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Modern Job Search Skills


Employment & Learning

By Robert Francos.

Modern job search skills are quickly becoming an absolute necessity to successfully apply to major corporations, and especially modern types of business like Web companies and app developers. By “modern” we are, of course, talking about the Internet and its various jobs search tools and aides. Currently, the defining characteristic of Internet-based job search tools is how rapidly they change. Fortunately, this has largely been for the better – generally there’s been increased ease of use, and less spam, scams, and nonsense.

However, the rapid evolution of the Internet means that you’ll need to constantly brush up on your skills in order to keep up. Here are the major tools you’ll need to succeed in the current era:

Job Search Engines

Although utilizing your personal network is best, sometimes it needs to be supplemented. Job search engines are great because many of them now aggregate job postings from other websites, providing a huge collection of postings from around the Web. Job search engines are especially as that is where many recruiters will go first when seeking a particular employee with a unique set of skills.

There are several online job search engines you can use to seek out employment, such as Don’t rely solely on the search engine to do all of the work though, as it’s best to email the hiring manager directly, and call to follow up on your resume application.

When used correctly, search engines are a great boost to any job hunt.


At first glance, Twitter is confusing. Yet, we can sum up our argument for why you should give Twitter a chance: Use the search function to search for your profession, and you may encounter tweets from companies looking to employ someone like you. It’s worth a shot.

Make a LinkedIn Account

This is a must. Set up a LinkedIn account and tailor a well-worded outline of your career. Recruiters are using this network for professionals more and more frequently to find new talent. You can add your resume to LinkedIn, plus your friends and co-workers can endorse your skills and write letters of recommendation for you.

Employers can actually find your profile when searching for related keywords, meaning that simply by having a LinkedIn account you’re actually passively accruing job leads. You can’t argue with that kind of efficiency.

Information on our job search programs at the YWCA Employment and Learning Center can be found at: Employment & Learning

 You can view the full original article by Jess Chen, of Resume Genius, at: