Free Online Job Search Tools

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The talking heads on TV tell us the recession is over, but millions remain unemployed, under-employed or have dropped out of the work force in frustration. Competition for available jobs is fierce. But there are some excellent online tools to help with your job search. Whether you're looking for part-time or full-time work, try these tips and tools to help locate job opportunities that match your skills and experience...

How To Find a Job Online

Job-hunting used to mean looking through newspaper help-wanted ads, and perhaps contacting an employment agency. But employers are eschewing those traditional advertising channels, leaving job-seekers with many more places to look.

Many employers post jobs on their own Web sites and on specialized employment service Web sites. Job-seekers have to touch more bases to find the jobs that are right for them.

Fortunately, there are lots of online job search tools to make it a little easier. Features vary widely from one job search site to another. Some of the options you should look for at a job search site include:

The ability to search for jobs by title keyword, career level, department/function, full or part time, industry, location, pay range, and other pertinent factors.

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The option to post your qualifications, both in a standardized format that employers can search and as an upload of your resume. This should include the ability to block your profile from specified employers, if you don't want your current boss to find out you're looking.

Create and save custom searches, so you don't have to specify all of your criteria every time you look for new job postings

Job alerts that send you email or text messages whenever a new job meeting your needs is posted

There are different kinds of online job databases. Two of the most popular and user-friendly online job sites are CareerBuilder and Employers enter their job listings directly on these sites. But other job sites are aggregators; they scour the Web for job listings posted on other sites and aggregate them in one place for you to search.

An example is Indeed, which claims to be the number one job site worldwide, boasting over 1.5 billion job searches per month. And it's not just for people in the USA. Indeed has job listings in more than 50 countries, and supports both desktop and mobile users. One feature that I think is important here is that Indeed doesn't accept payment to include jobs in their database, or to artificially boost certain employers in their search results. Jobs are ranked only by relevance or date.

More Job Search Resources

Some of the best job opportunities will be local to you. The website for your state's department of labor will provide some good reources for job seekers. Also, find the website for the county where you live, and look for civil service job postings. You may have to take a civil service test to qualify for a job, but if you have the right skills or experience, this can be a good source. Also, you should look for local "job bank" websites which list job openings from many employers in the region.

If you're a student, or someone thinking about changing careers, try CareerPath's free Job Discovery Wizard to find jobs that match your skills and knowledge. is the official employment Web site of the United States government. Wade into this site to find government jobs and learn how to apply for them. focuses on technology jobs. If you are looking for work in software development, scientific research, or another technical area, try this one. focuses more on part-time jobs, temp jobs and student job opportunities. In addition to the job search engine, they've also got a free guide called "4 rules to rock your interview" and a bunch of other helpful job seeker tips. is a business networking site that can be useful to job seekers (and recruiters). Here you can search for former co-workers who may help you find a job, or locate a manager in a particular company who you can approach. has many job openings in its local editions. While most Craigslist jobs tend to be lower level, it's always worth a shot.

All of the online job search tools mentioned here are free to job seekers. You should never pay an online job service a "registration fee." Some online job services may charge a fee for optional services, like resume' writing. And be wary of scam artists who make vague offers that sound too good to be true, those that try to sell you job search kits or services, and especially if they request your social security number or banking information.

Do you have any tips for online job searching? Post your comment or question below...

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04 Feb 2013

The Higher Education Recruitment Consortium posts staff and faculty jobs at universities and colleges around the country. No matter what the pay grade, such jobs almost always come with a great benefits package.

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Peter Loppe
04 Feb 2013

Another great database that has helped me is
You enter what kind of yob you want and where you would like to work and the database sends you regularely job availabilites.

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04 Feb 2013

Another place to help in job searching is the
local public library. Someone on the staff can
help the patron find sites for jobs that may be
closer to the patron's location.

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04 Feb 2013

Anyone have similar sites for Canada, in particular Ontario. Best regards.

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04 Feb 2013

My husband and I have used our local Craigslist for job searches.

I wanted to pass on some tips for using Craigslist for other readers here that we have learned through personal experience.

In my opinion, it is best to stay away from job ads that don’t have a lot of detail in them. They sometimes look kind of "generic," and might have a vague description of a job, and then give an e-mail address to apply to, for example.

We have found out that by applying to some of them, you just pick up spam in your e-mail inbox.

We have found that the legitimate employers who post ads on Craigslist will leave as much detail as they can in their ads.

They might leave a company website address for an applicant to go to, or a phone number and a street address to apply to, or any other kind of combination of directions, on how to apply for the job.

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05 Feb 2013

I've used Monster, CareerBuilder & currently using Indeed for my career searches. Each one of these sites are good for looking for jobs locally or out of state.

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Julia Robert
04 Mar 2013

Thanks for sharing this nice post. There are so many online job sites available over the web but first you have to know how to choose right job site which have quality of job campaigns and ability to provide the best candidates with a minimum effort.

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Beau Shakespear
06 Jun 2013

Thank you for this post. There are so many job posting sites on the web. It's good to know your options and what works! I would like to comment about an aspect of the job search that I think many people worry about. Finding the ideal job.

I want to share a link to a free career assessment that identifies an individual's ideal career path, and leadership style. It is important to know these things about yourself to ensure that you find the perfect job that suites your needs. Visit the link below. Thanks.

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Chris Judas
18 Feb 2016

Thanks for the nice post on getting more from this blog. sarkari result is also a similar kind of information which is needed by millions of the applicants of the govt jobs.

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