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5 Best Job Sites to Have a Profile On

5 Best Job Sites to Have a Profile On
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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”.

      Monster Screenshot

        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 Screenshot

            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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            Published on July 27, 2021

            15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

            15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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            During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

            But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

            Put the Pro in Professional

            After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

            1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

            The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

            Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

            2. Dress the Part

            While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

            Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

            For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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            Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

            3. Stage Your Workspace

            Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

            Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

            4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

            Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

            Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

            Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

            Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

            5. Arrive on Time

            In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

            Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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            6. Turn on Your Video

            Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

            If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

            Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

            7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

            Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

            Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

            Attend to the Pesky Details

            8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

            With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

            Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

            9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

            Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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            Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

            10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

            As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

            Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

            Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

            Talking Has a Time and a Place

            11. Chat Appropriately

            Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

            At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

            12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

            The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

            Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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            13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

            In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

            Manage Yourself

            14. Minimize Distractions

            While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

            Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

            15. Save Snacking for Later

            Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

            However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

            Final Thoughts

            Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

            Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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