Hey everyone. I'm transitioning out of education right now and hoping to find some gainful employment but I haven't had much luck so far. I was wondering which places you guys have or would look first. I've got some applications in for USAJobs.gov and the North Carolina Office of State Personnel sites and they are in the review process. I know some people use careerbuilder, monster, snagajob, and craigslist but I was wondering if there are any places I'm overlooking. So if you could please post any others it would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Networking is your best way to find a good job in today's crappy market.
Everyone in your network should know you're looking and you should ask your Facebook friends to notify you of openings that fill your skillset (whatever that might be).
Unless you're a vet or have previous Federal government experience USAJobs is a lottery.
I've had the best success finding jobs through (in order of success/quality of job):
Depends on the industry you're trying to break into, but I would also say indeed is a great resource.
I work in local government. If I were to look for another job, I'd literally pull out a map and start picking out city and county names to check their HR pages. A lot of jurisdictions don't even bother to post their jobs to other websites. So if you find a job that interests you that way, there's probably going to be very limited competition beyond internal candidates. Of course internal candidates can be difficult to deal with but you'll be dealing with them anywhere.
Last edited by Blide; 12-13-2012 at 01:16 PM.
Stay the fuck away from monster and career builder. I posted a resume up there (Accounting grad) and all I got was a shitload of spam selling jobs that worked on commission. Also started to get a lot more spam to the "professional" email that I put on my resume.
I put my resume on both Monster and Dice. Clearly it is a technical resume with clear career goals written at the top. 95% of the time I get emails or phone calls asking if I want to work at this bank, or some life insurance company, or whatever. I mean, if you don't mind sifting through the garbage it's not a bad way to get your name out there.
Also try linkedIn. Just start connecting with everybody you know. I've had a lot of views on my profile and some inquiries for positions.
I like Indeed.com for the most part myself.
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I agree with you guys about Monster and Careerbuilder. Most of the job offers I've gotten are for places that work on commission. Basically doing outsourced work. The last one was supposed to be going door to door to people with AT&T's land line and trying to get them to upgrade to their cable and internet too. Fuck that. Thanks for the replies so far. I put in a couple applications yesterday through Indeed. There were a few places I hadn't seen before on that site that are prominent companies around here.
You mention prominent companies in your area. I've got a friend who found an incredibly job by looking at companies in her area (basically doing what Blide suggested above, but for private companies instead of government) and going to their websites individually. There are TONS of companies that never bother posting ads on the big sites.
Also, while I've never used it myself, Twitter is apparently becoming popular for jobs in certain industries. My company has recently started using it to advertise IT/engineering jobs to great success.
Unfortunately my history degree doesn't help with getting on at SAS or Red Hat. But yeah, I've been checking those big companies for jobs that aren't necessarily IT/engineering to see if anything is available. Even just random jobs at companies like that offer great benefits and pretty good pay.
Craigslist.com ( more likely to get hooked up with a smaller company via craigslist.)
My main ways of finding jobs I didn't know about:
Searching for companies in my area and checking their web pages for openings.
Warning: if you put your resume on a website like Dice, make sure you use a temporary email/phone. Use a google voice phone number or something. You'll get a lot of spam from recruiters in India or other places who just want to submit you to take their cut if you get a job, and it won't necessarily stop when you get a job and pull your resume down.
Industry specific sites are pretty good if you aren't in an industry with millions of workers already in it. I'm in the steel industry and probably 80% or more of the jobs that actually worth a shit and worth relocating for are listed on one site for steel fabrication jobs only. That doesn't count the manual labor that is almost always hired locally, but rather the engineering, design, project management etc..type jobs.
Only once did I send my resume thru Monster and I never heard anything back. I did get a call from another company about a week later asking if they could send in my resume for a one year contract (what I normally work) and I agreed. I got offered a project management job but I passed as they were already something like $200-$300 million over budget already on the project. I never got any spam or calls about any other jobs of dubious quality.
If you are really desperate there are directories for certain industries that will list just about everyone in that industry in a certain region. For instance I can order a directory of every company connected to the fabrication, industrial supply, petro-chemical etc...for the southeast or any other region. Handy to flip thru and see who might be worth sending in a resume or providing them my contact info. Again only works if there aren't thousands and thousands of similar companies you are looking for.
If you have or recently have had a clearance, some of the clearance job boards are pretty nice. IIRC one of them is owned by dice.
Wikipedia. Look for cities you're willing to take a job in and find the largest employers in those cities. Go to their websites and apply.
That and USAJobs (although I'm a vet).
Linkedin is the best in my field anyways. I always see oil and gas jobs posted there. Join linkedin and join a bunch of groups in your industry.
Can anyone comment on an experience with, or know anyone who can comment on experience with sites in the ihiresecretarial.com/ihirelegal.com chain of sites? I'm a law grad in the weird jobless limbo before taking the bar and I live in a small town. Experience with careerbuilder, indeed, and a few others has been an echo of what others have mentioned: lots and lots of commission spam and some outright fraud being thrown my way. Nothing in my field, and I almost never get calls back no matter what type of jobs I'm applying for, even shit like collections who I understood to be the most desperate fucking employers on the planet.
I'm skeptical about the ihire sites though, mainly because they charge a fucking monthly fee to even view the name of the firms they supposedly have postings from- 90% of the time they hide the employer name, address, contact info, etc, otherwise I'd just google their website or phone number and apply myself and skip a membership fee... Seems very shady to me, especially since I don't see hardly any of the jobs referred to on that site being posted anywhere else. Asked a few attorneys and they'd never heard of them, but perhaps they're not a total scam. Also seems to be quite a few complaints online, but you never know.
Here's what I did to find the job that I was just offered. Scour your friends list on Facebook and your connections on LinkedIn. Go through each person's profile and see what company they work for. Check every interesting company's website and look at their career pages to see what's available. You're SO much more likely to get a job as a referral rather than Johnny Resume via Careerbuilder.com or what not. Also, worth going around your area, finding companies, and just checking their websites directly. All these job sites out there (especially the paid ones) are so flooded with crap right now, it's terrible.
One thing I did when moving to Austin was get in touch with the Chamber of Commerce. Asked for a listing of companies in the area and what they do. The lady I spoke with was way helpful and gave me a spreadsheet breaking down all major companies in the area (50 or more employees) that listed the name, address, contact #, contact e-mail, website, type of businesss, number of employees, etc. When sifting through a big cities options that was the most helpful thing I could have gotten to start with. I would suspect most cities have this as it is in the cities best interest to facilitate success for their businesses.
I've gotten every job I've ever had off craigslist... Highly recommend the mobile app.
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linked in and joining groups relevant to your skills, especially if there are local groups to join. I regularly get legit leads from there. Groups on meetup.com. Some of the groups I go to regularly have people there looking for new hires. indeed.com for my own searching.
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