By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
With children across the country going back to school and family vacationers getting back into the work routine, now may be a great time to put the finishing touches on a resume and apply for a new job. Although the August jobs report released last week was generally considered disappointing, the Labor Department found that American employers continued to add jobs and the unemployment rate slid downward. That begs the question: "Where do I find one of these 169,000 new jobs?" Internet job boards are the first place many job seekers turn. They're easy to come by but can be difficult to navigate, and some charge for access.
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Cheapism.com has surveyed the field and recommends two sites to help those on the hunt. Both are free and easy to use and offer access to thousands of job openings.
Indeed isn't a job board per se, but many reviewers assert that it's even better. Think of it as a search engine for job sites. When a user searches for an opening, the site quickly scans thousands of company websites and job boards and returns all the results. As a headhunter points out, users are probably more likely to find openings with this system than one that relies on employer-submitted postings. To add to the convenience, search terms don't need to be specific job titles or companies; they can be keywords such as a degree, certification, or ZIP code. Indeed earns higher ratings on review sites than many other resources and reviewers compliment useful features such as daily email alerts and a salary search tool.
Monster is a well-known free job site with an incredible number of opportunities, although reviewers warn that the site's big name also attracts scammers. Users must wade through some spam to reach attractive listings. In addition to job postings, the site offers resources such as resume tips and articles on interview prep, as well as services such as professional resume and cover letter writing for a fee.
Both Indeed and Monster have smartphone apps for Android and iOS devices, but reviews suggest that for those seriously looking for work, using the full website is the best way to take advantage of all the features. Monster has also gone social with a Facebook app, BeKnown, which helps job hunters identify friends with potentially helpful connections.
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After creating an account on Indeed or Monster, members can save previous searches, allowing them to easily return after a lull in the job search and keep track of new postings. While many people use job boards to search for openings and then send CVs to potential employers, users of both Indeed and Monster can also upload their resumes in the hope of attracting the attention of a recruiter or hiring manager. Monster users like being able to adjust privacy settings so their current employers won't stumble across their resumes and realize they have one foot out the door. Experts recommend focusing on a specific type of position and including related phrases and words on your resume to help it pop to the top of recruiters' search results.
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