It seems like there are a million job sites out there, and it can be hard to decide which ones to try.
Here are 6 of the lesser known places to find jobs that I or others have used successfully.
(1) The LinkedIn Jobs App
Yes, I know so many people use LinkedIn and its main website to look for jobs, but not as many people know about the job app.
It’s a fantastic resource for sorting and searching for a wide variety of jobs in different areas.
What’s also nice is that you can preload your resume or cover letter either onto GoogleDrive or on your phone/tablet, and attach it as necessary.
For those that require a cover letter, or something more hands-on than what you can do from your phone, there is a “Save” function on the app.
This saves that listing for you so that you can access it from your computer later without losing track of your potential dream position.
(2) Creative Circle
If you’re (A) a creative and (B) live in a decent sized city, then utilizing Creative Circle’s services can be heaven sent.
To join their ranks, you submit your resume to their team in your city. If they think you’re are a good fit, they’ll call you and set up an in-person interview.
The best part is that once you’re in their rosters, they’ll continue to send you listings that are:
- In your desired field
- That you fit the criteria for
- That match your salary requirements
- And match your job location requirements (remote work vs. in office).
Since many of the listings are exclusive, you’ll get your resume in front of companies and jobs that you might not have had access to previously.
And it’s not just full time job seekers that they do this for, it’s also freelancers!So if you fulfill criteria (A) and (B) above, you should definitely check out
So if you fulfill criteria (A) and (B) above, you should definitely check them out. (Oh, and P.S. It’s FREE)
Creative is defined as working in:
- Account Service
- Design/Art Direction
- Project Management
- User Experience
Decent Sized City is defined as:
- Ft. Lauderdale
- Los Angeles
- New Jersey
- New York
- Orange County, CA
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- St. Louis
- Tampa – St. Pete
- Washington DC
Another free resource to find jobs in a variety of creative/digital categories is through MediaBistro.
On their website, they have jobs in the following fields listed:
- Client Services
- Digital Media
- Editorial & Journalism
- Operations & Strategy
- Other (not sure what this encompasses, but you should try it!)
- PR & Communications
- Sales & Business Development
- Social Media
- TV/Web/Video Production
If any of those are interest to you, you can sort by that field and the city you live in or want to live in. Some of these job listings may be duplicated elsewhere, but I’ve often seen jobs that are only listed on MediaBistro. Utilizing this free site for a job might just be your ticket!
(4) The Company’s Website
By this I mean, is there a brand that you’re basically obsessed with?
No matter what the company is, if you love the brand, then check their website and see if they are hiring!
Flattery doesn’t hurt, and if you are in love with a company already, that can be a big leg up when you’re applying. If nothing else, it can’t hurt and you might walk away with your dream job.
(P.S. I’ve linked the Career sections of the companies mentioned in their names)
(5) Local Groups
This one may take a little extra digging, but it could pay off in a big way. There are lots of organizations in most cities that work to gather and support local businesses. For the tech and entrepreneurial businesses here in the Boston area, that includes the website VentureFizz.
They describe themselves as, “your digital platform for technology, entrepreneurship, and career inspiration.”
Not only do they have great blog posts and editorials, but they also have a killer job board. Many of these listings are exclusive to this job board, so you get access to jobs that aren’t being showcased on larger platforms.
Most cities have similar groups, so do some digging in your city or potential city. Not only might you find your perfect job, but you’ll be able to find local stories and info on the companies you’re applying to and be able to rock your interview.
(6) Craigs List
You may be looking at that and thinking – You have GOT to be joking. The place I get rid of crappy furniture is a place for jobs?
Don’t lose faith in me though! There is actually a job section on Craigs List that has some pretty good listings.
Not saying that all of them are perfect or legit, but you can search by your city and see what is available.
If nothing else, I’ve found it gave me inspiration for ideas or companies to try and search for during my job hunt.
So there you have it – 6 more places to look for jobs that you might not have known about or considered!
I have two parting Pro Tips before I go:
PRO TIP #1: Always, Always, Always check the company’s ratings at GlassDoor.com. Sadly, some of these job listings are total scams (it sucks, but it is what it is). You can read their ratings on GlassDoor to see if they are legit or not.
PRO TIP #2: If you don’t feel comfortable blasting your cell phone out to the world via your resume, you can get a free Google Voice number instead. Here’s how to do that.
Let me know if you’ve used these places before or if you’ve found a job through them! Can’t wait to hear!