Finding the best job search websites on the internet can be a daunting process when you consider the size of the web. But like actually finding a job, narrowing down your website choices until you’re only using the cream of the crop will work out best for you in the end. In conjunction with using a sales recruiter, here are 5 of the best websites you can use for free that will help you find a job.
1. Indeed.com. One of the holy grails of the web when it comes to job search websites, Indeed.com is one of the largest and easiest search engines to use. All it asks you to do at the home page is to type in what kind of job or field you’d like to work in and where you’d like to work. Though there is an advanced job search function provided, you will not need to use i, the jobs that are selected from your initial search will almost always be attractive, legitimate positions. The best part about it? Indeed.com will always save your previous searches and then personalize your experience by letting you know if any new listings have been added in those favored fields.
2. Monster.com. Though accessibility and personalization may be Indeed’s claim to fame, Monster.com proves itself by streamlining the application process. If you find a job you want to apply to on Indeed.com, it will whisk you away to that job’s website where you apply by their rules, but when you apply through Monster.com you always apply by Monster’s rules. Intimidating questions like: why did you end your time at that company? and which ethnicity would you consider yourself?, do not apply here. Instead, at Monster.com you are simply asked to provide an email (so they can contact you) and a place to upload your resume; the option of attaching a cover letter is optional.
3. Idealist.com. These job search websites are up here because what they do they do best. Idealist.com does what it does best, and if you want to get a job at a non-profit or volunteer organization than you come to Idealist. Not everyone wants to go down the straight and narrow when it comes to earning a living, some people want to save the world one bowl of soup at a time, and it is here where you will be able to find what you want and get paid to do it too. Touting one of the largest databases of jobs, specifically for non-profits, Idealist.com is a must with its incredibly useful secondary search engine, something that can narrow job search optimization right down to the profession level and minimum salary.
4. Careerbuilder.com. Combining the best of both Monster.com and Indeed.com, Careerbuilder.com impresses by offering a suite of helpful tools that minimizes backtracking and time spent filtering through unregistered posts. They achieve this by offering two different ways of searching. The first way Careerbuilder does this is by going the way of Indeed.com, simply asking of you a job/field title and location. The second way it can narrow down your job search is by ordering position priorities top down. You’ll start by answering the most fundamental questions like keywords and location preferences and you’ll continue down the line until you feel like questions regarding region exclusion and exclusion of non-traditional jobs have no place in your job search. With Careerbuilder.com you pick and choose what’s right for you.
5. Simplyhired.com. Rounding out the end of the list is Simplyhired.com. More like a hybrid between the accessibility of Indeed.com and the secondary search optimization options of Idealist.com, Simplyhired is a great website for finding that special job because of some of the features it has, tools you won’t find anywhere else.
With minimal advertisements to clutter the screen, you know this is an experienced tailored to your interests and qualifications. Working with Simplyhired.com a lot, I’ve found that one of the more useful features is the date-of-posting reference. If a job is almost brand new it will give you the hours of how recently it was posted, and if the job was posted days ago it will let you know how many days.
The problem a lot of people have with Craigslist.com, and why a lot of people find Craigslist so frustrating is the phenomenon known as “Phantom Postings”. Phantom Postings on Craigslist.com are jobs that are no longer available but still kept up on the website because no one monitors the posts to take them down. So eager job seekers apply to these posts and expect to hear a response sooner or later and never do. This will never be a problem when you use Simplyhired.com, and the results I’ve found are pretty surprising.
Bonus Tip: Stick to profession levels that state: entry-level, if that is what you are. If they ask for someone with 1-3 years of experience and you’ve almost finished one year of work in that field then don’t bother.
Micah Levin is a marketing intern for KAS Placement an executive search firm serving sales and marketing job seekers. You can find Micah’s personal blog here.