The endless sites to help you land your next job might overwhelm you. As the working world transitions from in person to virtual, the list of online resources to assist with your job hunt continues to grow. These resources include job listings, freelance job marketplaces and networking and career sites. Specialized sites for different lines of work emerge all the time, especially in the realm of freelance.
If you need some advice on how to craft a professional resume, cover letter, personal website or ace an interview, the internet has the answers. Pounding the pavement has transitioned to scanning the screen these days. But, where should you start? Which sites are the best and most reputable? Which sites cater to your specific interests? Here are a few sites to help you land your next job.
In this case, biggest does mean best. With more than 250 million users a month, Indeed scours the web for any job listing it can find, and it’s constantly updated. Indeed can turn up a job listing for any industry and lifestyle you can think of. Marine biologists? Check. Freelance copy editors? Check. Professional mermaid? Check. Sign up for a free account or scroll through job listings free of charge with no account necessary.
While Glassdoor can’t compare to the size of Indeed or Monster’s job listings, it was created not with size in mind, but with a goal to increase transparency surrounding company reviews and salaries. With millions of reviews and tidbits of insider knowledge about 1.3 million employers, Glassdoor ensures that you know what you’re getting into by applying to a specific company. Workplace culture has shown to be incredibly important to Millennials, so having an idea of what to expect can help ensure you match up with the right employer.
The job hunt is a monster. Arguably easier to navigate than Indeed, although with fewer filters and resources, Monster allows you to apply for any job using your free account. Signing up takes mere seconds and will give you access to jobs by location, company, job title, job duration and date posted, though Monster lacks filters for experience level and salary. Looking for more in-depth assistance? Monster allows you access to comparison tools and offers help with resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile customization (for a variable fee depending on your needs, of course).
This is a job-search engine that scours the web for job postings, vacancies, gigs and openings to help you land the job you are looking for. Founded in Ukraine, Jooble is available to search job listings in 71 different countries. One of their core values is making employment accessible to everyone: “Our goal is to help any person find a job, regardless of his or her place of residence, language, religion, skin color or beliefs.”
As with any online search engine, it’s important to do your due diligence when applying for jobs. Although Jooble’s developers try to keep fraudulent or misleading posts out of their searches, it’s impossible to vet every listing. Be careful before giving out any information online – and, if it seems fishy, move on.
Freelance Job Marketplaces
Freelancers of any kind, gather round. This enormous marketplace sorts through gigs in fields like design, writing, research, programming, bookkeeping and more. Upwork acts as a third party to ensure the success between employee and employer.
Freelance Writing Jobs
Writers and editors of any kind must check out this site. It lists new and old freelance jobs Monday through Friday in the categories of content writing, copywriting, proofreading/editing, journalism, plan/proposal/grant writing, technical writing, general/miscellaneous and magazine writing. Real people, not search engines, curate the jobs.
Not only a source of vast job listings, LinkedIn manages connections between professionals and offers a free profile to showcase your resume social media-style. Ever wondered to whom you should address your cover letter? LinkedIn can help you sift through the complex bureaucracy of company employees to directly connect you with your recruiter. Though sometimes you’ll never know for sure who will read your resume, LinkedIn gives you the opportunity to at least name someone in the correct department. A name, even if it doesn’t belong to the pair of eyes reading your cover letter, is better than a nondescript greeting like “To whom it may concern.”
Are you a writer or editor? Do you covet a career in publishing? Twitter might be sinking with the rise of Instagram and TikTok, but its emphasis on words appeals to people in these industries. It feels like a more personal form of LinkedIn specifically for creatives who work with words. Twitter’s writing community grows everyday, and you’ll definitely run into calls for submissions or job alerts on your feed if you follow the right people and companies. Aside from writing opportunities, Twitter is an excellent place to network within a variety of industries and help you get a foot in the door.
The Balance Careers
Come to The Balance Careers for advice on anything career-related. The highly navigable site has articles categorized so that you get exactly what you expect. If you click on an article, read through it and want more information, scroll to the bottom for recommendations on similar articles. It offers advice for anyone at any stage in their career, including baby boomers needing a resume revamp or college students seeking their first internship.
What can’t you unearth on Pinterest? Type in minimalist resume or resume tips and a bounty of resources from all over the internet appears. Try creating a Pinterest board for your job hunt and title it something catchy or fun that isn’t “Job Search.” I named mine “To be or not to be a pro,” and filled it with an amalgamation of resume examples, advice on cover letters and personal website tips. Trust that a colorful board with a clever name will motivate you to get out there on the job market with a stellar portfolio, resume and cover letter.
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