Much has been said in the last decade about using the internet for job search. Gone are the days when a job seeker circled job ads in the newspaper. Today there are an overwhelming amount of websites and online tools for the average job seeker. I want to caution you about throwing a dart at an undefined target and expecting results. Just like everything else, it helps to have a plan and focus your efforts at a niche targeted space. I have selected a variety of niche sites and resources that can be helpful.
General Job Search– check out these comprehensive sites for helpful articles, job search tips and tools, and some even have career research centers that are easily accessible.
- www.Indeed.com – job search tool
- www.careershift.com – job search tool
- www.jigsaw-jobs.com– professional staffing firm
Company Research – valuable company information to help you when considering a position.
- www.news.Google.com– search for companies in the news
- www.Hoovers.com– large company and contact database
- www.Wetfeet.com– includes advice, research, and inspiration to plan and achieve a successful career
- www.Glassdoor.com– millions of job listings, company salaries, reviews, and inside connections for companies
- www.zoominfo.com– manage your web profile and be searched by recruiters
- www.manta.com– find U.S. companies by categories
Military – great resources for military personnel and spouses re-entering the job market.
- www.military.com, www.veteranscareerfair.com, and www.monster.com resources for local and virtual career fairs.
- www.military.com also has a skills translator to help you interpret your military experience so you don’t feel like you are in a jobless black hole when it comes to using your military job skills
- www.Milicruit.com helps veterans and military spouses find jobs
- www.navytimes.com/careers/ offers info about transitions, college & G.I. Bill.
- www.woundedwarrierproject.org is an organization aimed at honoring and empowering injured military service members
- Government resource that helps veterans with recovery and employment assistance http://www.dol.gov/vets/REALifelines/index.htm
- http://www.fedshirevets.gov/index.aspx government website to help veterans find jobs in the federal government
- National Resource Directory, a partnership with the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs https://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov/
Government – career exploration for federal government jobs and related industries
- www.acinet.org – career one stop site
- www.onetonline.org – O*net online – descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers
- www.MyNextMove.org – part of o*net – search career keywords and industries
- http://mappingyourfuture.org/planyourcareer/careership/index.cfm– part of o*net – online career exploration
Executives –targeted to upper level managers, and C-level executives filled with resources.
40+ Job seekers – Age-specific sites that address the challenges and concerns of the 40+ individual seeking a career change.
- http://www.jobs4point0.com/– job listings for 40+ jobseekers
- www.55-alive.com – contains career articles for the 55+ sector, as well as articles relating to overall life and well being
- www.internsover40.blogspot.com/ – career tools and articles
Social Media – These websites help a job seeker maximize their online search through social media resources.
- www.Vizibility.comcreate QR code for your resume and help control what hiring agents find out about you on Google
- www.tweetmyjobs.commatches job seeker up with jobs and sends results via cell phone, twitter or email
- CNN’s cost of living calculator http://cgi.money.cnn.com/tools/costofliving/costofliving.html
- www.salary.com for many resources related to salary
As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog, I have chosen a selection of sites that I thought you would find beneficial to use in your job search. It is at least a place to start. Of course, using a certified resume writer and/or career coach can also help you navigate through career transition. These professionals specialize in writing resumes, LinkedIn profiles and other career materials, as well as coaching a job seeker through the various aspects of a career change.
A special thank you to Karen Chopra for compiling this list at the recent Career Thought Leader Conference.