Whether you’re just starting out in your career, looking for your next great opportunity, or considering a career change, finding that perfect fit requires a combination of networking and actively looking for and applying for jobs. But how do you actually locate opportunities?
In today’s digital environment, job seekers can find plenty of opportunities within minutes. Job search websites are some of the best places to find a job, but these sites vary widely in terms of quality and what information you’ll find. Below, we’ve aggregated some of the top general and industry-specific job search sites to help you find your next position.
General Job Search Sites
Indeed.com is the first stop for many job seekers, compiling job descriptions from hundreds of thousands of job boards, company career pages, and other websites. You can upload your resume and create a profile for free as well as use filters such as salary, category, and location to find your next job. You can also read company reviews to help you find the right fit.
You’re probably well-familiar with LinkedIn as a networking tool to connect with other professionals, but did you know LinkedIn also has job listings? In many cases, you can apply for a job directly through LinkedIn using information from your profile.
Not only can users find job listings on Glassdoor, but they can also read in-depth reviews of companies from current and past employees and salary ranges for given positions as reported by employees. Additionally, you can read sample interview questions for companies and roles to help you prepare. A new feature on Glassdoor called “Know Your Worth” allows you to estimate your salary based on your title, company, location, and experience.
One of the largest job boards, CareerBuilder allows you to search listings, upload your resume, and receive career advice. CareerBuilder also incorporates local newspaper classifieds into its listings, expanding the breadth of possibilities.
One of the original online job boards, Monster allows you to search by filters such as category, location, and specific keywords. You can also save searches and create alerts for keywords or titles. Monster offers many career resources, including advice for improving your resume.
LinkUp pulls job opportunities directly from employer websites, so you’ll find plenty of job listings you wouldn’t find elsewhere. This eliminates the possibility of finding duplicate, outdated, or fake listings. You can also create job alerts, save searches, and favorite job descriptions.
Simply Hired aggregates job listings from thousands of sources, including social media, company career sites, and other job boards. Users may also upload their resumes, create profiles, set up job alerts, and receive company and career advice. You can also compare your salary to the average salaries for similar national and local jobs.
Specializing in media professions, including marketing, advertising, writing and editing, and creative fields, MediaBistro allows you to search for jobs based on features like specialty, such as social media, video, and publishing, experience level, location, duration, salary range, and other factors. The website also provides paid career services including resume and LinkedIn profile editing and career counseling and online courses to learn and grow skills necessary for media professions.
9. Talent Zoo
Talent Zoo allows job seekers to find advertising, marketing, creative, digital, and other media positions. You can upload your resume or portfolio to allow employers to find you or make your profile private to keep your information unsearchable, while still submitting your resume when you apply for jobs through the site.
On Dice, you’ll find salary information, career advice, and industry news for people in the tech world. You can also search for jobs, upload and store your resume and cover letters, and track jobs by setting up notifications.
A platform that connects angel investors—people who provide seed money to get startups off the ground and receive equity in return—with startups looking for funding, AngelList also provides a search tool for job seekers looking to work at startups, allowing them to access thousands of job listings and apply through a single application. You’ll be able to see the salary upfront and connect directly to the hiring managers, rather than third-party recruiters. Although the jobs are with tech startups, they aren’t limited to programming and software engineering positions; you’ll also find marketing, accounting, and other types of roles.
Like Glassdoor, Comparably collects salary information and reviews of companies from employees who work there. You can also learn about company culture via infographics based on questions such as “Is your current company transparent about the financial status and well being of your company?”. You can also find job opportunities that match your ideal work environment and culture by answering a short series of questions.
SchoolSpring allows you to search thousands of jobs based on keyword, job ID, location, grade level, job category, and other factors. You can also create a profile to customize opportunities that match your experience and skill set, create alerts, and store and manage your documents in one place.
14. K12 Jobspot
This ever-expanding database of more than 55,000 positions from 11,000+ school districts (as of July 2018, when I accessed the site) allows you to create a profile and search for specific keywords and criteria. The newest opportunities are posted first.
Along with a search engine feature allowing you to look for jobs based on keyword, grade level, and other factors, Teachers-Teachers offers resources such as state-by-state teacher certification requirements and career advice.
Health Jobs nationwide boasts more than 1.5 million healthcare job listings for physicians, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals. Medical Mingle, the site’s free professional network, allows users to connect and interact with one another.
Biotechnology, pharmaceutical, science, medicine, and healthcare professionals can create a free profile and find job listings matching their specifications. Applicants may be alerted when their applications are viewed. In addition to job searching, candidates can also read articles with career advice and pay for upgraded features, which include application tracking and better job matches.
18. Career Vitals
Healthcare professionals in a variety of specialties, including women’s health, psychiatry, and home care, can search millions of listings and connect with employers. You can upload your resume to receive a free resume critique.
In addition to other criteria, CollegeRecruiter allows you to search for jobs by your college major. Recent college graduates and current students alike can find entry-level and part-time jobs and internships. The site also offers resources and advice for recent graduates and free resume critiques.
Recent college graduates who aren’t sure of their career focus will find valuable tools and advice on CollegeGrad.com. The entry-level career job search site allows you to read career profiles on more than 600 careers, such as editing, fashion design, finance, human resources, science, therapy, and many other occupations. The profiles feature relevant jobs, typical duties, work environments, schedules, salaries, and other information. You can also receive resume and interview advice and find out your expected salary, as well as browse jobs.
AfterCollege features more than 400,000 jobs and internships for current students and recent graduates, matching job seekers with prospective positions based on degree, school, skills, and interests. Searching for your college or alma mater allows you to find opportunities, events, and networks limited to members of that community.
22. GI Jobs
GI Jobs offers a veteran job board that allows you to search by location and military specialty, “hot jobs” for vets, and tips and advice for transitioning into civilian roles. You’ll also find a pay calculator and education opportunities.
This organization for military personnel and veterans offers a job search function for a variety of industries, career advice, and information about veteran-friendly employers.
Offered through the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, the Veteran Employment Center partners with the U.S. Department of Labor to provide career resources and advice and access to employers looking to hire veterans and their spouses. You can also explore job and training opportunities.
Geared toward veterans searching for defense and private security jobs, Silent Professionals is a job board with advertising open positions around the world.
Want a career doing good in the world? Then Idealist is a great place to start. Users can find nonprofit jobs in more than 30 categories, including counseling, operations, teaching, writing, and more. You can also find volunteering and internship opportunities.
Commongood enables you to find managerial positions in the nonprofit sector. The site also provides articles and advice for both employers and job seekers and paid career advisement services.
It’s a good idea to browse multiple job boards and upload your resume to different sites to maximize your potential for finding the right fit. If you’re concerned about privacy, most job search websites allow you to set your profile or resume to private to prevent current employers or colleagues from finding out that you’re looking. You can also find plenty of niche sites for more specialized positions and industries.
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