By Kristin Zagurski
Technological advances not only make day-to-day living easier, but make searching for a job easier as well.
With a simple point and click, one has access to thousands of job listings in seconds.
Here are a few of the top job search sites and the features they offer:
Monster.com allows job searchers to sift through hundreds of thousands of jobs on their database, post their resume online, have job opportunities delivered to them via e-mail and has a career center which offers expert advice.
Specialized areas such as MonsterLearning, ChiefMonster, MonsterTRAK and Monster Moving cater specifically to those who seeking training courses, wish to search executive jobs, are college students and are relocating.
America’s Job Bank, a government site located at www.ajb.dni.us, had 27,824 new jobs, 3,104 new resumes, 968,621 jobs available and 398,288 total available resumes as of March 9.
According to the Web site, "America’s Job Bank is the biggest and busiest job market in cyberspace. Job seekers can post their resume where thousands of employers search every day, search for job openings automatically and find their dream job fast."
Quick search, job title, keyword, military and job number search options are available. There is also the option to search by state.
Careerbuilder.com boasts more than 300,000 jobs to choose from. Tools include expert resume advice, interview advice, skill certification, contracts, salary wizard, resume builder and relocation services.
Search options include quick search, company search and advanced search.
"For opportunity seekers, HotJobs.com is a one-stop career resource center that offers advanced privacy features, numerous career tools, as well as a comprehensive relocation center," according to the Web site.
HotJobs.com is rated the No. 1 job board and the 42nd most-visited Web property, according to independent research conducted by Media Metrix.
The site also took top honors in the careers category in *PC World’s annual review of the Top 100 Web sites.
JobsOnline offers job listings, resume and cover letter examples, career advice and salary calculators, to name a few. Users must sign up for a free account, however, to access most of these features, and there are a lot of pop-up ads as well.
Tips on job-hunting on the Web
Knight Ridder Newspapers
Experts offer these tips for finding work online:
— Tailor your resume to each job opening. Recruiters often use electronic tracking systems to search resumes for job-specific buzzwords. If your resume doesn’t include the right language, it will be overlooked.
— If you spot an opening that appeals to you, look for a human connection at that company. Try to find out the name of the hiring manager and leave that person a voice mail informing them of your qualifications and interest.
— In addition to general job boards, check out niche sites that target a specific industry or geographic region.
— Keep your list of sites manageable. That way, you can focus more on catching the attention of employers than checking two dozen job boards daily.