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Ask This When Looking for Jobs Online

The best place to hunt for jobs nowadays is on the Internet. You can use large Web sites such as Jobs.com or Monster.com to find openings in your area, or you can even use classified-style Web sites such as Craigslist.org to find a position that fits your needs. While finding openings is hardly ever a problem, standing out among an ocean of other online applicants is often difficult. Regardless, the Internet allows people to apply for multiple jobs per day with no need to even leave their homes. It's for this reason why the Internet is poised to maintain its position as the best place to look for a job.
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Is this job at an established company?
Anyone can post a job ad online, and not all job ads are posted by established, stable companies. Many job ads are posted by smaller or newer companies that may not be able to offer much in the way of pay, benefits or longevity. Before applying for jobs you find online, do some online research and see how much you can find out about the places that are advertising for jobs.
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Can your resume and cover letter attachments be opened?
One of the pitfalls of applying for jobs online is that whoever receives your application may not be able to open it. Pay close attention to the job ads you find, and look for any information about how to save or send your information. If no file formats are specified, you can be proactive and save two copies of your application materials. Save one version in the latest version of Microsoft Word, and save the other version in plain text. Your plain text version will have minimal formatting, but it can be opened if your formatted Word documents can't be viewed by your recipient.
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Is there a salary range indicated?
Be wary of any job ads that don't specify a salary range. Most positions that do not list salaries offer low rates of pay, and they leave the information out of the ad so they don't scare off more qualified workers.
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Are there any typos or errors in my resume?
Ask as many people as possible to review your resume and cover letter for errors. Some employers will toss your application in the trash if they find just a single mistake. Think about it; you're competing with scores of people for the same job. Why turn in anything that has errors on it, especially if you can fix them first?
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Which openings were posted today?
Jobs that are posted online typically draw interest from dozens of candidates within just a few days. If you don't apply for jobs the day they're posted online, your application could easily be lost in the shuffle. Start your job hunting with the most recently posted openings, and then move onto other openings if you still have time to send out applications.
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Am I really qualified for this job?
Don't apply for every opening you might be qualified for. Stick to what you know you can actually get, and spend more time on those applications.
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Did you receive my application?
I always think it's a good idea to contact the HR department of wherever you're applying and ask if they received your emailed application. You can also ask them via email. Some people advise against this, but I'm a believer in making an actual human contact, if at all possible.

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