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  1. The Complete Guide To Job Searching: Introduction
  2. The Complete Guide To Job Searching: The Search
  3. The Complete Guide To Job Searching: Cover Letters
  4. The Complete Guide To Job Searching: The Resume
  5. The Complete Guide To Job Searching: The Interview
  6. The Complete Guide To Job Searching: Conclusion
Matching your strengths and talents with the needs of an employer can take a significant amount of time and energy. As you scan multiple resources for the ideal job, it is important to focus on descriptions that match your skill set, and not just your interests. In a tough market, employers may not even consider an applicant who does not exactly meet the hiring criteria. For example, if the job description indicates candidates must have a working knowledge of HTML, apply only if you know HTML. Often, job descriptions list preferences such as "working knowledge of HTML a plus" and that means you can still apply without that skill, it would just be in your favor if you did have that area of expertise. Today's job seekers have a wide variety of options for locating jobs that are available. Here is a look at many of the popular job search tools.

Company Websites
If you are interested in a particular firm, you can check its website for up-to-date employment information. Large companies generally have an entire section devoted to open positions, employee benefits, and reasons why it would be great to work there. If no opportunities match your skill set, you might still be able to submit a cover letter and resume explaining how you could help the company. Often, the company website will provide directions for submitting resumes for positions that aren't posted.

A headhunter provides employment recruiting services and can help match qualified candidates with specific career opportunities. Headhunters typically work on behalf of a corporation to find talent, and may have a pool of candidates from which to select. Generally, individuals who work with headhunters are looking for a specific job and salary, and these are often, though not always, established professionals with high salaries. A good headhunter can help you polish your resume and cover letter, and will have connections within your industry.

Job fairs
Job fairs, or career fairs, provide the opportunity to meet face-to-face with potential employers. Job seekers can gather information about employers to determine if a particular company might be a good fit. Employers will have recruiters available to answer questions, accept resumes, and meet-and-greet with the potential candidates. Meeting with the recruiters is essentially a mini-interview; be prepared with a polished resume and professional attire. You can find information about upcoming job fairs through career centers, state and local governments, private companies and online searches.

Many employers rely heavily on employee referrals and may even ask if you know anyone with the company. Asking business associates, friends and relatives if they know of any positions for which they could recommend you might help you find a lead. Networking involves touching base - whether by making personal phone calls, requesting a meeting, or by using social media to spread the word that you are looking for a job with these X skills. Depending on your skill set, employers may even reach out to you and other potential candidates by trolling social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and Google +. Taking the time to create a professional, up-to-date and compelling online presence can make a huge difference in today's competitive job market.

Newspapers and Craigslist
Local newspapers and craigslist.com provide listings for positions in your area. Typically, these job postings are for entry level, and in some cases, mid-level positions. The newspaper classified ads may also include jobs that are posted with the local employment commission. Jobs that are listed on craigslist.com are not included in any aggregator sites (like Indeed.com). Since the ads are free to place, beware that some of the listings may not be legitimate.

Online Aggregators
Online job aggregators collect job postings from across the Internet and combine them into one database that job seekers can use to search positions by title, employer, keyword, location and other metrics. Aggregators like SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com include postings from employer websites as well as jobs that are posted on large sites like Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com to add depth and efficiency to the job search.

Specialized Industry Sites and Publications
A number of websites and publications provide career information for specific industries. Examples include wallstjobs.com for financial careers, dice.com for tech jobs and marketingjobs.com for marketing professionals. These sites allow you to search for positions as well as post your resume so that employers can find you. An Internet search for "Industry Jobs" can help you find applicable websites.

The Complete Guide To Job Searching: Cover Letters
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