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Job seeking goes high-tech

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you're one of the many people still looking for a job - you may want to consider taking that search high tech, if you haven't already. But beware searching online comes with pros and cons.

The current market makes the chore of finding work hard enough. The internet is providing the unemployed more options to apply for open positions, but in a forum filled with so much information, finding the right position is more difficult than ever.

Graphic artist Matt Harrington has been unemployed for close to 100 days. It is the first time in 10 years he has gone this long without steady employment.

In that time a lot has changed.

"It was a lot of actually going into businesses with my suit and tie on and actually handing them my resume' and application right there," said Harrington.

In 2009, Harrington applies for jobs in shorts and a T-shirt in front of his home computer. Applying is easy.

"Well over 200 jobs, probably 250, I would say"

But finding serious leads is not. Harringtion is competing with thousands of other job seekers just like him that have the same easy access.

They are logging on to sites like Career Builder that offer basic application and resume services and more advanced sites like www.allpinkslips.com . It describes itself as a one stop online portal for job seekers. Not only does it claim to help people looking for work, it helps those already working by having the latest information on companies looking to layoff and chat services that allow people to network online. 

According to Harrington, finding the right online tool is hard work in itself.

"You just got to learn how to weed through the bad stuff," he said.

Yet another challenge in an incredibly difficult job market.

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