The 10 Best Sources of Jobs

Assuming that you know what you want to do and where you want to do it, you’ll find millions of jobs posted online. Start with 1, and go through the whole list. Some will work better for you than others, but don’t spend more than 20% of your valuable time completing online job applications:

1. Networking

No one wants to read this advice, but networking is the quickest way to a new job.

Networking doesn’t mean attending events in big rooms full of strangers! Networking means staying in touch with people you know, and meeting new people. I’ve seen people connect with new jobs at a funeral, and they also connect at football games or over coffee with friends.

You are five (5) times more likely to be hired if you have been referred by an employee than if you apply without knowing anyone.

Employers really prefer to hire someone known to a current employee than a complete stranger off the street.

Connecting with people at your target employers or choosing to work for an employer because you already have friends or family who work there is the most effective method of landing a new job.

 

2. Employer Websites

Visiting your target employers’ websites and finding the jobs posted there is a clear option. Often, you will find a link to “Current Jobs” on the home page. Sometimes, the link to job postings is labelled “Careers.” While you are on the employer’s website, you may be able to sign up to have new jobs sent to you.

Check out the employers’ sites so you are familiar with what they do (products, services, senior management, locations, etc.), and use that information you collect in your interactions with the employer.

3. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is currently the most powerful and effective professional social network. LinkedIn also has job postings (see the “jobs” link below the search bar at the top of every page). Also check out the Jobs tab in LinkedIn Groups (you can join up to 100), and the company profile pages for your target employers.

LinkedIn is one of the best online venues for connecting with people who work at your target employers (and who worked there in the past). Use it to vet the employer, too. You can also find job postings and employer/company pages which provide you with information about the company as well as how you might be connected to current employees.

Use LinkedIn to connect with people who attended the same schools you have attended, even if you didn’t attend the schools at the same time. Alumni networks can be very powerful. Search for people working at your target employers who attended the same school you attended — that’s a starting point for expanding your network.

[MORE: How to Be Found by Recruiters on LinkedIn written by recruiter Jeff Lipschultz and Job-Hunt’s free Guide to Using LinkedIn for Job Search.]

4. Job Aggregators

The aggregators are powerful and very useful, including sites like Indeed.com, which is the largest source of job postings in the world, aggregated (collected) from employer websites, job boards, association websites, publications, and more. Indeed and the other aggregators like LinkUp.com show you job listings you probably wouldn’t find otherwise.

When you click on a job listing, the link takes you to the job source which can be an employer, a job board, another website, or the job posted on the aggregator’s site. Jobs posted on craigslist sites aren’t usually included in an aggregator’s site unless the employer cross-posts the job.

 

5. Social Media

Social media is a powerful way to connect with a job. Unfortunately, not done well or done without concern for your online repuation, social media can ruin opportunities for you, too. But, ignoring social media, particularly LinkedIn, is not optional for most professions and locations.

In addition to LinkedIn, job postings are available through both Facebook and Twitter. Many employers have Facebook pages for both marketing and, often, also for recruiting. Employers are increasingly posting jobs on Facebook.

In Twitter, follow your target employers’ Twitter accounts for news and look for a Twitter account for jobs, too.

See Job-Hunt’s Guide to Using Facebook for Job Search and Guide to Using Twitter for Job Search for more information.

[MORE: Guide to Online Reputation Management.]

6. Job Boards

Job boards are still very popular, but, as employers have increased their recruiting on their own websites and as the aggregators have made those jobs more visible, the general job boards are perhaps not as effective as they once were. Look for niche boards like Dice.com (for IT) and Idealist.org (for nonprofits).

Be careful to avoid the imitation/scam job boards that exist to collect your personal information but offer you no benefit.

7. Recruiters, Staffing Firms, & Head Hunters

Recruiters are the traffic cops in the process of hiring people. They can help or hurt you, and several different kinds of recruiters exist. The important thing to remember is that they work for employers, not for job seekers. [Related: Working with Recruiters]

8. Classified Ads

Online classified ads, particularly on sites like Craigslist.org, can be very effective for job search because they are very low cost to use, and free in many locations. That low cost attracts small employers who can’t easily post jobs on their own websites. But, do be cautious! Because the price of posting is very low or nonexistent, scams are posted.

9. Associations and Alumni Groups

Associations and school alumni groups are very effective for networking, and often their websites have job postings for members. If you have worked for an employer in the past, look for an “alumni group” for that employer.

You’ll find many ways to connect with other alumni — both school and corporate — in LinkedIn Groups.

10. Google

Google has many hidden talents plus excellent tools for finding job postings as well as helping you with your job search in many other ways.

[More: Guide to Company Research, and how to be found online >> Guide to Personal SEO (Search Engine Optimization).]

This is a list of the top sources of job postings online, roughly in order of the number of job postings available. Do remember the job postings may not be your quickest way to a new job.

Direct/Offline Can Work Well for Local Small Businesses

If you want to work at the local mall or in the local McDonald’s restaurant, go to that business and ask for an employment application to complete. Dress nicely, be polite, and complete the form neatly and legibly, and you’ll probably end up with at least an interview the next time there is a job opening.