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As a resource to all current and prospective students, Allied Schools, Inc. has developed this blog to provide relevant information to students, job-seekers and professionals alike. Use this blog as your "career guide," turning to Allied Schools for industry updates, career trends, and job search advice. We thank you for visiting!

The Internet seems to be everywhere. You shop for gifts online, download your favorite music online and communicate with friends online. What about finding a job online? It is estimated that as many as 70-80% of job vacancies are never advertised through traditional means. Posting your resume online can increase your exposure to potential employers.

When you post your resume online, you can use it to easily apply for jobs. Even if you're not actively looking for a new job, having a current resume online means employers looking to hire candidates can find you. You might find yourself faced with an exciting new opportunity.

It's usually very easy to post your resume online. Oftentimes it's just a matter of cutting and pasting your existing resume content onto a job search site. You can also create a resume from scratch. You will have the tools to create an effective resume and make the necessary changes to your resume as your job or experience changes. See how many times your resume has been searched and viewed!

Most job search sites will allow you to conduct a confidential job search. You can post a resume and market your skills and experience to employers, while withholding your identity. Those that are interested will still be able to contact you by email or phone in a confidential manner.
Tips for an Effective Online Job Search

  • Search all job postings, even older ones - You might miss out on a job opportunity if you stick to only new postings.
  • Don't search for a job while at work - Companies can monitor your activity.
  • Don't just focus on big job boards - Keep in mind that smaller industry-specific sites can be helpful too.
  • Don't submit your resume for more than one position with the same employer.
  • Be patient.

The Internet provides job seekers with options. If you are in the job market, you should consider posting your resume. It gets your resume in front of potential employers and makes it easier to apply to a lot of jobs within your field.

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Your cover letter can convey a lot about you. Think of it as a first impression. It lets an employer know what your skills are and why you'd be a good fit for a company. It offers a sampling of your most relevant experience and gets the employer interested in learning more about you.

Your goal: to create a well-written letter. This will get an employer's attention and let them know that you are serious about your job search. Make sure to highlight your skills or accomplishments that indicate you are the perfect candidate for the job.

Follow these tips to create an effective cover letter:

1. Keep it concise and to the point - Your cover letter should be no longer than one page. Choose to include only relevant information. It should introduce yourself and explain why you're interested in the position.

2. Personalize the letter - Make sure you know who to address, such as Mr. Green or Mrs. Smith. Try to avoid using "To Whom it May Concern." And always double check that you have the correct spelling.

3. Sell yourself - List your key skills and accomplishments. Explain how you think you'd be a good fit for a company. Show how past experience will help you succeed in this new company.

4. Include a "call to action" at the end - Make your intentions known to the reader. Ask him to contact you or say that you will call him in a few days to follow up. Don't leave the letter open-ended. Make sure it ends with an action or request for an action.

5. Review the letter - Take the time to look over your letter. Even one mistake can cost you a job opportunity. Have a friend or family member review your letter too. Sometimes two eyes can be better than one.

Think of a cover letter as a preview of your resume. It's representing you, so make sure it says the right thing. Get your foot in the door with a winning cover letter.

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