The 18 Best Job Search Sites to Kick-Start Your Career

The 18 Best Job Search Sites to Kick-Start Your Career

The online world can be anyone’s greatest asset when it comes to reaching your career goals. When you use social media and networking sites to your advantage, you can start establishing professional contacts, building a personal brand, and publishing a portfolio of your work to showcase to potential employers. Once you’ve polished your online presence, it’s all about building your résumé with experience. You can start by searching the dozens of search engines available to land your next job or internship. The first step? Knowing which sites work best for you. To help, we’ve compiled a list of the 18 best job search sites for every kind of position you’re looking for, from a local summer job to your next big break into your industry. So next time you’re online, take some time to scroll through the newest job postings, see which companies are hiring, and get your résumé into the hands of your next potential employer.

ED2010

Who Should Use It: Writers and Future Editors

If words are your passion, you need to know about ED2010. The site’s tagline, “Living the Editor Life,” perfectly sums up the media-focused job search site, which is updated often with internship and job listings from magazines and websites looking for aspiring writers, editors, and social media pros to hire. While ED2010 is a great site for those working toward a role as magazine editor or social media guru, if you’re looking for a fashion job outside the media industry, ED2010 may be too narrowly focused for you.

Pro Tip: ED2010 isn’t just your typical job search site—it also has plenty of resources for job seekers, like a database of average salaries earned at various media companies and even ED2010 chapters on campus that can review your résumé and help you land your summer internship at top media companies across the country. Find out if your school has a chapter here.

Indeed

Who Should Use It: Post-Grad Job Seekers

For any kind of job, in every type of industry, Indeed has listings for you. You can search by location, company, job title, and even salary to ensure you find exactly what listing you’re looking for. Because Indeed pulls potential job opportunities from thousands of websites, it can be tedious to scroll through the lengthy list of postings to find one that fits your criteria. Of course it’s always beneficial to have options, but too many choices can also be overwhelming on first glance.

Pro Tip:  Indeed has an extensive database of company reviews, and even shows users the most popular companies according to these rankings, including a list of the best places to work in 2017.

StyleCareers

Who Should Use It: Designers and Stylists  

For all the fashion-obsessed students out there looking to get their foot in the door of the industry, StyleCareers can help you find a job or internship in your niche at employers like Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and Free People. While this site is great for all those majoring in fashion or design, if your interests are outside those realms, your criteria might be better suited for another site.

Pro Tip: StyleCareers is not only the largest fashion-only job search site, it also hosts career fairs and recruiting events exclusively for those interested in working in the fashion industry.

Mediabistro

Who Should Use It: Communications Students

If you’re looking for a job in the media field in anything from PR to publishing, Mediabistro can show you who’s hiring in a user-friendly format that quickly summarizes each posting. However, since Mediabistro only lists jobs in the media industry, it’s probably not the best job search site for those looking to pursue a career in other fields.

Pro Tip: In addition to the Mediabistro job board, the site also features a library of online training courses you can purchase to help you sharpen your skills in writing and editing, social media, marketing, and general business.

Glassdoor

Who Should Use It: First-Time Job Candidates

This job search site has listings for employment in every field, and allows you to search for the perfect job or internship by company, salary, and location. Like with many other comprehensive job search sites, though, it can take time to sort through the seemingly never-ending job postings before you find what you’re looking for.

Pro Tip: When you click on the “Interviews” tab on the site, Glassdoor shows you common interview questions for different types of jobs, so you can be prepared to nail your first impression with your potential employer.

ZipRecruiter

Who Should Use It: Post-Grad Job Seekers

Another all-encompassing one-stop search site, ZipRecruiter has over eight million job postings for employment in any field, anywhere. However, ZipRecruiter might not be the best resource for internship seekers since the site doesn’t have a designated search category or filter specifically for internships.

Pro Tip: Once you upload your résumé and apply to a job, ZipRecruiter will update you when your application has been viewed or when you’ve been messaged by an employer, so you don’t have to wonder if someone has looked at your résumé.

MonsterCollege

Who Should Use It: College Students New to the Job Search

Designed specifically for students, MonsterCollege is perfect for finding an internship or your first entry-level job, and can help you kick-start your career. Keep in mind, though, that since the site is exclusively focused on postings for entry-level jobs and internships, you could miss out on other potential part-time or full-time jobs that aren’t listed.

Pro Tip: MonsterCollege has tons of resources to help guide your first job search, including résumé help, interview tips, career advice, and “Hired 101,” a guide for what to do once you actually land that dream job.

CareerBuilder

Who Should Use It: Recent Grads Exploring Potential Career Paths

If you’re looking to browse different careers and learn about average salaries and the day-to-day obligations of a certain position, CareerBuilder can help you research and apply to jobs in a variety of industries. With postings from every field imaginable, know that you might have to scroll through a few pages of job listings before you find what you’re searching for.

Pro Tip: Under the “Explore Careers” tab, CareerBuilder lets you choose jobs from almost any field, from health care to retail, and sign up for job alerts or see insider tips about each career.

WayUp

Who Should Use It: Twenty-Somethings Looking to Get Noticed by Employers

This job search site was created with college students and entry-level employees in mind, with the goal of helping users get noticed by employers and find their first internship or job in the industry. While it’s easy to create a profile, either signing up using your email or Facebook account, WayUp requires you to make an account before scrolling through their job board.

Pro Tip: WayUp offers a series of free career guides where you can find helpful tips on topics like how to use a blog to apply for an internship or how to use social media to network online.

LinkUp

Who Should Use It: Job Applicants Looking to Stay Up to Date on Listings

If you’re looking for up-to-the-minute job postings that match your search criteria while avoiding the clutter of duplicate or outdated listings, LinkUp will alert you daily with new jobs to check out. Unlike other job search sites that let you filter out job listings by salary or job duration, LinkUp only features filters for location and when the job was posted.

Pro Tip: You can search for relevant job listings, get connected to applications, and find out where to send your résumé and cover letter without even having to create an account with LinkUp.

Internships.com

Who Should Use It: Internship Seekers

Every college student knows that trying to land an internship can be stressful, especially when you’re not sure where to start your search. Internships.com is the largest student-centric internship site, created specifically to be the hub where internship-seeking students and employers can connect. Even though this site does have listings for entry-level jobs, Internships.com is mainly geared toward college students and might not be the best fit for post-grads looking to start out their career.

Pro Tip: Internships.com is an extremely user-friendly site where you can start your search by simply typing in your major and where you want to work and automatically be linked with pages of relevant job postings. You can then narrow down your results and search by company, employer type, job type, and compensation.

SimplyHired

Who Should Use It: Anyone Looking for a Job

A simple and user-friendly comprehensive job search site, SimplyHired includes listings from a variety of companies in practically every field, making it an ideal job board for almost anyone. However, this site lacks the search filters found on many other job search sites, making it difficult to sort through postings unless you know exactly what type of job you’re looking for.   

Pro Tip: SimplyHired allows you to browse jobs by looking through its A-to-Z list of companies, jobs, and cities, letting you see who’s hiring and where.

CareerBliss

Who Should Use It: Job Seekers Looking for a Long-Term Career

As the name suggests, CareerBliss is all about helping you find happiness in employment at your ideal job or internship by searching through the site’s three million plus job listings. While the site has options to search for jobs, salaries, companies, careers, and tips and trends, there’s no search category specifically for internships, making the site unideal for college students looking for a summer internship.

Pro Tip: On trend with the site’s promise to help users find their happiest job, CareerBliss has a ranking of the “50 Happiest Companies in America for 2018” so you can see the companies employees love working for.

Idealist

Who Should Use It: Passionate Change-Makers

If you’re looking to get hired and make a difference at a job with a philanthropic cause, Idealist can help connect you to organizations around the world looking for candidates who want to take action in making the world a better place. Since this site is focused exclusively on job listings from organizations whose primary goal is doing good, Idealist has significantly fewer listings than traditional job search sites.

Pro Tip: This unique job board will not only connect you to jobs and internships at charitable organizations but also to postings for nearby volunteer opportunities, too.

Local Jobster

Who Should Use It: Summer Job Seekers

Searching for an opportunity in your hometown for the summer? This site will help you find and apply for local jobs in everything from retail to nonprofit work. Like some other sites, Local Jobster requires users to sign up for an account before scrolling through their job listings.

Pro Tip: Local Jobster also has advice and resources for job seekers, like articles about finding a job after graduation and how to find an internship that will help further your career.

Snagajob

Who Should Use It: Side-Hustle Candidates

If you’re looking for hourly jobs, Snagajob is the number one site for your search. With listings across industries, you can find hourly employment for a seasonal gig or a school year side hustle. While this site is great for finding employers seeking babysitters, receptionists, and restaurant servers, it might not be the best site if you’re looking for a post-grad, full-time career in the corporate world.

Pro Tip: Snagajob has helpful search categories like no experience jobs, seasonal jobs, student jobs, and teen jobs for everyone 16 and older, so you can find the job postings that work best with your schedule and experience.

Bēhance

Who Should Use It: Aspiring Creatives

If you’re looking to work in the world of art and design and want to get noticed by putting your portfolio of work on display, Bēhance can help. Founded as a platform for users to display their creative work, this site can help you showcase your talents to companies and professionals while you search through the latest job postings in the creative industry. While the site caters to a variety of creative fields, like animation, costume design, and fashion, Bēhance isn’t the ideal job search site for job seekers in other industries.

Pro Tip: Bēhance works with a selection of schools, including FIT, SCAD, and The Art Institutes, to showcase student work and help the next generation of creative professionals get noticed.

Journalism Jobs

Who Should Use It: Up-and-Coming Journalists

This site is the largest resource for jobs in the field of journalism, making it ideal for anyone hoping to one day see their byline in a major publication. Similar to other sites that cater to a niche market of job seekers, you won’t find the overlap of job listings across industries that you would find with a comprehensive job search site.

Pro Tip: For any students studying journalism or communications, Journalism Jobs has a database of media resources, like research tools, training, and journalism libraries.

What other job search sites are you using? Let us know in the comments below!

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