You've probably heard someone say that looking for a job is a full-time job. There's no doubt that an efficient, effective job search involves at least as much time, diligence and discipline as a regular 9-to-5 workday. But perhaps most importantly, it takes organization.
And as expectations and standards for job applications continue to change, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the process. For instance, if "The Macarana" was the No. 1 song on the charts the last time you were looking for a job, you might feel a little lost about the best ways to find a job in the modern Internet era.
To make matters worse, the competition is stiff: Looking for a job in a down market means you'll be vying against more applicants for fewer positions. Successfully navigating the online job search means being organized enough to apply for many jobs, allowing you to maximize your chances of landing one. But at the same time, you'll need to target your search toward jobs that are best-suited to you while personalizing your applications so you stand out from the competition.
Luckily, the Internet also offers tools to help you with this difficult balancing act.