The 9 Best Online Resources for Job Seekers

On Monday, we compiled a list of the top 20 online resources for employers seeking new talent.

And while that may be nice to read even if you’re not an employer, chances are that you won’t see much value from it as a job seeker. And because of that, we’ve spent some time compiling resources for you to use when seeking a job online.

Whether you’re looking for advice on what to do during an interview, want to know how to make the most out of job boards, or are just seeking general job seeking advice, we’ve got something for you.

So take a look at our collection of the 9 best online resources for job seekers (in no particular order):

  1. http://www.bls.gov/audience/jobseekers.htm–The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ resources for job seekers. A good mix of industry guides, wage and salary information, and other tools like skill assessments.
  2. http://www.blogging4jobs.com/–Edited by Jessica Miller-Merrell, Blogging 4 Jobs has resources both for employers and job seekers. Their job seeking-related posts focus a lot on social media, interview tactics, and first impressions. A great blog.
  3. http://careerpivot.com/boomer-job-tips–Career Pivot’s boomer job tips are targeted towards baby boomers. Many job tips these days are marketed exclusively towards young people, so it’s refreshing to see a blog for baby boomers and passive searchers.
  4. http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm–Glassdoor provides “an inside look at jobs and companies.” Our focus is on two specific features: companies and salaries. Glassdoor lets you search companies and see real reviews from employees, and also lets you see salary information for positions across the country. A great site to use if you’re interested in learning more about the companies you’re applying for.
  5. http://www.interviewing.com/–Interviewing.com is a relatively new site that’s absolutely packed with useful information for job seekers. Unsurprisingly, their best information is interview-related, but the whole site is worth a look if you’re looking for a job.
  6. http://www.payscale.com/–Another great site for salary information. In exchange for information about your current job and salary, this site will tell you what you’re worth, how other jobs pay, and how you fit in with other people in similar positions.
  7. http://diggingsblog.com/–We mentioned the Diggings blog in our resources for employees, and the information on this blog is actually great for job seekers too. The writer, Tony Dayton, breaks down job industry data to tell you how different industries look, how specific jobs stack up, and where you should be looking. A great resource.
  8. http://www.careerealism.com/–Careerealism’s motto is “because every job is temporary.” Though we don’t take as strong of an approach as they do, their site still contains a massive amount of information, in categories like job seeking, interviews, and lifestyle.
  9. http://www.cornonthejob.com/–Corn on the Job, run by Gen Y career coach Rich DeMatteo, is a great blog for anyone–not just Gen Y’ers–seeking a job today. Lots of great advice here for people trying to make the most of the current job market.

Let’s face it–trying to find a job can be stressful. But the more prepared you are for the entire job seeking process–from searching, to interviews, to eventual employment–the more valuable you’ll be as a candidate, and the more likely it is that you’ll be a great asset to your new place of employment.

And in addition to the resources you see above, you should remember that AIM Careerlink is the best resource around for finding jobs. Our employers have access to tools that they won’t find anywhere else, which translates to a great chance of landing a great job for you as a job seeker. Log onto our site and take a look around–there’s no better place to find a job!

If you have any questions about any of the resources you see here, let us know on Facebook or Twitter! We’re always happy to answer questions and are more than willing to help.

 

Job Seekers: Why AIM Careerlink?

At the start of last week, we posed (and answered) the question: “What is AIM Careerlink?

But that post, along with most of our others from these past couple of weeks, was aimed mostly at employers. So what about employees and job seekers–why should AIM Careerlink matter to you?

Today, we’re going to answer that question and explain why you–as a job seeker–should seriously think about using AIM Careerlink when the time comes for your next job search.

Let’s break our answer down into a few sections. Here are four reasons that you should be using AIM Careerlink to find jobs:

  • We have the jobs. One of our biggest advantages is that we have the jobs. We currently have thousands of jobs from all across the country, all from legitimate employers who are looking for dedicated employees. No matter what type of job you’re looking for–from manufacturing, to sales, to engineering–we have thousands of jobs, all of which are accessible to you as a user of AIM Careerlink.
  • Our jobs are verified. Our other biggest advantage over other tools for job seekers is that our jobs are verified. You don’t have to worry about applying for a job and then showing up to find that it’s a waste of your time. All of our jobs are posted by legitimate employers and verified so you know that you’re searching and applying for good jobs.
  • You can passively search. Although you don’t need a profile to search jobs, you will need one to apply and upload a resume. If you do that, you can leave your resume and profile up in order to network and record opportunities in case you decide to switch positions. Our site is very friendly to passive searchers, as we offer strong tools for employers to search through resumes and profiles. All of that makes it easy for you to sit back and let the jobs come to you.
  • We help you get found. Going along with our helpful features for users who are only interested in passive searching, using AIM Careerlink can help you get found. All of our employers have access to unique, helpful tools for searching through job seekers’ profiles. What that means is that while you’re doing your own searching for jobs, employers are searching for you, too. It’s a two-way street and makes our job seeking process much more efficient than others out there.

When it comes to helping you find meaningful employment, AIM Careerlink has many advantages. We have the (verified) jobs, and our employers have the tools to find you, which really makes a difference when it comes time to find a new job.

So go ahead and take a look around our site for job seekers! And as always, if you have any questions about AIM Careerlink and how to use it, feel free to get in touch with us on Twitter or through our website.

AIM Careerlink Upgrade Packages: Branding Package

If you’ve been keeping up on our newly-revamped blog, or even if you’ve only spent a little bit of time browsing AIM Careerlink’s website (careerlink.com), you’ve probably figured out by now that AIM Careerlink offers an incredibly effective and diverse set of tools, for employers and job seekers alike.

Perhaps, though, you’ve seen AIM Careerlink’s feature list for employers and have decided that you’d like to get even more out of the tools we offer. We have many clients who want just that, and for them, we’ve created a couple of upgrade packages that you can add on to an existing Basic Unlimited Subscription for even more great features.

Today, we’re going to briefly cover our Branding Package, so that you can get a better idea of how AIM Careerlink’s unique and useful tools can be of great value to your business.

What is it?

As a brief review, a Basic Unlimited Subscription includes the following features (amongst others):

  • Unlimited job postings and user accounts
  • Unlimited access to our resume database
  • Online applicant tracking system
  • 24/7 access to your account and blog postings

But for employers who want more exposure to the best talent around, our Branding Package adds the following features:

  • Featured employers: You’ll get a great benefit of being an AIM member company: a logo on our Featured Employers page, which will link to your company profile.
  • Custom branded pages: While Basic Unlimited Subscriptions offer some profile customization, this upgrade allows you to customize your AIM Careerlink page so that it matches the look of your website. We can also change the careers section of your website over to an AIM Careerlink-powered page.
  • Banner ads: Your banner ads with the Branding Package will be geographically targeted, and will average about 10 million ad impressions per month.
  • Email blasts: With the Branding Package, you’ll also have access to AIM Careerlink email blasts–which means that we’ll send a monthly email to each of our markets on your behalf (this is a great way to get exposure).
  • Priority job sorting: Finally, all of your job postings with the Branding Package will get posted at the top of the postings list–and stay there.

Why use it?

On its own, our site over at AIM Careerlink–and the tools it offers–are already very effective. We have a long list of employers who have been incredibly satisfied with our site, and for employers hoping to recruit talent, AIM Careerlink is the best product around.

But if you’re in a hurry to hire someone, or even if you’re just interested in the additional branding benefits that our Branding Package offers, we certainly recommend the upgrade. The package makes it even more likely that good employees will see your company around our site and be drawn to your job postings–which is definitely never a bad thing.

Whichever route you choose–whether a Basic Unlimited Subscription, or that same subscription with one of our upgrade packages–we’re certain that you’ll be impressed with the recruiting results you’ll see when using AIM Careerlink.

For more information on our upgrade packages, see our upgrade package page. Or, to get started using AIM Careerlink to find the best talent around, consider registering online. And as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us through our site or on any one of our social media networks which are linked at the bottom of our page.

How to Write an Effective Job Posting

In our blog post yesterday, one of our 4 ways to make your online recruiting more effective was to nail your value proposition.

By that, we meant that it’s important to really communicate what’s great about your company when writing your job posting. After all–who wants to apply for a job if they’re not even interested in what the posting has to say?

In that light, writing an effective job posting is essential to recruiting the best employees. Though sometimes, this type of writing seems second nature, it’s still important to break things down so that you know why you’re marketing a job in a specific way.

Here are a few things that you should keep in mind when trying to write an interesting, effective job posting:

    • Nail the value proposition. We mentioned this yesterday, but it bears repeating–be interesting! If you can convince a potential employee that the work you provide is intellectually stimulating, that your company has a great culture, and that the work will be rewarding, you’re in a great spot. Think about what makes your company unique. How do you market yourselves? You should take a similar approach in writing your job posting so that you’re actually interesting to the people reading the listing.
    • Be clear about your needs. No one wants to go into an interview not knowing what to expect. You don’t need to write down every single last detail about the job, but you should be very clear about what it is that you’re looking for. If you want a web developer with 5 years of experience, say that–but don’t call it an entry-level position if you do. By being clear about exactly what you’re looking for in a new employee, you can eliminate a lot of time-wasting, both for yourself and for those reading your job posting.
    • Don’t forget a good title. Just because you’re writing a job posting and not a newspaper article doesn’t mean that you can get away without a strong title. After all, the title is what they’ll see first, and you’ll only get clicks if you’re clear about what you want. Rather than saying, “Seeking New Employee for AIM,” you should say, “Seeking Web Developer with 5+ Years Experience for Non-Profit Organization in Omaha.” Describing the job position in the title makes it easier for a job seeker to find your posting.
    • Write like a real person, not a robot. This is important, but it’s often an afterthought when writing a job description. Yes, it’s important to be clear about your needs and to have a good title, but it’s just as important to come across as a real human being in your posting. You shouldn’t go over-the-top, but you should let your company culture come across as much as possible in your writing. There are a lot of job descriptions out there, and the more that you can differentiate yourself by sounding like a real, relatable person, the better.

Writing a good job posting isn’t always the only thing that you have to do when you’re trying to recruit new talent to your company–but it’s definitely the best place to start.

Many employers rush through the writing of their job descriptions, which is a big mistake. You want to be as professional and detailed as possible in your job listing, and you should expect to spend as much time writing a good posting as you do on any other work-related writing project.

Those few extra minutes you spend writing and reviewing so that you can publish a quality posting will absolutely be worth it once new talent starts rolling in.

At AIM Careerlink, we’re here to help you fill your job openings with talented, dedicated employees. If you have any questions about the best ways to use the tools we provide, don’t hesitate to contact us, either through our website or on Twitter. We’re always glad to help.