Magazine article Risk Management

The Internet and Your Job Search

Magazine article Risk Management

The Internet and Your Job Search

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As the CEO of a large Pittsburgh-based industrial firm put it recently, "Nothing is constant but change, and our real challenge is not adjusting to that change, but to the increasing velocity of change."

Today's mergers, acquisitions and other corporate changes are presenting interesting career challenges. If you find yourself looking for a new position or want to see what options are available, you may want to log on to the Internet. For job seekers, surfing the net" is joining other time-tested techniques such as networking, want ads, executive search contacts and direct self-marketing. Ignoring any of these methods can lengthen the time it takes to find a new position, and in some instances may even dictate failure.

If you haven't tested the job market for a while, you'll find that the World Wide Web offers a range of new tools, most of which are free. Powerful search engines are available to help you address particular needs. You can focus your search on a specific position, company, city, state or country, educational level, salary, etc. Many sites also permit you to post your resume so companies seeking talent can access it. (Just be aware that your current "action-based" resume may not be the most suitable for posting on the Web.)

In addition, you can also find career guidance ranging from interactive personality and skills assessments to job-seeking readiness tests, which can help you achieve the correct mind-set to face the challenges ahead. Advice is also available on organizational and interviewing skills, how to dress, what to drink (and not to drink), and much more.

Some of the more helpful and interesting employment-related sites I've found on the Web include:

Careers & Jobs (http://www. starthere.com/jobs/). The web address of this amazing site says it all! You'll be in your new position before you get through the hundreds of job-search, resume-posting and resume-writing links it offers.

The risk management executive search firm Harvard Aimes Group hosts a Web site (http://riskmgtsearch.com) that offers some great features, including information about keeping your skills current, the 101 rules of risk management, 12 common mistakes risk managers make, lessons learned from a long search and other nuggets of risk management wisdom. …

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