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This is a repost of a top ten list I did a few days ago.  I am reposting it because I hope it will help someone who is looking for a job.  I used these and other resources when I was looking for a job, and actually managed to find a good paying job with full benefits.  It's really tough out there, so it is important to take full advantage of every resource available to you.

#10

Monster.com
This is probably the largest job search site on the internet.  I have found that I generally get the most hits here, but not necessarily the most quality hits.  The site tends to be overrun by staffing agencies and recruiters.  If you are looking for direct hire employment, this is not the best choice.

#9

Dice.com
This site specializes in high tech jobs.  I tend to think of it as the Monster of high tech.  There are a lot of good leads here, but, like Monster, a lot of them are low quality.

#8

Vault.com
Vault.com would probably be on the top of my list, if they didn't charge for complete access.  They offer profiles and reviews, but they charge a premium if you want full access.  The freely available information is still somewhat helpful.  I can't comment on the paid services, however, because I just don't think it is worth it.

#7

AnnualCreditReport.com
When that job offer does come, in most states, for most jobs, it will probably require successful completion of a background check that includes credit history.  Even if you aren't looking for a job, it is still good to know what is on your report.  AnnualCreditReport.com is a free service that allows everyone to get a free copy of their credit report every 12 months.  AnnualCreditReport.com is the ONLY authorized source to receive this report under federal law.  Be careful not to confuse it with other sites that claim to offer a free report and then sign you up for a subscription service.

#6

ResumeBear.com
ResumeBear offers an interesting free service.  You can upload or create a resume, and then send hiring managers a link to your resume.  When the hiring manager opens your resume, you will get a notification from ResumeBear.  It's a service that won't work for every kind of job, but for the jobs it does work for, it is really cool.  ResumeBear also has a fun and informative career blog that I always enjoy checking out.

#5

Glassdoor.com
You won't find job listings here, but you can find a lot of useful information about prospective employers.  Glassdoor creates a place for employees to post anonymous reviews and salary information about places they have worked.  Like any review site, you should always take it with a grain of salt, but if a lot of people are saying the same thing, that is something to pay attention to.  This is also a great place to find potential interview questions.

#4

Jobing.com
There are a lot of quality leads at jobing.com.  You may still run into staffing agencies and recruiters, but it seems to be easier to sort them out here.  The layout is different from what I am used to, so it took a bit of adjustment, but now it is one of my favorite sites.  What I really like about it is that it offers some excellent resources, including blogs from the people who do the hiring.  I recently had an interview and during my research I found a blog at jobing.com from the company's lead recruiter.  It was full of excellent advice on how to approach different interview questions.  That allowed me to prepare well for my interview and get the job.

#3

Occupation Outlook Handbook
If you've been out of work for a while, you may be considering going back to school.  How employable a person will be in their potential career may not matter for some people, but for the rest of us, it is something to think about.  The Department of Labor offers the Occupation Outlook Handbook for the more pragmatic of us.  Under the "Job Outlook" heading of each career field, you can find how fast the field is expected to grow, and how much competition is expected for those new jobs.  It also offers advice on what level of education will make you the most competitive.  I really love this website.

#2

Common Interview Questions
If you are anything like me, interviews terrify you.  I learned as a math tutor that the best way to overcome such anxiety is to be as prepared as possible.  This blog post from Paul Michael lists 23 of the most common interview questions, and offers advice on how to answer them well.  The best resource, though, can be found in the comment section.  There, many more questions and answered are discussed.

#1

Indeed.com
Indeed has become my favorite job hunting site.  It's like Google for jobs.  The Indeed crawlers pull in jobs from all over the internet.  Along with postings from the various job sites, it also crawls company websites and pulls in the jobs off of their career pages.  The result is a huge database of excellent job leads.  Beyond that, Indeed offers job forums where you can learn about the hiring practices of just about any company.  They also compile salary information.  For more insight into your area check out their "trends" section.

I also want to mention a couple of resources that came up in the comments of my previous diary.

  1. LinkedIn.com - A commenter suggested joining groups and keeping your eye out for job postings.  Not only will this allow you to see jobs that may not be listed elsewhere, but it also gives you direct access to hiring managers.
  1. Hoovers.com - This website has company profiles with information about company size, financials, and competition.  Some of the information requires a subscription, but there is a lot of useful information for free.

Feel free to post any other resources you have!  Even job openings you have heard about that may not be publicly available.

And finally, I have my own bit of advice to offer.  When you are putting together your resume, start with a blank document and build it from scratch.  I recommend this for a few reasons.

  1. Most people are using templates, which means hiring managers are receiving a bunch of resumes that look alike.  If you resume is different, it stands out immediately.
  1. Everyone's work history and skills are unique.  By designing you resume from the ground up, you can make sure the most important things about you stand out.  If you just plug your info into a template, that may not happen.
  1. It shows you have good computer skills.  Plugging your info into a template is easy, building your resume is not.  If you can successfully design and build a strong resume, it shows you are an above average computer/office user.

Originally posted to Posh (and not so Posh) Thoughts on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 08:11 PM PDT.

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    •  Could I just add one comment? (4+ / 0-)

      Sites such as these allow job seekers to blitz the market, so if you are not an exact fit for a job or you have any liabilities (such as age or period of unemployment) you're probably mostly wasting your time. Yeah, I know you have to do it to feel like you've covered all bases, but I've never heard of anyone getting a job this way. I believe the most effective way to find a job is through people you know, so I would make an effort to get to know as many people — and get known by them — as possible. Go to events, go to meetings. I'm not so sold on events advertised as "networking" — they feel artificial to me — but try to get to anything and everything in your areas of interest and introduce yourself to as many people as you can. Go to lectures, go to theater productions, go to gallery openings, go to meetings,  go to headquarter openings for a candidate (how I found a job in 2008 when I lost my job in a merger — I ran into a former colleague at the opening of a local Obama HQ who referred me to a friend of his who was looking for someone).

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      by anastasia p on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 08:19:05 PM PDT

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      •  Actually (4+ / 0-)
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        wader, nio, Noor B, blue armadillo

        Only two of the sites I listed were job postings.  The rest are resources for researching companies and preparing for interviews.

      •  Actually, every recent job I've ever had was (2+ / 0-)

        through these sites.  I have never once gotten a job through any inside info.

        •  It depends. (0+ / 0-)

          I had an 11-year career, took a three-year sabbatical outside my field, then went back to working in my original field.

          When I first interviewed back in my original field, networking was how I found 75% of my interviews.  "No current experience" closed off a lot of recruiter and job site paths.  Nobody wanted to hear that five years ago I was a successful candidate with a record of constantly increasing responsibility.  The current employee references were critical to passing the bar.

          Once I got that first position back in the field, things got a lot easier.  I think that different things will work for different people.

          -7.75 -4.67

          "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

          There are no Christians in foxholes.

          by Odysseus on Wed Jul 07, 2010 at 07:53:22 AM PDT

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      •  My very good friend (3+ / 0-)

        will be interviewing next Monday for a great job as a result of using several of these sites.  

        She is relocating back home and these sites have helped her to be noticed even though she is currently in another state.  

        Wish her luck.  She is a fantastic lady and the company interviewing her would be fortunate to land such a high quality employee.

        Her current boss knows that she is relocating and just today took a moment to tell her how much he will miss her both professionally and personally.  She comes with fantastic references, too.

  •  Good Job (5+ / 0-)

    Just one thing to add:

    Anyone who wants any kind of job now, or in the future, needs to adjust what they do to fit into the medical industry.

    We just gave a huge blank check to the medical insurance industry to go nuts with spending -- and this is one place where you will always find a job. No matter what you do -- from pilot to mechanic, cook to computer operator -- it can done in the medical realm.

    Get there.

    ::
    The Pluto Chronicles. You want reality? You can't handle reality!

    by Pluto on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 08:24:41 PM PDT

  •  My wingnut friend was talking about (7+ / 0-)

    "They're always hiring to pick the vegetables".  "I ate at a restaurant and they're hiring".  "There's no job shortage, there are plenty of jobs out there..."

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 08:34:57 PM PDT

  •  Nice list, but re:#5 (8+ / 0-)

    That should be "prospective employers" rather than "perspective employers."

    I also did not find either Monster or Indeed that helpful. Monster had a security breach in their non-public resumes, and my address ended up on a bunch of mailing lists and spam sites. Indeed posts lots of those fake jobs that seem to be just resume collectors who never actually hire anybody or positions that are only advertised to meet legal requirements and the post is already filled by a pre-selected candidate.

    And I think it's sad that you have to include Annual Credit Report. Nobody should be looking at anyone's credit report before they are hired unless they deal directly with money. It has no bearing on one's ability to be a good employee. Some states are currently trying to ban the practice of pre-employment credit checks.

    Some of the other links seem very interesting, and I'll have to check them out. I'm not sure anything can help me get a job, however, because I'm over 50, and nobody seems to want us around the office these days.

    "The difference between the right word and the almost-right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." -- Mark Twain

    by Brooke In Seattle on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 08:35:55 PM PDT

    •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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      I fixed the typo.

      I have found Monster mostly helpful in determining what types of jobs are out there or what companies are hiring.  Usually, once I see a company on Monster I go directly to the company website and proceed from there.

      What I especially like about Indeed is the forums.  People post their experiences applying to companies, including the hiring process and interview questions.  Once you have an interview, that can be very helpful.

      If you go to jobs.uhaul.com and put in phoenix, az there is an e-sales and reservation position that is work from home.  It is only part-time and not high pay, but it beats nothing.  They are in the middle of a huge hiring push and are hiring people from outside of AZ.  So it is worth a shot.

  •  I interview... (5+ / 0-)

    ...people for technical positions on occasion.

    Typically I start the interview (after normal pleasantries) with "tell me about this thing on your resume". Usually I am less interested in the low-level operation of whatever it is the candidate is talking about and more interested in whether they can explain it to me intelligently. You would be shocked the number of people who can't explain stuff they themselves wrote on their resume at a high level.

    People with tech skills are everywhere (and you can teach almost anyone almost anything), what I look for are people I know I can put on their own on a project and they can work independently. "Can this person work independently? Can they defend their work in front of a room full of people? Can I leave them alone and expect them to get their work done?" I ask myself. Motivation is huge; my group and I do not want people who will merely punch a clock, do their work, and go home.

    (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
    Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

    by Sparhawk on Tue Jul 06, 2010 at 08:39:45 PM PDT

  •  Nice intentions but not helpful (0+ / 0-)

    It is a problem when people think this type of "advice" is helpful.  

  •  I get better leads from Craigslist than Indeed (1+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus

    or even Monster. I find a lot of staffing agencies on these sites even when I try to filter them out. Careerbuilder is useless. Glassdoor is great to see actual employee review of companies. I like craigslist the most, but you have to read the posts carefully to determine if they are the employer or an agency.

  •  A very important resource (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Odysseus

    if you graduated from a college or university is to see what your alumni association offers. Our University has an excellent program for its graduates. Yes, it costs a little money, but the basic rate is $20 with some additional services up to $50. We have most of the above resources available through our Career Library at no cost.

    The biggest challenge our alumni counselor has told me is to change the passive approach most job seekers have to looking for a job. She helps people find terrific jobs -- maybe not immediately -- but after some real work done by the job seeker. You are marketing yourself and that's changed considerably from the day when you just wrote a resume.

    Practice your interview skills if you've been out of the job market for years. Understand what behavior-based interviewing is and prepare for it. Get your "elevator speech" ready. Look for transferable skills. Send thank you notes. Make sure your email etiquette is polished! (And about that email address sexyrus@whatever... ummm, rethink that.)

    The above advice about template resumes is good -- most recruiters have about 2 minutes per resume to decide whether they want to see an employee or not. When I read about someone sending out hundreds of resumes without one interview, it seems to me that they need to take another look at their resume. It's not saying something that recruiters want to see.

    Network, network, network.

    utahgirl

  •  illegals (0+ / 0-)

    these must be the sites the illegals use to get jobs.

    how else could illegals get jobs so quick, while americans wallow in 10% unemployment?

    or could it be that american job 'seekers(?)' are content to get fat and happy on extensions to extended unemployment benefits, and are more than happy to have illegals do the jobs that apparently are not in short supply?
    at least they don't seem to be in short supply for the illegals!

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