The internet is undoubtedly a valuable tool when it comes to your job search — thousands of companies post every day and they are all available at your fingertips.
According to the Pew Research Center, online search has become the most frequently used tool for job seekers.
But even though the postings are there, are the jobs? That’s why the team at Reviews.com spent six weeks consulting with experts and hands-on testing the most popular sites to determine which has fresh, frequent, relevant unique posts, as well as which aggregate posts from other places on the web.
Here are a few takeaways from their research:
1. Consider the ‘metadata’ these sites provide
Rather than seeing each post as a potential job, consider what they suggest: which companies are hiring, what credentials they are looking for, and who you might know that can help you get a foot in the door.
2. It’s important to be proactive, not reactive when it comes to your job search
Seeking out current employees at a company you’re interested in and obtaining a referral may not be as immediate as applying directly to a job through a site, but it could be much more meaningful.
3. Job sites are a tool, not a crutch
A good job site will scrape for new postings regularly, giving you a strong indication of what is available — but don’t expect the site to get the job for you. Networking and putting yourself out there, both online and off, is the best way to make sure you’re getting the productive results.
For the complete study, along with Reviews.com’s top picks for job sites, visit: http://www.reviews.com/job-sites/
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