Looking for a new job is an exciting but also daunting task. Where do you even begin? There are so many job sites and helpful online tools out there that it's difficult to know which ones are worth your time.
To help you in your search, I've compiled a list of my top 5 favorite sites and tools that you can use to land the job of your dreams.
LinkedIn is honestly a job search powerhouse. This powerful networking tool is a great way to connect with others in your potential career field, stay up to date on the news in your industry, and discover new job opportunities. You can also use LinkedIn to research companies you're interested in to see what new initiatives they're working on and if you can see yourself working for them.
As an added bonus, LinkedIn also gives you the ability to become a thought leader in your field. By writing insightful posts and sharing helpful tips on your profile, you can demonstrate your expertise to potential employers and the rest of your network.
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Local Job Boards
While large job boards like LinkedIn, Monster, and Indeed are great resources, scrolling through the thousands of available jobs can be overwhelming. Make your search easier by looking at local job boards that are specific to your city or region. These sites offer a more tailored approach that yields better results and provides you with more details about the opportunity. You're more likely to find jobs in your area that are a good match for your skills, interests, and experience.
Are you in the Portland metro area? Check out Mac's List. Have a specific company in mind? Be sure to check their career page regularly or set up alerts so you're notified when new opportunities become available.
Glassdoor is an often overlooked but powerful job search tool. This site provides users with salary insights, company reviews, and benefits information, all posted by current or former employees. This is valuable information on the organization that can help you know what to expect from a potential employer, give you some interview talking points, and provide you with negotiating power when the time comes for an offer.
Now that being said, remember to take all reviews with a grain of salt. If every review mentions poor management, the organization likely has an issue and should be avoided. If there are only a handful of negative reviews, these could be isolated incidents.
This site shares many of the same features as Glassdoor but with the added bonus of identifying companies that are great places for women to work. Honestly, I think this site is great for anyone passionate about working for a great company with progressive initiatives.
Reviews specifically highlight programs and initiatives relating to diversity and inclusion. They also discuss maternity/parental leave, flexible work options, benefits, and work-life balance.
Grammarly is an incredibly valuable tool that can help you in your career journey. No one wants to send a text, LinkedIn message, resume, cover letter, or email with typos. You want your application to stand out but not for the wrong reasons. Grammarly can help you with that, and it's free! It will detect spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors across your applications so you can make the best impression possible.
Feel empowered in your job search by utilizing all of the resources available to you. These 5 sites are a great place to start but don't forget about networking, attending industry events, and connecting with mentors. With a little effort, you'll be well on your way to landing your dream job in no time!
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