best job search websites

Some job search sites can make finding the jobs best suited to you simple. Others, like those that give you job search advice, can help you fill in the gaps that you’re missing in your application package. Here, we’ll review eight of what we think are the best job search websites of 2016.

Careerealism

Careerealism posts useful tips in blogs and sends out a daily newsletter detailing job search and career development suggestions. The site’s CEO J.T. O’Donnell has nearly two decades of experience in HR and recruiting — and more than a million followers on LinkedIn.  The website also has a Recruiter Directory that you can search to connect with recruiters. We particularly like Careerealism’s “Sneak Peeks,” or feature articles about companies you might want to explore further.

Career Sherpa

A website created by Hannah Morgan, a job search and career coach, Career Sherpa gives you job search advice, including tips on personal branding and job search navigation tools. We think Career Sherpa is one of the best job search websites because Morgan provides a unique perspective on building an online presence, creating an infographic resume, and choosing persuasive accomplishment statements.

The Muse

Stylish, up-to-the-minute, and contemporary, the Muse provides career advice from some of the top resume experts. Think of it as a great resource for the kind of person who wants to have a life aside from her job. Offering job search advice and tips for the workplace once you’ve been hired, the Muse provides the kind of real, upfront talk that keeps you motivated through what can be a difficult and long-term project: searching for the job you want and keeping the job you love.

Charlie App

While it’s technically an app and not a website, we love Charlie App too much not to mention it. For interviews, you want to have information about the people you’ll meet and the organization you’ll be talking about so you know how to impress during your interview. Charlie App searches through information about your interviewers and the company, and then provides you a one-page summary that helps you better prepare.

Ask a Manager

If you want the inside scoop about how hiring managers think, it only makes sense to Ask a Manager. That’s the purpose of what we think has been one of the best job search websites of the year. Former manager Alison Green answers real questions about careers, interviews, and management in upfront, truthful blogs.  

LinkedIn

Recruiters love LinkedIn because it’s so easy to use. Recruiters can search for candidates by work history, job titles, or college. It’s often used to search for candidates who aren’t actively looking for new jobs. If you update your LinkedIn profile regularly, the social media platform can be a great tool for networking and recruitment.  

USAJobs

It’s the federal government’s database for hundreds of job listings across every federal agency and organization across the United States. We like USAJobs because it offers the latest job postings and designs searches specifically for senior-level executives, students, and veterans.

Ladders

One of the best up-and-coming job search sites, Ladders, gives you the details on recruiter’s search patterns and exclusive job postings – sometimes before they’re even posted. Ladders’ job search algorithm also matches you with the most relevant job opportunities available for your particular skillset.  

Once you’ve optimized your job search and resume using these tools, scan each potential job posting and your resume through Jobscan. The tool will give you suggestions for how to make your resume’s keywords match those on the job description. Remember, a good match between desirable skills and the words on your resume is the only way your application will make it to a real person. Recruiters find candidates’ resumes the same way we use Google to find websites — with keywords that best match the qualities they’re searching for.

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