The Job Hunter's Roadmap: 5 Essential Online Destinations

Ever tried using Google to look for a job? It can be confusing, leaving you wondering what positions or organizations are really credible. To simplify your search, I’ve rounded up a few more targeted ways to seek positions online.


With over 330 million users, LinkedIn is of course a growing resource for connecting to those within your professional network. Beyond connecting to individuals and building a strong online presence, you also can use LinkedIn as a powerful search engine. Search for jobs by location, industry, job function or company name. To narrow down options to only entry level positions, use the advanced job search to filter. Added perk: LinkedIn will show you who you know at the company as well as similar jobs that you may be interested in.


Keep it simple with Indeed by typing in keywords and a location that you’d like to live in. For example, I could try keywords like “fundraising” or “development” in the “what” section and a city or state depending on my geographic preference. It helps to have some ideas about your parameters before you begin browsing so that you don’t get too overwhelmed. The benefit is that you don’t have to go looking on so many individual websites—Indeed aggregates job listings from multiple sites, including job search boards and company career pages.


If you are interested in working for a non-profit, Idealist is your go-to. Over 100,000 organizations use Idealist to post positions. Similar to Indeed, try using various keywords that are related to the job you are seeking. If you are unsure, you can start with the type of position and your preferred location instead. Once you search based on those items, you’ll then be able to further filter by area of focus.


In addition to searching for jobs, you also can find out what company culture, salaries or interviews are like at certain organizations based upon others’ reviews. Glassdoor, however, will only let you browse for a short period of time before asking you to create a free profile. Keep in mind that—like any site with online reviews—either very satisfied or very dissatisfied people are the ones who typically post reviews. Take it all in with a grain of salt, and use these reviews to create important interview or informational interview questions so that you can trust your own perceptions.


We know that Twitter is a great way to create a strong personal brand or professional online identity. But similar to LinkedIn, you can move beyond the content you post and use Twitter as a powerful job search engine as well. By searching for various keywords or hashtags onTwitter’s advanced search page, you can browse the latest tweets about job openings. For example, I could try “PR, Public Relations, Job” in the “All of these words” category, or search for hashtags like #prjobs#jobopening or #accountexecutive to see recent tweets. See what keywords work for your industry and keep in mind that organizations within some fields will post more on Twitter than others.


While these sources will hopefully make you aware of many interesting positions, searching for jobs online should only be one piece of your job search strategy. Remember to  wisely to uncover positions that are not posted formally and to stand out from the pack of fellow online applicants.

This article was originally published on Career Contessa.