Seven Superb Websites for Job Seekers

One of the questions I get asked very frequently by customers is “What websites should I use to look for a new job?”. After a new customer asked me the same question today, I decided it was time to write a post with the sites I most often give out to customers. Here’s my list of favorites:

1. LinkedIn
If you’re a white collar employee or professional, you must be on LinkedIn. It’s free to set up a profile and use many of the features to find potential jobs and connections (fees do apply for some of the advanced features) Many hiring managers use it as an additional screening tool, so if you’re not visible there, you leave yourself open to the interpretation that you’re unsophisticated, unconnected, or “just don’t get it”.

2. Your School’s Alumni or Career Center
One of the perks of attending college is access to alumni networks and career centers – often free with verified attendance or graduation. Job listings placed with these centers are often far more exclusive and targeted – dramatically boosting your chances of landing an interview.

3. Indeed.com / USAJOBS.gov / Idealist.com
These guys are the go-to job listing sites. Indeed aggregates everything it can find, USAJOBS hosts all federal employment announcements, and Idealist.org is the place to go if you’re looking for a service or non-profit job.

4. Lynda.com
There’s a reason that LinkedIn just bought Lynda.com for 1.5 BILLION DOLLARS – it’s a wildy successful and amazingly cheap way to learn and master new stuff. With over 3500 video courses, you can learn Excel, get up to speed on Photoshop, and even take up accounting. Monthly memberships start at $25, but a free trial is available.

5. Glassdoor.com
Glassdoor is a wonderful site to research potential companies before applying. Rich with community sourced reviews, financial standing metrics, and job openings – all in one place with an easy to use interface.

6. AnnualCreditReport.com
With many employers screening candidates’ credit histories, its vital to understand and ensure the accuracy of your credit report. There are three major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion), and all are required to give you a free credit report once per year – only through this site. Beware of imitators, there’s a lot of them.

7. HARO
This is a bit of a guerrilla idea – some social PR to boost your profile. HARO is a free service (paid subscriptions with more features are available) that sends you lists of reporters seeking interview subjects and quotes for their articles/stories. Use it successfully, and your name will appear in print articles, web stories, and maybe even television. It won’t particularly make your resume look stronger, but it will help after an interview if, when someone performs a Google search for your name (and they will), you show up as an expert in your field.

Bonus Pick: Resume Express
Of course, I’m biased, but Resume Express should be on your list. We’re a small business with real people, and real skills in crafting effective employment related documents. And we even answer the phone, too. The best part is that we offer a free consultation (and I love to talk), so give me a call and pick my brain for free!

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