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II. Net Basics
where to look for a job online is one thing. Knowing how to get online
is another. But it's worth the effort. Not only will you find thousands
of potential jobs, but you can use your skills to conduct research, find
contacts, and network with editors, writers, and sources throughout the
As long as you have a computer and the Internet, the rest will come easy. If you're reading this right now, you probably have located some place to log on. But in case some kind soul has sent you a printed copy, there are many sources for online access, e-mail, and a Web page.
Plugging In.Many people use work as their primary source for going online. Let me warn you, unless you're cuddly with your current boss, it's not always a good idea to use company time for job-hunting. Many corporations keep track of every move you make on your computer.
Home is the best place for a job hunt, providing you have a computer and InterNet access. If you have a computer, find a local Internet Service Provider (ISP) to lend you the means of tapping into the online world. Normally, an account costs around $15-$20/month for unlimited access, which means you can surf yourself silly, which is what I'd recommend. Plans with limited hours are too hard to track, and you may spend a fortune on excess online time.
TheList has hundreds of ISPs sorted by country code, area code, country, and state name. I use EarthLink, which has dial-up connections in just about any place I'd consider living in the US, plus some in case I was forced to move somewhere else.
Connecting.No one says you have to connect from home, and there are plenty of alternative options. Check your local library for free connections, since most are wired now. Try to go at off times, though, because you don't want a bunch of people huffing over your shoulder for a chance at the terminal. Colleges and high schools also are good bets for free access.
Several Web services offer free e-mail accounts now, so you have no excuse for not having one. I use one as my primary address and have all my mail forwarded to my ISP account. That way, I don't have to worry about notifying everyone of my new address should I change ISPs. I've provided a list of services with good free accounts.
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