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Tips for online job-seekers


© St. Petersburg Times, published February 8, 1999

So are you ready for the world to see your resume? Maybe even the boss who doesn't know you're checking out other jobs?

That is a potential problem if you post your resume online, and it is enough to make some people shy away from the imponderables of online job searches.

Two of the biggest job sites, CareerMosaic and Monster.com, suggest similar approaches for sheltering your identity: Use initials rather than your full name, for example. Set up the account so that the sites will forward you the e-mail responses. Then you can choose which to reply to.

Monster.com hopes it can soon incorporate filtering software that could exclude designated companies or individuals from seeing a resume, said Linda Natansohn, vice president of consumer marketing.

Posting a resume online is easy. At CareerMosaic (http://www.areermosaic.comc) for example, the job hunter fills out a template, with name, city and state, phone number, e-mail address, current job title, a job category that fits your interest (such as accounting) and even a place to paste the text of your regular resume.

CareerMosaic gives a clear warning before you click the submit button: "Remember that it will be searchable by anyone with Internet access. CareerMosaic does not provide any security or confidentiality of the information contained in your resume."

Viewing job opportunities is even easier. Depending on the site, a job hunter can choose a location, job category, job title, salary, company, or other criteria to produce either a wide-ranging view of what is available or a narrower scope.

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