Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pros and Cons of Online Jobs

As with anything in abundance on the Internet, there are many pros and cons with online jobs. When dealing with anything online, you'll want to exercise extreme caution when submitting any personal information, including your resume, phone number, and address. Never give out your social security online - always wait to meet the person or company you are applying with.

The pros of online jobs are their sheer abundance. There is a job board and job advertisement for literally anything you can dream up. From zoologists to engineers to clothes folders or telemarketers, you'll find there's a job for that. There are job boards called niche job boards that specialize in a certain kind of job or industry. For example, a job board may have postings targeted for diverse individuals, such as minorities, veterans, or disabled workers. They may specialize in manufacturing, healthcare, or education jobs. If there a job, you can probably find a job board for it as well.

Another pro about looking for online jobs is the ease of use. Most people, both young and old, can figure out how to apply for online jobs. It's usually very straightforward: click on the job, read through, and follow the instructions carefully. This may involve putting in your job history and references manually, or you may be able to upload a resume. If you have a basic knowledge of computers and how to upload documents, you should find the process of applying fairly easy.

One con dealing with online jobs is the potential to get scammed. When searching for jobs online, it's important to be educated on how to detect scams. A scam is a job posting that lures you in with the promise of great things, but then asks for money up front for training, manuals, or software. More than likely if a company asks you to pay for your own tools, it is a scam. If the job posting does not have a detailed job description and a summary about the company, or the job posting link takes you to a questionnaire that does not ask relevant job interview questions, it is probably a scam. There are other ways to uncover scams. Unfortunately there are many scams posted on job boards, so finding them is actually very easy. The hard part is uncovering the trickier ones that can be more difficult to spot. Scams may be embedded in stay-at-home jobs on reputable job boards. Job boards are doing all they can to prevent the publication of these fake jobs, but some still get by.

Another con about online jobs is the fact that so many people utilize this, and your application might get buried under the competition. Hiring managers are literally swamped with resumes. Some claim there are stacks upon stacks of resumes on their desk. They may spend hours a day sifting through these stacks, and human error could result in a talented person getting placed in the inferior pile. Because they get so many resumes, often companies don't respond to your application, which can be a frustrating experience.

Reshav Singhal writes on behalf of AJE, a leading job portal for jobs in America. is a recruitment platform that provides many services like Federal Contract Compliance, Recruiting etc.

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