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16 Websites That Will Help You Get A Job

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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        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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                        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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                                Published on August 14, 2018

                                17 Versatile Work Skills Employers Want to See in Potential Employees

                                17 Versatile Work Skills Employers Want to See in Potential Employees

                                When we look at a job advertisement, it can seem as though employers want an exhaustive list of experience and technical skills from their new hire.

                                They list desirable qualities such as ‘initiative’, ‘team player’ and ‘strong work ethic’. Those words can mean a variety of things to different people and it can be quite hard for employers to illustrate fully the combination of technical and soft skills they want their potential employees to have.

                                What they often want is a mix of versatile skills that make it easy for them (and you) to adapt to the changing needs and demands which occur in businesses today.

                                After all, adaptability and innovation are what make businesses thrive.

                                In today’s ever-changing environment, versatility is a mandatory attitude every working person needs to have. With the following seventeen work skills, you will not only make your employer extremely happy and confident that hiring you was their best decision, you will experience greater personal satisfaction and results.

                                1. Know what you want but more so why you want it.

                                Employers need to sense you have a solid idea as to why you are a fit for their role and their organization. They need to sense you have your own sense of purpose.

                                However, it can be a double-edged sword to say you know exactly what you want to achieve and gain if you are successful in your application and interview.

                                Some employers can perceive this as arrogance; your needs first, theirs second. What employers are really looking for is your internal sense of knowing that potential to join their organization is a winning combination for both of you.

                                2. Diplomacy and conflict resolution skills save money, lost productivity and efficiency.

                                Can you agree to disagree? Can you evaluate without passing judgment or at least be self-aware of your own biases? Can you put these aside to find solutions for the betterment of the team?

                                Employers look for versatility in soft work skills that bring peace, lower stress and contribute to creating harmony. If you have ways with words to help heated arguments reduce to a simmer so there is space for compromises, negotiations and reasoning to take place your employers’ respect for you will jump at least tenfold.

                                Peace-making skills are invaluable in changing workplace culture, particularly toxic ones. Any good employer knows a strong in-house negotiator will save them thousands of dollars in engaging an external mediator.

                                3. Know how to set and reframe your own goals.

                                Much research has documented that when employees have a clear purpose, mission and goals, they are more likely to be highly productive. They are less likely to flounder around in many directions nor be busy and not produce results that matter.

                                Employers know well that employees who develop their own goals and can align these with those of the company are more self-driven, self-sufficient and take greater ownership for performing their role.

                                And the benefit is not only to the employers. You personally will find greater personal satisfaction from achieving targets you have chosen to set yourself. Everyone wins!

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                                4. Great time management and organization skills make you highly productive.

                                Being able to exercise versatility with these work skills needs no explanation. Great time management does not mean multi-tasking. It actually uses more brain power and reduces effectiveness.

                                Having great skills to prioritize your activities and demands, being able to assess how long things might take you to address are planning skills which greatly aid effective and better execution.

                                Working in harmony with your colleagues’ timetables makes for better teamwork and workflow plus a less stressed environment.

                                In today’s working world, any strategies for reducing stress-invoking opportunities are like finding golden nuggets. Your employer will want to hold on to those for dear life!

                                5. Be a flexible team player by being able to change roles when required.

                                Employers will be looking to see how flexible a team player, a potential employee could be.

                                If you are a natural leader, being a better team player might, in fact, mean you stepping down from the helm and encouraging someone else to exercise and step into their leadership potential.

                                It might be more beneficial to your employer to play the role of Indian as opposed to the Chief in certain situations. Stepping into different positions on your team not only helps you grow but also the rest of your team.

                                Employers relish having a versatile work team which can adapt and is ready and willing to play different roles, even if uncomfortable when crises happen.

                                6. Initiative, self-motivated and driven.

                                When you have your own internal reasons for looking to undertake a role your motivation is driven by something sizzling inside of you.

                                There is a personal drive and desire for the satisfaction you will experience when you meet a certain target that no other person will be able to give to you.

                                When you can genuinely identify and demonstrate your own personal connection to the role’s objectives and the greater goals of your employer’s business, they will see you have an internal drive that they don’t need to whip and flog to keep the momentum going.

                                Any employer will be grateful they just need to help navigate you and support you with the right tools and network and off you go.

                                7. Be confident but not arrogant.

                                Imagine if you were conducting initial telephone interviews with shortlisted candidates and one of the questions they asked was:

                                “How long would it be until I’ll be eligible for a pay rise or promotion?”

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                                There is a significant difference between being confident and arrogant. Employers are not looking for confidence purely in you being able to perform every aspect of your role at gold star level.

                                It comes with being comfortable to say you don’t understand, you have made a mistake, you need support, further training, acknowledging what your limits are and being willing to risk stepping outside your comfort zone.

                                When you’re a new kid on the block, respecting that you may need to learn to walk before you can run is essential. Unless it is your job to start making significant changes from day one, chances are you’re going to create enemies if you’re so confident your new methods and ideas should replace existing processes.

                                8. A positive attitude.

                                Demonstrating positivity as a work skill that will truly win over your new employer is about being genuine and actively applying strategies which look for the glass half full.

                                Recruiters and employers are not dumb. They can easily see through short-term bright smiles, nervous giggling and general ‘you just need to think positive’ statements.

                                In the face of grueling challenges, employers are going to look much more favorably on that candidate who can acknowledge the negative features of a situation but still encourage another solution-focused perspective to be adopted.

                                Even better, if you can use language effectively to demonstrate how you have adopted a positive perspective and helped turned around a tough situation.

                                It is one thing to have a positive attitude but your potential employer will see you as a superhero if you can show them how you have successfully applied it.

                                9. You are resourceful but know the value of asking for help.

                                There is nothing more unproductive (let alone frustrating) than that person who simply asks out loud a question to their team when they could simply have Googled the answer.

                                Or worse still, they have a manual at their fingertips which has the answer to their question…they were simply too lazy to look for themselves.

                                Be that person with Sherlock Holmes as their middle name who sleuths like a dog after a buried bone. You can research and turn over stones to discover and learn what you need but you also are able to ask for help and assistance when you need to.

                                Any employer will relish that person who looks to discover the answers to their own questions first before reaching out and asking for help.

                                10. Emotional intelligence creates a harmonious workflow.

                                Despite the level of seniority of your role having a strong ability to handle emotions is fast becoming an essential work skill (and also life skill).

                                It is even more desirable for any employer when your work skill set includes the ability to detect, adapt to and have skills in managing certain emotional patterns of others you need to work with, manage or report to.

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                                So much time, energy and productivity is lost due to individuals’ lack of skills in this area. Any manager who can see you possess and can demonstrate such versatile work skills will think they’ve won the managerial lottery!

                                11. Be able to adapt your learning style.

                                There is no real evidence that using preferred learning styles actually increase the rate at which we learn nor the effectiveness of certain styles.

                                However, being able to make changes to what we are given to learn and adapting it to suit our needs and preferences does help us settle into a new work transition sooner.

                                We also need to recognize that even though we feel uncomfortable learning a new skill a certain way, it might actually be the way we need to receive it to cement the learning. It is also likely that our new employer only knows or has a budget to deliver training in a certain way.

                                Either we can choose to adapt or resist but we know for sure the latter is not going to benefit to anyone.

                                12. Flexible leadership style.

                                Dan Goleman has conducted extensive research on different leadership styles, emphasizing that being versatile to switch between different styles (e.g. authoritative, coaching, affiliate, coercive, pace-setting) and knowing when to do is a fundamental skill for any leader.

                                Being able to change your style to lead other people is as important as how you lead your own role responsibilities.

                                13. Incredible communication skills that actively listen and give clear messages.

                                Strong and effective communication across all mediums takes time, life experience and highly developed intuition.

                                Knowing when to use email, a face to face conversation or telephone discussion is one thing. Another is to use words which emotionally connect and influence the receiver to accept, hear and heed your message.

                                Great communicators know that it is their responsibility as much as the receiver for good communication to take place. However, they also know that the receiver may not feel this is the case.

                                When you can listen equally, be sensitive to read between the lines to hear the message of ineffective communicators and can respond kindly with inspiring, equalizing and encouraging words, your influence and general likeability as a new addition to your employer’s team will develop in leaps and bounds.

                                14. Accountability, responsible and dependable.

                                We’ve all worked with people or managers at some point who lay external blame the instance something goes wrong.

                                Contrary to popular belief, making mistakes and owning up to it is a highly desirable and versatile work skill that gains loyalty and understanding particularly when mistakes occur.

                                Owning up to errors early allows both yourself and the business to recover quickly and shows you’re willing to take responsibility to continue forward on when you have stumbled.

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                                When you illustrate you can do this, you build your employer’s trust and faith in you.

                                15. Exercise proactive self-awareness.

                                Self-reflection is a highly empowering work skill that contributes greatly to becoming better and performing better.

                                When you actively look for the achievement, celebrate your success and look for pockets of where mistakes you have made can be corrected you improve faster, become more effective and make your work easier.

                                When you start to look at your own errors, receiving feedback from your employer about the same errors can feel far less confronting and having corrective conversations is easier, transparent and far less stressful and emotional.

                                You naturally increase your resilience and make life easier for yourself and your employer if you conduct regular self-check-ins and keep your employer updated.

                                16. Apply a problem-solving growth mindset.

                                When faced with a problem or challenge, your ability to activate a growth mindset is a highly versatile work skill employers love. Not only are you able to reduce the pain and anguish that a fixed mindset can sustain but your ability to remain open to possibilities to find different pathways or ideas is refreshing and helpful.

                                If your thought patterns automatically ask: “How can we?” or you often think “there must be a way”, you will only contribute to creating growth opportunities for your organization and inspire others to think the same way.

                                17. Be teachable.

                                If you have ever tried to teach someone a new skill or technique and they keep reverting back to traditional ways that are familiar to them, you might have become frustrated to the point of giving up.

                                Don’t be that person who’s stuck in tradition which no longer serves the business. Whether you are entering a new environment, learning new software or negotiation skills, know that all employers need people who are open to being taught.

                                Innovation is a core concern of every business. Innovation means change and change means doing something different.

                                Stay versatile and keep learning

                                Technical skills can often be taught. Ray Croc illustrated how well a systemized franchise can dominate the planet. Over 36,000 McDonald’s establishments around the world are run by managers barely in their twenties!

                                Soft work skills, however, take time to develop, learn and confidently apply.

                                There is a key combination of work skills that would make any candidate employer’s dream. However, the essential factor underlying all of these work skills is versatility.

                                Equip yourself with these 17 work skills, stay curious and keep learning; and you’ll always nail the job you want.

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