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5 Job Websites That Will Get Your Career on Track

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On the job hunt? Then you’ve probably noticed the Internet is a wonderful yet overwhelming thing. Job websites put millions of opportunities at your fingertips, but this excess can feel intimidating and confusing.

To make things easier, here’s an overview of five top websites, plus some tips on how to make sure your profile stands out from the pack.

1. Monster.com

  • Pros: One of the largest and most popular job websites, Monster.com is used by 61 percent of job seekers, according to research firm Greenfield Online. Its streamlined process makes it easy to upload your resume, apply directly to jobs, and even apply to multiple jobs at once.
  • Cons: Users report that some listings are outdated or may be posted by questionable sources, so be sure to carefully evaluate each one. You may not receive a response to your applications, so be prepared to follow up.

2. Glassdoor

  • Pros: Glassdoor offers a unique glimpse into potential employers’ workplace culture and pay grades. You can view actual salaries and reviews by employees at the companies you’re considering.
  • Cons: You have to wade through a lot of jobs that may not be entirely relevant to you.

3. Indeed

  • Pros: This aggregate site allows you to subscribe to specific job searches so you’re notified of any new listings that match your search criteria, saving you from checking daily.
  • Cons: Because Indeed gathers listings from other sites, you may see duplicates. You also can’t apply for jobs directly—instead, you have to go to each original listing and register for an account on that site.

4. CareerBuilder

  • Pros: With a user-friendly interface and some jobs you may not find elsewhere (like those posted in newspapers), CareerBuilder is a good supplement to bigger job websites. It can also scan your resume and recommend jobs that may interest you.
  • Cons: It has a smaller selection than other sites, so you must use it in conjunction with others.

5. Simply Hired

  • Pros: This aggregate site pulls from other job sites, company websites, and social media, so you don’t have to scan a million different places each day. Its great search options help you find relevant listings, and you can receive job suggestions based on your search criteria and history.
  • Cons: Similar to Indeed, you will likely see some redundant listings on Simply Hired. You can’t post your resume to the site—only search for jobs.

A Profile That Stands Out

The majority of people first turn to online sources when searching for work, according to the Jobvite Job Seeker Nation Study 2014. With such fierce competition, how can you set up your profile so you get noticed?

Here are some top tips:

  • Make sure all fields are fully and accurately filled out.
  • Highlight both your hard skills (degrees, certifications, program knowledge) and your soft skills (teamwork, communication, time management).
  • Mention specific accomplishments with measurable results (i.e., “top salesman in 2014 for Company ABC, bringing in over $1 million in revenue”).
  • Write an “elevator pitch” headline or objective statement—something short and snappy that communicates why a company should hire you (i.e., “customer-focused IT guru” or “unflappable executive assistant with 20 years’ experience”).
  • Upload a professional, well-lit headshot in which you’re smiling and look approachable and confident.

Bottom Line

Searching for a job can be stressful. Fortunately, job websites—including the five listed above—can facilitate the process, making it possible for you to filter, sort, and apply for many positions all at once.

With the resources and know-how outlined here, you’ll land your dream job in no time.

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Paula Pant is the founder of award-winning website AffordAnything.com and a journalist and blogger specializing in personal finance, real estate and lifestyle design. She has been featured more than three dozen publications, including Forbes, DailyFinance, Marketplace Money, Business Insider, Inc. Magazine, and many more.