Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Search for Jobs Online

Just because you’re using the internet does not mean it’s going to be easy. The internet has everything readily available, but the catch is that it’s always there if you know where to look.

Google is fantastic when it comes to top of the line searches conducted, and I myself am an absolute fan of the Google search engine and their other internet services (like Gmail, Gtalk, Google Chrome, etc). But no matter how fantastic Google may be, if you don’t know how to do an internet job search for your job employment options, you will get little further then seeing an excellent search-engine at work to the best of its abilities.

When it comes to doing a career job search, there are job websites galore and many, articles on how to do a job search, and still there are a few simple steps one must follow in order to ensure their job hunting success.

The first step is to decide on what type of job employment you are looking for. Are you a fan of books? Maybe you would suit a job as a librarian. Do you just love learning new programs and designing software? Maybe you would suit being Software Engineer. Choices in the market are limitless; it is just the job logistics you need to finalize.

The second step is to understand what makes the job search complete and workable. Unfortunately, there are many who believe that by solely reading the classifieds they would be able to get quick results and are often disappointed with the slow progress they seem to be making. In all of that, they end up spending all their effort on very few results.

You and I both know that we live in a very modern world, and much of our daily interaction with others, our jobs, lifestyle, etc relies on none other then the internet. There are many job sites as I’ve said before, and you can log on to just about any one of them in order to receive job availabilities, but my advice would be to look for the ones which have resume services as they normally have some combo packages for both making your resume and opening your account. Some even have job

Remember that there is no use in putting all your eggs in one basket so to speak, and you will get the most results if you apply to more then one website that caters to the local area in which you live, or as per your job location needs.

An important thing about searching for jobs on the internet is that it never takes a holiday and is ALWAYS available to you…unless of course – true to Hollywood style - America (God save her) is going down and the rest of the world with her.

But internet or no, we’ve already established the need to not ‘put all your eggs’ in the same basket, and that includes not giving up on those oh so faithful classifieds.

All the best with your search for jobs, good luck!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Cutting Jobs Internationally

The Global Meltdown is hitting companies currently hiring and hitting it hard. No company appears to be safe as jobs universally are getting scare and companies are rapidly downsizing to cut costs. Here is an article from Times of India on one such company that is even now going through the downsizing process:

After a series of changes designed to draw more people to its online marketplace, eBay Inc's latest alteration is aimed at its own employees. The auction site operator said that it will cut about 1,600 jobs, 10 per cent of its work force, in its largest round of dismissals ever.

About 1,000 full-time employees will be gone, while eBay will achieve the rest of the cuts by letting temporary and part-time workers go and by leaving open positions unfilled. eBay would not describe which positions would be cut, other than to say they will come across the company and around the world.

eBay chief executive John Donahoe said in an interview that the cuts were not a reaction to the weak economy. Investors were still disheartened, sending eBay shares to a 5 1/2-year low.

Donahoe, who took over as CEO from Meg Whitman in March, said eBay's leadership had been thinking about making the cuts since midsummer. The moves will make eBay "more responsive and nimble," he said, and will give it an opportunity to reinvest in growth areas like its online payments service PayPal and its classified-ads business -- both of which eBay augmented with acquisitions.

"This is trying to position our company in the right way for the medium to longer term. I would say it is not a reaction to the short-term macro environment, or short-term pressures," Donahoe said.

eBay anticipates $70 million to $80 million in restructuring charges related to the job cuts, mostly in the fourth quarter. The company said the cuts will result in $150 million in annual cost savings.

This round of cuts is eBay's second this year. The company said in March that it would cut 125 positions in Europe and North America, including 70 jobs at its San Jose, California headquarters.

Pacific Crest Securities analyst Steve Weinstein praised eBay for "taking proactive steps" that reflect "the challenging environment they're in." But he also lamented that the cuts indicate how much trouble eBay is having at igniting growth in its core business.

eBay has struggled to match competition from other areas of e-commerce, with many consumers increasingly using more online retailers like Inc that follow a more traditional selling model. In the second quarter, eBay's count of "active users" rose just 1.4 per cent.

Already this year, eBay has altered the fees that vendors pay, its search results and its feedback system in an effort to improve the experience for buyers and keep them coming back. But the changes have also angered a number of sellers, some of whom have left the site.

Donahoe did acknowledge that the weak economy and the effects of the strengthening dollar are hurting eBay's business. Third-quarter revenue will be at the low end of the company's expectations. Nonetheless, eBay said its third-quarter earnings would be higher than it had predicted in July.

eBay's shares fell $1.05, 5.5 percent, to $17.89. The shares have lost about half their value this year. eBay also said that it will purchase Bill Me Later, a privately held company that lets online retailers give shoppers credit without detailed application forms, for about $820 million in cash and $125 million in outstanding options.

The Timonium, Md.-based company is expected to become part of PayPal by the end of the year. Shoppers should be able to use the Bill Me Later service on eBay's sites in the second half of 2009, PayPal President Scott Thompson said in an interview.

eBay might see the purchase as a way to get consumers to buy more-expensive items through the site. Thompson noted that people using Bill Me Later tend to spend more on online retail sites.

"I think they're taking advantage of a good opportunity at this time," said Weinstein, the analyst. "It should help them do well in the payment business in the future."

eBay also said that it purchased Danish classified-ad site and vehicles site for about $390 million in cash. The sites add to eBay's stable of classifieds sites, which include Kijiji and Gumtree.

Donahoe said eBay went after Bill Me Later and the Danish sites now because it is "a good time for smart investors that focus on the long term to move." "In times like this," he said, "strong companies have a potential to get stronger."

Article Courtesy of Times of India

Friday, October 3, 2008

Finding Job Steps

What does it take to find a job? What are the steps involved? How can you find dream jobs that you are searching for? An article found in Job Searching site takes you through the steps that are pivotal to ensuring job hunting success. Best of Luck!

Finding a Job: The First Step
The first step in finding a job is to write a resume or prepare to complete a job application. Depending on the type of job you are searching for, you will need a resume, CV (curriculum vitae) and a cover letter or you will need to complete an application for employment.

In most cases, you will need a resume to apply for full-time, professional job opportunities. If you are seeking a part-time job or work in a career field like hospitality or retail, for example, you will complete an application for employment.

How to write resumes, curriculum vitae and cover letters, including samples and templates.
Compete a Job Application How to complete an employment application, applying for jobs online, via email and in person. Includes samples, examples and advice on the best way to apply.

Step Two - Find Job Listings
The next step in finding a job is to find employment opportunities to apply to. You will need to search the online job search sites, like America's Job Bank, Monster, Career Builder, and Indeed, and utilize offline resources including networking, which is still the way most people find jobs.

Job Listings Job listings, job banks, job sites, employment opportunities listed by location and career field, and other resources to help find a job.

Find a Job How to find job listings, both online and off-line, networking, using a headhunter and more job advice on how and where to look for jobs.

Get Job Search Help Need help with your job search? Here's how job seekers can find free, or inexpensive, resources in their geographic areas.

Job Banks Search the online job banks by by keyword, location or career field. This directory includes job search engines where you can search many databases in one step.

Jobs by Career Field A comprehensive list of job listings sorted by career field including arts, communications, business, education, not-for-profit, legal, science and technology and more.

Local Jobs Staying or home or relocating? Search the local job sites that focus on the locations where you want to work.

Job Fairs Attend a job fair in-person or online.

Networking Networking can sound intimidating and a little bit scary, but, it doesn't have to be and it really does work.

Follow Up It is important to follow up with the people who have interviewed you. Send a thank you letter within twenty-four hours of your interview. Also contact the employer if you haven't heard whether you got the job, or not, within a week or so of interviewing. Inquire about the status of your candidacy and ask if you can provide any additional information.

Thank You Letters Sample thank you letters and other job search correspondence.

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