Locating Job Listings

Job listings on the Internet are extensive. There are hundreds of job board sites, some of which list jobs in many categories or fields and some are specialized in only one area. For example, medreps.com exclusively lists jobs for pharmaceutical and medical sales positions, but indeed.com and simplyhired.com list jobs in every occupational category. Both are the most widely used aggregate sites that compile listings from many other job boards, and in so doing, have extensive listings.

Know that job board sites charge employers to post jobs, and for that reason, along with a company deciding it doesn’t want that much publicity about a job posting, not every company chooses to post to these boards. Instead, they may simply post a job opening on their own corporate website. Therefore, on a regular basis, you should search the corporate sites of organizations that interest you. Linkup.com (different than LinkedIn.com) is a site that scans company websites and compiles their job postings. Like the aggregate job boards, indeed.com and simplyhired.com, this can be a useful, time-saving tool for you.

LinkedIn is a powerhouse tool for the job seeker and there are several ways to engage LinkedIn for job search assistance. First off, you do need a Profile on the site and that Profile needs to be top notch because first impressions are important. If you are writing your own, read articles about how to create a wonderful Profile as it is not simply a cut and paste of your resume. Alternatively, professional resume writers build these Profiles and I routinely do so for my clients.

 If your LinkedIn Profile has the right keywords, when you use the “Jobs” tab on LinkedIn, it will automatically show you jobs it thinks you are a match for. It doesn’t end there, however. You can also do a keyword and location search using the search bar. Furthermore, by joining groups you can increase you visibility and find out about job opportunities (I would categorize this as a form of networking). With LinkedIn you can also look up companies, again with the search bar, similarly to the way you look up people. This will take you to a company’s LinkedIn page, which may have a link to job opportunities. Finally, use LinkedIn after you have identified a company and/or a specific job opening that interests you and then search your connections for an “insider” who can serve as a conduit of information and possibly make an introduction for you.

There are also job listings on the websites of professional and trade organizations. So, if you are interested in a job in the insurance industry, for example, look at the website of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (naifa.org).

You can, and should, also look at Craig’s List (craigslist.org) and Twitter. Craig’s list is hit-or-miss. If you check it a few times and don’t see the kind/quality of jobs you are looking for, chances are this will not be a worthwhile site for your job search. Twitter, however, may be more promising. Companies are using Twitter to broadcast job openings. You can also use Twitter to “follow” recruiters, companies, and people in your field. Try search.twitter.com, but you will need to check it every day because content, job related, and otherwise, is not static on Twitter and is quickly lost. 

Facebook can be another tool, but privacy concerns loom big. If you “like” a company, you may receive some useful company news, even about job openings, but make sure you appreciate who can see your posts or your page. Chances are you would not want a potential employer to view your page or posts, so opening up a Facebook line of communication could be problematic unless you are fastidious in keeping your Facebook page entirely professional.

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