National Recruitment Process Outsourcing Firm Lists the Top Online Job Search Do's & Don'ts

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With the national unemployment rate at 5.7 percent and 8.8 million people out of work, job seekers can use all the help they can get. Nicole Cox, Director of Recruitment for Decision Toolbox, offers these online job search do's and don'ts.

Monster, Craig's List, CareerBuilder, Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace. These are just a few of the online portals people use to find jobs these days. But, with the national unemployment rate at 5.7 percent (Source: U.S. Department of Labor) and 8.8 million people out of work, job seekers can use all the help they can get.

Nicole Cox, Director of Recruitment for Decision Toolbox (http://www.dtoolbox.com) -- a recruitment process outsourcing firm that has filled thousands of positions for clients nationwide, offers these online job search "dos" and "don'ts":

Do

•Have a professional e-mail address -- sexpot@aol.com is not one of them.
•Do put your awards, accomplishments, examples of work if appropriate on your profile - i.e. graphic artists, for example, would want an interactive multi-media portfolio on their web page.
•LinkedIn and other sites allow you to recommend people. Do that. You get recommendations in return.
•Do watch your spelling. One candidate typed a curse word instead of the word "shift" in his e-mail.
•Do pay attention to the resume submission directives for the online posting. If you try to go around the process, you could just irritate the person who put time and money into implementing that process.

Don't

•Don't get nasty if you don't the get the job. Companies and recruiters do use their database when filling the next position. If you wrote a nasty e-mail, it could be captured in your profile.
•Don't bad mouth any previous or current employer. This tells a recruiter or company about your character and ethics.
•Don't write a cover letter if you're not going to put some time and effort into it. A one liner is not going to be impressive and neither will a generic one. Either fully commit to writing a smart cover letter or don't include one at all.

About Decision Toolbox
Decision Toolbox is a recruitment process outsourcing company, and since its founding in 1992 has filled thousands of positions for large and small clients nationwide, across virtually all industries, disciplines and levels for an average Cost Per Hire of 7 percent of first year salary. The company offers its clients leading-edge processes, tools and technology that bring clarity and efficiency to the recruitment process, many of which are now recognized as recruitment best practices. For more information, go to http://www.dtoolbox.com.

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