File photo A sign marks the entrance to a job fair in New York on October 24, 2011. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)
The labour market is not as dire as it was six or seven years ago, but finding a job still feels like work in and of itself. As more and more university diplomas are issued each year, the potential pool of employables — your competition, that is-grows proportionally. To stay ahead of the competition and give yourself a chance to hire, you need to exploit every resource available to you (including the web).
Luckily, there are plenty of job search sites and social networks that are available to your sales online, whether you’re a part-time student looking to supplement your income or a former CEO on the hunt for the next big startup. The dog walking gigs jobs here in the Digital Trends, and you can find a job that suits your needs somewhere on the web.
It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, so touch it again and start clicking.
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Indeed, it is the most visited job search engine on the planet. With more than a billion searches per month and hundreds of thousands of new postings each week, the site has no need for a beautiful design. You can get a free, tailored profile, upload a cv and search for jobs aggregated from company pages, associations and various lists on the internet. The results are just as large as they are thorough, or you can filter your search by category, location, or even starting salary.
The site of the associated mobile app, a detailed e-mail alerts, and a series of search plugins are just some of the perks added. The website is relatively simple, but sometimes that’s all you need. Indeed, it is also a useful tool for the employer, who can browse through the cv’s and get in touch with potential candidates. Just be sure to let Tom of Jiffy Lube to know that you’re not interested now.
Glassdoor is not a traditional job search engine — it is more like Yelp, but for employees instead of consumers. Found an ad for a job that sounds great, but don’t know anything about the company in question? Look on Glassdoor, and everything is transparent. The site collects user reviews and inserts them into stars (out of five), with salary information, CEO approval ratings and an employee, and recommendation of the levels to start. The site also features a fairly robust job search database that allows users to query filter by location, job type, and rating.
LinkedIn is the premiere social networking site for professionals, but it is also a good free tool for crowd sourcing and landing jobs. You can make a personal, resume-like profile that you work and experience of various skills and send requests for other LinkedIn users to join their network. If you are connected with another user, you can peruse their network and create valuable contacts to further your connections with other users. The website also features an online job board where employers post vacancies and LinkedIn users can apply.
Craigslist is not only used for landing a free sofa or renting out an extra bedroom in your house. Although the site is harder to navigate than some of the other options on our list — it’s not specifically built for a job, after all — it is still a fantastic resource for checking the current job landscape. Choose your desired location and on one of the many categories (e.g. education, government, hospitality) to start. Try to keep in mind that some of the categories can be overly broad, scammers are abundant, and employers are typically bombarded with applicants.
Monster was once the king of the online job boards. Although that is no longer the case, the site is still a good alternative, that touts more than a million available offers. The site allows you to upload your cv-for more customization, as well as browse the offers on the basis of pay, time, category and a variety of other basic data. The website offers career advice, including cv and salary negotiations tips, possible interview questions and other tips that can help you your next gig. It even features a rating section similar to that of Glassdoor, but it is not very extensive, and some employees have taken the time to submit reviews.
CareerBuilder offers a basic set of features, allowing you to browse and search job postings by skill, company, location, among other categories. A free account gives you options for uploading your resume, managing your job history, and the access to the site comprehensive salary calculator. The site even offers a free job competition report so you can get a glimpse of the competition for any job you are considering. CareerBuilder features plenty of written content with advice and information about the current job market, though as you might expect, much of it is a bit uninspired.
Students and potential employees with thin resumes should sign up with Looksharp immediately. The site, which previously operated under the name InternMatch — contains detailed information about the different jobs, posted by employers hope to find applicants that are a perfect fit for their openings. The site offers a lot of tools to help you find the job you are dreaming of location-based offers for templates for resumes and cover letters. In 2014, Looksharp acquired ReadyForce, a job website focusing on the computer science and engineering, so it is an excellent option if you are interested in these fields.
USAJobs is the US government the official website for the federal contracts and the accompanying information (i.e. eligibility, benefits, salary). Although the site is a bit limited — and as most government sites, the design is terrible — there are still thousands of jobs to be searched, and the site has a large swimming pool of search filters. USAJobs is updated regularly, also, and often, the government has positions that other job sites may have missed. You can even apply for a job directly through the site, allowing you to streamline the entire application process.
Internships.com — a site operated by the textbook resale hub Chegg — is a great option if you are a student looking to gain some valuable work experience, or if you’re not looking for a full-fledged job. The website is one of the largest internship aggregators-to-date and has more than 180,000 positions on more than 100,000 businesses peppered throughout the country. You can search by paid or unpaid internships, full-or part-time positions, and a lot of other options, including category, company and location. Plus the site offers a free mobile app, and a string of resume templates if you are just beginning your hunting.