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5 Best Job Sites to Have a Profile On

5 Best Job Sites to Have a Profile On

Looking for professional contacts in your industry? Unemployed? Or maybe you’re just interested in searching for job prospects?

Look no further than the Web. Nowadays, most employers and clients prefer people who are tech-savvy enough to look for opportunities online. Don’t limit yourself to LinkedIn though – especially if you own a niche business or are working for one.

Aside from the popular professional social media platform, here are four other job sites to set up your profile on:

1. Indeed.com

Indeed.com is one of the best meta-search engines that can help you scour the Web for jobs that will best fit your skills. The familiar Google-style results page makes it easy for any user. Simply enter a search term and wait for the results. Then just scan the list to find a good match for you.

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    On the home page, you can explore available work in your state OR go over the various categories for vacancies. For best results, type the specific job title or the company name you would like to get into. Then insert the name of the city, state, and/or ZIP code that you prefer.

    Pros

    • Recent Job Search Display – Indeed displays your recent job searches, so you can easily re-click it instead of going over to your history tab or typing it again.
    • Email Updates – Indeed sends you an email for your ongoing search results. This keeps you updated about recent employment postings based on your search.
    • Easy To Use – provides a fast and simple service, which is very similar to Google’s interface.

    Cons

    • Redundancy – Some positions appear more than once on the search pages.
    • Irrelevant Jobs – Jobs unrelated to your desired position may sometimes appear on the search page.

    Cost: Free

    2. SimplyHired.com

    SimplyHired has a massive database that aggregates jobs from around the Web. It lists an impressive collection of available work, while keeping the user constantly updated about the changes in the employment industry.

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      SimplyHired uses information found on search sites, social media, and company websites. It gives users a wider selection with every search, and also keeps people updated about the firms they are interested in joining.

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      Pros

      • Mobile App – SimplyHired has a mobile app that allows users to search for work on the go.
      • Career and Advice Blog – they have a blog that helps people in their job searching journey. It also offers advice for working professionals who may be thinking of switching careers.
      • Salary Calculator – SimplyHired has a salary calculator that lets you compare income from folks in the same field, both locally and internationally.

      Cons

      • Limited – Caters to the U.S. Market only.
      • Resume Issues – Users complain about not being able to post their resume directly to the site.

      Cost: Free

      3. Monster.com

      Created in 1999, Monster is one of the most visited job site in the United States. It is primarily used to find a company that matches your skills within your preferred location. With Monster, you can do a general search for popular job titles or industries like “journalism”, “accounting” or “finance”.

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        Monster won’t just help you find a good job: it also helps you further your career by providing valuable advice, articles, as well as a professionally-written resume. The service also makes your application process easier by letting you add you LinkedIn account, so that any updates you make instantly reflects on your profile.

        Pros

        • LinkedIn Connect – this job site allows you to link to your LinkedIn profile page. This makes it easier to update your information on both accounts.
        • Mobile App – The service offers a mobile app to let you follow recruiters, save jobs, and build a network. It also allows you to upload your resume and browse jobs whenever you’re on the go.

        Cons

        • Junk Job Postings – results of scam ads that aren’t real jobs can sometimes be seen in the search. There’s currently no option to filter this out.

        Cost: Free

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        4. Glassdoor.com

        Glassdoor is a community that helps people look for the right work, search for companies, or get a sneak peek of the workplace. Members can find opportunities through the latest listings. Opening a specific company’s page will allow them to effortlessly connect through the firm’s Facebook account, read user reviews, and see its ratings.

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          If you want a more in-depth look into the company you want to work for, the service lets you learn more about the job in detail thanks to current and past employee reviews. This should help you get a sense of how things would be should you decide to work there one day.

          Pros

          • Employee Opinions – Users can review their current or past employers based on their real experience in the company. It helps those who want to apply better weigh their decision and form a critical impression about the firm they wish to join.

          Cons

          • Possible Bias – Users have complained about unfavorable reviews disappearing in the site.

          Cost: Free

          5. LinkedIn.com

          Every working professional now has a LinkedIn account. It‘s one of the most popular job sites for displaying your skills, your experience, and your achievements as an expert in your field. With LinkedIn, you can be found by recruiting managers, headhunters, or just like-minded professionals who can help you work towards success.

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            LinkedIn also has a large database that can help you with your job hunting strategy. By setting up your LinkedIn public profile the right way, you can also improve visibility to employers. If you want to learn more about a certain company, or you’re interested in a certain person and their skills, simply go over to their LinkedIn account and evaluate the information on their profile.

            Pros

            • Detailed Profile and Backgrounds – LinkedIn accounts provide employers and job seekers complete information about people and companies. With this feature, employers can easily find candidates that could be a great match for their company.
            • Connections – LinkedIn has a connect button that allows you to follow a person, a company, or a group to help you remain updated about their professional life.

            Cons

            • Not Suitable For Advertising – Advertising options are not as highly targeted as on other job sites. LinkedIn offers are best used for Business to Business sales (B2B).

            Cost: Free, Paid Subscription Available

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            Being in a career that best matches your skills can help you make the most of your abilities and grow professionally. It may not happen today, but once you land that “dream job”, you can uncover your true potential and experience what it’s like to feel true work satisfaction.

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            Last Updated on September 18, 2019

            11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

            11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

            Are you looking to move up the career ladder? Or maybe you’re tired of having a “job” and want to start looking for a more permanent career?

            Whatever your motivation, you are going to have to learn some new and different hard skills to broaden your opportunities. After all, there’s a very famous quote that says:

            “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

            While the insanity part doesn’t really fit here, the overall message is a good one. If you are looking for a different result (career advancement, more money or even a career instead of a job), it’s up to you to make it happen. This is both the good news and bad news!

            The good news is that because it’s up to you, you have complete control over it happening. The bad news is that change is hard. Humans are creatures of habit, that’s why we develop routines, and anything that disrupts that routine causes us anxiety. And we will do almost anything to get rid of that anxiety. The overweight person will calm their anxiety by eating that doughnut, the smoker will light up a cigarette to avoid anxiety.

            What we want to do with this article is to give you the hard skills you’ll need to reduce that anxiety so you can move up that corporate ladder, make more money or have career instead of just a “job.”

            The following hard skills are essential to learn if you want to advance your career. They may not be easy to take up, but definitely worth your effort of learning:

            1. Cloud Computing

            “Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, intelligence and more—over the Internet “the cloud” to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale. You typically pay only for cloud services you use, helping lower your operating costs, run your infrastructure more efficiently, and scale as your business needs change.” Microsoft[1]

            There are many different jobs available in the cloud computing world today. They range from architects and developers to data scientists, security pros. Each job is its own specialty and requires a high level of specification for advancement.

            This is definitely a hard skill that requires education. But if the tech world and computers are your thing you can make cloud computing a lucrative career.

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            2. Data Mining and Statistical Analysis

            Again, these are highly specialized fields. Data mining is defined as using large sets of data to look for anomalies and other patterns that can be used to predict future behavior.

            Amazon is probably the best known company to use data mining. Have you ever noticed that when you buy something at Amazon, you’ll see a little ad at the bottom that says “customers who bought this also bought…”and it lists 2-3 other items? All of that information comes from data mining, by examining the millions of sales amazon makes they can predict that if you buy item #1 there is a high likelihood that you will buy one of the other items too. T

            his not only increases sales for Amazon, but it also serves as a reminder for you that you may need these additional items for your project. This is very valuable information and has a wide range of uses. Although it has a bad reputation and evil sounding name, it is a very useful tool for maximizing productivity and sales.

            3. Data Management

            All companies today deal with a ton of data! Being able to manage that data in an efficient manor is not only highly prized, but a necessity.

            We all have these things on our desks called computers. Unless there is a need for a paper copy, almost all of our data is computerized. Meaning that, in theory it is all at our fingertips. Being able to organize that data so that it’s easily and quickly retrievable is why computers are replacing filing cabinets!

            However, just like the old fashion filing cabinet, data management on a computer is only good if it’s well organized. You want to make sure that you are keeping your data well organized so that it’s easy to find when needed. This is a skill that comes easily to some people (are you a person that makes lists? Good!) but with others it will be a skill that needs to be practices. Make sure that this is a discipline you master.

            4. Scheduling

            Being able to make and keep to a schedule is a very useful tool in both business and life. Effective scheduling means that you can prioritize projects, understand the tools needed to get the job done on time and that you are organized enough to lead people.

            An important point here is to write things down! Whether it’s in an old fashion daily or weekly organizer or in a PDA. Have a copy of your schedule available at your fingertips at all times.

            5. Financial Skills

            These are especially important when looking for that promotion. The higher up the ladder you go, the more you’ll have to deal with things like accounting, budgeting, financial planning and cash flow management.

            While you may not need to be an expert at all of these, you should have a good grasp of all of them. This is where taking a few night classes at your local community college is a good idea. You don’t need to become an expert, but brushing up on these skills will help you tremendously.

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            6. Research Skills

            These are important in all aspects of life, but especially in your work-life.

            Are you looking for that first job out of school? Nothing impresses a boss or hiring manager more than someone who has researched the company. Trust me, they deal with people walking in off the street everyday looking for a job, but managers and owners need to see the value in hiring (or promoting) you.

            So do your research and have some company specific questions ready to ask. Show that you are interested in working for that company or that position and not just “a” job or the “promotion” because you have seniority or need the money.

            If it’s a promotion that you are after, never bad mouth the previous occupant. Instead pick out an example that he/she was good at and explain how you would like to use or expand that policy and how it would enhance the policy changes you’d like to make.

            If it’s a new job you’re going for, then make sure to have some company specific questions ready to show that you have done your homework for the new position.

            7. Marketing Skills

            While marketing a companies products or services has always been a highly sought after skill. In today’s world, it can take on several different forms.

            Some of the marketing skills that are highly sought after today include, SEO, Search Engine Optimization, SEM, Search Engine Marketing and marketing campaign management. Familiarity with Google Analytics as well as Word Press are also valuable.

            While traditional marketing and branding were focused on advertising and selling. Almost all marketing efforts now a days are focused on the internet.

            8. Network Security Specialist

            Again, this is a highly skilled position that requires specialized training. But the amount of data that all companies store is significant, and if that data is leaked or stolen, it can costs them millions of dollars in both lost revenue and lawsuits.

            So, if you have an interest in network security you will find the field both lucrative and stable.

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            9. Communication Skills

            At first glance, communication skills may not look like it fits into the category of “Hard Skills” that can help you succeed. But in this ever shrinking world where companies can do business from almost anywhere, communication is more and more important.

            Are you bilingual? It really doesn’t matter what language you speak, there’s a company out there looking for someone who speaks that language.

            10. Computer Programming

            I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure that computers are going to be around for a while! As both the hardware and software get more advanced, the need for computer programming is only going to increase.

            11. Graphic Design

            As of 2018, there were 4.37 million new websites launched.[2] A good number of them will fail because they just aren’t interesting enough visually. The use of templates and replicated websites is only making the problem worse.

            Part of the way Google ranks sites is through originality, this almost ensures that replicated sites will never get ranked through Google. So the more original your site is, the more likely people will visit and actually spend time there.

            That is what a good graphic designer does. Takes your basic idea and turns it into a website that people actually want to visit.

            Embrace the Anxiety That Comes with Change

            You know it’s going to be there, you know that you’ll want to give up as you’re learning these new skills but, you’ll also know that the end result is worth the journey.

            Here’s a little trick when you’re feeling overwhelmed:

            Have you ever met an ex-smoker who was sorry they quit? An ex-drinker or drug user that said life was much better before they quit? These people have gone through some of the most difficult challenges humans can go through including weeks, if not, months of intense physical withdrawal symptoms. They did it because they knew that the pain and anxiety they would experience would ultimately get them to a much better life.

            Now what was that complaint you had about attending night-school?

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            This is the part everyone hates, everyone thinks night-school, adult education and just generally giving up family and/or spare time. While those are certainly possible ways to develop the necessary skills, they aren’t the only way.

            You’ll want to check with your human resources department because depending on the company, a certain degree maybe required in order to even be considered for a position. In those cases, night-school, on-line or some other form of adult education maybe your best route.

            But as long as a degree isn’t required, then your options are wide open.

            Let’s just say that you’re a sales person interested in becoming the sales manager but, the territory you’ve been given will never produce the sales figures that would make you stand out as a good candidate for sales manager. So how about you start your own side business (don’t compete with your company), but let’s say you enjoy golf.

            In this day and age, there are plenty of places that will teach you how to sell products on-line and even set you up with your own website. So you start a site selling golf equipment and accessories (don’t worry, you won’t even have to carry inventory or worry about shipping).

            Now, when that sales manager spot opens up, you can explain that even though other salespeople had better numbers than you, it had nothing to do with your sales ability, it was more of a consequence of the territory your were given.

            And to prove it, you brought in some information about a side business, you started showing that you’re on target for a sales growth rate of 30% this year. And because you had to do all of the marketing for the business, you came up with some marketing strategies that you can bring to the new job (built-in experience).

            The Bottom Line

            We’ve put together these 11 hard skills as a way to give yourself a “leg up” on the competition. We’ve tried to make this a mixture of both skills that require a great deal of training, and also ones that you can work on and develop by yourself.

            We know that not everyone is cut out to be a cloud computing expert, but we also know that working on and having good scheduling skills will make you a much more desirable candidate for the position!

            We also don’t want you to discount the idea of a “side hustle“. Especially for people new to the workforce, having a business that you have started and run successfully shows potential employers that you have initiative, scheduling skills and ambition which can put you well ahead of your competition!

            As usual, we hope you found this article both enjoyable and informative. If you did, may we ask that you share it with your family and friends through social media. It really does help us and is greatly appreciated!

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            Reference

            [1] Microsoft Azure: Cloud Computing
            [2] Netcraft: December 2018 Web Server Survey

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