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Looking for Work? Check Out These Job Search Sites

CTU Student Job Search

Searching for jobs can go far beyond newspaper ads and help wanted signs these days. The online world is full of job market sites, but how do you pick out the ones that will land you that job you’ve been looking for?

Here's a list of best job search sites you don't want to miss:

1. LinkedIn.com As of June 2013, the site reported more than 259 million users, making it a favorite site of recruiters and hiring managers worldwide. As a job seeker, you should already have an active and complete LinkedIn profile, but if you don't now is the time. Update it regularly and ask a mentor or professor to review your listing to offer any advice on how to make it more relevant. Don't be shy about asking employers, co-workers and mentors to post positive reviews of your work, and do the same for them. Join LinkedIn groups related to your field of study and take an active role in discussions while also keeping an eye out for participants who talk about specific job openings. CTU is active on LinkedIn and a great resource for students and alumni.

2. Indeed.com. This is an efficient job sites, because it aggregates information from a variety of sources, including company listings, online job boards, and online newspaper want ads. The site adds more than 500,000 job ads every week. It also allows job seekers to search by location, salary and key words, making it easier to find the jobs you are most interested in.

3. Monster.com. Sites like Monster and CareerBuilder are still leaders in the field. Along with job listings, these sites offer help in writing cover letters, advice in preparing for interviews, and publishes articles on relevant job search information. A recent article, for instance, featured Amazon's search for 80,000 seasonal employees, while another addressed how to approach tricky interview questions.

4. Internships.com. Internships may offer students valuable experience, give real-world insight into a future career, and can get your foot in the door of a company that might one day hire you as a permanent employee. Internships can also add important depth to your resume. But how do you find one? Internships.com is a one-stop shop for internship listings. Its most recent data indicated it had more than 92,000 internship postings from 63,000 companies across all 50 states.

5. Find a site specific to the career you are studying. Drill down even deeper into specific job markets by finding job search sites specific to a career you aspire to. For instance, USAJobs.com is the government's official site for federal jobs, with thousands of listings. HEALTHeCAREERS.com offers industry-specific openings for the health care field. Idealist.org can be the place to go if you're looking for a job in the nonprofit sector. Whatever your degree and specialization, there is likely a specific website for job seekers in that field. Find it and use it.

One last piece of advice for finding the right job: Turn your computer off. While the Internet connects the world like no time in history, there is still no better way to make an impression than meeting someone face-to-face. Learn to network. Go to a meeting where you can shake hands and get to know the people in your field, such as a local Chamber of Commerce business event. Reach out to professionals in jobs and careers related to your degree and ask him or her to sit down with you to chat about the work they do. Don't be shy about asking for advice or making it clear that you're in the market for a job. Take advantage of school resources. Don't discount anyone -- you never know who will get a lead on that job of your dreams.

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