Cautions on Online Job Search Tools

No one can deny the usefulness of the internet in this age. Almost every information you need can be found online. And if you’re experienced enough, you can find the information you want in an instant. Almost anything that you fancy can also be purchased online. The internet has also allowed users worldwide know the latest scores on sports, news and even gossip on their favorite artists.

During recession, one thing that the internet has been used extensively for the past few months is for job search. Millions of users worldwide go online to find the jobs that could help them establish or re-establish a career if they were terminated. This type of job hunting is even the most practical since you don’t have to purchase a newspaper to know the latest job vacancies and your job search is not only limited in your location.

But even though the internet can provide you loads of information regarding the latest vacancies, there are some inconveniences that you might encounter online. These inconveniences can prevent you land a job as soon as possible and establishing a career that you really need.

Job Search Sites

A good example is the use of job search sites. There are websites that have extensive listings of the job vacancies around the country. You simply have to sign up and offer them your basic information and you’ll be given the latest vacancies according to your preferences. You can search by area, experience, industry or even position. If you customize your job search, you could get the vacancy you want without too much effort.

Too Much Data Available

Even though there is convenience in searching for the job you want online, there is always some trade offs. Among them is the "information overload" which is actually very prevalent in any online transaction. You might be able to get the information you need but you will be bombarded with additional job vacancies.

Of course, a vacant position is good for you and the more vacancies the better position. But this might not be necessarily true since the additional vacancies recommended does not necessarily match your qualifications. Because there’s just too much data sent to you via email, you could easily miss out the information that you really need.

Bogus Websites

Aside from "spam vacancies" there are also bogus job search sites that you have to watch out for. These sites may look like legitimate websites but they are only there to ask for some personal and sensitive information. Instead of vacancies that you want, you could receive spam as your information will be sold by the bogus website. Worst, you could even be a victim of identity theft as the information you entered online will be used without your knowledge.

Using the internet can give you a chance to conveniently search for the job you want. But be careful in choosing a site or providing too much information since you could be a recipient of worthless information such as vacancies that doesn’t fit your abilities or even spam.

Editorial Team at Geekinterview is a team of HR and Career Advice members led by Chandra Vennapoosa.

Editorial Team – who has written posts on Online Learning.

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