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When I sought my first staff position in science writing, the Web didn't exist. Now I rely on it daily. Online resources provide limitless options in your job search, whether you're a writer like me, or a scientist seeking a research position.

From start to finish, the Web can mostly help--but sometimes hinder--the job hunt. Judy Brobst and Erin Fendrich, both career counselors at Colorado State University, advise job hunters not to rely entirely on the Web or on E-mail to apply for and eventually secure a job. The two experts spoke at the recent annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Many technically savvy people who do their entire job search online don't get the response they expect, because they don't follow up with prospective employers by phone. Job seekers need to make contact with actual people, not just virtual addresses. As long...

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