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Job Searching: The Importance of Examining Company Websites

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Are you in need of a job?  If you are, there is a good chance that you may turn to the internet, namely job posting websites, or use the employment section of your local newspaper.  While these are all nice approaches to take, when looking for a job, there is another tool that you should use in conjunction with job posting websites and local newspapers. That tool is a company website. In today’s society, which is based on the latest technology, many businesses have online websites.  In fact, business websites have, in a way, become a necessity.  Even locally owned and operated businesses have started using online websites to their advantage.  Although we often think of business websites from a customer standpoint, they can also be of use to you as a job seeker.  For more information on how, you will want to continue reading on. As previously stated, you can use online job posting websites and newspaper employment sections to help you find open jobs in or around your area.  While these resources are nice, you may find the information that they contain to be limited.  This is most common with newspaper employment advertisements, as they are often limited on space.  Of course, you can still go ahead and submit your resume or a job application for a position that you do not know much about, but you may end up wasting your time.  If you are serious about finding a job, this wasted time is something that you may not have.

If you are able to get the name of the company that is posting a job listing ether online or in print, you will want to use that company name in a standard internet search. A standard internet search should lead you to websites where that company is mentioned.  Often times, a standard internet search will connect you to that company’s online website, should they have one.  This website, should you be able to come across it, can be a wealth of information. When examining the online website of a company that you would like to apply to, you will first want to search for any information on employment or careers.  This section, if there is one, may provide you with more information on the positions that are currently open in your area.  You may find more detailed information, such as salary and job requirements, than you would in a traditional job posting.  In fact, you may even find that you are able to submit your job application or your resume online!

In addition to searching for a careers or employment section, you will also want to examine the website in general.  If you are looking for a career in retail, examine the company’s website to see where they may have retail locations, which type of products they sell, as well as which type of customers they target. This may help make deciding if you should apply for the job advertised online or in your local newspaper easier.  For instance, you may find that the company you found a job opening for specializes in selling adult entertainment items.  If that the case and if you feel uncomfortable working in that environment, you can simply move on, without having to take any other action. In addition to helping you decide whether or not the company in question is a company that you would like to work for, you can also use a company website to your advantage later on.  If you are ever contacted for a job interview, the information that you retained from the company website may be able to better assist you.  It can give you an idea of your intended job duties or the type of employees the company is looking to hire.

As outlined above, there are a number of benefits to taking the time to examine a company website before officially submitting your resume or job application.  This process is one that should not take too much time; therefore, it is an action that you can only benefit from.

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