Job Hunting Edition


In the past few months I have embarked on a job hunt of epic proportions. When I started, I didn’t have a clear idea of where to start or which websites were reputable hubs. After 3+ months of site-crawling I’ve compiled my list of 5 websites that will be essential to your search.

Idealist

This is my go-to website for job searches. Signing up is quick, easy, and the jobs posted here speak to my passions as a ‘do-gooder.’ With that said, there aren’t a lot of jobs posted here regularly (especially if you’re looking at specific industries) but with a little luck you might find the job of your dreams. Even though creating a profile is entirely optional I definitely recommend doing so because it becomes a ‘Facebook‘ of sorts for idealists.

Rock star advice: If your first search doesn’t produce the postings you had hoped for; it’s ok! On the left side of the page there are various options that will help you broaden or narrow your search (i.e. jobs that require a graduate degree instead of one from an undergrad institution).

Indeed

Indeed is not for the wavering job hunter. When you arrive at the site you’re presented with two search boxes; one for “what” kind of job you’re searching for and the other for “where” you want to work. The jobs posted here are seemingly endless and while there are options to organize your search by date posted, relevance, etc. I opt to attack the results in their raw form. It can keep me engaged for hours because the jobs I search for could have been posted between 1 hour ago and 30+ days. Like Idealist you can create an account and as a bonus, you can upload your résumé so that recruiters can find you more easily (I don’t do this).

Bonus Tip: In the “what” box you can enter the salary you would prefer ($40,000+) to make in your next position. This isn’t easily done with the other sites.

OpportunityKnocks

OK is a powerful job search engine that I don’t think I’ve mastered yet. Once you navigate to the site you are greeted with many options. If you’re just trying it out you can click on “Search Jobs” at which point you can begin narrowing your interests in a powerful way (even if you wanted to work with Animals in an Accounting job function). Much like Indeed and SimplyHired this site aggregates jobs from multiple sites (even sites you might not ever go to such as Monster.com) and lists them in an accessible way. Like many of the other sites listed in this post you can upload your résumé for a recruiter’s thirsty eyes.

Pro Tip: Sign up for an account with them and you can save your job searches so if you’re set on finding an Accounting Job with an organization working primarily with animals in Albuquerque you can simply click on the search every time you visit.

SimplyHired

This website looks, feels, and acts a lot like Indeed but it keeps me coming back because of the simplicity it offers. You can enter ‘keywords’ for jobs you’re interested in finding and the ‘location’ in which you’d like to work. Once you hit enter you’re presented with an onslaught of job opportunities (I typed in “Coordinator” in “San José, CA). On the left side you can select job titles that closely match the keyword you initially entered (in case you meant “Program Manager”).

Tip you can’t search without: After you’ve entered your keyword and location and you arrive at the job listing page, on the bottom left there are options to view trends related to the job title you’re interested in: are coordinators being heavily sought out? decreasing in popularity? Additionally, you can click on the salary link which gives you a relatively accurate range for what the particular role earns per year.

Craigslist

This is where I started looking for jobs. Craigslist is painfully simple. You select the state and city you’re trying to work in and then you can either click on the jobs link which brings you to a seemingly never-ending chronological list of entries or click on an industry-specific link (i.e. non-profits, human resources, healthcare, etc.) Jobs on Craigslist can be relatively ‘hit or miss’ ranging from the “MaKe $20,000 SaViNg ThE eNvIrOnMeNt” to more believable postings. Although this site is at the bottom of my list it’s the only website that has landed me a job offer during this hunting season. It’s worth a shot.

Hunting mastery tip: Check this site daily! Out of all the sites I use on a regular basis Craigslist is the most frequently updated option. It also offers very ‘specialized’ jobs that you might not find at the other sites.

For these sites I offer a word of caution patience. Due to the nature of the world-wide web the postings listed must receive an endless amount of responses; some excellent, some underwhelming. Give them a chance to sift through the sand until they get to you, their piece of gold. Good luck in your hunt!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Ashley says:

    I would also add if there is a certain org you want to work for you can set up alerts to be sent to you when a position opens up that meets your needs. I know Planned Parenthood has this option! I think LinkedIn is great too. I got one interview through that site as well.

  2. megan baker says:

    This is super helpful! I’m glad we’ve been on the job hunt together… makes it not feel as scary!

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