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16 Websites That Will Help You Get A Job

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16 Websites That Will Help You Get A Job

Are you looking for a new job, or ways to build your portfolio and get paid? In this post, you will discover popular websites that will help you get a job, along with some clever ones that you may have overlooked.

Marketplaces

1. 99designs

With over $67 million paid to its community of over 275,000 designers, 99designs is one of the world’s largest marketplace for any type of designs. Whether you are just starting out as a designer or have years of experience, 99designs will help you find work that suits your needs.

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    2. SmartShoot

    SmartShoot is a marketplace that connects customers with local filmmakers and photographers. Their clients range from startups and small businesses to big brands such as Yelp, Google, and YouTube. Whether you’re a wedding photographer or video animator, you will find jobs that match your particular photo or video skill set.

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      3. Upwork

      From website development to content writing to graphic design, upwork is one of the largest marketplaces on the web with a wide range of available jobs. On the website, upwork touts the fact that someone gets hired every 60 seconds. Over 3,000 jobs are posted on a daily basis.

      4. AngelList

      While most techies know AngelList as a marketplace for startups to meet investors, it’s also become a great place to land a job at a startup. On the site, you will find a variety of jobs listed by some of the hottest startups. You also have access to how much money each startup has raised along with the last round that it raised.

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        Job Boards

        5. Monster

        Monster pioneered the business of online jobs in 1994 and still remains one of the top places for job seekers to find work. While the website may need a new look, it’s hard to argue the traffic that Monster generates along with the number of job postings.

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          6. CareerBuilder

          More than 24 million unique visitors a month visit CareerBuilder to find new jobs and obtain career advice. CareerBuilder works with employers around the world, including 92% of the Fortune 100. Along with Monster, CareerBuilder is one of the most visited job board sites.

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            7. Craigslist

            While the website design still looks like the year it started (1995), Craigslist is the best website for local classifieds and forums. More than 60 million people in the US use Craigslist each month. On Craigslist, you will find various jobs, ranging from professional to odd.

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              8. LinkedIn

              LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with 259 million members in over 200 countries and territories around the globe. In July 2011, LinkedIn launched a new feature, allowing companies to include an “Apply with LinkedIn” button on job listing pages. The new plugin lets potential employees apply for positions, using their LinkedIn profiles as resumes.

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                Get a Job by Learning How to Code

                9. Treehouse

                At Treehouse, you have access to video tutorials to learn how to build websites and apps, write code or start a business. Starting at $25 a month, you get access to over 1,000 videos along with the ability to practice live with Treehouse’s Code Challenge Engine. What I love most is that after each course, you have to complete a quiz to make sure you fully comprehend the lesson.

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                  10. Codecademy

                  At Codecademy you can learn how to code Javascript, HTML/CSS, PHP, Ruby, and APIs for free. It’s interactive tool allows you to learn to code while building a real project.

                  One of the site’s success stories includes a Liz Beigle-Bryant who learned how to code at the age of 55. After being laid off from her $15 an hour job, she decided to reinvent her career and now has a job as a SharePoint Content Editor.

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                    11. General Assembly

                    If online courses intimidate you, then General Assembly maybe the perfect platform for you. They provide in-person courses from experts in the field of business, marketing, mobile apps, web development, and more. Classes can range from a couple of sessions to a couple of months. They have 17 locations for in-person classes.

                    Recently, General Assembly launched online courses where you can pay per course or $25 a month to access all the courses.

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                      12. The Starter League

                      The Starter League is a small school in Chicago that teaches Rails, Ruby, HTML/CSS, and User Experience Design. The classes are intensive, three months long, one to three days a week, and taught in person. If you looking to start new careers, launch a new product, or build a company while getting a classroom type environment, then The Starter League is a website worth checking out.

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                        Clever Ways to Land a Job

                        13. Udemy

                        At Udemy, you have access to over 8,000 courses to build your skills. However, you can also monetize the skills you already have. On Udemy, the average instructor earns $7,000 a year per course and 90% of instructors make sales. Udemy provides you with an easy-to-use online teaching platform and its platform brings customers to you.

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                          14. Meetup

                          Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities. You can use Meetup to meet other locals and find clients that may need your services.

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                            15. Dribbble

                            Dribbble is a community of designers who share small screenshots that show their work, process, and current projects. Dribbble is a place to show and tell, promote, discover, and explore design. On Dribbble, you can find jobs for designers or have people hire you through your Dribbble profile.

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                              16. Podcasting on iTunes

                              If you are looking to build a platform or grow your personal brand, there’s no better way than to start a podcast. I started a podcast called Mobile App Chat because I wanted to grow my app business by interviewing and learning from the experts. During this process, I managed to land a few consulting clients and a couple of them were past guests on the podcast.

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                                Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

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                                Why Personal Branding Is Important to Your Career

                                As a recruiter, I have met and interviewed hundreds of candidates who have no idea who they are.

                                Without a personal brand, candidates struggle to answer the question: “tell me about yourself—who are you?” They have no idea about who they are, what their strengths are, and how they can add value to the company. They present their CV’s believing that their CV is the key to their career success. In some ways, your CV still has its use. However, in today’s job market, you need more than a CV to stand out in a crowd.

                                According to Celinne Da Costa:[1]

                                “Personal brand is essentially your golden ticket to networking with the right people, getting hired for a dream job, or building an influential business.” She believes that “a strong personal brand allows you to stand out in an oversaturated marketplace by exposing desired audiences to your vision, skillset, and personality in a way that is strategically aligned with your career goals.”

                                A personal brand opens up your world to so many more career opportunities that you would never have been exposed to with just your CV.

                                What Is Your Personal Brand?

                                “Personal branding is how you distinctively market your uniqueness.” —Bernard Kelvin Clive

                                Today, the job market is very competitive and tough. Having a great CV will only let you go so far because everyone has a CV, but no one else has your distinct personal brand! It is your personal brand that differentiates you from everyone else and that is what people buy—you.

                                Your personal brand is your mark on the world. It is how people you interact with and the world see you. It is your legacy—it is more important than a business brand because your personal brand lasts forever.

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                                I have coached people who have very successful careers, and they come to me because they have suddenly found that they are not getting the opportunities or having the conversations that would them to their next role. They are having what I call a “career meltdown,” all because they have no personal brand.

                                A personal brand helps you become conscious of your differences and your uniqueness. It allows you to position yourself in a way that makes you stand out from the pack, especially among other potential job applicants.

                                Don’t get me wrong, having a great CV and a great LinkedIn profile is important. However, there are a few steps that you have to take to have a CV and LinkedIn profile that is aligned to who you are, the value you offer to the market, and the personal guarantee that you deliver results.

                                Building your personal brand is about strategically, creatively, and professionally presenting what makes you, you. Knowing who you are and the value you bring to the table enables you to be more informed, agile, and adaptable to the changing dynamic world of work. This is how you can avoid having a series of career meltdowns.

                                Your Personal Brand Is Essential for Your Career Success

                                In her article, Why Personal Branding Is More Important Than Ever, Caroline Castrillon outlines key reasons why a personal brand is essential for career success.

                                According to Castrillon,[2]

                                “One reason is that it is more popular for recruiters to use social media during the interview process. According to a 2018 CareerBuilder survey, 70% of employers use social media to screen candidates during the hiring process, and 43% of employers use social media to check on current employees.”

                                The first thing I do as a recruiter when I want to check out a candidate or coaching client is to look them up on LinkedIn or other social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your digital footprint is the window that highlights to the world who you are. When you have no control over how you want to be seen, you are making a big mistake because you are leaving it up to someone else to make a judgment for you as to who you are.

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                                As Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, once said, “Your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room.”

                                In her book, Becoming, Michelle Obama writes about the importance of having a personal brand and her journey to defining her personal brand. She wrote that:

                                “if you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”

                                When you have a personal brand, you are in control. You know exactly what people will say about you when you leave the room.

                                The magic of a personal brand is that gives you control over how you want to be seen in the world. Your confidence and self-belief enable you to leverage opportunities and make informed decisions about your career and your future. You no longer experience the frustrations of a career meltdown or being at a crossroads not knowing what to do next with your career or your life. With a personal brand, you have focus, clarity, and a strategy to move forward toward future success.

                                Creating your personal brand does not happen overnight. It takes a lot of work and self-reflection. You will be expected to step outside of your comfort zone not once, but many times.

                                The good news is that the more time you spend outside of your comfort zone, the more you will like being there. Being outside of your comfort zone is where you can test the viability of and fine-tune your personal brand.

                                5 Key Steps to Creating Your Personal Brand

                                These five steps will help you create a personal brand that will deliver you the results you desire with your career and in life.

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                                1. Set Your Personal Goals

                                What is it that you want to do in the next five years? What will your future self be doing in the next five to ten years? What is important to you? If you can answer these questions, then you are on the right path. If not, then you have to start thinking about them.

                                2. Create Your Unique Value Proposition

                                Create your unique value proposition by asking yourself these four questions:

                                1. What are your personality features? What benefit do you offer people?
                                2. Who are you and why do people enjoy working with you?
                                3. What do you do and what do people want you to do for them? How do you solve their problems?
                                4. What makes you different from others like you?

                                The answers to these questions will give you the information you need to create your professional story, which is the key step to creating your personal brand.

                                3. Write Your Professional Story

                                Knowing who you are, what you want, and the unique value you offer is essential to you creating your professional story. People remember stories. Your personal story incorporates your value proposition and tells people who you are and what makes you unique. This is what people will remember about you.

                                4. Determine Which Platforms Will Support Your Personal Brand

                                Decide which social media accounts and online platforms will best represent your brand and allow you to share your voice. In a professional capacity, having a LinkedIn profile and a CV that reflects your brand is key to your positioning in relation to role opportunities. People will be connecting with you because they will like the story you are telling.

                                5. Become Recognized for Sharing Your Knowledge and Expertise

                                A great way for you to promote yourself is by sharing knowledge and helping others. This is where you prove you know your stuff and you gain exposure for doing so. You can do this through social media, writing, commenting, video, joining professional groups, networking, etc. Find your own style and uniqueness and use it to attract clients, the opportunities, or the jobs you desire.

                                The importance of having a personal brand is not going to go away. In fact, it is the only way where you can stand out and be unique in a complex changing world of work. If you don’t have a personal brand, someone will do it for you. If you let this happen, you have no control and you may not like the story they create.

                                Standing out from others takes time and investment. Most people cannot make the change by themselves, and this is where engaging a personal brand coach is a viable option to consider.

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                                As a personal brand coach, working with my clients to create their personal brand is my passion. I love the fact that we can work together to create a personal story that defines exactly what people will say when you leave the room.

                                Other People’s Stories

                                Listening to other people’s stories is a great way to learn. In his article, 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding, Rafael Dos Santos presents the best Ted Talks where speakers share their stories about the “why,” “what,” and “how” of personal branding.((GuidedPR: 7 TED Talks About Personal Branding))

                                Take some time out to listen to these speakers sharing their stories and thoughts about personal branding. You will definitely learn so much about how you can start your journey of defining yourself and taking control of your professional and personal life.

                                Your personal brand, without a doubt, is your secret weapon to your career success. As Michelle Obama said,

                                “your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own.”

                                So, go own your story. Go on the journey to create your personal brand that defines who you are, highlights your uniqueness, and the value you offer to the world.

                                Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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