The Disadvantages of an Online Job Search


Finding a job is no longer limited to sending out resumes through regular mail and filling out paper applications. Thanks to the Internet, you can now search for jobs online. Yet, there are also disadvantages to online job searches.

Wasted Time

  • Online job searches can be a waste of time if you're depending mainly on this tool to find work. To be effective in looking for work, you'll have to network with others. You can do this by attending job fairs, meeting with friends, volunteering in a certain aspect of your field and visiting places to onquire about jobs.

Complacency in Resume Preparation

  • While you may enjoy the convenience of online job searches, it becomes easy to not tailor your resume and cover letter to the position you're applying for. When applying online, make sure you've read the job description carefully to avoid sending a generic resume.

Job Leads May Be Outdated

  • Some online job searchers think most of the positions they see online are the latest ones. Yet, just like the newspaper job ads, some of the job leads may be outdated. When applying, look at the posting date located next to each position and contact the company if you're not sure.

Possibility of Scams

  • Another disadvantage of online job searches is that some job postings seem too good to be true. Signs of a job scam include not needing a lot of work experience and that you can work from home and still make a lot of money. If you find the ad's claims are too extravagant, don't apply.


  • There's nothing wrong with using the Internet to find a job. In fact, a company may list jobs that you won't always find in the newspaper. However, don't use it as a cure-all method. Combine your Internet search with traditional job-hunting methods and you may find the job you're looking for.

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