How to use the web to get a job

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The web provides a huge array of opportunities for people looking for a job to get ahead. By taking a few simple steps, you can ensure you are making the web work for you in your job search.

Firstly, make sure you have your CV in a format that can be opened by anyone.

The default software to use is something like Microsoft Word, but not everyone has that avaiable to them.

This is why converting your CV to a more accessible format such as PDF makes sense.

Also ensure that the filename of your CV would make sense to someone receiving it – including your full name helps in this regard.

Secondly, have a sensible email address.

Having a jokey email address can be a lot of fun, but when you are looking for a job, often the first communication people will get from you will be via email.

Recruiters are often not too pleased about having to email fluffybunny123@hotmail.com – so set up a new email address for job searching that is a little more professional sounding.

Thirdly, have a quick review of your Facebook profile, if you have one.

A lot of recruiters are checking Facebook to find out what they can about the people applying for jobs.

Make sure you lock down as much of your profile as you can in Facebook’s security settings so that only your friends can access your content.

After all, the last thing you want to happen is for a potential employer seeing the photos from that Club 18-30 holiday you went on last summer.

Fourth, consider setting up a profile on LinkedIn.

This is a professional online network which lets you have a public online CV, and enables you to connect with people you have worked with.

People can leave feedback on your profile too, so it’s a quick and easy way of collecting nice, informal references.

Fifth, create a simple web page so people can find you and get in touch easily.

There are lots of options, but a simple one is about.me which allows you to set up a single web page with some details about you, how you can be contacted, and perhaps a link to your CV so it can be easily accessed.

The web should be seen as a really positive tool for those looking for work, or a new job and all the above are quick, easy and free things to do to improve your chances of getting that perfect job.