How to Find Jobs With Employer Websites
By Susan P. Joyce
Who has the job opportunity you want? An employer. All you have to do (all!) is find that employer.
Hopefully, you already have some target employers in mind. If not, do some research first, like the research described in The Smart Way to Find Jobs on Job Boards.
Finding Employer Websites
When you know the name of the employers you want, search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo should help you find their websites.
[Related: "Google-ize Your Job Search" article for tips on using Google more effectively.]
Top Employer Sources
Ten major sources:
- FORTUNE Rankings - including the famous FORTUNE 500, the 500 largest companies in the USA by total annual sales, updated every year.
- Best Places to Work - 100 best companies in the FORTUNE 500.
- Inc. 5000 - the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the USA, measured by the three-year growth rate of the last three years.
- Forbes Global 2000 - a world-wide list of the largest companies, by total annual sales, updated every year.
- Google Maps - Google maps will usually open to your location (a little creepy, but also very handy). Simply type the kind of employer you are looking for (like "accounting firms") into the search box which is usually on the upper left side of the map. Google will then highlight all of the local accounting firms, or whatever you have searched for, on the map. You should also see a list of the first 5 or 10 entries below the box where you typed your query. You can click on a name to see more information.
- Academic360 - a directory of college and university Web site employment sections. Remember, these schools usually have large staffs, so don't assume that their only job openings are for teaching jobs.
- FDIC Bank Directory - a searchable directory of banks in the USA, plug in city, state, or Zip Code to see the banks in a location. Banks hire people for marketing, social media, big data, etc., not just bank tellers and loan officers.
- USAJOBS.gov - the main job site for Uncle Sam. If you want to work in the U.S. Federal Government, start here.
- 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).
Employer Web Sites as Sources
Visit the websites of your target employers. Often, job openings are listed on the employer website, and they may NOT be 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.
Next: How to Find the Jobs ON Employer Websites
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 and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, 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 Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.