You're looking for a new job and you're trying your best to figure out which tools are best for your job search. You already know you don't have time to tend them all. Just as it's important to narrow the focus of the kinds of jobs you want, it's important to narrow the number of online sites you use for your search. I regularly recommend the following sites for my clients. Sure, there are many, many to choose from, and other coaches may have their preferences, but these are mine. I've chosen these based on three factors: they are all free, I have clients with proven success with them, and they are easy to use.
1. LinkedIn.com. LinkedIn is THE tool for your search, hands down, no argument. Create a strong profile and use the system regularly and frequently. This is your public facing resume. Recruiters use LinkedIn, reportedly, 95% of the time to find great candidates. Be sure you're there, with a great brand, and easily found! I'll be writing a blog in the coming week on best tips for your LinkedIn profile. Using the Advanced Job Search allows to you to find jobs AND who you may know in your network who has a connection there. Remember, MOST people get their next job through a personal connection, not an online job application. Like most sites, you can set up a feed for daily emails with new job listings.
2. Glassdoor.com. Glassdoor has most of the information you want to know about a company. I like to describe it as the Wikipedia of job searching. People contribute information from jobs they have had in the past based on their personal experience. This includes company reviews, salaries, and job interviews. It also includes current job openings. Want to know about a company's culture? Salaries? All of this can be found. Like most sites, you can set up a feed for daily emails with new job listings.
3. Indeed.com. Hands down the #1 tool for looking for a job posting. Indeed is an aggregate of most online job posting sites, allowing you to a single point to search. Like most sites, you can set up a feed for daily emails with new job listings.
4. Simplyhired.com. Another site for job listings that many of my clients have preferred, and have been able to find jobs not listed on the other sites.
5. Salary.com. This is a great source of salary information. Been in your job a long time and not sure what your market rate is? Or new to a profession and curious what you can expect? This site can help you identify average salaries for your level and chosen profession. This is a critical piece of knowledge from the very beginning of your search, through to negotiations!
6. Angel.co. Interested in start ups? This is the site for you. Angel lists start up jobs across North America.
7. USAJOBS.gov. Interested in working for the federal government? This is the central job posting/application site for all federal jobs.
8. Snagajob.com. This website is dedicated to hourly employees, a nice niche in my eyes. Works much like the other sites, but focuses just on hourly positions.
9. Jobscan.co. (yes, just .co, and not .com) This is another site you must explore! You get 5 free uses of this site. Jobscan allows you to test your resume against a job description to estimate how your resume will rank against other candidates. You simply copy/paste your resume in one window and the job description in the other and click Analyze. Shoot for 80% or higher. It will tell you what key words are missing from your resume. Remember, your network is the way to get your next job, but it's still good to get your resume past the applicant tracking system!
10. JibberJobber.com. No, this is not an animated toy. This is a free tool to keep your job search organized. It tracks your contacts, emails, applications, etc. Some clients have loved it, while others did not, so take a look and make your own assessment. I know when I was in the job search, I could have used something like this!
That's it. My top 10. Check each one out, and I'd love to hear your thoughts as well as sites not listed here that you prefer. Maybe I'll include them in the 2nd edition of this list!
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