Today's Internet tip:

Using Your Computer to Find a Job

It's been a struggle, but companies are finally hiring again. However, that doesn't mean a new job is automatic; you still have to approach
the job hunt properly. So, here are ways your computer can help.

1. You need a professional resume. Today's word processing programs make it easy by offering fill-in-the-blank templates designed by professionals. Additionally, there are 99 more in Microsoft Office Template Gallery

You should find something there that suits you. If not, resume writers will do the job, charging $100 to $500, depending on your executive level and experience. You'll find plenty of resume writers online.

2. You have many delivery options when it comes time to submit your resume. You can mail or fax, but e-mail is now the preferred method. Do it incorrectly, though, and your resume will end up in the bit bucket.

For starters, don't use a program like Winzip to compress your submission. There are people who can't or won't take the time to open a .ZIP file. Ditto with saving your resume as an Adobe Acrobat file or PowerPoint presentation. Make it simple. Send your resume as a Microsoft Word document. Practically everyone in business uses Word. Attach it to your e-mail, which should also function as a cover letter that provides brief career and skill highlights.

To block viruses, some companies will not accept attachments. In that case, you can paste it into an e-mail. Formatting will be lost, so look
closely at it. Correct any problems. Then e-mail it to yourself to double-check.

3. If your e-mail address is or the like, you
will not make a good impression. You don't have to go overboard with an address--no one expects you to buy your own domain. Get a free Web
address from someone like Yahoo! or Hotmail Use something like Nondescript is fine; you just don't want to turn people off.

Another thing: Don't include an e-mail address and then change it. How will the company reach you? If you use a service like Yahoo! or Hotmail, you can keep the address if you change Internet service providers.

4. The company will probably research you on the Internet. If you hang out on questionable message boards or have a personal Web site, the
company will probably find that. It will find things that other people say about you, too. Be prepared--those could come up in the interview.

Research works both ways. Check the company on the Web. Most companies have Web sites. Information about public companies is available at the Securities and Exchange Commission and at Yahoo! Finance, which is easier to navigate.

5. Internet job sites have tons of listings, but they are all over creation. If you want a job in Tucson, check the Tucson newspapers on the Web. Their links are at Newslink, along with those of practically all other major newspapers. Also, if you are interested in a particular company, check its Web site. Most companies
list openings on their sites.

Finally, with the onslaught of digital photography, you may be tempted to put your picture in your resume or attach it to your e-mail. Employers want people who can solve their problems and help them make money. A pretty face generally isn't going to make much difference. They'll see you if you're interviewed.

From Kim Komando
Internet Tip of the Day
This page was last updated on: January 23, 2013