How the Internet Can Help Further Your Career

The web is an incredible tool for business. Over the years, it has expanded from simply being a place that hosted what amounts to glorified virtual billboards to the single largest platform for commerce in existence. Aside from that, it has also become a great platform for job seekers to search for and discover new careers and places of employment. For some, being online has given them the ability to hone their skills and build a profitable job for themselves. Here are some tips on how the Internet can help further your carrer:

Employment Sites
These sites host classified ads for either a targeted or broad range of positions that employers need to fill. By utilizing these online resources, you can find out which employers in your area are looking for help in various fields. There are national and even international sites available to help you expand your job search to places outside of your immediate area. An increasing number of cities and towns have sites available that are specific to that area. For example, Craigslist has a job posting area for each region it services.

Professional Social Networks
Sites like LinkedIn can be of great help to someone entering the job market. Your resume, recommendations, and professional connections are all in one place. This allows you to meet and interact with potential employers and leads that you normally wouldn’t meet by chance alone. For example, an independent web designer may add a client to their connections. By doing so, they may receive a recommendation from them which might be picked up by one of their connections and result in a profitable opportunity. You can also use LinkedIn to search for jobs and make your availability known to head hunters that may be looking for someone with your experience. Even if you don’t take part in the social aspect of LinkedIn, it can still be a powerful tool which can further your career.

Personal Web Site
Having a web site of your own can be a great way to get the word out about who you are and what you do. A personal portfolio, blog, resume, and links to your social profiles presented in a professional manor can give you the edge. Make sure your social profiles are something you would want a potential employer (or your parents) to see before linking to them.

Resume and Hosting Services
Emurse is an online service that allows you to build your resume on their site and have it hosted for free. They offer widgets and email signatures that can take people to your resume where it can be downloaded in numerous file formats, printed, and distributed. They even allow you to set a subdomain so the URL looks clean.

Video Sharing Sites
If you fancy yourself a personality or wish to pursue a career in audio/video editing, YouTube can be a great resource to help you find an audience and hone your craft. If, for example, you’re an aspiring stand-up comedian, you can build your audience and benefit from feedback a virtual audience can give you. While it may be incredibly difficult to “break in” to show business through YouTube and other video sharing sites, it can give you a helping hand in terms of perfecting your presentation before you step in front of a live audience.