by Kristy Amburgey
I don’t know about you, but I spend time researching things online before making decisions. Want to find the best communications provider in your city? Want to buy a reliable vehicle? Want to ensure you get the best deal on a new pair of shoes? The Internet is truly your best friend when it comes to tracking down information and researching almost any topic. Just like I would peruse the Internet before making any major decision, I highly recommend that you thoroughly research the subject of career planning and your job search. Really, it is a necessity to conduct research on career paths, job descriptions, companies, company expectations, salaries, geographical locations and any other topic that helps you make a career decision.
For your job search, Internet research is a main-stay for your career development and job search. I am not just talking about searching for jobs; there are so many job search resources and information available that you need to conduct a search for all your job search activities. Do you want to know about salary information at a specific company? Check out salary calculators and Glassdoor.com. Want to find out more information about a company? Hit up their websites, LinkedIn and Facebook profiles, feedback from your online connections and more. Want to learn about the wildest interview questions? Search for it!
In addition to the multitude of Internet resources on the job search, the Career Services website has a number of useful links available. From sample job search documents to tips on interviewing, review the content before you engage others, so you can have an advantage: knowledge. But don’t let this list be the end of your search; go beyond just the website and search for the thousands of websites available. Research and knowledge is one of the most important tools you can use during your job search, so take charge and learn as much as possible, especially before you approach a person for further clarity and feedback.
Certainly, you can’t dispute the power of people and face-to-face interactions (hey, that is the entire premise of networking, which is the most powerful job search tool), but you should go armed with as much information as possible before you approach your network or fellow knowledge sharers. This step allows you to ask better, more meaningfully questions, and it allows you to come across as knowledgeable in the subject, all important qualities to showcase while searching for a job. Do your due diligence on any subject matter to also ensure you can wade through the many different opinions and feedback to develop your own perspective instead of relying on one point of view to base your decision.
The Internet brings a constant flow of information to you in pretty much any format you desire. This flow of information can be wonderful and vexing all at the same time. For your career development and job search, you must stay on top of the constant flow of information by using both Internet research and the power of your network to make good, well-thought out decisions about your future. Use the Internet – it is your friend.
Kristy Amburgey is the Associate Director of Career Services – Daytona Beach campus and currently manages marketing and employer relations for the department. She has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for approximately 10 years and with Career Services for nine years.