Tips for Online Job Hunting

For Susan Joyce, webmaster of Job-Hunt.org, helping people find work is more than just a professional duty—it’s a personal mission. Joyce, along with several thousand of her co-workers, was laid off in the mid-1990s by a large computer company that ultimately went under. Many of her former colleagues went through some serious trials afterward, even going to extremes like suicide. “I saw some terrible things as a consequence of the layoffs,” she said. “It made a big impression on me.”


In her current role, Joyce maintains a valuable online resource for job-seekers, something from which she derives a great deal of personal fulfillment. Through her extensive experience, she also has formulated a few points of advice for those looking for a new occupation on the Internet. One of the most important suggestions Joyce offers is that these job hunters be mindful of issues related to security and privacy. “People—particularly those who don’t use the Internet a lot but decide to go job hunting online—are kind of vulnerable to the scammers of the world,” she said.


A big concern in online job-seeking is the job boards’ levels of commitment to protection of personal information. Some applicants will submit a resume on the Web, only to find out later that their contact info was given out to credit card companies, online retailers and other interested third parties. “Job sites make their money by getting paid to post jobs,” Joyce explained. “They also have a resume database, and they get paid…


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