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How to Search for a Job on the Internet

Searching for a job is never an easy thing to do. But there are various websites that can make the process easier. There are two different types of job-posting sites - commercial and government.

Quick tips for job searching on the Internet:

  • Use broad terms. Instead of using specific job titles, such as "senior account analysis," try something broader such as "accounting" or "analyst."
  • From there you can narrow down the search results by location and/or category.

Most sites work basically the same. You can search using keywords, location and/or category. Some sites allow you to also search by company.  Remember : It's always easier to start off with a broad search and to narrow it down rather then working from a narrow search outward.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook , maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, offers users a detailed job description, average salary and job forecast for various professions, everything from Archeologist to Zoologist. It can be accessed both online and at the Reference Desk (R 331.702 O). It is a great place to start when you are trying to find a career.

The simplest way to search the online version is to use the " A-Z index ." Simply click on the first letter of the occupation you are looking for. From there, select the appropriate job title for what you are looking for. For example, "teacher" is broken down into " Teachers preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary" among other specific titles. Once you have clicked on the title of the occupation you are interested in, you will find information on working conditions, job outlook and earnings, among others.

OOH Screenshot


Commercial Job Sites

Monster.com is a free site where any company can post a job ad. At the top of the screen you will see a search box and two drop down menus ("select category" and "select location.")

Monster.com Screenshot

  • Search using keywords that describe the job you are looking for, but use broad terms.
  • Narrow down your search by selecting a category and/or location. Then click "Search."
  • Your results will be on the next page. If there are still too many results, you can narrow down the location by plugging in a city/state or zip code and then selecting a radius. Start off with the narrowest search (5 miles) then move outward to how comfortable you would want to travel.
  • Click "Find Jobs."

You can also manipulate the search results by clicking on the arrows on the left hand side of the page. By clicking these arrows you narrow your search based on various criteria, such as "career level" or "job status." Clicking on each job title will lead you to the job description. Some, but not all, jobs also have an "apply now" button or link that takes you directly to the company's website.

If you are a registered user, you can upload a résumé and save job ads to look at later. To register you will need a valid email address. You can also forward the job listing to a friend via email.

CareerBuilder.com is another site that works very similar to Monster.com . Job searchers can use keywords, location or job categories to search for a job. There is also the option to save your search results to look at later. You can also search by company or industry. The website is also viewable in Spanish.

You can use the same method for keyword searching described on the first page of this booklet. After typing your keyword, you can narrow down your results by plugging in a zip code and/or category and then click "Find Jobs."

CareerBuilder Screenshot

From here you can narrow down your search more by date the job listing was posted or company, among others.

The New York Times Job Market contains the same jobs in the online version as in the print version, only more. Since the online version of the page has partnered with Monster.com , search the same way you would Monster .

The Wall Street Journal maintains an executive career site. To search for jobs on this site, click "Find a job" on the top left hand corner of the screen. From ther, search the same way you would for Monster.com by plugging in keywords and locations.

Craigslist is another site that is has job listings that range from temporary to permanent. There are a two different ways to search this site. The first is to simply click the "jobs" link and use the search box on the following page. The second is to click the job categories under the job section. Click on the job title to get to the posting.

Craigslist Screenshot


Government Job Sites

Civil Service jobs are not always listed in the same way as public sector jobs. Nassau County maintains its own civil service listing site. To search for jobs, click " Announcements." Each announcement is for a separate test that the county uses to establish a hiring list. Positions are filled based off of that list. Clicking on a particular job title will bring up the exam announcement that gives a detailed description of the position, including salary ranges and how to apply for the test.

Nassau County Civil Service Screenshot

New York State also maintains a website for the job seeker. From the main page, you can decide if you are looking for a position with the state government or with local governments. Click on "Employment Opportunities with New York State Government" will lead you to the main civil service employment page. Follow the on screen instructions to find current civil service openings. Click "Employment Opportunities with New York State Local Governments" to learn about local openings, which will lead you to local civil service departments.

NYSCivil Service Screenshot

Federal Jobs are posted on their own site. This site is set up similarly to other mainstream job searching sites. A user can search by job title or location. Click on the title of any job title to view a full description of the position including salary range and who may be considered for a particular position. Clicking the tabs at the top of the announcement will bring up the "qualifications" and "how to apply."

USAJobs Screenshot

NOTE: Web screenshots are from the individual websites unless otherwise noted.

Ask at the Adult Reference Desk for assistance in using any of the print or online resources listed above. Or e-mail your questions to the library at hwmlcontact@hotmail.com.


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