One problem which everybody in the world can always identify with is lack of money. Unless you belong to the super-rich, then you will never have enough cash to pay for the monthly installments on that Ferrari, yacht, and travelling orangutan.
So looking at job vacancies tends to be a continuous thing for most people, and like everything else in life, the search has mostly migrated online.
But where to look? Maybe, some excellent job search engines could be the best place to start.
Everybody knows Craigslist. It’s become synonymous with bricks masquerading as iPads, and all other manner of dodgy deals dreamt up by Mr. Shady of Shady Deals Incorporated. It pays to be careful on Craigslist. If it’s too good to be true, it usually is.
One area though where Craigslist excels is the jobs section (although again, caution is required. Not all jobs are as they seem — if you know what I mean *cough*). Just go to the main Craigslist page, and if you have your location enabled, it will automatically redirect you to the Craigslist nearest to you. Or if you are planning to look for a job in another location, either use a VPN to spoof your IP address, or easier still, block your browser from detecting your location.
If you are interested in a job, Craigslist provides a “reply” button which opens up a few email contact possibilities.
The first “reply by email” opens up your default email program, while the others take you directly to specific email services.
Now go and apply for that “professional giraffe sitter” job!
Monster is another excellent online source for job vacancies and is very well known. It is one of the largest jobs websites in the United States, having been around since 1999, boasting over 60 million visitors a month. It really is a “monster” in all senses of the word. Alexa ranks it third in its category, behind Indeed and CareerBuilder (both of whom we will be looking at later on in this article).
With a site of this size, there are many aspects to it, the job search engine only being a part of it. Monster writes a pretty good blog, there’s a free resume critique service, career advice, resume writing services, how to write cover letters, interview preparation, and a whole lot more. But of course it is the job search engine which mostly everybody comes for. Everything else is just window dressing.
Searching is simple. Just enter what you are looking for, and the geographical area you prefer. Drop-down menus will help you in that regard. Then watch as a monster amount of jobs come up (see what I did there?).
Resumes can be uploaded either directly to the site, or from your Dropbox or Google Drive account. You can also attach a cover letter and you must be a member of the Monster.com site (which is free). Basically your entire application is sent by the site.
Indeed may be the biggest jobs search engine around but compared to Monster, it is definitely more minimalist. No big flashy graphics and no frills — just a plain white background, with the search engine and a link to upload your resume.
After putting in your desired job (“Professional Bar Quaffer”), and the place where you want to go, it gives you a huge list to work from. The site claims that over 780,000 jobs were posted in the last week, but no-one was looking for bar quaffers. Outrageous. So let’s go with “writer” instead.
By signing in, you can save the jobs you’re interested in to your account for later, get email alerts for future new jobs in this area, and see the average salary for this kind of job. To filter down the vacancies to the ones you really want to see, you can filter by salary, distance from where you live, job type, location, experience level, and even what company you want to work at.
If you are an employer, you can post your job vacancies and search for resumes by keyword. The resumes too can be filtered down by things such as experience, education, and you can even specify that you want to see military resumes only (for a writer’s job?).
You don’t even need to open the resume. Just by mousing over the link, a pop-up window will appear with a sneak preview. The keyword you entered will be highlighted everywhere it is mentioned. So you can ignore the “vice-president of print media distribution” (otherwise known as a paper delivery route).
LinkedIn was recently bought by Microsoft for $26.2 billion, and assuming Microsoft doesn’t mess up LinkedIn like they do with everything else, then it remains a powerhouse when it comes to job hunting. With over 100 million active users, you can easily set up your business network. Check out our complete guide on how to make the most out of LinkedIn (probably soon to be rebranded “Microsoft Jobs”).
The Jobs section has the usual search engine, job alerts, saved job vacancies, and the jobs you have applied to (so you can maintain an overview). But a nice touch is that LinkedIn automatically gives you a list of vacancies which it thinks you might be interested in (probably from scanning your resume page). For example, it told me that Amazon is looking for a content editor. Nice.
Glassdoor offers some really great features, other than the job search engine, which is worth dwelling on for a moment.
First off, people can sign in and leave details of the interview questions they were asked at certain companies. So if you are going to the same company for an interview, you can get a sneak preview of any potential questions, giving you time to prepare. For example, here is one from Dropbox:
First was a HR / technical interview. Spoke about 2 projects and answered questions on them. 25 min online technical interview. Question was “Given a pattern and a string – find if the string follows the same pattern E.g. Pattern : [a b b a], String : cat dog dog cat “
These same interview candidates can rate the interview as positive, negative, or neutral, so you will know in advance if your interview panel is going to be the Spanish Inquisition.
There are also search engines for finding out company salaries (to see if your current boss is short-changing you), reviews of companies (to see if you’d want to work there), and numerous categories broken down into sub-categories. The site claims over 10 million job listings, so you are sure to find something you are interested in.
Hacker News has a really big jobs board; but, you are not going to find any vacancies for “Lemonade Stand Vendor” on it. Hacker News only does programming and engineering jobs, and as the top of the jobs page is keen to stress, they only show vacancies from startup companies that were funded by Y Combinator. This is a company which invests a small amount of money every year in an even smaller number of tech startups. On the go since 2005, they are responsible for the start and rise of Dropbox and Reddit.
If you are looking for a tech job, then Hacker News Jobs may be the place to start looking. My only criticism of the page is that it is too simple. There is no RSS feed and no way to save the ones you are interested in to your account. The best you can do is use the “save to Pocket” link and save them that way. But would you really want your Pocket account clogged up with job vacancy links?
Every jobs site needs a niche in order to stand out from the crowd, and “We Work Remotely” gives theirs away in their title. They only list jobs which can be done online anywhere in the world. So you can be a stay-at-home parent, a world globetrotter or a total recluse. If it doesn’t involve clocking into an office every morning and doing 9-5, then this would be a good site to find your next job.
The good points – first, there is a RSS feed for every category, so you can subscribe only to the ones you are interested in. Second, it costs a whopping $200 to post a job for 30 days. So for that money, you can be sure that the companies are going to be half-decent at least.
The cons – there’s no way to save interesting looking vacancies except to email it, Tweet it, or post it on LinkedIn (the last two are not exactly very private). Second, there is a strong slant towards tech jobs (programmers and developers). There are other jobs such as customer service, marketing, and executive assistants — but with tech-related firms. So this site sticks very firmly to a certain corner of the jobs market.
One More Thing to Remember
The nice thing about most job sites is that they will have mobile and tablet versions of their site. So you can check for vacancies while you are out and about. The links to their apps is normally in the footer of their site.
I know there are other sites out there which I didn’t mention, but I only wanted to bring you the best (in my opinion).
But if I did miss out your favorite, tell me what it is, and why you like it better. Oh, and can you answer the Dropbox interview question?