The Internet has become the place to search for jobs. Companies everywhere are requesting applicants not only provide resumes online, but are also offering assessment testing and VoIP interviewing. Improve your online job search following these four Steps

Step 1: Prepare Your Resume

Whether it''s a first resume or you''re updating an old one, it''s crucial to learn the format employers prefer most. Just take a look at film executive Marc Shmuger''s resume -- it''s a good example to follow in terms of its layout and formatting. One- to two-page resumes tend to get the best preference; by contrast, recruiters and HR experts often skip those that are lengthy and include many pages.

If you''re applying via an online applicant tracking system (ATS), most will allow you to upload your resume as an attachment. Many of these online job sites do their best to convert your resume into their resume fields, but the result is not always correct. Before hitting the "submit" button, though, review how your resume was converted to ensure all fields are correct.

Step 2: Be Ready for Assessment Testing

Corporate recruiters are slimming their field potential applicants via the use of assessment testing. While some of these are geared toward the industry at hand, others are personality-based and include questions like, "How often to you go to the bar with the gang after work?," or "Do you feel supervisors are out to get you?"

Personality assessment test questions are developed by experts, and many of them ask the same question in a different way to glean more about the candidate — do take them seriously.

For skills assessment testing, many companies will offer tips on what the tests will entail. If you can obtain this information prior to testing, use it to your advantage and study before the exam.

Step 3: Bolster Your Social Media Presence

Many recruiters and HR heads look to social media profiles to learn more about candidates. This is why it''s essential to keep your Facebook page and LinkedIn profile professional.

During your job search, post topics about the field you are interested in. Search for LinkedIn groups and professionals that work in the job areas you want to break into or work within. Engage in conversations, offer advice, and comment on the tips others offer. In fact, you can learn a lot from connecting with others already in your desired field. Do make sure all profiles especially your LinkedIn profile is 100 percent complete to increase your chance of ending up on the potential candidate list.

Step 4: Constantly Monitor Online Job Websites

Most local newspapers these days are void of help wanted ads. Instead companies are advertising on places like Monster and CareerBuilder. Create an account, upload your resume and browse and apply for jobs that interest you.

Both Monster and CareerBuilder offer a plethora of articles and helpful tips on resume writing, how to search for jobs and general career advice so do read their blogs and articles — you will learn a lot.

Applying for a job online may seem impersonal; in reality, however, this is the way today''s employers are finding employees. Make sure to review top questions asked in interviews and above all, take the steps to ensure your resume is in top shape and reveals your strong points instantly to hiring managers.

Author Bio:

Jean Scheid has a Bachelor''s Degree in Business and HR Management and has worked in and written about the HR industry for many years.

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