Where To Look For A Job

Where To Look For A Job
Look at these shiny, happy, employed, stock photo people! (photo via topchoiceresumes.com)


Want a new job? Or, okay, any job? You could Google “job.” (This will not help.) To save you some time, we rounded up the best mega-databases, government websites, industry-specific job boards and social networking tools to search for your perfect position—be it a seasonal employee at an NYC park, gallery curator or fancy-pants business lady.

Super Huge Databases

What HuffPo is to news, Indeed is to jobs: it aggregates listings from all over the web and makes it easy for you to narrow down your choices in terms of salary, industry, location and more.

Similarly, Monster includes thousands of job listings all over the world in just about every industry, plus articles and advice on how to get one.

Glassdoor allows job seekers to get a feel for the company they’re applying to without having to do much research at all—employees can post anonymous reviews of their job and workplace. And although these accounts aren’t fact-checked, they may save you from a potentially awful job (e.g. everyone’s expected to be at the office by 7am and stay through dinner? Nope).

Academic Institutions

You don’t have to be a student at a CUNY school to apply for a job there. Use the online search tool to find work in admissions, maintenance, HR, finance, and all the other millions of cogs in the wheel of a functioning university system.

New York University
With NYU’s database, you’ll also be able to search for positions in eleven of their other campuses around the world, including Prague, Tel Aviv and Buenos Aires.

Columbia University
If you can stomach the trip up to Morningside Heights every day, at least you can say you work at an Ivy League school.

Good Old Uncle Sam

USA Jobs
As it’s the official career website for the federal government, here, you’ll find tons of positions in departments you never even thought existed (Office of the Pardon Attorney?!).

Police officers, social workers, city planners, nurses, public safety workers likely all got their jobs through this website. Need a job just for summer? You’ll also find applications for seasonal employment at beaches and parks.

Industry-Specific Websites

Wall Street Journal Careers
The publication mostly read by finance folk sounds like a pretty good place to start for a career in business, wouldn’t you say? Along with the available jobs database, you’ll also get WSJ-quality content about career matters.

With over a million users, Idealist is the largest job board for nonprofit companies and also includes nonprofit events, volunteer opportunities and advice on how to manage loans while having a, you know, nonprofit job.

Got a heart of gold? Care.com sources babysitters, au pairs, elder care workers, pet walkers, housekeepers and the like for short term and long term employment.

Whether you’re an actor, dancer, comedian, model or all of the above, make Backstage your best friend when it comes to landing auditions. You can even narrow down your searches based on gender, age, race, compensation, and whether the role is union or non-union.

Nope, it’s not just for writers: Mediabistro also posts job listings in design, tech, social media, advertising, PR and video specialists, as well as gigs for freelancers. And who isn’t a freelancer these days, anyway?

New York Foundation for the Arts
For grads of fine art or art history, here’s where to find those gallery assistantships, curator positions and design jobs that are few and far between—but luckily, you’re in the best possible city for that.

Social Media

Though you might not have looked at your page in years, combined with the fact that you can’t help but feel like it’s kind of icky, LinkedIn is still a good resource for meeting the kinds of people whose careers you drool over. They’ll also notify you when positions you might be interested in or qualified for open up.

Yeah, there are also listings for topless masseuses, but there are also actual, legit job postings here, particularly in retail and the restaurant biz. It’s also a great resource for freelance jobs if you’re a writer, actor, musician, physical laborer, or any kind of computer pro.

Hey, you never know—follow the companies you’re eyeing and maybe, hopefully, someday they’ll post a callout for a job opening. Either that, or you can slowly befriend their social media manager and worm your way in.

This article is part of a special series on jobs and education brought to you by Shillington School.


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