Ocala, Florida (PressExposure) January 12, 2010 -- Hope. That's what job seekers are filled with for 2010, after a yearlong economic crisis that ended in 85,000 job losses in December, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
While the unemployment rate hovers around 10 percent, the White House Council of Economic Advisers said the U.S. could still see job growth as early as the spring, according to 2009 trends. But, as 20 percent of employers are making plans to increase their number of full-time employees in 2010, according to a survey by CareerBuilder, job seekers can expect to see heavy competition for jobs. Of the unemployed workers, an average of 6.3 percent are chasing after jobs -- more than 3 times the percentage of unemployed workers who were actively seeking jobs at the beginning of the recession.
Going to the Internet may be your likely first choice when searching for your next job, but navigating the online job jungle isn't as easy as it looks. But as long as you have the right tools and a good know-how, you won't be lost with using the Internet to get your next job.
"The Internet is truly a marvel for job seekers, especially considering the fact that if you applied to a job posting through a newspaper, it would take days for your rÃ©sumÃ© and cover letter to reach a potential employer," wrote Janet Nagle, author of How to Use the Internet to Get Your Next Job. "Now, with a few select clicks on your computer, your rÃ©sumÃ© could be in the hands of your next potential boss before you can say 'nonfat, iced, vanilla latte.'"
How to Use the Internet to Get Your Next Job explores the world of online job searching, allowing readers to consider career alternatives that were previously not available in the days of newspaper searches. Even the most technologically savvy will learn how to conduct the most effective job search, as this book guides readers through every step of the online application process from creating rÃ©sumÃ©s, managing time spent online, and developing job site profiles. Filled with tips and lists of helpful Web sites, Janet Nagle's book includes information about major online job boards, such as CareerBuilder and Monster, as well as niche sites for every industry, from health care to education.
This comprehensive guide will help you catch the eye of the 40 to 80 percent of employers who are estimated to search for candidates online. Set yourself apart from the rest of the Internet pack so you can make sure that you -- not your competition -- land that job.