Everyone’s been in the position of having to look for a job. Whether you’ve been let go or are just looking to leave your current position, you may be thinking of places you can look while you’re contacting recruiters or asking people in your community if they know of any openings. Applying for jobs online is both the present and future, and there are more places to look than there once were. So is how job-seekers utilize online resources to find their next job. For professional women in particular, there are additional challenges that we face as job-seekers that some of these new online methods are alleviating. Here are some places to try in your next online job search.
FlexJobs is a woman-owned outfit that differs from traditional job listing sites: It’s the place to go if you’re tired of asking employers if they offer telecommute options because users can set their searches for 100% telecommuting, partial telecommuting, freelance, or temporary posts. All are welcome to sign up, but the site was specifically designed for professional women seeking more flexible careers to balance out caregiving responsibilities– or for those building that new company. There is a subscription fee, but it is often less than the costs involved to physically go to interviews. Some employers accept applications through FlexJobs, so it’s prudent to have a searchable resume and take their free skills assessments, but many job posts are external links that have been vetted.
It frequently gets overlooked, but 79% of job-seekers utilize all manner of social media from Twitter, Snapchat and LinkedIn to more niche online communities like Discord to look for work. This number jumps up to 86% for professionals in the first 10 years of their career.
LinkedIn is used to actually apply for jobs and write posts that alert your connections you are looking for work in addition to being matched with recruiters in your industry, including many who focus on women and marginalized groups. But if you’ve already exhausted your network, you might be surprised that a friendly talk on Snapchat with a brand or second and third-degree connections on Twitter can lead to finding out about jobs that don’t have application pages up.
When looking for work on social media other than LinkedIn, talking to people as friends rather than colleagues is more likely to result in success.
Jobr became known as the “tinder for jobs” for providing an easy and efficient method of checking out job openings from your phone. Users set criteria such as minimum salary, flex work options, and company size. This is not only convenient for the professional woman on the go, but it is part of the new trend of job apps that are giving users who are already employed anonymity. HR leaders and recruiters can see what they would have to offer the anonymous user to leave their current job. This makes Jobr ideal for “passive” job-seekers who may be comfortable where they are currently employed, but would consider offers elsewhere if the opportunity was there.
Get Her Hired
Get Her Hired is the National Association of Professional Women’s new initiative aimed at helping members find and connect with great job openings. Dedicated primarily to women seeking senior-level positions, Get Her Hired aims to reduce the time spent dealing with recruiters. The employers who participate are also actively looking to employ more women, so users can have fewer worries about the type of management and culture fit. Get Her Hired utilizes career counselors that will advocate on a NAPW applicant’s behalf so you also don’t have to risk the online application you filled out never reaching the hiring manager’s desk.
With a multitude of options for online job searches today, this vetted list narrows it down to the best ones for professional women’s needs.