1. Specializing is the key: Avoid focusing on your weaknesses. Focus on your strengths instead. Remember employers are look for subject experts. If you don’t have a key skill, then start building yourself. Pick up a subject that interests you and equip yourself enough so that potential employers come knocking on your door before you go looking out for them.
2. Watch how you present yourself: While the email address email@example.com may get you loads of friends in a chat room, the same doesn’t help when you go searching for a job. That’s why it is extremely important to check how you present yourself online when searching for a job. This includes your email ID as well as your user name on job searching sites.
3. Run a search: Before you run a search for jobs matching your skills, run a search of yourself first. Although this might make you seem like a narcissist, it will go a long way in helping you check whether there’s something floating around in cyber space that might be checked by a potential employer.
4. Register online: Besides sieving through newspaper listings, make sure you also register yourself on various job sites that allow you to run advanced job searches, and also to post your resume online, so that potential employers can get in touch with you.
5. Use social networking to your advantage: Although social networking sites are a good fun to catch up with buddies and meet new people, if created well they can also be used for professional purposes as well. Since sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, are being used by almost everyone, these are the best ways to get in touch with key people in the industry.