Despite whatever else is going on in the world, there has never been a better time to look for a job. We're not talking about the economy here, but rather, the wealth of job search boards available online. Can you even imagine what it was like back in the day when people were restricted to the classified sections of their local (print!) newspaper, word of mouth, and physical "help wanted" signs?
Now, we have the opposite problem. Whether you're feverishly hunting for work or just casually wondering what's out there, you can spend hours a day looking at job search sites. We imagine that's not the way you want to spend all of your time (even if you’re unemployed), so we've narrowed down a list of some of the best job boards to use.
Before you begin, it's important to note that your search shouldn't begin and end online.
"The biggest issue with applying for a job on a job board is that there are hundreds of other people also applying for those same jobs," career coach Elana Konstant tells Refinery29. "If you live in competitive environments, like a major city, or if you're in an industry where there's already a lot of competition, you're already at a disadvantage by the time you apply for these jobs online, because they've already been posted internally for months or weeks. What you really want is to find out about jobs that people don't know about, and the way to do that is to network."
It may sound hard, but it isn't: Even those who are just starting out in their careers can do this, by reaching out to alumni of their schools, finding friends of relatives, and joining career-oriented groups that meet online or in person. Do this even as you continue to search online, because you can also use those connections after you apply through a site.
"When you're applying to jobs, you always want to see if you have any connections that so that they can push your information through [to the hiring manager] and refer you," Konstant says. Don't be shy about this — sometimes, that's the only way to get your resume to the top of the pile, and people are usually happy to help out, even when they don't know you that well. Now, let’s get hunting.
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What position these days isn't a tech job? Anyway, "tech" is the specialty of this site, where both big name companies and small startups post openings. Job seekers can also post their resume and let those offers come to them. Plus, you can use its personalized salary predictor tool to figure out what salary to expect — or demand! — when the time comes.
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This isn't the prettiest job board out there, but because it aggregates listings from other sites (including some companies' internal listings), it's got the most openings in all industries.
You can search without signing in, or you can create an account that will remember what you’re looking for (including desired salary). The site will email you when new openings come up.
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You can view this site as social media for old people, or you can use it for what it's really good for — streamlining both networking and job searching in one place. When you see a listing you like, click through to see if you're connected to someone who works there and message them to ask for a leg up. You can also come back to LinkedIn and do that if you've found a job on another site.
"Anyone who has any kind of connection is going to work it," Konstant warns, so you'd better try to do the same.
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In addition to searching for openings by industry and location, you can look up companies on this site to read what actual employees have to say about working there (and not just what their recruiting team is pitching you). You can also look up average salaries for your desired positions, and follow a company to get periodic updates about it.
"I am of the mind that when you're looking for new jobs, the more information you have, the better," Konstant says.
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While many of us know ZipRecruiter mostly as the sponsor of our favorite podcasts, it really is a job site. You can search for openings as you would any other board, but the emphasis here is on creating a profile and uploading your resume so that its algorithms will recommend you to an employer.
"The only danger with that is that you can't change your you can't refine the version of the resume that you have based on the job that you want," Konstant says. Not that you should be making up information for your applications, but for different positions, ideally you should be able to highlight different aspects of your experience.
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It may sound obvious, but in case you didn't know, the everything search engine is a job search engine too. Simply by adding "jobs" to any search term — a position title, an industry, a location, or a company, Google will crawl other job sites to gather those listings. It also allows you to add filters and make an email alert for the terms you choose.
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What sets this site apart, besides the fact that it's been in the online job search game for more than 20 years, is the amount of career advice you can glean from its pages while you look.
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There’s finding a job opening, and then there’s finding a place where you really want to work. Employers try hard to recruit candidates on this site by including photos of the workspace and profiles of the company, as well as some of the people who work there. You can also stick around to read some career advice and even seek out a career coach of your own.
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Some employers choose to post their job openings only on sites that specialize in their field, perhaps because that's one way to make sure candidates are dedicated to that type of work. Idealist is a longtime leader in posting nonprofit jobs — and only nonprofits, government agencies, and the like can post here.
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This is also an industry-specific site, but the media jobs listed here include those in journalism, marketing, advertising, social media, television, and film.
Searching is free, but you can also pay for membership that includes online courses, some member discounts, access to a freelancer marketplace, and articles about pitching articles to publications.
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This suitably attractive (and curiously named) site posts design job listings from all over the world. It also allows designers to build portfolios on the site or just show off a single project gallery — which can’t hurt as they try to catch the eyes of future employers.