If you’ve been out of the work force for a while, you may appreciate a few hints on today’s best job search resources. The good news is that finding open positions to apply for has never been easier; online job search resources have improved in recent years, and you’ll be able to quickly locate the job opening you were hoping was out there.
Here are five resources that you should have at the top of your current job search toolkit:
This website is a search engine for open positions, and it gathers its listings from thousands of sites across the web: newspapers, company job boards, social networks, career sites, and more. Using keywords that can be based on job titles, skills or companies, and putting in a desired location, you can rapidly locate all the jobs in the particular niche you’re seeking.
Women for Hire
This site does offer jobs for men as well as women, but it specializes in providing support and encouragement to women in the job market. This support includes plenty of information about job openings that help with childcare, as well as an entire section focused on legitimate “work from home” opportunities.
This is where the entire federal government posts its nationwide job openings, and many of these positions will never show up on any commercial job site. Government jobs exist in nearly any field you can imagine, and the pay and benefits are usually excellent. It has a special section for students and recent graduates, too.
Most expert recruiters now state that they find the majority of their new applicants through social networking, and LinkedIn is the premier social media site when it comes to seeking employment. Post your resume and photo, participate in professional groups in your field, and you will become known to the managers looking to hire someone exactly like you!
If you’ve gone back to school in a new field, your first step into that new career may involve starting out with an internship. Idealist offers a vast database of referral information on jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities in organizations which exist to make the world a better place. In addition to these listings, Idealist offers articles, fairs, books, blogs and networking opportunities for people interested in worldwide nonprofit work.
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