There are jobs out there, but you need to know where to look to find a job that is right for you. Some are never posted and that is where networking comes in. For the millions that are, CareerFuel cuts through the job board clutter to save you time and get you to the most job listings in your field.
There are tens of thousands of job listing websites. Instead of spending time posting on hundreds of sites, we recommend that you focus on just three to find a job: SimplyHired, USA.jobs and Craigslist. SimplyHired is one of the top two sites, with more job postings than better-known sites Monster and CareerBuilder. To make it manageable and timely, be sure and set up alerts based on your job, title and geography criteria. Also, SimplyHired enables you to merge your LinkedIn account to see if you have contacts in companies for which you did find a job listing of interest. USA.jobs, one of the newest online job boards, was created by The Direct Employers Association and features jobs posted and managed directly by companies. Finally, be sure and look at Craigslist to find local jobs and/or employees. To keep your job-search efforts organized, check out Huntsy– a way to consolidate job postings as you search, track applications and point out relevant existing connections in your social networks.
As you are searching for your next employment opportunity, take a few minutes to learn what it is like to work for thousands of companies, like IBM or McDonalds. You can also find current job openings salaries by position at those firms. If you are researching a company of interest, this is a great resource for getting easy and quick answers. For printable job applications and insight on what its like to work for hundreds of companies, this is a great site to check out. If you live in a major city like San Francisco, Boston, or Chicago, check out TaskRabbit–a new company that offers one-off or short-term projects so you can pick up some quick cash. Their hiring process requires an application, background check (no charge) and interview. Once the hiring process is complete, the website connects people who have a short-term need with qualified personnel. You, as the job seeker, can bid on unlimited jobs without any charge. For longer term, project-length employment opportunities, we recommend checking out Guru or Elance. If you decide to go the route of freelancing, we would recommend Toggl as a great web-based app to help you keep track of time dedicated to particular tasks. The basic app is free with a pro upgrade for $5/month. When you are on the go there are several ways to keep up to date with the latest listings via your mobile phone. Simply Hired is available as an app for iPhone, and Android, while LinkedIn (free) has apps for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. Craigslist is also available via app, with prices varying from free to $1.99 for the Craigslist+ app. Please check your platform’s app store. Craigslist apps are adapted to iPhone, Android and Blackberry operating systems. Another great app, Proven Job Search is free and will help organize your Craigslist job search.