At the beginning of your career, searching for a job can be quite frustrating, but just like in any other area, you can use the Internet to improve your job search experience.
You don't have to step out of your house to search for a job anymore. With job search websites, you can easily find and apply for jobs from the comfort of your home.
Job search websites are sites that compile and list available jobs. Some of these sites offer services such as career coaching and resume writing on the side, but their major goal is to provide job seekers with relevant, authentic opportunities.
There are two major types of job search sites:
The Job sites listed in this guide are a mix of both types.
It is not enough to just know these sites as there are hundreds of them, and it's easy to get overwhelmed.
This is why I wrote this guide to show you:
Indeed was founded in 2004 and has grown to be one of the world's most popular job search sites. It boasts of about 250 million users and claims that 10 new jobs are added to its site every second.
In addition to jobs posted directly by employers, It also features millions of aggregated job listings from different companies, and this ensures that its job listings cater to job seekers in every industry, with different experience levels and job types (internships, freelance, part-time, full-time).
Indeed is completely free and easy to navigate. You don't need to open an account, but signing up for an account allows you to complete applications faster with the aid of a pre-uploaded resume and receive emails when new jobs that match your saved job searches are posted.
Candidates can filter their search by job title and location, salary range, date posted, and experience level. The site also offers a salary comparison tool, a company review section- where you can read about a company before applying, a resume builder tool, and a career blog.
All these, alongside its easy-to-use android and IOS apps, help Indeed deliver over 2.5X more hires globally than other branded job sites combined.
LinkedIn is a popular social media platform with over 740 million registered users. It is a networking powerhouse that allows you to follow, connect and message recruiters you are interested in working with.
All you need to get started on LinkedIn is a profile. This profile serves as the digital resume that LinkedIn sends it out along with your application anytime you apply for a job. So, you should dedicate time and effort to make it detailed and optimized.
LinkedIn is free to use but offers a premium membership option that allows you to see who viewed your profile, detailed insights on the other applicants who applied for the listings you're interested in, and the ability to send messages to people you've not yet connected with.
Additionally, Linked In has a blog where you can share and find career-related content. It also allows you to participate in discussions in different industry groups once you get accepted into the group.
LinkedIn features make it easy to build professional connections and network with like minds in your field.
Glassdoor is popularly known for job and company reviews, but it also has one of the most reliable jobs search engines. It was founded in 2008 and has a large database that includes about 1.3 million employers and 9 million job listings.
Glassdoor allows you to search by several criteria, including category, location, company, keyword, and job title. To get started, create a profile, upload your resume, and sign up for mail alerts of curated job listings.
One feature that makes Glassdoor stand out is its focus on providing job seekers with detailed information on companies, so you can research about a company's culture, salary, and other benefits without leaving the site.
Every job listing is always accompanied by enough information about the job and the company offering the job. Companies also have profiles on the site, which you can visit to read detailed reviews.
The site offers a list of common questions that specific companies ask during interviews and a search tool allows job seekers to find common salary ranges for their profession and location.
GetWork, formerly known as Link up, is known for its up-to-date job listings. It does this by indexing jobs from more than 50,000 companies. It claims to add new job listings to its database within the same hour they are posted, and its job listings cut across various fields, including marketing, tech, and finance.
You do not need to sign up for an account to access its job listing, but an account allows you to bookmark and save job listings for later and also receive email notifications on job openings.
What sets GetWork apart is, humans verify all its job listings before they are posted.
AngelList is one of the best job sites for finding startup jobs. It is used by over 100,000 startups to hire talents, and to get started, you need to sign up and set up your profile.
Just like LinkedIn, your profile serves as a resume when you apply to jobs. You can filter your job search by job title, location, and job types(full-time, part-time, internships). When applying for jobs, you would also need to write a short cover letter to demonstrate why you are the best fit for the job.
One unique thing about this job site is how it allows you to know the exact person who would read your application. Such information can prove to be a game-changer in your job search. With a little research, you can understand what the hiring manager wants to see in an application.
Scouted was founded in 2015, in a bid to give job seekers, especially college graduates, a fair chance in the hiring process. It helps its users land jobs based on who they are and not just how they look on paper, their past titles, or other traditional metrics used in screening applicants. It does this through a unique matchmaking approach.
Once you sign up on the site, you're expected to complete your profile by uploading your resume and adding links to other websites or portfolios. You can then go on to answer some set of interview questions from the site. This interview is not compulsory but scouted claims the candidates who answer these questions are more likely to be selected for an interview from an employer.
Scouted's unique matchmaking-style approach to hiring makes it the best job website for college graduates looking to land their first entry-level full-time opportunity after graduation.
This job search website boasts of itself as the number one entry-level job site and is great for searching for entry-level jobs. It has a database of employers and ranks them as "Top entry-level employers, top master's level employers, and top intern employers" based on their numbers of hires in the respective categories.
The top employer in each list has the highest number of hires in that category. It then goes on to provide further information on each employer. It has a simple interface, and its search engine allows you to browse jobs by level, title, industry, and location.
Note: You do not need to have an account to find and apply for jobs.
This job search website is niched mostly for writers, content strategists, and managers, but its job listings also comprise marketing jobs. Most of its features are free to use even without signing up for an account.
A membership subscription is available for $10 per month, and this membership enables you to get daily job mail alerts instead of the weekly free newsletters for non-members.
It is an aggregator job search website, and for each job opportunity, it states the experience level and job type (local, remote, full time, internships.) alongside the job description. You can also apply as one of its writers. Once accepted, you would be the first to know about job opportunities.
Dice is a job website known for listing jobs in the technology and IT industry. It allows job seekers to network with other users and search for opportunities by job keyword, skill, location on its website or mobile app.
The company has a database of over 80,000 technology jobs, but you need to register to upload your resume and sign up for job notifications. The site also provides career advice and news in the technology industry for its users alongside a salary predictor tool.
Behance is a social media platform owned by Adobe. It is a good job search engine to get a job as a designer or web professional. It also allows you to search jobs by keywords, job types, location, and creative field. But you need to sign up to use the app to post your portfolio and apply for jobs.
Working for non-profits can be a good way to build up your skills and resume, most especially early on in your career. Idealist is a great place to find such nonprofit organizations to work with, whether remotely or on a local level. It has a database of over 120,000 nonprofit organizations exposing you to a lot of volunteering opportunities. Users can search for opportunities by job type, degree level, and time commitments.
Mediabistro is a job website that offers job listings for media professionals, especially journalists, advertising, and PR professionals. Social media marketers and web developers can also find jobs on this site. Apart from offering job listings, the Media Bistro also offers courses and seminars to its users. You would need a paid subscription to the "mediabistro unlimited" to get full access to all its features.
Lawmatch is a law-based job website that connects job seekers with legal employers. Through its meticulously vetted database, it has matched attorneys, law students, paralegals, and other legal industry professionals with over 6000 employers. The free version of the site allows you to search job listings, upload your resume, join their Facebook private group and get job alerts through the mail. Other features like promotion of your job preferences and availability come at a monthly subscription cost.
Healthcare Job Sites is a health niched job site that lists over 100,000+ opportunities across 200,000+ companies in the health sector. Its homepage shows the number of health care jobs available and the companies hiring for the open jobs listed on their site. It is free to use, but you may be required to submit your email before applying for jobs. Its monthly subscription membership boosts your application to the top of employer search. It has a blog titled "Confident Career" for advice and tips on career growth.
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