In the pre-internet days when looking for a job your options were searching the help wanted ads in the newspaper, word of mouth from friends and family and cold calling. “Get out there and find a job” was literally how you did it. I remember several times driving to a business district (or walking if I was between cars) and going door to door asking if they needed help and filling out applications. I didn’t have a resume, and I don’t remember any of my friends having them either. A folded up, handwritten piece of paper stuck in my wallet held my employment history.
Times have changed just a little since then, and we all have a few more options.
Following are a few online resources that might help with your search. Check out Part One of this series for more sites.
Jobster – No jobsite list would be complete without this one or the next. Register, post your resume, search for jobs and sign up for email job alerts.
Monster – Pretty much the same features as above. Make sure to check out the extensive Career Tools section.
Retirement Jobs – For the over 50 crowd. Their goal is “to identify companies most-suited to older workers and match them with active, productive, conscientious, mature adults seeking a job or project that matches their lifestyle.”
I searched my area in Iowa using four different keywords and the returns averaged 28 jobs each.
The Riley Guide – You have to see this one to believe it. Once there, take the time to explore everything this incredible resource has to offer. From their home page, “The Riley Guide introduces you to the online job search, listing many online sites and services that are useful for your job search. We do not post jobs nor resumes but instead point you to the places that do.” Clicking on the A-Z index will give you a good idea of how extensive this site is.
Summer Jobs – They offer “summer jobs and seasonal staff positions with camps, amusement parks, resorts, national parks, hotels, environmental organizations and more.” I searched for Iowa on this site and found one job. Most of our summer jobs here involve corn in some way, so I was not expecting much. There are a lot of jobs listed outside of Iowa to look for, however, and make sure to check out their articles and advice section.