Employment search is no doubt a full time job and that becomes even more difficult for people who study online. Usually, people who study online do so to make advancement in their education while working somewhere. In such a situation, you need to manage job searching along with managing your work, family commitments, as well as academic requirements. Therefore, if you are an online student you need to make slight alterations in your approach to the job-hunting for a better position.
In such cases, you need to start searching for your career options around six to seven months prior to the time you want to land a job. This can be done by scheduling no less than a few couple of hours per week searching for the leads.
Career counselors, from various career service providers' offices also schedule online/virtual career fairs. They also help in preparing for interviews by holding mock interviews and guide you for the interview dress code etc. Additionally, these companies also make available presentations from specific employers where you can clear your doubts by asking question. Often these career service providers have specific job listings from particular employers.
Students who are studying online can also take help and guidance from the career counselors to make and review the cover letters and resumes in drafting a better and effective cover letters and resumes.
It is important to know that in the job market you will find that only twenty to thirty percent jobs are advertised rest are taken up through recommendations. This means that you need to network and build up connections. The networking method is helpful as it can help you to come across jobs that were not published. If you are searching for job nearby your home, ask your friends, relatives, alumni, and coworkers to let you any opportunity they know of or come across.
Students who desire to stay close to home should let alumni, classmates, coworkers, friends, and family know that they are looking for new opportunities and attend job fairs held in their area. You should also take the maximum advantage of the social media networking sites for creating connections with coworkers, professors, professionals, and alumni to stay connected. Moreover, you can also join the yahoo groups or Google+ to create and join circles of same professional people and expand on the horizon of your job-seeking group. Your LinkedIn profile should be complete and then updated regularly as it is also a very good site, especially for professionals.
Searching for the right befitting needs to be done systematically in – emailing, updating profiles, customizing the cover letter and resume as per the job requirements. This can be done only if you stay positive, organized, have landmarked all goals immediate and distant.