Communication Magazine /
Volume 2, Number 5 / May 1, 1995 / Page 13
Pomp and Circuit-stance
by Lisa Schmeiser
You've read the articles, you've bought the manuals, you even sat through a
few Placement Office seminars hoping your efforts would earn job karma points.
Yet here it is, three weeks before college graduation, and you still haven't
found a job that doesn't require a hairnet and a nametag.
Before you consider answering those ads for a fishery canning job in Alaska,
consider the opportunities the WWW offers for getting a job. You can solve your
dilemma in a few simple steps:
First, reassure your anxious parents that you've moved your job search to a
high tech field and have begun surfing the 'Net.
Second, visit the
Keirsey Temperament Sorter. Find out exactly where you fall in the
Meyers-Briggs' scheme, and use the career information to help narrow your
Third, fine tune your
-- and get it online. If you have a
home page, you may want to connect your resume to it and stop
there, but you can also visit the following sites for advice on composing
your resume and drawing maximum WWW exposure:
Once your resume is online, begin your job hunt in earnest. But
don't sift through the hundreds of sites and listings available on the WWW
-- I've done that for you, and in the usual Style and Substance tradition,
picked sites which will deliver information and opportunities without wasting
(too much) time.
One page you'll want to keep on your hotlist is the National Career Search
Career Magazine. This
frequently-updated site offers classifieds, news articles from the Wall Street
journal, and a career forum where you can network with many, many
knowledgeable people. Be sure and check out the following online
- The EasyResume
(tm) site is a
resource designed to be "a publicly accessible, publicly available system for
public benefit." The site offers job-hunting advice, resume
composition advice, and sample resumes. When you send in your
send you EasyOffers, an interview advice packet.
- C.E. Publications has
a comprehensive resume writing site tailored to the online medium.
- The Resume Publishing
Company. It's a commercial service which will scan in or enter the
resume you send them, and they don't cash your check until you
approve the resume. A
nice bonus: they include resume composition tips.
Now that you're overwhelmed by all those job opportunities you never knew
existed, stop and do two things. Call your parents, who have probably
already resigned themselves to packing up their "study" for your anticipated
return to the nest, and reassure them your job hunt has yielded many fruitful
results. Then, focus. If you're just leaving college, you might not have the
five-plus years of experience many of these positions require. In that case,
Entry Level Job Seeker is the place to start. Rather than subject you to
the stomach-sinking experience of reading classifieds like
- The Interactive Employment Network
includes an exhaustive job library. One of the best parts of this site is
their Career Manager, which
includes all the information you suspect you'll need but don't know how to
get, like a salary guide, an occupational outlook handbook, and career
planning advice from nationally known career expert Marilyn Moats Kennedy.
- Another useful site is The Monster
Board. Bonus entertainment points aside, Monster Board has up-to-date job
listings for those who wish to work on the WWW, and job listings for those
- Elegantly formatted, chocked-full on information and job listings, and
holding the honor of "the Internet's first and most frequently accessed career
center," the Online Career Center
is a user-friendly job searching tool. Hit the various categories, from
"Search Jobs" to "Cultural Diversity" to "Professional Associations" and
leave the site a few job opportunities richer.
WANTED: Thermonuclear engineer. Must have 10+ yrs. experience, PhD,
and own reactor. Salary $50K starting
you'll be able to find job opportunities with companies like IBM, Intel, and
Adobe. There's also a resume bank where you can scan other
people's resume for tips and ideas to apply to your own.
If you're a little skeptical of all the job postings you've run across, check
out the Best Bets
from the Net. Another good, scam-free site is Riley's Guide which
breaks down job listings by discipline. Riley's Guide has the extra cachet of
being one of the few to list jobs outside technologically-intensive fields;
check out the
Arts and Humanities site.
Finally, for those of you who are dedicated to finding meaningful work (don't
laugh -- there are a few out there!), be sure to visit the Vista
gopher site. Vista is an American analogue to the Peace Corps; its members
work to improve community resources throughout the United States.
With WWW job resources like these, finding gainful employment shouldn't be
terribly difficult. However, there are no sites available yet to tell you what
to do once you're hired...
Lisa Schmeiser, a Master's student in Technical Communication, is happy to
report she obtained a D.C.-based writing internship. She will, however,
continue to romp through the Web in search of truth, justice, and stylish and
substantive sites, and report all her findings back to you.
Copyright © 1995 by Lisa Schmeiser. All Rights Reserved.
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