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Digital downfalls

Despite the increased popularity of using the Internet in job searches, experts warn against putting too much faith in the digital, faceless process.

“I think maybe people overestimate what the Internet can do for them,” said Celeste Coffman of Calhoun Community College’s career center.

When you post a resume online, it can easily get overlooked in the scores of resumes floating through cyberspace. Also, many smaller employers don’t depend on the Internet to find people, she said.

Julie White, vice president of investor relations for the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, agreed.

“I still feel very strongly about personal references and referrals,” she said “There’s that personal connection. It tends to create a little cohesion between the job and the abilities the person has.”

Networking is still the name of the game, both agreed. Joining local trade organizations to meet more people in your field and broadcasting the fact you are looking for a job is a good way to make face-to-face contact with someone who may be able to help you.

If you do have to apply for a job online and don’t know anyone at the company, still make an effort to set yourself apart, Coffman said. In fact, her mother once got a job because she was the only applicant who sent a thank-you card to the employer after an interview.

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