Finding a high-tech job - Part 2

A three-part series from John Smiley on job searching strategies.

Finding a high-tech job - Part 2

There are literally hundreds of job-finding Web Sites, and in this tip, I thought I would highlight several nationally known Web Sites that have good reputations. All of these sites allow you to post a resume and be notified when a job matching one you looking for is posted.

Monster.com (www.monster.com) may be the most recognized name on my list, and it's worth a look. The site is nicely organized, and boasts a list of nearly half a million posted jobs. Monster.com permits you to post your resume on their site, and much more. The site has a bunch of job seeking material, ranging from articles on how find a job, online chats with job seeking experts, and tips on creating your resume. There's something else I think extremely worthwhile, a virtual interview that allows you to practice 'interviewing' for a job. It even provides feedback on how well you did.

Headhunter.net (www.headhunter.net), like the more well-known Monster.com, also has a large number of posted jobs, about a quarter of a million as of the writing of this tip. Its site is not as full featured as Monster.com, although it does provide some job searching tips, and does permit you to post a resume. An interesting sister site you may wish to check out is sologig.com, which is aimed at marketing those interested in finding freelance and contract work.

America's Job Bank (www.ajb.dni.us) claims to have 1.2 million jobs posted, with about half a million resumes available for viewing by prospective employers. Although this site has the most posted jobs of the sites I've reviewed, it's easily the most 'bare bones'. The U.S. Department of Labor developed this site in partnership with the states and private sector organizations. Anyone can search for jobs, but you'll need to register in order to get into the 'meatier' portions of the site, such as posting a resume.

Dice.com (www.dice.com) unlike the other sites I've reviewed, concentrates solely on IT jobs and currently lists over 100,000 high tech jobs. If you are looking for a job in IT, I would start with this full-featured site that has great links, and a bunch of worthwhile information.

In Part 3, I'll discuss how to write and post a resume online -- and the pros and cons of doing so.

If you missed it, take a look at: "How to find a job - Part 1"

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Written by John Smiley, MCP, MCSD and MCT, author, and adjunct professor of Computer Science at Penn State University in Abington, Philadelphia University, and Holy Family College. John has been teaching computer programming for nearly 20 years.

John Smiley is president of Smiley and Associates, http://www.johnsmiley.com/smass/smass.htm a computer consulting firm located in New Jersey.

This was first published in February 2001

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