Using the Internet as a Job Search Tool
The Internet provides many tools to help you in your job search. Effective job seekers often first turn to the job boards, but quickly find that the internet provides powerful tools to identify potential employers, research these organizations, and identify contacts to create a competitive advantage, whether or not current job listings have been posted. The advent of powerful professional networking tools like LinkedIn has also created the opportunity to develop the contacts to get the "inside line" on which employers may have needs to hire someone with your talents. For more information please refer to the article on Researching Organizations in this guide.
The Titan Connection is your #1 job source database. This is an example of a members-only job listing site because, only CSUF students and alumni have access to it. Employers post jobs on this site because they want to hire college-educated students or graduates directly from CSUF. The Career Center also has several corporate partners that fill more than 50 percent of their openings with CSUF hires. You can access the Titan Connection jobs and internships database from the Career Center link through your CSUF student or alumni portal.
Large Job Sites
There are many popular job listing sites that provide broad access to job listings. In addition to the big job boards like CareerBuilder, Simply Hired, Indeed, and Monster, you might try the NACELink Network, which is on the pull down menu when you select "Jobs & Internships" from the Titan Connection. This tool pulls job postings from employer websites, and allows you to search by location (e.g. 25 miles from Fullerton, CA) and/or a keyword ( e.g. management trainee). Search these sites on a regular basis, whether you are in an active job search or not. Over time, you will gain a clearer picture of the market for your skills, trends in job openings, and salary ranges. This information will help you position yourself successfully in your active job search.
Smaller Niche Job Sites
Check smaller, more niche job boards, including professional organizations dedicated to your field or industry. There are over 40,000 niche job boards. Several major categories include:
- Geographic specific sites (craigslist.org, OCjobfinder.com, OCJobsite.com, Jobing.com, etc.)
- National Professional Associations (American Marketing Association, American Association of People with Disabilities, American Bankers Association, American Risk and Insurance Association, Association for Financial Professionals)
- Local affiliates of National Professional Organizations (California Association of Environmental Professionals, Association of Environment Professionals - Orange County, Association of Internet Professionals - Orange County, etc.)
- Industry specific job boards (Marketingjobs.com, Bankjobs.com, Engineeringjobs.com, Biospace.com, Governmentjobs.com, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, etc.)
Talk to others to find out about sites they use or consult with an Industry Specialist in the Career Center for recommendations. Links to professional and industry sites are available on each of the College Career Specialist web pages.
Most employers post jobs directly on their company website. Some of these job postings may not be viewable on other public or small job boards, and may take between 24 hours to 2 weeks before they do appear listed on another job board. If there is a specific company you want to work for, you should go directly to their website to search for jobs, rather than relying on external job boards.
MetaSearch sites are a recent entrant to the market. MetaSearch sites pull job postings from up to 500 different job sites in one location. Sites such as Indeed.com, USA.gov, CraigsList and the Google desktop job search plug-in, offer MetaSearch engines. Some sites will also allow candidates to use RSS readers.
Job Search Agents
You can set up job search agents on all the top job boards, many company websites, and on the Titan Connection jobs database. Depending on the site you are using, you can opt to receive new job postings by email, text message, or instant message account. When a job is posted matching your preferences, the Job Search Agent will send you an automatic notification. You will be notified of opportunities you might otherwise miss, and you will be made aware of the demand for employees in your interest area.
Social Networking Tools
More people are hired by referrals than all Internet sources combined. Social networking tools allow you to make new contacts without the time expenditure incurred attending mixers or scheduling lunches. Based upon the six degrees of separation theory, whereby you and anyone you would want to meet are separated by a maximum of six people/connections, social networks have become an extremely helpful resource tool for job hunters and employers alike.
Recruiters are increasingly using social media to identify and engage potential candidates for their opportunities, and LinkeIn, in particular, has expanded quickly as a professional networking site. The Career Center has created a group in LinkedIn: Cal State Fullerton Career Center (CSUF) that has well over 4,700 students, alumni and recruiters, and over 90,000 alumni have LinkedIn accounts.
Finally, shut off the computer and spend some time with your family, friends, and yourself. Referrals are the #1 Source of Hire!
Referrals (employee, alumni, vendor, etc.) make up 27.3 percent of all external hires and is arguably the number one external source of hires. In survey after survey, 90 percent of companies, large and small, say they use referrals. The Internet brings hundreds of potential jobs to your fingertips at any time of day or night and at your convenience. But remember, not all jobs are found on the Internet. Some of your best opportunities will be the result of networking, word-of-mouth referrals, and meeting with recruiters.