On-line search produces about one-quarter of hires in today’s market. It is the easiest way to look for jobs. See the graphic accompanying this article and the photos of recommended job boards to help you launch your search.
A word of advice in today’s competitive market is to be aware that employers do not have to relocate new hires to find talent. Gone are the days when employers would pay your plane fair for interviews and offer lucrative relocation packages to entice experienced employees. Therefore, most employers rule out any applicant who is not in the immediate area. In fact, they tend to be annoyed by applications from places they have never heard of. Yes, there are exceptions for higher level management and highly specialized skills. But in most cases, employers want local applicants.
Create a strong resume
Your personal image, your work history and your accomplishments are important to get down on paper before you even begin to apply.
Don’t forget to network
Every good job search strategy requires networking, informational interviewing and picking up leads from friends, coworkers and neighbors. More jobs are found by word-of-mouth than any other source. That has been true since jobs were invented. Once you have a good campaign underway and you still don’t find a job in today’s meager market, there is always the traditional method of on-line search.
So who is the best?
Minnesota Works is the best local listings. Indeed.com has surpassed Monster and CareerBuilder in terms of world-wide volume while CareerBuilder still has to be ranked highly as well. Monster.com seems to be declining. Recent financial statements show revenues continuing to slump in spite of recent gains in job and the economy. Monster does not disclose its analytic data anymore.