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II. Net Basics
With 150,000 job postings and counting, monster.com (formerly The Monster Board) should be one of your primary job-hunting grounds. Unlike other job banks loaded with listings, monster.com has more than just computer jobs. The company has been garnering notoriety with the country's top employers since it launched in 1994 and has alliances with such companies as USA Today. Consequently, listings range from night reporter to editorial director.
QuickSearch.Monster.com has made looking for a job a click-and-go experience. The QuickSearch at the top left of the home page allows you simply to key in a desired job title to refine your search.
QuickSearch is fast, but it can also return limited results. For a more robust search with increased capabilities, you'll need to turn to monster.com's Job Search (jobsearch.monster.com). This offers three ways of looking for a job: location, category, and keyword.
Keyword Search.Keyword Search is similar to QuickSearch, and it remains the quickest way to get results for a particular job. Say you're looking for a reporter position. Enter "reporter" (without the quotes) into the box and hit Search Jobs.
Monster.com will find anything that contains the word reporter -- including a bunch of irrelevant stuff. A recent search returned openings for a project database administrator, office manager, and Oracle applications specialist, as well as a couple of actual writing positions.
Narrow search results by typing another keyword in the blank field on the results page, and then click Subsearch. Cities and states can also be used as keywords.
To ferret out even more listings, click on the arrow by All Jobs and choose Last 7 days, Last 60 days, etc., to designate a timeframe for your search.
Now that you've got the searching bit down, think of the keywords you're choosing. Employers might call a job by a different title than you do, so not every search pulls the same responses. Here are some representative numbers from a few common keyword searches:
While "writer" matched 1,427 listings, that doesn't mean it's a bonanza of writing jobs. In fact, this is a general term, and nearly any position that requires writing of any sort -- reports, memos, insurance underwriting -- will pop up. "Editor" tends to bring up many relevant responses, so don't be put off by the astute-sounding job title if you believe you're under-qualified.
Location Search.One way to hone responses is by using Location Search. Every state is listed, as well as the country's major regions. If you're not sure which region to select, pick all of them. (To select more than one, hold CTRL, or command on a Mac, while clicking on locations with your mouse.) If you aren't looking in any particular region, don't use this function.
Location Search narrows results to listings contained in a geographic region. Bear in mind that if you are seeking a freelance or telecommuting job, it probably won't show up using this function.
Category Search.Since job titles differ from company to company, a Category Search can be more productive. These listings are grouped in what monster.com considers a logical manner.
Also remember that if you have writing or editing experience in a particular field, finance or engineering, for example, you should look for your specialty within that category.
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