In the current digital age, with the expansion of advanced smart technologies, e-commerce web assets, globalization, and an ever-increasing trend towards remote work, the Internet has become not only a critical asset for information research and communication, but for utilizing online job platforms for connecting with colleagues in a particular industry, publishing one’s resume, networking with potential employers, and researching job listings. Regarding the latter, it is possible to find job listings for general, or typical, on-site work, for typical remote work positions – such as Copywriting, Editing, Researching, Assisting, etc. – or to find work in a very specific field or “niche,” which includes on-site work and/or remote work. In fact, almost all job postings are now done exclusively online. These include such positions as:
- Restaurant industry: Work in this industry can include cleaning, being a chef, developing menus, and much more.
- Medical field: Work in this industry can include everything from working as a Medical Doctor or Registered Nurse, to working in medical research, medical engineering, etc.
- Finance Field: Work in this industry can include a variety of sub-fields, including accounting, finance management, strategic finance planning, Blockchain analysis, investment consulting, etc.
- Technology/IT Industry: IT work can range to network engineering, to security analysis, to web administration, to database administration, and much more.
- Executive Management: This type of work includes C-level management positions, and other high-level positions, such as directors, VP, President, etc.
- Sales: Work in this industry can include everything from sales associates, to customer service representatives, to operating as a Chief Sales Officer, etc.
- Marketing: Work in this industry can include a myriad of different positions, including website marketing, inbound marketing, marketing strategic planning, operating as a Chief Marketing Officer, data analysis, etc.
- Engineering: Engineering positions can range from working as a Teacher, to operating as a civil engineer, chemical engineer, physicist, automotive engineer, and much more.
- Creative Work: This category of work typically includes working on designs, graphics, and other artistic gigs for SMEs and larger enterprises.
- Sports Industry: Work in the sports industry can encompass sports analyses, operating as a sports writer, or working as a commentator, etc.
- Programming/Software Engineering: Today, software engineers work with a variety of programming languages, and develop systems, algorithms, platforms, software, applications, and even may program lower level chips in order to allow businesses to execute advanced technological functions.
- Construction: Work in the construction industry can include everything from home construction, to building construction, to the design and development of civil projects, including the analysis of blueprints, etc.
- And More…
For on-site work, which would be associated with the job-seekers location, jobs can range from virtually any industry, including entry-level work to executive level jobs. Due to intense competition, it is important for potential candidates to have a tailor-made resume associated with the job that is sought.
Typically, the first step is constructing an ideal resume associated with one’s work experience, education and/or skills, followed by searching for job listings, which can be done by applying a number of filters. Once a potential employer shows interest in a candidate, an interview may be carried out online, either via a proprietary platform, or via Skype, or another means of video calling, or most commonly, in person.
Due to the advent and expansion of the Internet, several online platforms have arisen that are specifically for giving job seekers the ability to find a job. While some job search engines have existed for several years, some new ones offer distinct functions and advantages over the competition.
Best 18 Job Search Engines
There are a variety of job search platforms that allow job seekers to find a myriad of jobs. These search engines compile a massive amount of jobs, and the likelihood of actually landing a job are high for competitive workers.
It is also important to note that most job searching engines are not entirely free, and offer a variety of functions for a cost, which is usually mandatory to truly and fully utilize each platform. Additionally, while most job platforms offer part-time and full-time work opportunities, some focus on one or the other.
While Monster.com was one of the largest job seeking engines for some time, Indeed.com passed Monster in October 2010 to become the highest-traffic job website in the United States (“Indeed”). That said, several job seeking platforms exist for U.S. workers.
Indeed is a U.S.-based job search platform created in 2004, as a subsidiary of Japan’s Recruit Co. Ltd, and utilizes a simple interface for finding a job. Their services include standard job searches, finding recommended jobs, research into job trends, resume uploading, information on industry trends, a salary search, a job competition index, and a forum (“Indeed). Indeed is a generalized job search engine that allows job seekers to search for a myriad of different jobs in a large number of industries, including remote jobs and on-site jobs.
CareerBuilder was founded in 1995, and is a website for finding employment. The web platform provides labor market intelligence, talent management software, and recruitment solutions, including online career search services(“CareerBuilder”).
Dice (Data-Processing Independent Consultant’s Exchange) is a job seeking platform based in NYC geared more towards technology and engineering professionals with a Bachelors or higher degree (and years of experience), and is composed of approximately 80,000 job listings.
Glassdoor is a web platform for anonymously reviewing companies, the reviews of which are completed by current and former employees. Glassdoor allows you to not only view posted jobs but also to see the reviews of the companies posting the open positions, giving you valuable feedback on the employer you are applying with.
Idealist is a unique job searching platform in that it connects people with opportunities (based on their skills and experience) that are geared towards making a positive change, and includes volunteer opportunities, internships, jobs, organizations, etc.
LinkedIn is a networking social media platform that connects worker’s social media page (which operates like an online resume) with those who are on the platform. The platform also has sections for job information, open positions, etc., and allows job seekers and workers to connect to others (for job opportunities) who they know, or those whom they do not yet know.
LinkUp is a job search website and job aggregation platform that houses a myriad of job listings, all via a data-driven model that also reveals crucial market data.
Monster is a large, global employment website created in 1999, and operates as one of the most visited employment websites. As a job listing and job search website, Monster also provides job postings in 30 countries and has sub-category websites that are associated with specific niches.
US.Jobs is a full-time or part-time job listings website associated with specific locations, while also allowing job seekers to upload their resume, and post jobs – for both niche categories, and generalized industries.
Google For Jobs
One of the more simple ways of finding a particular job is to use Google’s mining system to find job listings and specific positions that a job seeker may want. Using Google is a way to quickly find a job position without having to utilize a platform or pay a price to use a job seeking platform.
Job.com is a robust platform for finding a job in a variety of industries, while also giving job seekers the ability to upload their resume and obtain a 5 percent salary signing bonus. Additionally, the platform works by using AI to match candidates with specific jobs, instead of using a traditional searching interface.
Ladders, Inc. is a U.S. company that helps job seekers find a high-paying, vetted job by providing career news, job tools and solutions, and an online job search mechanism, the latter of which is linked to a large number of job listings.
Simply Hired is a website and mobile app, along with operating as an online recruitment advertising network, that launched in 2003. The platform aggregates job listings from thousands of platforms and job boards, and allows employers to gain premium placement in their listings via a PPC model (“Simply Hired”).
ZipRecruiter is a U.S.-based, employment marketplace for job seekers and employers giving job seekers the ability to search for jobs, upload their Resume, and search for specific salaries. The platform also has a forum, and gives employers the ability to post jobs.
Snag, formerly Snag A Job, is an online staffing platform that focuses on hourly work (“Snag (Website)”). The platform offers a variety of services, and, as of 2016, had more than 85 million members registered on the platform.
Craigslist is an online platform for advertising a variety of services and products. One such advertisement function is the ability for employers to post job listings, and for job seekers to post either “job wanted” ads, or to reply to job listings that have been posted by employers.
USA jobs is a U.S.-government website, created in 1996, that lists civil service job postings with federal agencies.
Best Specialty/Niche Job Sites
While the above job search websites exist for a variety of general jobs – and do include a massive amount of listings in a myriad of industries – some specialty job search websites exist in order to allow workers in specific niches to find a job in their particular industry, which helps job seekers narrow listings down to a manageable size.
Specialty / Type Of Job
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How To Find Employment
In order to find employment, there are several best practices that any job seeker should follow, irrespective of industry, experience or academic qualifications. While having a tailored resume is a known standard, there are some more nuanced, lesser known practices that should be followed, especially when using online job platforms to look for work.
Get Rid Of Spam
Altering one’s spam filters to avoid receiving a massive amount of spam email is a must if one wants to ensure that important emails are received in a timely manner. This is since a multitude of spam emails might result in a job seeker missing a critical email.
Don’t Stick To One Site
While it is best to not use too many sites, using a general site along with a niche site might be the best bet for landing a good job. This is since it’s important to spread one’s opportunities among different platforms. More importantly, employers may only post specific jobs on a specific site, which could result in a job seeker missing an important job opportunity if he or she sticks to only one website.
Don’t Use All Of The Sites
While it is important to use different websites, spreading one’s resources thin isn’t a good idea either. Staying focused and narrowing down job opportunities to the best possible job listing is best, while setting up an account for all of the job platforms might create chaos in one’s email account. Additionally, it would be overly difficult to monitor all job platforms and their job listings, so sticking to three or four job accounts is the best way to go.
Relying On One-Click-Applications
Using one-click applications may be convenient and allow one to apply to a multitude of jobs, but typically, different employers have different skills and qualifications that they are looking for, and may have different instructions for applications. Using such quick application processes may have its drawbacks.
Applying To Every Job
While it may be tempting to apply to every job possible in order to get back a bigger net result, doing so has its drawbacks, mostly because, typically, one’s skills will not match the requisite skill-set for every job posting. That is, the skills posted on one’s resume should match every job listing’s requisite skill-set(s) as closely as possible.
Set Up Your Notifications
When applying to different jobs on job platforms, tweak all necessary and pertinent notifications to ensure that the job seeker gets all critical communications and can reply in a timely manner.
Organize Your Callbacks
Staying organized is an important part of finding a job and successfully landing a position. It is important for job seekers to organize callbacks on their calendar. This will make the job seeker look professional and will leave a good impression on future employers.
While the above tips are standard best practices, there are some additional tips that can help a job seeker land their perfect dream job.
Improve Your Profile And Social Media
In today’s digital age, employers often check online profiles and social media accounts as part of a background check. It is important for job seekers to maintain professional, appropriate social media accounts and web pages. Having unsightly or inappropriate material on a social media account can cost a job applicant a good job.
Set-up A Different Email Address
As opposed to using a main email address for job applications, it can be helpful to avoid getting overwhelmed with emails by creating a different, job-specific email address to receive all job emails in one place, which can help a job applicant stay organized, and can help managing all communications revolving around job applications easier.
Job Boards And Job Search Engines
To make the most out of online job and employment seeking platforms, note the difference between job boards and job search engines:
- Job Boards: Boards entail an online system where jobs are posted in a database-like fashion, though typically with a user friendly UI.
- Job Search Engines: Engines operate like Google searches, and, instead of simply posting jobs on a set number of pages (like a forum), allow job seekers to use a search field to look for a specific posting.
Some job platforms contain both job postings and job search engines. Additionally, advanced search options allow one to apply very specific search filters, including:
- Position Level (e.g. entry level, management, executive, etc.)
- Sub-Industry (e.g. networking within IT)
- And more…
Additionally, there are more advanced job matching tools, solutions, ATSs (Application tracking systems, used by Indeed and others), and AI-based systems that can help a job seeker find their perfect job.
Other specifics that are important for job seekers to recognize are pricing structures for both the job poster and the job seeker. While some job platforms, like Monster, use a pay-per-post system for posting jobs, some, like Indeed, use a pay-per-click system. Some employers may only post on specific job platforms. Additionally, there are sometimes important costs for job seekers with regard to online broker agencies, such as Upwork and Hired, etc.,while some job seeking platforms, such as Monster, ZipRecruiter, Indeed, etc. are free (though they do have a fee for job posters). Job seekers should use the online platform payment system that meets their specific needs.
A good rule of thumb to obtain the best ROI (time being the ultimate investment), job seekers should not spend more than 10 percent of their time applying to any one job post or listing.
Finding a job is one of the most important endeavors that anyone can undertake. Whether seeking a remote position as a part-time gig, or looking for steady income from an on-site, full-time job, using online resources to find the perfect job is possible. To do this successfully, some best practices must be followed, and while there are a myriad of online platforms – including job boards and job search engine – that exist to make finding a job easier, it is up to the job seeker to perfect and tailor their resume, apply on general or niche job platforms, manage and organize their job seeking activities, and apply in the best manner that will allow them to land their dream on-site or remote job.