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Use Job Search Sites Safely and Effectively

  • Use familiar, well–known websites. Have you heard of the website through friends, family or the media? If it’s a niche website, do you recognize the group that hosts it? (For example, is the host a professional or industry organization?)
  • Don’t use a website that requires you to register before you check out the job postings.
  • Read and understand the privacy policy. What will happen to your resumé? Who will have access to it?
  • Do not include personal information such as your street address, Social Insurance Number, date of birth, driver’s licence number or professional registration number on any resumé you post to a website.
  • Post your resumé without any information that specifically identifies you. Instead of your name, use a description and a work search email address (for example, Multilingual HR Trainer, multihrtrainer@e-mail.ca). Some potential employers may not like this approach, but it’s acceptable in the online environment.
  • Block specific visitors, such as your current employer, from accessing your resumé. This type of feature is not foolproof, so use caution.

Using job search sites effectively

  • Make sure the job search websites you use are easily accessible. Can you navigate and use them easily? If you can’t, neither can an employer.
  • Be sure the websites post jobs that reflect your interests and skills.
  • Use job search websites to identify potential employers, whether or not they’re currently hiring people with your qualifications. Then link to an employer’s website through the job postings. Research and network to develop your own job leads and apply directly through these employer websites.
  • Don’t pay to post your resumé. In general, job search websites don’t charge you to use them. Exceptions are professional association websites that allow access only to members and websites that deal with executive-level job seekers.
  • Take advantage of features like job alerts and the ability to edit and repost your resumé. Making a small change to your resumé allows you to repost it with the current date and helps to keep it active on the website
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