Our Guide to Using General Job Resources
Where to find jobs online
You're going to get used to a lot of scrolling.
The internet is filled with job opportunities, but there is no one place everybody flocks to for job opportunities. It can be an incredibly tough environment to navigate without any guide through the major websites recruiters use.
LinkedIn is the biggest job search website on the internet, and will be the most important for most of you looking for a job. Making a LinkedIn account is deceptively easy (you can do it here), but there are many places to go right and wrong when using the service. Generally, try to be as detailed yet concise as possible when it comes to filling out information about yourself, similar to a resumé. This video below describes many of the small tips that really set apart a strong LinkedIn profile from a weak one. Your profile can be used to start building a network of people, and those people could refer you for jobs, so make sure to add everybody you know as a LinkedIn friend.
This video explains many of the overlooked details when it comes to LinkedIn
When it comes to LinkedIn, the profile is only half of the puzzle. The other half of LinkedIn is using it to look for jobs online here. To search for jobs that are most relevant to you it is important that after doing a general search you use the filters at the top of the job search page to find jobs you want. Some of the filters are pretty straightforward: for location, experience level, and job type simply check off what you hope to find.
However, in LinkedIn Features (all the way on the right on the LinkedIn menu) you can filter jobs with under ten applicants and/or "easy apply". Jobs with under ten applicants are great to look at since there is less competition to fill the role. On the other hand, jobs that allow you to apply easily see far more applicants than normal, since everybody is going to send in an application. To counteract this, try to over-the-top with your application if you are trying to work at once of those places.
When applying to jobs in LinkedIn with many applicants, it can be great to differentiate yourself from the rest of the pile by directly reaching out to the company and expressing interest in the job. This ensures your application is given a full read and not quickly skimmed and tossed away.
Indeed & ZipRecruiter
Unlike LinkedIn, Indeed and ZipRecruiter are mostly used for job searching and not as much networking. Both Indeed and ZipRecruiter have robust pools of job openings that you can sift through. A tool both Indeed and ZipRecruiter have that LinkedIn does not is salary data. If you are unsure of the proper starting salary for a given position you can simply look up "ZipRecruiter coder first year salary" or "Indeed truck driver second year salary" to get a ballpark idea of the compensation you should receive.