Who has the job opportunity you want? An employer. All you have to do (all!) is find that employer.
Employers’ Websites seem like a good place to look for a job. Every day, more employers every day are catching on to that fact.
Employer Web Sites
Hopefully, you have some companies on your “target employers” list. So, visit those employers’ Web sites. Often, job openings are listed on the employer Website, and, frequently, they are NOT posted anywhere else.
Not every employer or Web team “gets it” about using the Website for recruiting. But, every day, more catch on. We’ve noticed that hospitals, medical centers, and 99% of the Fortune 500 post jobs on their Websites and 95% of the Fortune 500 offer obvious links to their job opportunities on their home pages.
Finding Employer Websites
Search engines like Google, MSN, or Yahoo should help if you already know the name of your target employer. (See Job-Hunt's "Google-ize Your Job Search" article for tips on using Google more effectively.)
- Job-Hunt's Employment Resources by State section contains links to the employment sections of Web sites of over 6,300 employers, organized by state, including government and education employers as well as companies.
- Job-Hunt's Fortune 500 employers - the really big companies in the US, Job-Hunt links to Fortune's excellent "snapshot" of each company (sales, profitability, industry, competitors, news, and press releases) and the company employment page.
- Job-Hunt's Top Employer Lists links - employers in many categories and locations.
- Job-Hunt's Pick Your Employer section offers many resources for finding employers.
- RileyGuide.com's Business and Employer Rankings - employers in several categories and locations.
- Academic360 - a directory of college and university Web site employment sections - opportunities aren't limited to teaching. These schools can have quite large staffs, including the usual corporate functions like marketing, IT, administration, finance, and also more specialized functions like fund raising, food services, maintenance of building and grounds, even construction and energy generation/conservation.
- Directory of America's Hospitals - pick your state and city to find the hospitals from US News & World Reports. Like colleges and universities, many hospitals have very large staffs, in addition to the medical staffs required. They also need marketing, development, project management, IT, finance, etc., and this is one of the hot growth industries for the foreseeable future.
- BankDirectory.net - a directory of banks in the USA, organized by state
- USAjobs - the job site for Uncle Sam, if you want to work in the U.S. Federal Government.
- Web yellow pages sites like the SuperPages can provide a list of possible employers and, sometimes, links to the employers' Web sites (browse the companies listed in the categories that interest you or that hold the most potential for the kind of job you want)
Next: Finding the Jobs on Employer Websites
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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. Susan is a two-time layoff "graduate" who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. In 1998, her company, NETability, Inc. purchased Job-Hunt.org, and Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt since then. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Google+
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