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25 websites to help you get a job

Here are some of the best sources for job listings, freelance opportunities and work-at-home positions.

By MSN Money Partner Jun 27, 2012 10:58AM

This post comes from Meg Favreau at partner blog Wise Bread. .

 

Wise Bread on MSN MoneySearching for a job can be frustrating and overwhelming, but the resources below can help you ace your job search.

 

Image: Man with laptop (© Ken Seet/SuperStock)Collectively, these 25 websites provide thousands of job postings, great networking opportunities, advice for resumes and interviews, and much more. (See also: "How to answer 23 of the most common interview questions.")

 

Local and national job listings

Whether you're looking to cast your net wide or you're searching for a niche position, these major job-search websites can help you out. Plus, most of them allow you to set up a profile and add your résumé, meaning that potential employers can search for you.

  • Indeed. A comprehensive job-listings aggregator and search engine, Indeed grabs listings from all over the Internet and puts them in one place. You can search by job title and location, as well as upload your résumé.
  • Monster. One of the most popular job websites, Monster allows you to search by job title, skills or keywords and location. You can also upload your résumé for employers to peruse, get career advice and sign up to receive emails from Monster with potential new job matches.
  • CareerBuilder. Another major site, CareerBuilder aggregates jobs from "more than 9,000 websites, including 140 newspapers and broadband portals such as MSN and AOL." Job searchers can also post résumés, receive job recommendations and peruse advice.
  • Craigslist. Good ol' Craigslist is still one of the best resources out there for local jobs. The site includes sections for both full-time work and freelance gigs. Craigslist can also be a good resource for finding paid volunteer positions, like medical trials.
  • Simply Hired. This site promises a simple but effective job search, plus information on salaries and job trends in your area.
  • LinkUp. Where many of the above search tools feature only positions that employers have posted to those outside sites, LinkUp aggregates "often unadvertised" jobs posted on company websites.
  • Idealist. If you're trying to be the change you want to see in the world, Idealist is the job search engine for you. It has job postings exclusively from nonprofit organizations.
  • USAJOBS. The U.S. government's official site for federal job listings nationwide.
  • HigherEdJobs. This site allows you to search faculty, staff and executive positions at a variety of colleges and universities.
  • The Green Job Bank. Find eco-friendly jobs.

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Freelance job marketplaces

These resources are great for both full-time freelancers and those looking to make some side income.

  • Elance. A large marketplace of freelancers and freelance employers, Elance lists gigs in areas including programming, design, writing, virtual assistants, Internet research and more. Elance's success as a marketplace is due to its escrow service, provider rating system and global reach.
  • CrossLoop. CrossLoop is a remote desktop application and marketplace for finding PC help and/or getting paid to fix a PC problem. If you're a PC whiz, you can make money at the marketplace, where you can set your own rates and determine your own specific services. Helpers are rated by clients at the end of a job, so if you continually provide excellent help, your sales will snowball as the community comes to trust you. 
  • FreelanceSwitch. The best blog around for freelancers, it also has a job board for freelancers and a lively forum. Gigs tend to be for Web work like design, development and writing.
  • Freelance Writing Jobs. This site has daily posts with both local and location-independent writing, editing and proofreading gigs. The links are curated by real people, which means no scam posts here.
  • Online Writing Jobs. An aggregator of Craigslist and other sites, Online Writing Jobs collects blogging, copywriting and other related gigs in daily posts.
  • ProBlogger Job Board. A great job board for professional blogging gigs run by uber-problogger Darren Rowse. If you want to find a blogging job, this is one of the best places to stop.
  • About.com Weblogs. Susan Gunelius, About.com's blogging guide, regularly posts new blogging jobs to her forum.

Work-at-home resources

Working at home can be rewarding, alienating, joyful and frustrating all at the same time. Use these resources to learn more about the work-at-home lifestyle and interact with other WAH folks.

  • Sparkplugging. This site provides resources for its community of entrepreneurs, freelancers, consultants, authors, work-at-home moms and dads and other independent workers. Founder Wendy Piersall's passion for helping work-at-home folks and solo business owners really shines through on the site.
  • Work-at-Home Success. A comprehensive site for people looking to work at home. WAHS has get-started guides, information on where to find work-at-home job listings and a community of other work-at-home folks sharing tips and tricks. WAHS gives you the tools and know-how to earn a side income from home or to start your new work-at-home career.
  • WAHM. Standing for work-at-home moms, WAHM has job listings, articles and even recipes.

Networking sites

Great job opportunities can come through personal connections and recommendations. Leverage yours with these networking sites.

  • LinkedIn. A social networking site created specifically for professional networking, LinkedIn allows you to use both personal and professional connections in your job search, receive recommendations from colleagues and much more.
  • Facebook. Yeah, it's the place where you post pictures of your summer vacation and share kitten videos with your friends. But it's also increasingly a place where employers can check up on you, and you can make valuable employment connections. Only put things on Facebook that you're comfortable with an employer seeing, or else create different privacy settings for friends and the general public.

Résumés, interviews, potential careers, and more information

It doesn't do you much good to find the perfect job if your résumé and interview skills aren't ready to impress. Make yourself look great with these resources, plus research what career paths might be right for you.

  • About.com Job Searching. About.com's job search site features everything from sample résumés to job-search advice to scores of potential interview questions.
  • CareerOneStop. Run by the U.S. Department of Labor, CareerOneStop includes information about all aspects of looking for and having a job, including education and training, applying for jobs and to how to file for unemployment.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook. From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this website provides information on necessary training, expected salaries and more for hundreds of jobs.

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19Comments
Jul 3, 2012 4:34PM
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I search from atleast 5 of those websites everyday for 2 years still can't find a job. Still wondering where does my resume go once I submit it?????

Jul 3, 2012 8:08AM
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I have a college degree.  My wife has two and an advance one as well.   We own a home.  We can not move.  So the theory goes out the window - we have diminished or ZERO mobility.   Do you want to pay my mortgage while we look around the U.S. looking for jobs?   Come on.   Wake up and experience reality.
Jul 4, 2012 3:58PM
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many of the sites you mention are attrocious in that NONE ever seen to have the decency to acknowledge the fact that a candidate has even been considered for a position, let alone hired. Many companies have no common courtesy despite their so called professionalism. Craig's list especially is rife with scammers and people wanting professional employees yet they dont want to pay them, disguising their ad as an internship. Monster and Linked In are little better. Not all students live at home with mommy and daddy so have their own responsibilities. How can they pay rent if all they are doing is paying for classes and working for free?
Jul 4, 2012 5:13PM
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Mitt wil get you one in China at Chinese minmum wage if you send all your money to his Cayman Island account.
Jul 4, 2012 4:27AM
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The united states has become a third world country but we just haven't realized it yet.  Soon I'll be moving to a different country for guess what?  a job.  Have fun giving tax cuts to the wealthy so they can move your job to china.
Jul 4, 2012 7:22PM
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There were at least five websites I would not use if unemployed.   Why they would list some of  these job boards is beyond me.  If a unemployed person was really looking, they would be on the more popular search engines daily.  What a waste of effort MSN.
May 9, 2013 10:55AM
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Another excellent job search and career advice site is Free-Job-Search-Websites.com.  It provides job interview help, resume tips, cover letter advice and more.
Jan 6, 2013 8:03AM
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Great list of sites. You can also place jobs for free on
http://majob.net
Jul 5, 2012 11:54AM
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wow there's an automotive one out there called Car People Jobs that is free to upload your resume and to search for jobs.  they carry automotive jobs, motorcycle, trucking, car rental agencies, ATV sports jobs and more.  i was surprised as i found a job off that site and would use it over Career Builder and Monster any day.  it's SOOOO much easier to find what you are looking for than weeding through all the crap that comes up on a search through those other two. the website is www.carpeoplejobs.com

Jan 21, 2014 9:22PM
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With how hard it is to find a job I'm glad this is up. There are a lot of people that are having a hard time finding a job right now, some are my friends. The more hope there s to find a job hopfully the easier it will be. tp://www.commonwealthdigital.com/products/bizhub_C6000.htm
Nov 18, 2013 10:50AM
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Add to this list. Best site for Healthcare Sales and Marketing in devices and Pharmaceuticals.
Nov 18, 2013 10:50AM
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Add to this list. Best site for Healthcare Sales and Marketing in devices and Pharmaceuticals.
Jul 4, 2012 6:59PM
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Anyone want to point fingers and place blame??  Well, just take a good, long look in the mirror....this country is upside down....we have lost our way.....the problem is that we keep electing "clowns" (both sides) to the same position or worse, we don't vote.....Peru, here we come, in one year!

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