Job and Employment Search
How and where to search for an
It can be a daunting experience, for many reasons, to do an employment search
these days. Equally challenging, you might feel, is the employment search you do online. You might have caught on
by now to Craigslist, but if not—or
if you want to extend the search—you either start there and then consider the many kinds of networks and job
banks and boards that fit your skill sets, income needs, and other
This can get intense. Employment searches can lead you to agencies, advice, and attitudes you feel overwhelmed by.
Breathe. There’s a way to “narrow” your search, making efforts pay off, literally and
Now, as a freelance writer, I access specific banks and boards, but my example
will hopefully help you clarify your own employment search process.
Company and location employment
Find job boards that have updated classified for employment in your area and
in major companies you might be interested in working with, including as freelancer.
Searching for a job online can help you
find one more quickly.
For the Bay Area, for instance, Tribe (sanfrancisco.tribe.net) features a search
engine and drop-down menu to look for jobs by company and category (field).
Considering your area of expertise, find the companies who employ your type, and
visit their help wanted/employment search/seeking XYZ pages.
For example, I consult many sites - like Pearson Education - belonging to
publishers, visit their employment/jobs section, and look from there for any gigs I might be good for.
That is, for example, if you are a journalist, seek journalist, press, news,
magazine, periodical ads at such places as NewsJobs.net, which offers postings for NewsJobs in the U.S., NewsJobs
in Canada, and NewsJobs in the U.K..
In the same respect, when you do an employment search on a major search engine and
are typing in different and varied words and phrases, be as thorough and thoughtful as you can.
If you are a carpenter, look for more than just carpenter jobs. Type in all the
variations you can think of for the word carpenter—“carpentry,” “builder,” “building,” “construction”—and all the
different words you can think of for jobs—“careers,” “help wanted,” “needed,” “places for.”
I found, for instance, a great publication called Places for Writers,
which is not dens and coffee shops and what we would likely first think of when we read the word “places”, but
which is places calling for submissions.
Subscribe to newsletters in your field, as they're are one of the greatest cogs in
the Internet machine. They are used by webmasters and web mistresses to get visitors to their sites, but they are—unlike a lot of
advertising that drives us nuts—most valuable sources. Besides plugs for doo-dads and stuff to buy or pay for, they
have advice columns, special interest sections, and calls for experts/job announcements. And they are
I subscribe to five different newsletters for writers. Because of those, and
because I read every little box, frame, passage, entry in every one, I have garnered about 50% of the job/gig leads
I followed up on and landed.
|It takes skill and persistence,
as well as knowing what you want,
to find a job that's right for you, looking at different employment
Go directly to the
Well, sort of directly. The newsletter editor is the one who runs a site that
centers on your field. Visit the website. (Don’t gloss over the many links that say “click here”, in other words,
no matter how many filters you have up to visually block all that linkage.) Those same writer newsletters have
vested interest (creative, intellectual, financial) in doing the same work you are making an employment search for,
and typically feature a job board exclusively for professionals in your field.
A daily newsletter with writing leads also features high-paying and low-paying
(ugh) job sections on the parent site, Freelancewriting.com. In fact, besides a super archive of articles on
writing, the site is primarily one great, great (in size and quality) job bank. I have gotten at least 25% of my
Just as many other professionals care enough about humans in the workforce and
getting them into that workforce that they have built businesses to connect employers with employees and free
agents with clients. Yes, they usually cost something, so you might want to be the kind of person who believes that
it takes money to make money.
But many are quite successful at what they do. I have—in my reading and employment
searching and career developing hours—read many accounts of how beneficial these networks are…networks such as
ScriptLance.com, Guru.com, ELance.com, for specific types, and, for general sources, such network solutions
planners as Careers.com, HotJobs.com, JobSeeker, and Jobvertise will work for you and with you to find you a job in
your area of expertise, location, emotional and intellectual setting, and income bracket.
Of course, the other 25% of my income comes from doing my own employment search
elsewhere: in-person networking, word-of-mouth (be good at what you do every time you do it!), and, of course, the
beneficent, beneficial, benefiting and fitting Craigslist!