If you are currently unemployed or just looking to earn extra income, it can be difficult to know where to begin a job search. Networking and making connections at companies is always a great way to get your foot in the door, but if you are looking for a position in a new career or different city or simply do not know a lot of people who work in your area of interest, the internet is the best place to find job openings. Below is a list of some of the top job search sites:
- Indeed– You can search for jobs by title, keywords, company, or location. You can also post your resume so that companies can find you. They have reviews of companies, so that you can make sure you are applying to a company that would be a good fit for you.
- Linkedin –You can connect and network with people. You can also search for jobs by type and location. You create your profile and potential employers can search for you based on your skills and interests.
- Glassdoor– You have access to job search tools, can create a profile, and can read extensive reviews of many companies.
- CareerBuilder– You can search for jobs and build a profile. You can also get career advice and information on professional development.
- Monster– You can search for jobs and upload your resume. You can also pay for resume help and find career advice.
- SimplyHired– You can search and apply for jobs and learn about job markets in a specific location.
Each of the above websites provides lots of good information and has thousands of job postings. And, although most websites do have regulations in place to try and validate job postings, there are always scammers that are able to get around the regulations. If you find a job that sounds too good to be true (i.e., amazing salary with few hours and light workload), it probably is. Before providing personal information to the company, be sure to research and make sure the company is legitimate. Read reviews of the company and look up the company’s website. Look for signs that could indicate that the company is not real. For example, if there are lots of typos or bad grammar on the company’s website or job posting, it is most likely a scam. If you post your resume publicly on a website, consider not including your personal contact information (companies can contact you through the website). If you post your personal contact information, scammers may contact you with fake job offers to try and get more of your personal information under the guise of setting you up on payroll. Always do your due diligence and trust your instinct. If something doesn’t seem right, don’t provide any more information before you can validate that it is a real company.