Since the recession, the job market has slowly picked up. Now it’s less a matter of finding a job and more about finding the job you want. We decided to create a resource to help you find that job. We’ve included the best job search websites, the best job hunting apps and some can’t miss job hunting tips.
Best Job Search Websites
There are plenty of jobs sites out there. Some specialize in local jobs. Others specialize in a particular field of work. Others offer freelance or contract jobs. Here are some of the best job search websites for those looking for a new job.
- The Computer Merchant
Many of these websites are general job search sites so you can find different jobs in different industries. There are some special things to keep in mind about some websites on this list.
GlassDoor has a bunch of other articles and blogs about finding a job as well as pay related information. Dice is specific to the tech industry. Also we had to give ourselves a plug. Here at the Computer Merchant we work tirelessly to help tech people find jobs.
Job Hunting Apps
Sometimes people don’t want to sit in front of a computer all day looking for work. They prefer to visit former co-workers, have lunch with contacts and attend job fairs. For these people, the average job search website probably won’t suffice. Below are the top 10 best job hunting apps for those who are pounding the pavement so you can use the internet to your advantage without being stuck inside.
Job Hunting Tips
- Make lunch about more than food
Getting a job requires filling out a job application or sending in your resume. But that’s not the only way to look. Try reaching out to potential peers or managers at companies you’d like to apply to and invite them to lunch. Keep the lunch meeting light-hearted but try to build a connection at the same time.
Ask them about the job and what their dream candidate would look like. Ask them about the industry and what are future problems they see coming down the road. Ask for suggestions for how to make your resume better or ask about what you’re lacking and how to make up for it.
- Make your resume dynamic
Your resume doesn’t have to look the exact same every time you send it out. Before giving out another copy ask yourself, “What type of person would get this job and does my resume help me look like that person?” If it does, send it the way it is. If it doesn’t, reorganize your resume so it makes you look more like that person.
- “Thank You” is Important
Remember, a thank you card goes a long way. Hiring managers see hundreds of resumes for every job. Sending a thank you card sets you apart as someone who goes the extra mile.
- Turn failures into LinkedIn success
Let’s say you don’t get a job but you made a connection with a manager. Ask if you can keep in touch with them via LinkedIn. Most people will say yes. Connecting on LinkedIn leaves the door open for future interactions and job openings at that company. It also further legitimizes you as a potential hire at other companies as well as you begin collecting contacts from across your chosen industry. You can’t really brag about making the top three choices for a job you didn’t get but you can brag about the people you know in the industry.
Nobody likes job hunting but everyone who wants a job needs to do it. If you use these job search websites and the job hunting apps you’ll have more jobs to apply to then you’ll know what to do with. And if you apply our job hunting tips we’re sure you’ll get some callbacks. After that, it’s only a matter of time until you get the job you’re looking for.