The Best Job Search Websites & Apps
It’s safe to say we’ve all searched for a job at some point. Depending on the job market, you could be going up against 10 other qualified job seekers—or several hundred. According to the Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in the United States hit a high of 10 percent in October 2009, but by April 2015 it had fallen to 5.4 percent. There’s a way to go to get to the May 2007 low of 4.4 percent. But the consistent drop means more companies are hiring and more people are landing jobs. You should be one of them.
So how exactly are the newly employed finding those jobs? Are they pounding the pavement? Sometimes, but it’s much easier to pound the keyboard. There are dozens of sites and apps designed to find you the perfect gig, and from them we’ve picked our 16 favorites. They do more than just provide a database of job listings to search, however. Many of them host your résumé and make it as visible as possible to employers seeking the perfect staff. Some services even take advantage of social networking to get your foot in the door. After all, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
We can’t guarantee you’ll find your dream job right away with these services, but you’ll certainly get a panoramic view of what’s available in your field. Who knows, you may even decide to explore a new career path.
One other thing we’ll caution the bigger the job-hunting site, the more likely it is to also get a few scams posted. Use some common sense and good judgment: if you get an instant job offer without an interview for a hefty sack of cash, chances are it’s a fraud. It’s always smart to research the company where you’re applying.
By the way, you should probably spend less time job searching online than you currently are, according to the experts. In a 2014 interview with Forbes, Robert Hellmann, the author of Your Social Media Job Search, recommends that your job hunt consist of 80 percent personal networking, 10 percent talking to headhunters, and only that last 10 percent with online searches and applications. If you’re fresh out of school, be sure to study these nine tech tips for job-hunting grads. Oh, and make sure your Internet activity doesn’t ruin your chances of landing a new job.
Do you use other sites or apps in your job hunt? Let us know in the comments which ones you’ve had success with and which need termination.
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