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Getting Ready for a Job Fair by Surfing the Web

April 24, 2007|By The One-Stop Job Center

HAGERSTOWN - Getting ready to attend the Spring Job Fair? If so, part of your preparation should be researching companies you are most interested in. One of the best ways to prepare is to use the Internet.

The Washington County One-Stop Job Center provides suggestions from area employers on the importance of using the Internet in job search:

· Visit a company's web site to learn about job and career openings.

· If you want to work for a specific company, make their web site your very first stop so you can tailor your application, résumé or cover letter to meet their needs.

· Take a look at industry and job specific web sites: e.g., health care, trucking, trade, government, construction, retail, aviation, technical and insurance.

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The Washington County One-Stop Job Center has suggestions about on-line applications:

· Learn what to expect in the on-line application process; many employer web sites require an email account for the on-line application.

· Write down any login and password you create and be sure to read all of the material on each screen of the on-line application.

· Have all your personal information, such as employment start and end dates, education, addresses of employers, and names of supervisors, at your fingertips before you begin an on-line application.

Employers in Washington County, Maryland are increasingly turning to the Internet for recruitment and hiring so job seekers should be prepared to apply online and communicate with prospective employers by email. A general rule for using online job searches is no more than 25% of your total time should be spent exploring careers, researching companies, posting resumes, and searching for jobs.

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's Internet job service can also be reached online: www.mwejobs.com. Or visit the Washington County One-Stop Job Center, 14 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD or go to: www.dllr.state.md.us/county/wash.

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