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Right mix of job websites in your job search

Use the right mix of job websites in your job search methods. 

Many job seekers focus on big job websites such as  indeed.com. But according to experts, unless you're in a high-demand field, this is one of the least effective job search methods, with only about 10% (at best) success rate. So don't spend more than 10% of your time at this activity.

Here are guidelines for making good use of your job search time online:

  • Explore niche, or specialty, job boards. Don't just post on Monster. Also, look at sites like LiveITjobs.com for technology or Ebberhealthjobs.com for health care.
  • Before you decide which job search website is best for you, learn about the available options & compare the top-rated online utilities for finding employment. Read an article on how to analyses job search sites on Consumersadvocate.org
  • Target websites of companies you're interested in. Determine which companies to target and post resume to their sites. Better yet, contact these employers directly.
  • Consider regional job boards. To find these boards, type your state and the words "job board" into Google (e.g., Minnesota job board) or try your local library's website.
  • Try "aggregator" sites like indeed.com.These sites combine search results from job boards, company websites, professional associations, and other sources.
  • Try professional association websites. Professional associations often post jobs for their members. View the Professional Association Finder to explore options.

Check out Avacko.com for a list of job websites that include state-specific job sites and industry-specific job sites. Experience shows that the best way to get noticed is to use a few different methods, including networking your resume in person.