There are four basic categories of job search resources (as in finding jobs) that you will need to focus your job search.
Job Search Categories
- Job Search Sites
- Social Networks
- Company Career Sites.
Leverage Your Lists
You should have a focus list for each of the categories of sites mentioned above. You should be allocating the time you spend on job search across these resource types. But rather than just finding whatever comes up when you do an Internet search, you will have a more efficient search if you focus on a few select resources (you can expand your list as you go).
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The best way to focus is to select search resource types that match your industry (such as recruiters who specialize in your field). To help with this process, we’ve collected a “list of lists” for each of the job search resource types mentioned above.
Most recruiters are regionally based, although some are nationwide or global. Many others will help recruit in any region if their client requests it. The following recruiter lists will help you create your list. Recruiters are the one exception to “less is more”. The more recruiters you leverage, the better your chances of landing a job (just don’t tell them that you are registered with 100 search firms!).
- Recruiters & Headhunters (by CareerAlley) – First and foremost is CareerAlley’s list of recruiters. This is an alphabetical list of recruiters with links to their homepage.
- Online Recruiters Directory – This is a really neat site, offered by Online Recruiters Directory. There are a number of approaches you can take. Click the “I am a Job Seeker” box at the top right-hand side of the page, this will take you directly to the recruiters’ search box. Three steps – select your category (industry), job type (temp, perm, etc.) and state. Click “search recruiters” and you have your list with all of the contact information you need. You can also click the links on the right-hand side of the page under “I am a Job Seeker”.
- Searchfirm.com – Fairly self-explanatory. Fill in the blanks and off you go.
Job Search Sites:
There are hundreds of job search sites on the Internet. This is definitely a case of where less is more. Limit yourself to 3 or so job search sites (more than that is not a good use of your time) and take a look at those that best fit your needs. Use at least one “generic” site and then pick two that are focused on your industry or career.
- 27 Job Search Boards and Thousands of Jobs – This is a list of job search sites from CareerAlley with a brief description of each site. Take a look at these and start to build your list of job search sites.
- Over 100 iPhone job apps – You need to be nimble and leverage your smartphone in your job search as well. This is a great source of iPhone job apps (from JobMob.co.il) to help you find a job on the run. Using Android and feeling left out? Don’t worry, they also have a great list for Android – 300+ Android Job Search Apps.
Social Networks / Industry Trade Groups:
Social networks (and your network in particular) should be a key part of your job search (the saying that 80% of all job openings are not advertised is still very true). If you don’t already have your network worked out, following are a few resources to help you build and maintain it.
- Alternatives to Linkedin – You should already be using LinkedIn (see below). This is a list of some different alternatives (with an emphasis on “different”).
- 5 Tips for Creating a Professional LinkedIn Profile – Some great tips on how to create a professional LinkedIn profile (people are looking, make sure they find you and are impressed!).
“Jobs posted on company career sites are “real” jobs (as compared to some opportunities on job search sites where some of the jobs are either already filled or are there to lure you in). You can spend your time looking at true opportunities and know you are not wasting your time when you apply for the job.” – 5 Reasons to use Company Career Sites
Company Career Sites:
Company career sites are a great source of job openings (might as well go right to the source). You need to do your research and create your list of companies where you would like to work. The links below will help you find the company links more quickly.
- 51 Company Career Sites for Direct Links to Jobs – Another great CareerAlley resource. Leverage the links in this article to help you create your list. Also, take a look at CareerAlley’s Company Career Sites list.
- Sites with Job Listings (from the Riley Guide) – Another great list of resources from the Riley Guide. You name it, they’ve got it. From part-time to full time to self-employed.
- The Top Job Search Articles – The latest on the most viewed job search articles from a wide variety of sites. Get great information on interviews, LinkedIn, what not to do in job search, cover letters, internships, top companies for remote jobs, and the list goes on.
- JobDescriptions.net – This is a nifty career information source. At the top of the page are tabs for Health, Business, Education, Legal and more. Click on any of those links to see a dedicated page of job descriptions for jobs in that industry. Click on any job description to see a detailed job description followed by training & education requirements, salary & wages and certifications (plus more). Check out the blog as well.
- Job Hunting Guide – A very good guide which focuses on choosing the right position, perfecting your resume and a listing of job search sites. The resume section is quite comprehensive and is definitely worth a look.