Getting a job is not easy, especially for people uncomfortable or unfamiliar with the Internet. There’s no magic trick to finding steady and fulfilling employment, but there are a variety of websites that can offer a leg-up in the sometimes frustrating employment process.
A few websites go beyond simple online job postings to help people find jobs that are a good fit, using the wealth of information posted on social networking sites to find connections or taking advantage of the digital platform to offer unique help.
Making Job Hunting into a Game
Jobscout, an online social media platform helping job seekers in California with insufficient Internet skills, lets users build their online literacy and comfort in navigating the Internet by turning it into a game.
The website lets users collect points for browsing job listings and submitting digital resumes and cover letters, turning a tedious and sometimes confusing task into something lighthearted and fun.
Jobscout is new, but the platform gained approval from the state’s libraries, and their public offerings will feature these offerings to ramp up Internet knowledge for people looking to re-enter the workforce.
Jobscout may not appeal to the extremely tech-savvy, including younger users and those people well-versed in traversing the Web, but it may prove critical for people looking for mid-career redirection. People trying to bump up their Internet skills to the next level can join Codecademy, an online education website that teaches people basic computer coding and online programming skills. The Obama administration met with Codecademy’s founders to discuss providing good technology jobs for teens, which underlines how vital tech know-how is to the recovering job market.
The skills people accrue using websites like Jobscout can make or break a career. Gaining this kind of knowledge may even lead to new and exciting job opportunities, like blogging, which can be lucrative enough to replace a traditional 9-to-5 and work well for young mothers and people with commitments at home.
JobsMiner’s Social Media Masterstroke
JobsMiner rifles through social networks to look for job opportunities, and keeps its users in the loop about the latest employment news from their desired field of work. The Israeli start-up focuses on the U.S. job market, but co-founder Ran Enoch told us JobsMiner is launching in the U.K. and Israel within the next few weeks.
In general, the website works by scanning publicly posted job opportunities at LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social sites. But JobMiner also comes with a service that tells users who log in through Facebook if any of their personal connections are involved with the companies offering the jobs.
As Enoch explained, “If they have a connection, it will be shown next the the job offering presented on the job search results. We have plans to extend this service soon to additional social networks (LinkedIn first) as well as additional social capabilities that will assist Jobsminer users to find a job.”
This means JobsMiner can help people find jobs where they know somebody on the inside, which is more valuable than ever in the current cutthroat economic atmosphere.
Media Bistro Combines Job Listing With Helpful Advice
Media Bistro matches up job seekers with very specific media-based positions, and offers extensive advice for freelancers. It is only helpful for people who want to work in publishing, marketing, journalism or other media-related positions, but it serves as a good example of what a truly helpful profession-based online job matching website looks like.
Media Bistro offers an extensive list of webinars and how-to tutorials, helping fledgling media professionals gain skills as they look for jobs. This type of service even gives accreditation for completing its classes, which can help pump up a resume in ways polishing the original wording cannot.
Social Media Job Apps
There are a few apps that link up to various social media sites, like BeKnown and BranchOut, two Facebook apps that draw social media and traditional job hunts together. The apps use Monster and Indeed.com, respectively, to let users browse job posting through their Facebook accounts and connect their profiles to companies looking for recruits.
Would-be workers looking for a few quick bucks or side jobs might want to check out Gigwalk, which uses geo-location to promote short-term work opportunities, like putting up flyers or walking a dog.
It is entirely possible to develop a fulfilling professional career without ever printing off a single resume. Despite the recent LinkedIn hack, professionally oriented social media is still worthwhile, and allows young professionals to forge connections without blindly pounding the pavement for a break.
Of course, hurling oneself into the online job market isn’t a silver bullet, and people wading through social media for the first time still need to be mindful of what they decide to put up on the social media sites, but despite the potential pitfalls, the Internet is one of the best resources available for people looking for work.