Job Hunting Tips
Looking for a New Job
Finding a New Job
If you've looked online for a job lately, you've likely run across an amazing job listing and clicked on it only to discover that it's from a site that requires you to fork over some cash before you can find out the full job information and apply. Sometimes these sites are legit, and other times not so much. So to be safe, we suggest you hang onto your cash and only use free sites when searching for jobs. Here are some suggestions for some job sites that are not only completely free, but they're also quite awesome.
Craigslist has a tendency to get caught up in tawdry scandals, but it's actually a legitimate place to find an apartment, buy things, and even find a job. You can search for jobs by city or region, and categories range from media to retail to medical jobs. And to avoid having to manually check Craigslist for job listings every day, use a third-party service like If This Then That to set up email alerts to notify you when jobs with certain keywords become available. Beware, though. Because it's usually free to post job listings, Craigslist has a tendency to attract scammers, so if a job seems sketchy ("Work from home!" "Make $2,000 a week!" "Work via mail!" "Exclamation points!!!"), don't apply.
Monster and Careerbuilder are similarly as broad and diverse as Craigslist, but they tend to also attract more companies and corporations in addition to local businesses. You can build a profile and market yourself so that employers will come to you, and there are many resources available to help improve your job-searching techniques. Plus, instead of having to check these massive sites daily, you can set up a variety of job alerts that will go directly to your inbox.
SimplyHired and Indeed are great sites that search other job boards and compile all the results together in one place. They not only search job boards, but they also search direct company career pages, so you end up with a very comprehensive list of the job listings you're searching for. Remember to narrow your keywords, though. Otherwise you'll end up with an enormous list containing many jobs you're not interested in.
WorkInRetail is a great site if you're looking for a retail job, either full- or part-time. It lists jobs from all types of retail stores of course, but it also lists banking and hospitality jobs. It's powered by CareerBuilder, so you can build a profile and easily apply to jobs as you find them instead of having to go through the whole application process for every individual position.
Idealist is a very handy and simple site for finding jobs in the not-for-profit sector, which includes everything from education to museums to social services. The jobs listed are in all types of categories, including administrative work, web-programming, marketing, accounting, and managerial and executive positions. Not-for-profit jobs don't tend to be high-paying, but if you're looking to work at a company that makes a difference in the world, check it out!
If you're in need of a more industry-specific job board, don't fret! There are many to choose from. MediaBistro is a great site for advertising, social media, publishing, and journalism jobs. Dice is a handy site for all things tech/web, IT, and engineering. Mandy lists all types of film, television and media jobs. Similarly, Playbill lists theatrical and arts-related jobs (mainly in New York, but all around the country as well).
USAJobs is the official jobs website for the federal government, and it covers a wide array of different occupations in the "public sector." There are listings all over the country, and they range from entry-level to high paying executive positions in fields like education, human resources, transportation, labor, social services, engineering, and the list goes on. They even have a list of resources for finding state and local government jobs.
If your career field has an official organization or association, there may be a corresponding job board. These are a great resource since they are guaranteed to list jobs in the field in which you're searching. There are industry organization job boards ranging from accounting to museums to advertising, and many more. Similarly, sites like LinkedIn use your career contacts and past jobs to connect you to opportunities you may be interested in.
If you know the exact companies you want to work for, go straight to the source. Find every company's career center that you're interested in (they're often buried behind several websites, so go digging!), make a listing of them, and check them daily. The listings often originate on the company's website and can then take a few days to show up on other job boards like Indeed or SimplyHired, so the sooner you can apply to these jobs, the better!
Finally, if you've found a job listing worth applying to but you don't know much about the company that's hiring, check out reviews of the company on Glassdoor. Current and former employees can anonymously post salaries, benefits, and reviews of employers, giving you an inside look at what the corporate culture and pay rates are like for that company. It's like having a friend who already works there giving you the inside scoop!
Andrew Kardon is the president and co-founder of JoeShopping.com, a social shopping site dedicated to saving money through coupons, hot deals, price comparisons, product reviews, shopping blogs and more.
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