or any other networking site. It’s more of a quality game than a quantity game. A recruiter may choose to contact one of your connections to ask about you so make sure that person is someone you know and trust.

    • Use online forums to demonstrate your experience and make yourself visible to people in your field. Find those forums where your desired peer group is active and become active yourself. Ask interesting questions and provide insightful responses. People will start to interact with you and over time you’ll begin to create online relationships that you can add to your LinkedIn or other social media contact lists. With those relationships established, when jobs open up in certain companies where your contacts work, you can approach those contacts to let them know you’re qualified for the job that’s been posted. Those individuals know you from the online forums and would be more inclined to help you get a foot in the door for interviews.

Targeted Company Searches

  1. If there are certain companies you want to target, go directly to their company career site and apply online.

  2. Most larger companies websites will allow you to set up search agents that will alert you when a position opens up on their site that meets your specific criteria. This may give you an edge on other candidates by allowing you to apply before others do.

  3. Re-post your resume on a weekly basis. Most large job sites list resumes chronologically and recruiters often look at the most current postings

Managing Your Online Job Search

Managing a job search can be a job in itself. Keeping track of your applications, resume submittals and your contacts can get overwhelming. But, fortunately there are systems out there to help you with career management. These systems are helpful not just during your job search, but also while you’re actively working. If you keep your career management program up to date with your contacts & companies, it’ll help you on an ongoing basis to manage your career over time.

One of the primary career management programs is JibberJobber.


  1. Free service that keeps track of all the information you collect during a job search

  2. Tracks where you sent resumes, the jobs you applied to, and logs the status of each job as you proceed through the hiring process

  3. Allows you to track your personal networking contacts and keep a log of how they have helped you, as well as connect with them on LinkedIn

  4. Keeping track of your contacts and companies will also make you well positioned for your next job search without having to start from scratch.

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