Job Search Tools in the Digital Age
Step One: Buy your local newspaper and look at the “want ads.”
Haha, just kidding. Who does this anymore? Below are some real job search tools that will help you find the perfect job and stay organized while doing it. If you have any suggestions to add to the list, let us know!
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LinkedIn (the hidden gems)
The 2nd biggest job search tool is LinedIn. Sure, we all know we should create a LinkedIn profile, keep it updated and link to people to build our network. But that is just the basics. LinkedIn has the potential to connect you to THE VERY BEST person who will hire you. Joining groups in LinkedIn is a feature that is often overlooked or dismissed as unimportant, but it can really help. If you think your LinkedIn account could be improved to help you in your job search click here for a LinkedIn makeover.
Besides having a funny name, this online resource is a Personal Relationship Manager for your career. JibberJobber helps you keep track of your job search, networking contacts and other career management information. Track the companies that you apply to (Target Companies). Track each job that you apply for, and log the status of each application (date of first interview, date thank you letter sent, etc.). But it is so much more. Check it out.
Search Engines for Job Listings
It seems like there are as many ways to search for jobs as there are jobs available. This can be daunting and may leave you with the feeling that you are missing something. Instead, pick a couple that you really like and check them often. Here is a list of really popular ones. Oh, and don’t try to find a job on CraigsList.com. It’s just too hard.
- Indeed.com Indeed is the most-trafficked job search engine on the planet. There are more than a billion job searches a month and hundreds of thousands of new postings each week on Indeed. It is very easy to use.
- Glassdoor.com Glassdoor isn’t a traditional job search engine — it’s more like Yelp, but for employees instead of consumers. Search millions of jobs and get the inside scoop on companies with employee reviews, personalized salary tools, and more.
- Monster.com Once considered THE BEST job search engine, that may not bet the case, but it is still a useful tool. Monster has more than a million available listings and you can upload your resume and customize very easily.
- JobCase.com This is a great site for job seekers with non-traditional education and/or work experience.
- CareerBuilding.com offers a basic set of features for searching job postings by skill set, company, and location, among other categories. The free version allows you to upload your resume, manage your job history, and access the site’s comprehensive salary calculator.
- LookSharp.com (previously InternMatch) College students and prospective employees with thin resumes should sign up with Looksharp immediately. The site includes detailed information about various jobs, posted by employers who hope to find applicants who are a perfect fit for their openings.
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