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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 April 6, 2020

            How to Make a Career Change at 50 for Great Opportunities

            How to Make a Career Change at 50 for Great Opportunities

            Turning 50 is a milestone in anyone’s life, after all you are half way to 100! But seriously, turning 50 is often a time in life when people can sit back and take a look at where they’ve been and contemplate what the future holds.

            Can you change careers at 50? It’s not uncommon for people in their 50’s to consider a career change, after all if you’ve spent 20 to 30 years in a career, chances are that some of the bloom is off the rose.

            Often, when we are starting out in our 20’s, we choose a career path based on factors that are no longer relevant to us in our 50’s. Things like our parents’ expectations, a fast paced exciting lifestyle or the lure of making a lot of money can all be motivating factors in our 20’s.

            But in our 50’s, those have given way to other priorities. Things like the desire to spend more time with family and friends, a slower paced less stressful lifestyle, the need to care for a sick spouse or elderly parents can all contribute to wanting a career change in your 50’s.

            Just like any big life changing event, changing careers is scary. The good news is that just like most things we are scared of, the fear is mostly in our own head.

            Understanding how to go about a career change at 50 and what you can expect should help reduce the anxiety and fear of the unknown.

            What are Your Goals for a Career Change?

            As in any endeavor, having properly defined goals will help you to determine the best path to take.

            What are you looking for in a new career? Choosing a slower less stressful position that gives you more time with family and friends may sound ideal, but you’ll often find that you’re giving up some income and job satisfaction in the process.

            Conversely, if your goal is to quit a job that is sucking the life from your soul to pursue a lifelong passion. You might be trading quality time with family and friends for job satisfaction.

            Neither decision is wrong or bad, you just need to be aware of the potential pitfalls of any decision you make.

            Types of Career Changes at 50+

            There are four main types of career changes that people make in their 50’s. Each type has it’s unique set of challenges and will very in the degree of preparation required to make the change.

            Industry Career Change

            In this career change, a person remains in the same field but switches industries.

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            With an industry change, a person takes their set of skills and applies them to an industry that they have no previous experience in.

            An example would be a salesperson in the oil and gas industry becoming a salesperson for a media (advertising) company. They are taking their skill set (selling) and applying it to a different industry (media).

            This type of career change is best accomplished by doing a lot of homework on the industry you want to get into as well as networking within the industry.

            Functional Career Change

            A functional career change would be a change of careers within the same industry.

            For example, an accountant at a pharmaceutical company who changes careers to become a human resources manager. It may or may not be with the same company, but they remain within the pharmaceutical industry. In this case, they are leaving one set of skills behind (accounting) to develop a new set (human resource) within the same industry.

            In a functional career change, new or additional training as well as certifications may be required in order to make the switch. If you are considering a functional career change, you can start by getting any training or certifications needed either online, through trade associations or at your local community college.

            Double Career Change

            This is the most challenging career change of all. A person doing a double career change is switching both a career and an industry.

            An example of a double change would be an airline pilot quitting to pursue their dream of producing rock music. In that case, they are leaving both the aviation industry and a specific skill set (piloting) for a completely unrelated industry and career.

            When considering a double career change, start preparing by getting any needed training or certifications first. Then you can get your foot in the door by taking an apprenticeship or part time job.

            With a double change, it’s not uncommon to have to start out at the bottom as you are asking an employer to take a chance on someone without any experience or work history in the industry.

            Entrepreneurial Career Change

            Probably one of the most common career changes made by people in their 50’s is the entrepreneurial career change.

            After 20 to 30 years of working for “Corporate America”, a lot of people become disillusioned with the monotony, politics and inefficiency of the corporate world. Many of us dream of having our own business and being our own boss.

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            By this time in our life, we have saved some money and the financial pressures we had with young children have passed; so it’s a perfect time to spread our entrepreneurial wings.

            Entrepreneurial career changes can be within the same industry and using your existing knowledge and contacts to start a similar business competing within the same industry. Or it can be completely unrelated to your former industry and based on personal interests, passions or hobbies.

            A good example would be someone who played golf as a hobby starting an affiliate marketing website selling golf clubs. If you are considering an entrepreneurial career change, there are a lot of very good free resources available on the internet. Just be sure to do your homework.

            Practical Tips on Making a Career Change at 50+

            So you’ve decided to take the plunge and make a career switch in your 50’s. No matter what your reasons or what type of a career change you are embarking on, here are some helpful hints to make the transition easier:

            1. Deal with the Fear

            As stated earlier, any big life change comes with both fear and anxiety. Things never seem to go as smoothly as planned, you will always have bumps and roadblocks along the way. By recognizing this and even planning for it, you are less likely to let these issues derail your progress.

            If you find yourself becoming discouraged by all of the stumbling blocks, there are always resources to help. Contacting a career coach is a good place to start, they can help you with an overall strategy for your career change as well as the interview and hiring process, resume writing / updating and more. Just Google “Career Coach” for your options.

            I also recommend using the services of a professional counselor or therapist to help deal with the stress and anxiety of this major life event.

            It’s always good to have an unbiased third party to help you work through the problems that inevitably arise.

            2. Know Your “Why”

            It’s important that you have a clear understanding of the “why” you are making this career change. Is it to have more free time, reduce stress, follow a passion or be your own boss?

            Having a clear understanding of you personal “why” will influence every decision in this process. Knowing your “why” and keeping it in mind also serves as a motivator to help you reach your goals.

            3. Be Realistic

            Take an inventory of both your strengths and weaknesses. Are your organizational skills less than stellar? Then, becoming a wedding planner is probably not a good idea.

            This is an area where having honest outside input can be really helpful. Most of us are not very good at accurately assessing our abilities. It’s a universal human trait to exaggerate our abilities while diminishing our weaknesses.

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            Requesting honest feedback from friends and co-workers is a good place to start, but this is another area where a career coach can come in handy.

            4. Consider an Ad-Vocation

            Sometimes, making a career change all at once is just too big of a change. Issues like a severely reduced income, geography and lack of benefits can all be impediments to your career change. In those cases, you may want to start your new career as an ad-vocation.

            An ad-vocation is a second or ad-on vocation in addition to your primary vocation. Things like a part-time job, consulting or even a side business can all be ad-vocations.

            The benefit of having an ad-vocation is being able to build experience a reputation and contacts in the new field while maintaining all the benefits of your current job.

            5. Update Your Skills

            Whether it means acquiring new certifications or going back to school to get your cosmetology licence, having the right training is the foundation for a successful career change.

            The great thing about changing careers now is that almost any training or certifications needed can be free or at very little cost online. Check with trade associations, industry websites and discussion groups for any requirements you may need.

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            6. Start Re-Branding Yourself Now

            Use the internet and social media to change the way you present yourself online.

            Changing your LinkedIn profile is a good way to show prospective employers that you are serious about a career change.

            Joining Facebook groups, trade associations and discussion boards as well as attending conventions is a great way to start building a network while you learn.

            Here’re some Personal Branding Basics You Need to Know for Career Success.

            7. Overhaul Your Resume

            Most of us have heard the advice to update our resume every six months, and most of us promptly ignore that advice and only update our resume when we need it.

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            When making a career change, updating is not enough; this calls for a complete overhaul of your resume. Chances are that your current resume was designed around your old career which may or may not apply to your new goals.

            Crafting a new resume emphasizing your strengths for the new position your looking for is key. There are many places that will help you craft a resume online and it is a service included with most career coaching services.

            8. Know Your Timeline

            There are a lot of factors when it comes to how long it will take to make the career change.

            Industry and Functional career changes tend to be the easiest to do and therefore can be accomplished in the shortest period of time. While the Double Career Change and the Entrepreneurial Career Change both require more effort and thus time.

            There are also personal factors involved in the time it will take to switch careers.

            Generally speaking the more you are willing to be flexible with both compensation and geography, the shorter time it will take to make the switch.

            Final Thoughts

            Changing careers at anytime can be stressful, but for those of us who are 50 or above, it can seem to be an overwhelming task fraught with pitfalls and self doubt.

            Prospective employers know the benefits that come with more mature employees. Things like a wealth of experience, a proven work history and deeper understanding of corporate culture are all things that older workers bring to the table.

            And while the younger generation may possess better computer or technical skills than us, if you’re willing to learn, there are a ton of free or nearly free resources available to you.

            Deciding on a career change at 50 is a great way to experience life on your own terms.

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