Finding a job is hard — there, I said it. And I’m sure many of you agree. The goals you’ve set for your job search are based on the two most important factors: passion and money. Do you sacrifice what you truly want to do so that you can make a living and avoid that Ramen Noodle, bare-fridge diet you swore off of after college? Or do you settle for a less-than-satisfactory wage so you’ll find comfort in knowing your job, despite your angry bank account, is worth it? Or…can you find a compromise?
Maybe. Maybe not. And that’s the hardest part of it all — not knowing what works for you until you’ve tried it. And trying scares us sh*tless whether we want to admit it or not.
When it comes down to it, my advice is simple: Your happiness comes first no matter what. But ultimately, money is essential for your survival, so don’t be so quick to pass up an opportunity that might not be your number one option but will pay the rent.
Sure, if the job you’re passionate about just so happens to keep the money piling in, then by all means, stick with it (for everyone’s sake). But chances are that entry level position, no matter what it is, won’t be bringing in enough dough for that So-Ho studio apartment you’ve dreamt about for years.
I’m in the same boat as all you anxious-brained, LinkedIn-crazed job hunters out there. Whether you’re a soon-to-be graduate at the onset of your search or a rising professional looking for a new gig, I hereby give you the holy grail of round-ups — a list of sites to help you with your job hunt. (You’re welcome.)
Oh, LinkedIn, we sure do love you. It’s the website of all websites. The place we go to network and stalk other people’s accomplishments (even though they’ll see that we’ve viewed their profiles). Most importantly, it gives us an excuse to get some badass headshots done. The site’s “Jobs” section really is a great resource that narrows down your search based on pre-set preferences you control.
This Chegg service, although good for finding internships (as the web address obviously states), is equally as useful in discovering open entry level positions. Just select the appropriate button to filter your options, part-time or full-time.
Indeed is a similar site for job hunting. It covers everything from the general down to the specifics of it all. It lets you choose which location and company you’re interested in as well as the details of experience level and even desired salary.
Like LinkedIn, VelvetJobs users can create a profile and choose from 10 templates to design a polished resume. The only downside is that you have to pay for the site’s services ($8.25 per month). It’s the only search engine on this list that costs money, but hey, I’d say it’s completely worth it.
TheLadders.com is devoted to making your search “efficient and effective.” Ladders provides you with professional feedback during the entire application process whether the position is at the entry or senior level.
Like all the others, ZipRecruiter.com makes your job search easy, letting you filter positions by company, posting date (when the company posted the listing), location, etc. You can even download the app for easy access (who doesn’t love being able to do everything from their phone, am I right?).
MediaBistro.com focuses on media listings in areas such as editorial, PR, social media, etc. The site also offers assistance from career advisors and professional resume writers as you embark on your job search extravaganza (let’s just stick with “extravaganza” and pretend like the whole process isn’t terrifying as hell).
Ed2010 is a free service that offers career advice and industry “gossip” — it’ll keep you in the know about the latest editorial news and writer/editor job listings. Just register your email and get started — you’ll receive a weekly newsletter and notifications about positions that fit your preferences. As a writer looking for a job in the magazine industry, I’ve made scrolling through this site part of my morning routine (seriously — get up, make coffee, check in with Ed).
SimplyHired.com lets you narrow down your search by location, job title, etc. It also provides you with a list of companies you might want to consider, which makes the whole process a little less scary. You can enter in your email if you want to get alerts sent straight to you.
This is another search engine for job hunting that is both free and personalized. In fact, at TheMuse, job searching is described as an individualized, easy experience “that’s actually engaging and doesn’t suck.” (Sounds intriguing, I know.) They’ve worked with top companies such as Facebook, Target, HBO, and more.
For all you writers, editors, and media people out there looking to get into print or digital, it’s a good idea to follow twitter accounts for instant updates about available positions. Here are a few: @CondeNastCareer, @HireMeHearst, @Ed2010News, @Mediabistro.
For more general job searches try @CareerBuilder.