Finding available employment opportunities has become much easier than that of the days where scouring the Classifieds was the only option. As there are several websites to choose from, some more reliable than others, it may be best to devise a process to your search. Designating days for specific websites, as well as tasks such as revamping resumes, networking and updating social media platforms should all be part of a daily and weekly process for the engaged job seeker. The University of St. Thomas offers two Tommie specific websites geared toward their graduate and undergraduate students that house thousands of "Tommie" employment opportunities, but there are also several other notable websites for job seekers to check out.
Jennifer Bergen, writer for PCmag describes a few helpful websites below:
With more than 50 million unique visitors and 1 billion job searchers per month, Indeed claims to be the top job site worldwide. The free site gives job seekers access to millions of job listings aggregated from thousands of company websites and job boards across all fields. Not sure where to start when looking for a job on such a robust site? Indeed has a list of tips to help you in your search, such as how to narrow or broaden your hunt, what abbreviations to use, and how to use complex phrases within the search field. If you don't want to search the site every day, you can set up job alerts to arrive daily in your inbox. As of February 24, Indeed posted close to 600,000 new jobs in one week.
Search engine company SimplyHired says it's working on building the largest online database of jobs. SimplyHired's search engine pulls listings from thousands of sites across the Web, including job boards, company career sites, newspapers, non-profit organizations, government sites, and more. Users can create an account, which allows them to name, save, and manage searches; manage email alerts; revisit jobs they've already viewed; rate and save notes about jobs they've viewed; and block specific companies or sites from showing up in their searches. SimplyHired currently has more than 5 million jobs listed from across the Web. Users can browse by state, city, company, industry, or job category.
The site is also a great resource for finding more information about a specific location's job market. For example, enter Brooklyn, NY and find out basic information about the locale, its job market, the most popular companies offering jobs there, what jobs are the most popular, what industries are hiring, and how the job trends have changed.
Started from the living room of co-founder Reid Hoffman in 2002,LinkedIn is now the world's largest professional network on the Internet. There are more than 150 million members in over 200 countries and two new members join every second. Free to use, the site lets members create resume-like profiles—listing work experience, skills, interests, etc.—and then send invitations to others to join their network. Once linked up, a user can view his or her new connection's network and can quickly form valuable contacts. Users looking for a way into a specific company can search the company's name to see if they have any connections there. Even if a user doesn't know an employee directly, he or she may have a mutual contact and can request to be introduced. LinkedIn also functions as a job board where employers post openings and users can apply.
If you're new to LinkedIn or just want to make the most of the powerful social networking site, make sure to check out our 5 Tips for Polishing Your LinkedIn Account.
So you found a job you're interested in applying to, but you first want to make sure it's at a befitting company. Do your research and check out Glassdoor.com, a free career community that gives users an inside look at jobs and companies. What makes the site unique is its "employee generated content," which includes salaries, company reviews, interview questions, and more—all of which are posted by employees, job seekers, and
even the companies themselves. Thinking about making a career shift from copywriting to PR? Glassdoor lists average salaries for specific positions, so consider that before making a move. Also, as most of us know, it's always good to have an inside connection at the company to which you're applying. Thanks to a recently launched feature called Inside Connections, users can sign in using Facebook to see if any of their Facebook friends work at the companies of interest.
Tweet My Jobs
Networking used to be something you had to do face-to-face, but nowadays, social networking has made it possible to connect with an employee or employer across the country. TweetMyJobs works to combine social networking and job hunting by seamlessly integrating the user's Facebook and Twitter profiles. The services brings recruiters and job hunters together, allowing users to receive highly targeted job matches. Users specify what kind of job they're looking for and connect their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Then, TweetMyJobs sends updates about new recommendations by email, mobile phone, or Twitter. TweetMyJobs has over 10,000 custom job channels on Twitter that are tweeting more than 50,000 new jobs each day. The site will also suggest job channels for each user to follow after entering his or her preferences.
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