Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or you were lucky enough to inherit an incredibly large sum of money, you’ve probably heard the United State’s economic climate has been somewhat of, well, a bummer. In fact, you’ve probably felt it yourself.
But things are looking up. Although many jobs have been lost, recent news reports say businesses are finally starting to get comfortable enough to begin hiring again.
The unemployment rate fell last month in more than 80 percent of the nation’s largest metro areas, adding to evidence that the recent pickup in hiring is widespread.
Google estimates the U.S. unemployment rate fell around 9.2% during March — let’s hope for a steady decline over the few months.
However, despite the positive results, plenty of americans are still searching for work. There simply aren’t enough jobs available for those who are looking. But don’t get too discouraged, either. The internet provides a wealth of resources that may make your job search a little less daunting — you just have to know where to look.
First, cities typically have their own employment websites and employment centers to help you get started. A quick online search or visit to your local city hall should point you in the right direction.
There are also the typical job search sites:
Craigslist is a good place to start. Job listings are constantly updated throughout the day, and the Craigslist community often helps filter out those pesky scammers. Somewhat, at least. Employers can post ads at very low costs, so a broad variety of positions are available, both for full and part-time. Also, seekers don’t have to register or sign up to use the services, which makes the job search fast, free and easy for all.
Websites like Simply Hired and Indeed aggregate results from major job websites, company websites, associations and other online sources. This gives job seekers an expansive view of employment opportunities offered on all online platforms, while still providing the capability to filter through specific categories.
Since social networking is unarguably one of the most crucial factors in landing a job, LinkedIn becomes highly beneficial. LinkedIn acts a social networking arena for professionals in the online era. Users can upload resumes, include a bio, find employers hiring in specific fields, praise clients, and recommend potential employees.
There are niche sites out there that offer a more targeted approach to job hunting than general job sites do. One site, MediaBistro, is highly regarded in its ability to focus in on media professions, such as in journalism, on-line content, book publishing, TV, radio, PR, graphic design, and photography.
Although online sources can seriously benefit your job hunt, I’ve also heard employers say they’ve received thousands of responses to a single job ad they posted. This means you’ll often get lost in crowd. Increase your chances by making an online portfolio to display your hard work and impress your future boss.
Another great way to get your foot in the door is through interning and volunteering. It’ll help you feel productive during periods of unemployment and it could open up new doors and opportunities that wouldn’t have presented themselves before.
Lastly, how can I not mention Zaarly? With Zaarly, sources for fast cash will pretty much come directly to the hands of the users. People will be able to request tasks they need done and negotiate prices through a local, buyer-generated market, creating the perfect way to get some extra dough while in-between jobs.