How to Find the Best Career Websites

Whether you’re looking for contract work or a full-time position, there are a number of different websites that can be useful in your search. If you’re looking for a full-time, permanent position, you can search through career clearinghouses to find useful links to career and job information on the web or you can search job banks and reliable government sources for job openings.

If you’re interested in careers in the military, you want start your own home-based business, or you would like work as a freelancer or independent contractor, there are a number of resources you can tap into as well. Try My Future (military website), U.S. Small Business Administration, and For regular full-time job seekers, the next section is for you.

Searching Job Banks and Government Sources for Job Openings

There are so many job banks and government websites that it would be tough to list them all here. What we can do is list ten of the most popular sites, which also happen to be the most user friendly and hassle-free of the bunch. For example, some websites have easy search functions that allow the user to enter only a few criteria to get relevant results. In many cases, these sites do not have a lengthy registration process. All that’s needed in these cases is a name and email address.

Other sites may ask for more information than you are willing to give in order to search their database. These sites typically require a large amount of information to compile demographic information and to attract more business from advertisers and employers. In these cases, it’s best to study the sites privacy policy before going through the lengthy registration process.

Besides the usual suspects such as (23 million visitors per month) and (75 million visitors), there are a number of lesser-known job banks that offer:

  • -A respectable amount of job listings
  • -Posts for people from all walks of life, age groups and skill levels
  • -Much less traffic than the most popular banks

Less traffic is actually a plus if you prefer not to waste your time competing with thousands of applicants for a single position. Just a few alternative job banks that are well worth the effort are:

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  10. 10. SeniorJobBank allows users to either search for a job on your own or sign up to have P.J. Scout, your personal online job search assistant, search for you. Whenever scout finds a job that matches your background, he will email it to you.

Not only does allow users to search through jobs in more than 70 different industries, it offers “insider” information on more than 3,000 companies. The site features the Internet’s first collection of company-specific message boards for employees. Here, anyone can network, find out what its like to work for any given company, and ask for job advice. is a unique job search engine that caters to teens, students, and young adults. The site features seasonal opportunities, hourly positions, and entry-level job opportunities as well as a wide variety of job articles, tips, and advice. caters to recent college graduates or those looking to get their foot in the door through entry-level positions. The  site lists more than 200,000 jobs and an abundance of job related articles and information about everything from the top 50 popular jobs to the top businesses.

Sponsored by Sallie Mae, is targeted towards degreed professionals in search of higher pay and jobs that are more satisfying. The site has a number of job and resume posting features as well as career articles, company profiles, a diversity center, and an “ask the expert” discussion forum. is devoted to entry-level job information only. The site offers job listings from top entry-level employers as well as internships. Job seekers can also browse through a number of sections on interviewing, job planning, resumes, salaries, and more.

CoolWorks understands that not everyone wants to wear a suit and tie everyday. There are a number of job seekers out there that would prefer to saddle up and hop on a horse to patrol a gorgeous national park for the day or slather on some sunscreen for sunny day serving Mai Tai’s on the deck of a cruise ship. CoolWorks features job listings for jobs in great places from cruse ships and ski resorts to parks and Buddhist retreat centers.

If you’re an IT professional, is the place to search for a position. features a number of regular full-time positions, as well as a large number of contract positions. Users can search telecommuting positions only, or they can search by the amount of travel required. Job seekers can also create a profile and resume or use a personal search agent.

In today’s economic climate, a move into marketing or to the marketing department of your company wouldn’t be a bad idea. As companies continue to struggle to stay afloat, they are also beefing up their marketing efforts. This is where comes into play. focuses on jobs in sales, marketing, and advertising. Job seekers can search state, job function, or keyword and they can also create an anonymous career profile, which will allow employers to find you. caters to the seasoned and talented 50 and over set. The job bank allows job seekers to search for jobs by industry, location, job category, and type of employment (short-term, contract, full-time). Users can also create up to three resumes and choose an option to let potential employers view your resume or have a personal job agent send job openings to your email.

If you’re looking for jobs through government sources, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s America Job Bank site at or America’s Service locator at America’s job bank has more than 2 million job listings and America’s Service Locator features state by job openings as well as information on unemployment insurance, job training programs, education opportunities, and career services.

Using Career Clearinghouses to Find Links

One of the quickest and easiest ways to find career and job information is to check out career clearinghouses for links to the most relevant websites. A career clearinghouse is an index, directory or listing of other Internet sites. Career clearinghouses are much better than Googling (which can return more than 760 million results for “careers”) mainly because they allow you to narrow down your topic. An added benefit is that career clearinghouses are usually maintained by one individual or just a few so the results are more focused and the lists are  usually in alphabetical order.

Some of the best clearing houses for career and job information are:

For more career websites, read “30 best Web sites for job hunters,” by CNN Money.


Most Executives Entertaining Multiple Job Offers


Most high-level candidates receive more than one job offer, according to online networking and job site ExecuNet Inc. The company surveyed 380 recruiters and about 51% reported that the executives they work with receive multiple job offers. In 2010, only 35% of search firms worked with executives that received multiple job offers. Although this is good news for executives, overall, the figures still haven’t made their way back to 2007 levels when 80% of search firms reported that the candidates they worked with received multiple job offers.

The jump is still a positive one, and some industries seem to be enjoying it more than others.

“Competition [for candidates] is heating up in some industries,” said ExecuNet president Mark Anderson. Mr. Anderson said that executives in the health-care and technology industries seem to be in high demand, while defense and nonprofit companies are growing the slowest. Among functions, sales and business-development experience are most sought after, although marketing and engineering experience have also seen an increase in demand.

Companies are doing more than just making offers to executives with technology and scientific skill sets. Nearly 60% of recruiters report that companies sweeten the deal by offering perks and increasing compensation, while more than 40% made their offers more attractive by adding signing bonuses. Just last year, less than 30% of companies added incentives such as signing bonuses.

Where you look for a job has a lot to do with how many offers you might receive as well. For example, if you’re an executive with a technology background, you can expect to receive more offers in say DC or New York than Chicago. If you’re an executive in the healthcare field, forget Fresno and head to Florida.


Secretary of Labor Unveils Online Tool for Job Seekers

Online Occupation Tool

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis has unveiled an new online tool that offers information on more than 900 occupations in a simple format that just about anyone can use. The tool, called My Next Move, is a supplement to the labor departments “mySkills myfuture” website, which helps seasoned job seekers find occupations that match their skill set. My Next Move is especially useful for first-time job seekers, students, and young adults interested in finding careers that match their interests. According to Solis, the department created the tool for a number of reasons.

“This administration is committed to expanding opportunities for all Americans,” Solis said. “That includes ensuring all workers — those with years of experience and those just entering the work force — have the information they need to make informed career decisions and get good jobs.”

“By leveraging technology in a user-friendly tool, My Next Move will help those seeking career guidance learn more about work opportunities in fields that are of interest to them and that are likely to have job openings today and well into the future.”

The tool streamlines the department’s Occupational Information Network (O.NET) Interest Profiler, which, since 2001, consisted of 180 questions in order to match a users interests with possible occupations. The streamlined version requires answers to 60 questions. In addition to the using the interest profiler to find job matches, users can search for jobs by industry and occupation. The streamlined version of O.NET is available for the first time as part of My Next Move.

Users can also search for jobs in three categories:

-Careers with a “bright outlook” in growing industries
-Jobs that are part of the “green” economy
-Occupations that have a Registered Apprenticeship program

According to a U.S. Department of Labor News Release about My Next Move, each occupation that a user selects has an easy-to-read, one-page profile, including information about what knowledge, skills and abilities are needed; the occupation’s outlook; the level of education required; technologies used within the occupation; and other, similar jobs. In addition, each occupation page includes direct links to local salary information, training opportunities and relevant job openings.

To access My Next Move, visit:


57 Million Visit Job Placement Sites


More than 57.2 million job seekers visit job placement sites each month, according to a Forbes report about the best ways to find a job. The three most popular sites include, Yahoo! HotJobs, and Although these sites have been around for more than a decade, a number of other sites have cropped up, stealing the market share from the top three.

Other job placement sites such as Simply Hired, Indeed,, and gather postings from other job sites and reorganize them to make them easier to surf.

“Many corporate companies post job openings on their own corporate Web sites, so aggregators knock out the necessity to go around from site to site targeting specific companies,” says Chuck Schilling, research director at Nielsen.

Certainly the rotten economy is driving demand for more job sites. But there’s a heavy psychological component at work here, too. Newer sites carry “the shiny-and-new syndrome,” says Lorne Epstein, recruiting expert and author of You’re Hired! Interview Skills to Get the Job, so even if another site does the same thing, there is a hope that a newer site will do it better.

Job seekers also use government job sites to search for employment. The two top government websites are and These sites attract 2.8 million and 1 million visitors a month, respectively.


80 Percent of Jobs Openings Unlisted?

Monster_Job Board_Image By Michelle Burton 

Could it be true? Is searching for a position on job board a complete waste of time? According to an article posted on the WSJ website, landing a job posted on a job board just might be a crapshoot. Minneapolis-based founder Steven Rothberg says more than 80 percent of job openings are actually unlisted. This means job hunters have to be savvy searchers with excellent networking and researching skills to score an unlisted job.

Because 80 percent of employers “will try to promote from within or rely on employee referrals,” there are several things job seekers must if they want a shot at an unlisted job:

Look for signs: Keep up with what’s going on in your industry. Read trade journals, follow analyst commentary and monitor the stock market for indicators showing which companies are growing, restructuring or contracting out services.

Compile a list of companies that you’d like to work for and research relevant positions within those organizations.

Only apply to jobs that closely fit your skills and experience, says Susan Strayer, a career coach in Washington. “If you want to become that wildcard choice, a 30% match isn’t going to cut it. You need to be as close to 100% as possible.”

It’s people, not paper: Tap your personal network of colleagues, friends and family to find those inside connections that can forward your résumé to decision makers. Join professional trade organizations and attend trade shows, conferences, and seminars.

 Make it easy to find you: Promote your availability by posting your résumé on networking websites like and on specific industry websites like or, a website for educators. Emphasize unique skills on your résumé since companies will search online databases when they have specialized needs.

 Follow up with employers since first hiring picks don’t always work out. The same job may get reposted six months down the line. You want to be available to that employer before they post the new job.


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