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Why an Online Presence Is Vital in the Job Market

Along with just about everything else in the world, HR and recruitment have changed dramatically in the past few decades, as the internet’s influence becomes more and more encompassing. The traditional search for prospective employees was in many respects much less convoluted 20 years ago than it is today, as relocating city is easier than ever before, as well as a surge in population growth. With more people to choose from, it seems that more is expected from those seeking employment, as employers in most industries want to see their prospective employees demonstrate an affinity with the technological world during the interview process.

One of the best ways to show that you are familiar with everything happening on the World Wide Web, is to create an online resume that your future employer can access with ease.

Establish a Domain and Professional Email

Computer 1Take a minute to find the perfect domain and professional email address – as this could be the first thing an employer will see. By utilising an internet provider like 1&1 you can set up an expert-looking email address that works best for you. What’s more, you could set up a domain to showcase your skills in a particular area. This is especially useful if you’re in a creativ

e field, such as journalism or graphic design, as you can display your work in one easy-to-find location. You could even link the email address to your domain name, which shows great expertise in all things internet related.

Perfect the Content

In terms of content, an online resume should have all the information that a traditional paper resume contains. Ensure your online resume has all your

regular contact details, including: your new email address, (which should be used only for job seeking purposes) employment history, education and qualifications, skills and strengths, references and a cover letter detailing what it is that you are looking for. Things to look out for are formatting issues and spelling and grammar.

Distribute the Address

socialnetworkingEven if you have created one of the most compelling websites on the internet, your efforts will be redundant if nobody can see them. Your online presence should already exist in the format of social networking sites like LinkedIn– a perfect place to begin sharing your new domain. You can also visit recruitment agencies websites and post on their forums, in addition to printing out business cards with your website address and email on them, then begin networking.

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