Compiled by Forbes, the following is a summary of what are considered to be the best of the best when it comes to finding jobs, networking and helping your career take flight.
This website, not even ten years old, has been shown through research to be the number-one resource for hiring managers, HR personnel and prospective employers. Operating a bit like a professionally-oriented Facebook, LinkedIn allows users to register, post a profile picture and any relevant career or education information, all for free. Easy to use and relied upon by many hiring professionals, this site should be any recent or soon-to-be graduate’s first stop. It’s not only a great way to make sure you’re putting your best face forward, but also an ideal method of reaching those who can help further your career.
Whether you’re searching for a new job or trying to pinpoint an average salary, Indeed.com is an excellent resource. A dedicated search engine related to careers and jobs, Indeed conveniently organizes search results. This gives users a fast, efficient and accurate way to learn and explore different opportunities and careers.
Very much like Indeed, this enormous job-oriented search engine organizes and sorts job listings. An added perk – LinkedIn information is sorted with your search results to further highlight potential opportunities.
One of the most familiar job sites out there, Monster has been around since 1996. Free to post and browse, the site also offers loads of helpful information on relevant topics such as resume writing and interviewing tips.
Unique and rather young (four years), this site gives would-be employees a glimpse of what life is like at 160,000 companies. Salary information as well as user-contributed reviews combine with Facebook connections to make this site a different but useful job-search tool.
Catering specifically to the non-profit sector, this veteran website also offers fun and helpful volunteer opportunities, blogs and event listings.
Doing precisely what the name implies, this site is a treasure trove of information for students seeking a paid or unpaid internship. Facebook networking is available, letting you know at which companies you might already have a connection.
Indispensable for anybody seeking a government career, this site offers everything from Military to Postal Service opportunities. Valuable information regarding benefits is also available.
Wall Street Journal
The legendary newspaper’s Careers site is loaded with helpful information, including a financial listings link, specific and general advice and informative articles on topics such as security.
HBCU Career Hub
Find the right jobs faster! Spend less time searching and more time applying to interesting jobs with competitive salaries on the HBCU Career Hub. HBCU students and alumni have access to thousands of job search opportunities with one click.
Local Specialty Sites
They’ve been around for years and new ones are popping up every day. Dice.com, for example, offers tech jobs, mediabistro.com highlights media opportunities and eFinancialCareers.com offers, rather obviously, opportunities in the financial sector.
Your Bottom Line
Whether you’ve already graduating or you’re seeking a freshman-year internship, networking is key to scoring the best spots at companies ideally suited to your skills. By casting a wide internet web of postings and searches, you can make yourself available to employers, be among the first to hear of new postings and learn an enormous amount of insider information regarding every aspect of a job or internship search.
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Nicole Rapley says
This list is a great composite of some of the top sites for students. One more that I would add is opportunitydesk.org. They cater to students looking to make moves on a more global scale.
I will be tweeting the link!
Eddie Francis says
Three things: First, this is a great list. As a recruiter, I search for candidates on LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster, and CareerBuilder A LOT.
Second, follow-up is EVERYTHING. Don’t just apply. Because any one student could be competing against dozens and maybe even hundreds of others, be aggressive in following up on your application submission. Email and call the employer to make sure your information is in their system and to make your presence known.
Third, don’t be afraid to pack your bags and go! We are impressed by students who are willing to break out of their comfort zones for success.