By David Leonhardt and Corey Rozon If you are looking for a job overseas, such as a marketing job in Ireland or a copy writer in Scotland, searching for a position has become much easier now thanks to the internet. All you need to do is go to your favourite search engine and just type in your preferred position and geographical location and in seconds you should have hundreds of results returned to you in no time. It sounds easy doesn't it? Well remember using the Internet alone to conduct an effective job search is almost an unrealistic expectation. You will still need to submit an application or CV, conduct a phone interview or one in person and acquire all documentation that is required to work overseas. All of which will require research on your part.
Performing an adequate amount of research on a potential employer is one of the most critical parts of any successful job search. Jobseekers should make it their priority to learn as much as possible about potential employers and the industry they represent. Here are five research tips to help you with your search: (1) Develop a Research Strategy Develop a plan before you begin looking for information by deciding in advance how much time you are willing to invest researching a particular topic. Your topic will influence where to look on the Internet, whether it's searching newsgroups, blogs or company websites.
Knowing roughly where your information might be found will assist you in developing your plan. (2) Remain Focused Stay focused on your research goal and if you stumble across an interesting unrelated website, bookmark it and come back to it later. If not, before you know it you've lost track of what you wanted to accomplish, and have spent the last hour watching funny videos. (3) Keep Records As you research potential employers you mill collect a lot of information. By organizing the information you want to keep and discarding that which has little or no immediate value, you will be better prepared when it comes time to responding to emails from employers that you are interested in. (4) Set Realistic Goals Goals will ensure you stay on track and should be specific, such as 'spending 2 hours a day researching employers who are looking for advertising sales agents' as opposed to the goal being 'searching for a job on the internet today'.
(5) Enlist an Expert If you become overwhelmed with the amount of information available online, there are also plenty of head hunters and executive recruiters that will assist you in matching your skills with a company that is looking to fill a vacancy. Just remember, using the internet to search for a job is the easy part. You still want to ensure your application and/or resume stands out from the hundreds to thousands of other potential applicants applying for the same position. Make sure you do your research and know everything there is to know about the industry and the employer you are applying for.
ABOUT THE WRITERS
David Leonhardt and Corey Rozon are Canadian freelance ghostwriters.
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