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5.   How to Find Jobs Online
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How to Find Jobs Online

You see them out there: there are a TON of jobs posted that employers are looking to fill. And yes, you may have a few ideas about the kind of work you would like to do and even more ideas about the kind of work you DON'T want to do. How do you start filtering and sorting them out to find the jobs that you can actually get hired for?

The key to how to find jobs online is finding the right fit.

No matter what stage of life you are in -- recent grad, entry-level or mid-career professional, or retiree -- there is a way to find the right job match for you. To find a job, one that you will be happy with in the long run, the match needs to be between the occupation/career (what is required for the job) and your abilities and interests (what you do well and what you like to do). The process involves examining your overall strengths and weaknesses and researching careers.

The average American works 80,000 hours over the course of a lifetime. Considering that statistic, it would be nice to enjoy the work you plan to do, right? So, what is the best way to find a job that you will be good at and also like? There are many tests and programs out there designed to help you answer this question. However, not everyone is able to take advantage of professional help. If a system is free, just be sure to check out the credentialing, etc. of the creators as we discuss in our previous blog. Another free alternative is to do your own searching. Spend time thinking about and asking others to help determine your overall strengths and weaknesses. Make a list and ask your friends, family, and teachers or colleagues to do the same. Find the commonalities and take it from there.

Many people don't know just how many jobs are even out there. The government has classified occupations into over 1,100 distinct job fields. Take the time to see what is out there and dig deeper into those fields you find interesting. You will be able to determine if you have what it takes to succeed in a particular line of work by examining the knowledge, skills, and abilities the job requires. Once you target the kinds of jobs you feel you are a good match for, focus on what it takes to get there and stop wasting time considering other careers you wouldn't enjoy.

At www.OccupationProfessor.com, our goal is to help make this decision and process a bit easier for you. We hope to provide you with the information and the tools you need to develop and manage a career plan specifically designed for you. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for more tips!

Read our blog post about job search engines for more information about how to find jobs online.

POSTED: 7-12-2015 at 3:02 PM (EDT)

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