While we’re on the topic of finding things online, let’s look at some of the better job and career resources out there. From mechanic to teacher to nurse’s aid to architect, there are employment resources and job finding sites for every career.
What Are They?
Job listing/career sites tend to fall into three categories:
- Job ads sites just have job listings – an online classifieds section.
- Career resources may have some job listings, but they’re mostly there to help you with the skills of finding a job: writing resumes & cover letters, interviewing, networking and more.
- Combination sites have lots of job listings and some skill-building resources, especially resume and cover letter tips.
Each type of site is useful, depending on where you are in your career and what your needs are right now.
Job Ads Sites
These online classifieds will give you tons of possible opportunities…and that’s it.
- Craigslist.org – one of the most well-known places to find local job listings. There’s a special Craigslist for cities around the world, such as boston.craigslist.org. You can also find volunteer opportunities, internships and other non-primary employment listings.
- Online newspapers – Most major newspapers have an online version and they still have their job classifieds.
- Simply Hired – a new database of job listings, they also have average salary and job trend information.
- Indeed.com looks and works like Google search, extremely simple to use and to save search alerts to be sent to your email.
- USAJobs.gov is the official US government site for Federal jobs and employment information.
- You can also look for job listings from organizations and associations. LISjobs is a national library job listing site; HCareers (Hospitality Works) covers any hotel or hospitality field, including cruise ships and resorts.
- Different kinds of careers and fields have their own sites, like CoolWorks.com (“Jobs in Great Places”). Use a search engine to find sites for the jobs you’re looking for.
Each of these sites has job listings, but they also have many articles on writing resumes and cover letters, interviewing dos and don’ts,
- Monster.com has recently expanded their Career Tools section. Also, they let you upload your resume and post it, so employers can find you.
- Career Builder has all the basics, and special resource sections on topics like fraud protection and employment rights.
- US.jobs from the National Labor Exchange has thousands of listings, but check out their information on relocation and their salary calculator. They also suggest resources for specific Areas of Interest, like Seniors, Veterans and Students.
- LinkedIn is a social network for professionals. It’s one way you can develop the connections you need to get recommendations and find jobs using those personal links.
- About.com Job Search offers articles and resources for every part of the job search, from listings to acceptance letters.
- Your local public library has many books, DVDs and online resources available to help you in your job search, and they may offer resume writing and interviewing workshops.
- One of those resources may be Career Transitions, a career resources database that uses Indeed.com to find job listings as well. If your library has Career Transitions, definitely check out the Interview Simulator, where you answer questions and get feedback about your answers.
If you’re not looking to find a new job, but to hire folks into your jobs, nearly every single one of these resources has something for you. Check out the listings sites for tips on getting good applicants using their site, and the career resources sites for thoughts on retaining good employees.