Gone are the days when you had to go into a location and fill out a job application nowadays, everything is online. Some people do still physically go into a location to ask for a job. However, most of those places will direct them to a job application on the website…. or they'll look at you like you just crawled out of a cave because nobody goes into an office to ask for a job anymore!
So what do you do when you find yourself in need of a new job? You go online of course to job sites!
Sure, you can just Google to see what jobs are available near you. But there is no guarantee that those sites will actually have something for you; you'll need to check out some of the best job sites in the business.
LinkedIn is the social media platform to be on for professionals. It's a great place to network with like-minded individuals and other people in your field. Unlike Facebook, people don't spend hours on LinkedIn every day. Chalk it up to the lack of Farmville and other addicting games. Rather, most people go on there maybe 10 minutes a day to check in with their connections and keep up with any company news.
Most businesses will post a job opening on LinkedIn, and around 87% of recruiters currently use LinkedIn to find relevant candidates. They know that many talented individuals use the website and have relevant work experience on it. Some places will allow you to simply use your LinkedIn profile to apply, so make sure yours is up-to-date.
Pro Tip: Even if LinkedIn isn't super useful in your field or you don't feel it necessary to use it daily, it's worth it just to have a nice profile set up so people can find and verify who you are.
Indeed takes job postings from several different websites and puts them all in one place. It also searches through several career pages of prominent companies and posts jobs found there. You can think of it like you're crazy hacks who stalks you and knows everything about you and your family, except as it applies to job listings. And, Indeed doesn't know where you live.
You can use a global or local search, as well as search for a salary range and use other filters to find your perfect job. Indeed also offers email notices (like a “Google alert” for jobs), so you don't have to miss a job posting.
Similar to Indeed, CareerBuilder compiles information from several sources. It uses news media such as press releases and blog posts to inform its job postings. However, unlike Indeed, it offers a variety of career resources, like advice and blog articles. You can use their personalized career tests to get an idea of what sort of industry you would succeed in.
You also have one free use of a feature called Hire Insider. This feature allows you to see how you compare to the competition for a particular job. If you want to see how good your guns are, this feature could seal the deal for you.
Along with job postings, Glassdoor has a large collection of company reviews created by their employees. Glassdoor allows you to see what it would be like to work for a particular company. A job posting might seem like the perfect fit for you, but you will need to make sure the company fits as well.
Another great thing about Glassdoor is that the companies don't have any say on what goes into the reviews about them. You can be sure that what you see is the truth instead of what the company wants you to see.
Knowing what you're worth is crucial when applying for jobs, and Payscale helps you do this. It ensures you and the company are in sync with compensation expectations and also helps ensure you ask for as much as you can get. This will help ensure your paycheck goes far enough to make you feel values, pay your bills, and meet all of your financial goals.
They've updated their functionalities lately so you can enter in tons of specific advice and get a scary-accurate picture of what you're worth in your industry and area (since compensation often varies by locale.) Definitely, DO NOT MISS this one.
Career Blogs (that also…happen to be job sites)
Nobody paid me to say this…but we also love sites like The Muse (geared toward women), Levo and The Ladders for career-focused advice that's actually fun and actionable and not super boring and generic. Be sure to check those out for advice on how to dust off your resume, handle tricky job situations and manage difficult co-workers.
If you are looking for a field-specific job, it's likely there is a specific job website or forum out there for you, but first, you'll want to make sure that your job website has the makings of a reputable site. You wouldn't trust your baby to someone who's never changed a diaper, so you shouldn't trust your resume and sensitive information on a shady website.
Make sure the website displays https in the address bar. That way, you'll know the website is secure and trustworthy. Search online for reviews by others who have used the site before. If the site looks like it was designed in the late 90s, don't go any further.
If you feel like a site you've been using hasn't got you anywhere, or hasn't displayed any positions you've been interested in, don't waste your time on it. Even if it is one of the best job sites around, if it doesn't help you go where you need to go, then isn't great for you.
What are your favorite job sites?