The Guide to Finding Jobs Online
So, where do you find the jobs?
Part 2 of the Tutorial: Implementing Your Job Search
Most people start with the big Employment Super Sites. You cannot, and should not, ignore the big sites, particularly if want to work for a large employer. However, they are much less important than they used to be, so do not invest a lot of time in searching for jobs on the big job boards.
Note: limiting your job search to only the big job boards is a very big mistake.
Remember, you're sunk until you figure out what you want to do (see Step 1). Seriously! If you don't know, it's like getting into your car to go "somewhere" without knowing why or where you want to go. Or like going to the library for "something to read" or to the mall for "something to buy." Chances are you won't end up where you want to be or get what you really want or need.
Top 10 Sources of Job Postings
Assuming that you know what you want to do and where you want to do it, you'll find millions of jobs posted online. If it has been a couple of years since you've searched for a job, start at # 1, and go through the whole list:
Employer Websites - finding your target employers' websites and then finding the jobs on them.
Networking - the person-to-person connection is THE source of the most job offers.
Associations and Alumni Groups - very effective for networking, and associations are becoming the number one source of "niche" job postings.
Social Media - a relative new-comer but becoming very effective.
LinkedIn - the most powerful and effective professional social network.
Job Aggregators - powerful and very useful, includes sites like Indeed.com.
Job Sites - popular, but perhaps not as effective as they once were.
Recruiters, Staffing Firms, & Head Hunters - can help or hurt, and they don't work for you. They work for the employer.
Classified Ads - very effective but watch out for the scams.
Google - Google has many hidden talents plus excellent tools for your job search.
When you are looking at job postings, be sure to keep in mind that many scams are publised on all job posting sources. So, you need to be relatively cautious and skeptical about applying for jobs you find online. Read 9 Characteristics of a Job Scam for more information.
Direct/Offline Usually Works Well for Local Small Businesses
If you want to work at the local mall or in the local McDonald's restaurant, go to that business and ask for an employment application to complete. Dress nicely, be polite, and complete the form neatly and legibly, and you'll probably end up with at least an interview the next time there is a job opening.
Lastly, Be Careful Out There!
Remember - no matter what Website you are visiting, even one listed in Job-Hunt, be sure to protect your privacy, watch out for scams, and avoid the Dirty Dozen Online Job Search Mistakes as well as the Dirty Dozen Dangerous Assumptions!
NEXT: Step 3 - Keeping Track of Your Job Search
About the author...
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Google+.