When it comes to job searching, many people often say it’s who you know that matters. Quite often, I would agree with that. Networking is really a fantastic use of time, sometimes a more direct path to a credible introduction to someone who is in a position to hire.
Having said that, it’s not the only avenue to finding the right job. We can also peruse job boards and apply online to positions that interest us. Frankly, I know a number of people who have landed jobs this very way. While the competition January be high in terms of applicants for desirable jobs, searching online can often be an expedient way to sift through opportunities. After all, income is important, and we need to do what we can to secure it.
Here are 2 of the sites that are my favorites:
Literally, I have used this to find two jobs. Actually, two. One was through applying to a job that was listed on this site. The second was by being found on the site, with a recruiter calling me after seeing my profile.
The advantage of Linkedin, many people believe, is to keep in touch with people and network. That is true, I believe – in terms of being one of the real benefits. However, it’s not all. I think that Linkedin is a good way to be found by those looking for someone for a position, depending on what you do for a living. Your skills and experience are there to be found, and people searching by keyword or through other avenues can stumble upon the right candidates for positions with some searching.
Also, Linkedin allows you to search people who work at a company, and figure out the backgrounds of the people working in different roles there. It can give a sense as to what kind of fit you might be there, as well as good information that can help position you to get noticed and even prepare for an interview if you get one.
This search portal seems to have a broad reach in terms of the volume of positions that it shows. Simply search by keywords (or title, company name) and location (city name, zip, or state) and you can quickly get a large set of positions that in some way match your criteria.
This is a great way to get targeted lists of positions that meet your stated search interests. You can scan through lists of 10 at a time, which almost reminds me of searching the web. Get the search results that are most relevant early on, then go to page 2, page 3, etc. Or, you can sort by date instead of relevance. This provides flexibility in terms of what you see in your search.
Bottom Line: In the past, I would have looked much more closely at Career Builder or Monster. Now, if I were to look at a job board site, it would be these two. Time is precious, why not spend it efficiently.
Readers – have you ever searched for a job online? If so, how did it go? What do you think the best ways to find work are?