Answer: There isn’t one best website. Use multiple websites and methods for finding job openings, and BE PERSISTENT. There’s a lot of negative propaganda circulating that would make you think that job boards and job search engines are useless tools that are a recipe for failure compared to the power of networking. This assumption is self-defeating when you consider recent advances in online recruiting technology and the awesome reach that these tools can unveil for you. That said, any single job search platform can lead to poor results and frustration if you are relying on it as the only means of finding employment. A multiple source strategy that includes several different job boards/job search engines will certainly see favorable results. Combine these platforms with a variety of job guides, local classifieds, career networking, and you are almost certain to succeed if you remain persistent.
Use a multiple source strategy for finding reliable/current job openings:
1. Choose several of your favorite job boards/job search engines. Search and apply frequently. Below are a few popular ones I have used:
ZipRecruiter | SimplyHired | Indeed | CareerBuilder | Monster | USAJOBS | Jobs by Google | Yahoo Careers
Also look for your local state job board and affiliated sites. For example, in Florida, there is a state job board called MyFlorida for government jobs, but also EmployFlorida is run by the Department of Economic Opportunity and offers a variety of private sector job openings. Most states offer both resources.
If you are looking for jobs within a specific industry or niche you can search for things like “Niche Job Sites” which will include Dice, College Recruiter, eFinancialCareers, and others. There are also contractual jobs through UpWork and Elance that provide a platform for you to advertise your skills and portfolio.
2. Use a guide like Worklooker. This site provides direct links to job openings on actual employer pages so that you can apply directly to government agencies and companies. This usually leads to a faster response because there’s less competition. Check individual employer listings daily.
Visit Worklooker Guide to Job Openings (Choose your state and county)
3. Use local newspapers classifieds sections. Check listings daily. Find one for your region by using keywords like “newspaper classifieds” and your city. These days traditional classifieds are hard to find depending on your region. Some news sources simply utilize already established job search engines like Monster or CareerBuilder. If you run into trouble just use Craigslist. The link is provided below.
4. Use Craigslist classifieds jobs. Check local listings daily.
Visit Craigslist (choose your region and click on the jobs section)
6. Research your industry & network as much as possible. Effective networking isn’t a result of luck – it requires hard work.
7. Use reliable staffing agencies, Department of Labor, resume help consultants, One-Stops, and other employment assistance sources. Below are some examples:
CareerOneStop | My Next Move | Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) | Job Corps | Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)
8. Be persistent.
“Persistence is not the absence of failure; it’s the persistence through failure.” – Aisha Tyler
“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison
“As I look back on my life, I realize that every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli
“A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.” – George M. Moore Jr.
“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” – Colin Powell