When you’re out on the job hunt, things can get overwhelming fast. Every site has new and improved advice for your cover letter, your resume, and even the tie or top you pick for your interview. But before all of that, you don’t even know where to begin.
First, take a big, deep breath and relax.
You’ve got this.
You’re about to embark on the rest of your life, and a few missteps aren’t going to be your demise. In fact, you’ll take more than a few missteps in your career, and it will just make you stronger.
The important thing is that you’re getting out there and looking. Whether it’s for your first job, or you’re coming off a season of unemployment, there are jobs out there.
And we want to help you find them.
To get you going, we’ve gotten together a like of twelve truly great resources to help you find a great job, and get some advice on how to really nail everything from your first interview for your first promotion. Read on, check as many of them out as you want, and take charge of your career right now. Good luck!
These are the guys that started it all.
They were one of the very first prominent sites for online job searching, and years later, they’re still helping people connect with their careers every day.
For starters, don’t feel limited by any one career. Go as broad as you can when you first start your search. Be empowered by the fact that you’re fresh, talented and eager to learn. It doesn’t have to be your dream job; it’s just about taking that step forward.
Career Sushi actually started out as “Intern Sushi” and has since evolved.
It’s a one stop shop platform where you can post all of your resume information and credentials, and employers can actually search you out. It’s a great way to add some extra energy to your job hunt and get out as many feelers as possible. And with they’re expansion, they serve job seekers at every level!
Indeed is another classic resource.
Along with the fact that you can upload your resume for quick and easy applying, they’ve got a super simple interface for searching and finding the kind of jobs that you’d really want to take.
They’re straightforward, easy to navigate, and waiting for your search query.
Snagajob is pretty similar to Indeed, but it’s especially great for service jobs.
So even if you’re just looking for something to tide you over while you transition to another career, you can do that right here online.
The Muse is a great place for when the noise gets a little too loud to keep blindly searching for the right fit.
It’s a place to find advice, job hunting tools, and support from a community of people who have been there as well. Nothing feels quite as hard as going this alone. When you have people who really understand the struggle, it’s that much easier to put a foot forward.
CareerCast, billing itself for “local jobs and national reach,” is a great resource for finding jobs specifically by the field that you want to be in.
But rather than a keyword search, they pre-categorize them, which can potentially give you some extra clarity when you’re not even sure of the first step.
LinkedIn continues to prove itself as a serious force in the job hunt.
If you’re willing to shell out around $30/month, they even have real, targeted statistics that can make you more competitive—information like the type of candidates who’ve applied to a job, what the salary range is, and what other candidates’ experience levels are.
Speaking of salary data, PayScale is one of the absolute best resource for all things career and salary.
They’ve got massive amounts of data on what the average employee in a given field makes, as well as the same for specific employers. They also can tell you what the average graduate of your college is now making—even what field they’re probably working in. It’s definitely worth a look when you’re unsure of where to start looking.
Similar to PayScale, Glassdoor has tons of salary data, and even can provide you with information like common questions asked at various interviews. There’s nothing wrong with doing your homework before an interview. Informed candidates are successful ones.
Hey, not to toot our own horns—but toot, toot!
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Similarly, Quintessential Careers is a great bank of basic job hunt information. From forming your resume, to perfecting your interview questions, they’ve got tons of information to help calm your nerves as you prepare.
Finally, if you’re feeling like the job hunt has been a bust, it might be time to take matters into your own entrepreneurial hands.
UpWork is the place where you can start your freelancing career today. Sign up, take a few assessments to show off your skills, and then name your price.
You can seek out work, and others can seek you out. It’s the first step in getting on the horse and making the most out of your career as soon as you can.