How to jumpstart your job search online

August 2018

Laura Emery, Field Editor

Finding a job can be a rather daunting task, something everyone has had to do, or will have to do, at some point in their life.

The internet has become the ideal tool to get a jumpstart on the search for that perfect job. It’s not only teeming with valuable resources and information, but many employers are now turning to the internet to gain access to posted resumés. The following websites contain a treasure trove of useful information for the job seeker.

Always Research First

As you set off on your job search, the more informed you are the better off you’ll be. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) should be your first resource. BLS is run by the U.S. Department of Labor and is the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor-market activity, working conditions and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze and report essential economic information. Through this website, you can look up wages by area and occupation, earnings by demographics and industry, benefits and compensation reports, state, local and national unemployment rates, employment projections and much more.

See the JobHuntersBible (jobhuntersbible.com) for articles and links to websites where you can get help identifying your skills and interests and the kinds of jobs you will probably do best.

Comparably (comparably.com) allows users to research companies and compensation, as well as search for jobs. Like www.payscale.com, it publishes average pay for different job functions, broken down into U.S. averages and local averages. Company profiles show how Comparably users rate employers on qualities like company culture, diversity and gender equality. Here, you can also have companies recruit you, while keeping your identity anonymous. Companies will know about your interest, and whenever there’s a job opening that’s a fit, Comparably will make the match happen.

Build Your Resumé

When it comes to online applications and resumé posts, you’re not meeting your employer face-to-face. Your resumé has to do the talking for you — and it needs to make a great first impression in order to get you an interview. For tips and tricks on how to compose an attention- getting resumé, as well as access to over 400 sample resumés and cover letters, check out ResuméResource (resume-resource.com).

Put Yourself Out There

Add your resumé and let your next job find you. Sounds great, right? CareerBuilder.com promises to take all the hard work out of job hunting by connecting job applicants with over 1.3 million jobs nationwide with a couple of clicks. It doesn’t cost anything to post your resumé. However, it will cost employers to search through the database of resumés. On this site, you can post your resumé and complete your profile in as little time as 10 minutes.

If you’re currently employed and don’t want to risk your employer searching the database and seeing your information, don’t worry, because CareerBuilder will allow you to post your resumé and information somewhat anonymously (only your name, email address and phone number gets excluded). Job seekers can apply for as many jobs as they like, and also receive job announcements via email that meet their specified criteria.

On Monster.com, job seekers can search over 5 million jobs, build and post a resumé, and access thousands of pages of career info and advice, for free. Whether you’re thinking about a new job, new career, a new city or a new direction, Monster is a great resource.

One useful feature is the option to “select all” job fields when searching for job criteria with specific keywords. On a lot of other job-finder sites, you have to choose a specific job area before using a keyword search. This becomes a problem if you can’t find your specialized job in any of the listed industry categories.

On Monster, job seekers can look up potential jobs by geographic area, job category and specific keywords. You can even search by company name. Once job seekers sign up for a free Monster membership, Monster Networking hooks up people in the same industry to provide possible leads.

In addition to the seemingly endless job postings, Monster offers excellent career advice on resumés, interviewing and salary information. Members of the network also give rated feedback on each other.

It’s time to get LinkedIn (linkedin.com)! You’ve probably already heard of this top networking site, whether you’re currently looking for a job or not. LinkedIn enables you to find jobs through your extended network. Additionally, you can join groups, participate in conversations and follow companies you find interesting and relevant to your job search. When the time comes to look for a job, industry connections are always helpful.

Job searching is tough. Indeed, it is. At Indeed.com, the No. 1 job site in the world with over 200 million unique visitors every month, job seekers get free access to search for jobs, post resumés and research companies. Every day, Indeed connects millions of people to new opportunities. The site contains over 100 million posted resumés, 72 million company ratings and reviews, 500 million posted salaries, and has 9.8 jobs added per second globally.

This major job-search website lucked out when they chose their domain name. It’s easy to remember: Job.com. This site offers weekly job alerts, job search advice, a resumé builder and, of course, job postings. This job-search website also allows you to upload your resumé for hiring managers and recruiters to search.