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Want a new job? Perhaps something more fulfilling, with a higher paycheck and where you feel valued and appreciated?

My article, Bouncing Back After a Layoff, has been helping many of you re-brand yourself and land a new job quickly. So for this article, I’m focusing on career apps and websites that can help you find, and land, your next job.

The good news is that the unemployment rate is currently at a low 3.9% and the US economy added a healthy 312,000 jobs in December (compared to adding 148,000 this same time last year) in a 10-month high that shattered Wall Street forecasts. This caps off the biggest increase in hiring in three years. However, it’s not all rosy. The number of people searching for a new job also increased by more than a quarter of a million, to 6.3 million which means there are more jobs available, and the job market is tougher.

How can you land a new job in such a competitive job market?

As a leading career coach for the past 10 years, every year I conduct loads of online research and capture the lessons learned and best practices from my clients who have been hired to create a list of my favorite (and what, I believe, are some of the most effective and best) career apps and websites to help you quickly and easily find those high quality job openings. These are the same resources that I share with my clients.

Where to find real, current, updated job openings?

One of the biggest frustrations my clients come to me with is how to navigate through the thousands of websites promoting job openings. Below is a list of, what I believe, are the best career apps and websites to find job openings. I recommend checking these sites often, as well as setting up your own personal job search agent to alert you when a job matching your criteria becomes available. There are three powerhouses for job search sites including –

  • Glassdoor – Glassdoor has tons of new job postings every day and allows you to search by job title, key responsibilities, company and location. The site also gives you a behind-the-curtain peek into what it’s like working inside that company by featuring employee reviews of a company’s culture, CEO ratings and salary information. Check out the cool “Know Your Worth” section that includes a personalized salary calculator.  Simply sign up (it’s free!) and you have a treasure trove of research and reference materials at your fingertips.
  • Indeed – The majority of my clients get hired off of Indeed. This is a Google-like search engine for jobs and one of the most efficient sites for aggregating listings from a variety of job boards, online news sites and company websites. An advanced search function provides a few more filters than Glassdoor, and allows you to drill down on a location, keyword and salary range. Indeed says it has 250 million unique visitors each month and is available in 60 countries and 28 languages.
  • LinkedIn – I strongly believe that everyone should have a profile on this site (not just when you’re in the market for a new job.) LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network on the internet. This means that recruiters, hiring managers, and professionals in all industries across 200 countries are on LinkedIn to expand their network, advertise jobs and recruit you. DMR reported 94% of recruiters use LinkedIn to vet candidates.

LinkedIn helps you find jobs, and helps recruiters and hiring mangers find you! To view job openings, simply go to your home page and click the “jobs” tab towards the top of the page to search by job title, keyword, company, or use the advanced search to include additional criteria. Scroll down to see job openings, companies hiring, plus those in your network who have worked inside those organizations. For tips on creating a powerful profile, I love this article by Amanda Zantal-Winer @amanda_zw29 LinkedIn Tips for Professional Networking, Business and Marketing and Jon Shield’s article, “The only way Recruiters will find you on LinkedIn.”

One more job search site that I recommend for everyone is LinkUp.com which only features jobs from company websites. This means that it has fewer job openings than the three powerhouses above; however, those openings are more likely to be fresh and current.

Niche job sites…

SmartRecruiters reports that 62% of jobs are posted on niche job boards and their list of Best 50 Niche Job Boards is a great reference. Theoretically, the powerhouse sites above should feature job openings from the niche job boards, however, I still recommend adding a few of these sites to your research list. Niche job boards go deep into finding openings in a specific industry or job role.

For example, if you’re an executive then you may want to bookmark ExecuNet and the Ladders for high paying job openings. If you’re a techie, then check out DiceCrunchBoardor TechFetch. For sales visit SalesGravy and SalesHeads. Try Healthcare Jobsite for openings in healthcare.  MediaBistro is well known for journalism, P.R. and social media jobs.  WayUp specializes in entry-level and internships. VirtualVocations for telecommuting jobs. Other popular niche job boards include: DiversityJobs,  Energy JoblineEnvironmental Career OpportunitiesIdealist.com, and StarChefs JobFinder.

Freelance gigs…

Craving freedom in your career or just want more cash in your pocket? According to a study from the Freelancers Union, more than 57 million people in the U.S. are freelancing. You may want to join the gig economy of freelancers and short-term contractors by posting your job profile on sites like these –

  • Accenture says it partners with 92% of the Fortune Global 100 companies to provide management and technology consultants in 13 industries including: strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. They serve clients in 120 countries and have made 15 consecutive appearances in Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list.
  • Freelancer is a global marketplace which allows potential employers to post jobs that freelancers can then bid to complete. The site boasts up to 7,000 new jobs posted daily across 247 countries, with the most popular jobs being website development, data entry, copywriting and graphic design.
  • UpWork says it posts 3-million part-time, short-term and freelance gigs annually, and their pool of freelancers are earning more than $1 billion via the site each year by providing companies with over 3,500 skills. For designers, creatives, programmers, developers, and a variety of other business services skills.

There are loads of other sites that can put some cash in your pocket and some include: CoolWorks.com for jobs at national parks, ski resorts and retreat centers; Fiverr for creative and digital services gigs such as graphic design, copywriting, voice overs, and music and film editing; and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk for small tasks. Here’s a great post by Kenneth Kiesnoski (@KKiesnoski) if you’re retired and looking to work part time.

Another helpful resource is Money.com’s recent article, “The 20 Highest-Paying Job Skills for Freelancers Right Now”.

Finally – there are loads of great job sites available and these are just a few. I recommend doing some research to customize a job list that fits your job role and requirements, but the sites above should give you a good head start.

In future articles, I’ll share my favorite resources and tips to help you land your dream job by getting more job leads, referrals and recommendations, as well as how to create a stellar resume and how to nail your job interviews. But for now, I hope this article helps you get one step closer to landing your dream job.

About the author

Sherri Thomas is a Career Strategist, international speaker, award-winning author, and President of Career Coaching 360 (www.CareerCoaching360.com). She’s helped thousands of executives and professionals change, re-brand, advance and take their career in a whole new direction. Author of the award-winning book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories and strategies to you help you bounce back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback” which was named 2013 best career book by Indie Book Awards and “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a Powerful Personal Brand”. Sherri is regularly interviewed for her career strategies published in the Washington Post, the Wall St Journal, TIME Magazine, Smart Money magazine, the New York Daily Post, Investors Business Daily, and many others.

Sherri is a champion of helping others thrive and live in their best career. As a keynote speaker, she’s spoken at conferences and events around the world including the United States, Malaysia, Israel, Ireland, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam and Kenya. Throughout her career, Sherri has worked for three Fortune 500 Companies overseeing and holding various positions in marketing, IT, management training and development, and global communications. She successfully reinvented herself and transitioned into various job roles and industries including television, radio, finance, and high tech. Sherri’s website offers free video training, “15 Clever Ways to Get More Job Offers” at www.CareerCoaching360.com

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Dreaming of a new job? Perhaps something more meaningful, fulfilling and with a beefier paycheck?

If you said, Yes, then the timing couldn’t be better.  The unemployment rate is currently hovering at a low 4.1% and the US Economy added a healthy 148,000 jobs last month (mostly in the construction, healthcare, leisure & hospitality and manufacturing industries.

My last article in Huffington Post, 2017 Highest Paying Jobs, Best Companies and Fastest Growing Industries, has been helping many of you identify the best job role, companies and industries to work.  So for this article, I’m focusing on which career apps and websites can help you find your new job.

As you probably know, it can be daunting navigating through a bazillion career websites, job boards and niche communities touting their latest and greatest job openings. As a leading career coach for the past 10 years, I even get overwhelmed!  So every year I conduct loads of online research and capture the lessons learned and best practices from my clients to create a list of my favorite (and what, I believe, are some of the most effective and best) career apps and websites to help you quickly and easily find those high quality job openings.

Where can you find your dream job?

To find real-time job openings, try LinkUp.com.  This site only features jobs from company websites which means that it provides a smaller pool of job openings; however, those openings are more likely to be fresh and current.

I also recommend regularly checking out these three powerhouse job search sites (and setting up your own personal job search agent for each site) to help you find more job openings –

  • Glassdoor – In my opinion, Glassdoor is the best site for your job search. It has tons of new job postings every day, and allows you to search by job title, key responsibilities, company and location. As a bonus, you can get insight into what it would be like working for a company by reading employee reviews on the company’s culture, CEO ratings, salary information and even job interviewing reviews to help you prepare for an upcoming interview. Simply sign up (it’s free!) and you have a treasure trove of research and reference materials at your fingertips.
  • Indeed – The majority of my clients get hired off of Indeed. This is a Google-like search engine for jobs and one of the most efficient sites for surveying listings since it aggregates information from a variety of job boards, online news sites and company websites. An advanced search function provides a few more filters than Glassdoor, and allows you to drill down on a location, keyword and salary range. Indeed says it has 200 million unique visitors each month and is available in 60 countries and 28 languages.
  • LinkedIn – Recruiters and hiring managers love this site. As of April 2017, LinkedIn had 500 million members in 200 countries, out of which more than 106 million members are active. A 2015 Recruiter Nation report by Jobvite shows that 87% of recruiters are using LinkedIn (the most popular social media networking site for recruiters) to seek out job candidates.

LinkedIn allows you to post a free profile, publish your resume and connect with other professionals. It also allows you to search for jobs, and then shows you those in your network who are currently working, or have worked, inside that organization. This makes it easier for you to find (and hopefully get) referrals which is the #1 way job candidates land a job!

You can search job openings on LinkedIn by going to your home page and clicking the “jobs” tab towards the top of the page. Search by job title, keyword, company, or use the advanced search to include additional criteria. Be sure to scroll down to view job openings and companies hiring, as well as those in your network who have worked inside those organizations. For more tips, I love this article by Amanda Zantal-Winer, 29 LinkedIn Tips for Professional Networking, Business and Marketing.

Niche job sites…

SmartRecruiters.com reports that 62-percent of jobs are posted on niche job boards. Do yourself a favor and invest some time researching their Best 50 Niche Job Boards list (which was updated in December 2017.) This doesn’t need to overwhelm you.  Schedule an hour into your calendar to review the list, research the sites, and bookmark those sites with jobs that most closely align to your skills, passions and career goals.

For example, if you’re an executive looking for a new job then check out ExecuNet which features job openings starting at $150,000 annual salary and the Ladders with salaries of $80,000 and above. If you want to land a job in technology then bookmark Dice.  If you’re looking for a sales job then check out SalesGravy and SalesHeads. For healthcare jobs visit Healthcare Jobsite.  For a new gig in journalism, P.R. or social media try Media Bistro. Or, check out WayUp if you’re looking for an entry-level job or internship.

Freelance gigs…

Craving more freedom and control in your career?  You may want to promote your expertise by becoming a freelancer or consultant. Try posting your skills and experience on sites like these –

Accenture partners with more than 75% of the Fortune Global 500 companies to provide strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. They serve clients in 120 countries and have made 15 consecutive appearances in Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list.

Freelancer is a global marketplace which allows potential employers to post jobs that freelancers can then bid to complete. The site boasts completing +13-million freelancing jobs to date with a 95% re-hire rate in jobs for graphics & design, websites & IT, writing & content, sales & marketing, and engineering and science.

UpWork says it posts 3-million part-time, short-term and freelance gigs annually, and their pool of freelancers are earning more than $1 billion via the site each year by providing companies with over 3,500 skills. For designers, creatives, programmers, developers, and a variety of other business services skills.

Other sites that can put some cash in your pocket include: Uber, Lyft, SnagaJob, TaskRabbit, Postmates and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk for small tasks. These sites offer marketplaces for anyone wanting to get hired as a driver, mover, courier, cleaner and basic chore-doer.

One final note – the career apps and websites listed above are great resources to help you find your next job. I recommend creating a job search agent on those sites you like so that you’ll spend less time searching and more time receiving instant notifications about jobs that interest you.

In future articles, I’ll share my favorite resources and tips to help you land your dream job by getting more job leads, referrals and recommendations, as well as tools to create a stellar resume, resume format tips, and how to nail your job interviews. But for now, I hope this article helps you get one step closer to landing your dream job.

About the author

 Sherri Thomas is a Career Strategist, international speaker, award-winning author, and President of Career Coaching 360 (www.CareerCoaching360.com). She’s helped thousands of executives and professionals change, re-brand, advance and take their career in a whole new direction. Author of the award-winning book, “The Bounce Back – personal stories and strategies to you help you bounce back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback” which was named 2013 best career book by Indie Book Awards and “Career Smart – 5 Steps to a Powerful Personal Brand”. Sherri is regularly interviewed for her career strategies published in the Washington Post, the Wall St Journal, TIME Magazine, Smart Money magazine, the New York Daily Post, Investors Business Daily, and many others.

Sherri is a champion of helping others thrive and live in their best career. As a keynote speaker, she’s spoken at conferences and events around the world including the United States, Malaysia, Israel, Ireland, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, Vietnam and Kenya. Throughout her career, Sherri has worked for three Fortune 500 Companies overseeing and holding various positions in marketing, IT, management training and development, and global communications. She successfully reinvented herself and transitioned into various job roles and industries including television, radio, finance, and high tech. Sherri’s website offers free video training, “15 Clever Ways to Get More Job Offers” at www.CareerCoaching360.com

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Serious about landing a new job this year? Or at least, landing a more fulfilling and higher paying job than the one you’re in now?

If you said, Yes, then let’s do it! My last article in Huffington Post, 2017 Highest Paying Jobs, Best Companies and Fastest Growing Industries, has been helping many of you identify the best job role, companies and industries where you to work.

In this article, I’m focusing on where to find your new job.

As you probably know, it can be daunting navigating through a bazillion career websites, job boards and niche communities touting the latest and greatest job openings. As a leading career coach, I even get overwhelmed! Never-the-less, every year I conduct loads of online research and capture the lessons learned and best practices from my clients to create a list of my favorite (and what, I believe, are some of the most effective and best) career apps and websites to help you find your dream job.

Where can you find your dream job?

1. Glassdoor – In my opinion, Glassdoor is the best place to start your job search. It has tons of new jobs added every day, and allows you to search by job title, key responsibilities, company or location. Plus, it provides employee reviews on company culture, senior leaders and salary information to give you a leg up on negotiating your salary. Simply sign up (it’s free!) and you have a bucket load of research and reference materials at your fingertips. Reviews.com said it best, “Glassdoor gives you both the info you need to find job opportunities and the context to see if it’s a good fit for you too.”

2. Indeed – The majority of my clients get hired off of Indeed. This is a Google-like search engine for jobs and one of the most efficient sites for surveying listings, since it aggregates information from job boards, news sites and company listings. An advanced search function provides a few more filters than Glassdoor, and allows you to drill down on a location, keyword and salary range. Indeed says it has 200 million unique visitors month and is available in 60 countries and 28 languages.

3. LinkedIn – Recruiters and hiring managers love this site. A 2015 Recruiter Nation report by Jobvite shows that 87% of recruiters are using LinkedIn (the most popular social media networking site for recruiters) to seek out job candidates. You can post a free profile so that recruiters can check you out. Another key advantage is that LinkedIn allows you to search for jobs and then shows those in your network who are currently working, or have worked, inside that organization. This makes it easier for you to find (and hopefully get) referrals which is the #1 way job candidates land a job!

Search job openings on LinkedIn by going to your home page and clicking the “jobs” tab towards the top of the page. You can search by job title, keyword, company, or use the advanced search to include additional criteria. Be sure to scroll down to view job openings and companies hiring, as well as those in your network who have worked inside those organizations. For more tips, I love this article by Pamela Vaughan, 35 LinkedIn Tips for Professional Networking, Business and Marketing.

Niche job sites…

SmartRecruiters.com reports that 62-percent of jobs are posted on niche job boards. Do yourself a favor and invest some time researching their Best 50 Niche Job Boards list. Be sure to bookmark those sites with jobs that most closely align to your skills, passions and career goals.

For example, The Ladders features executive and management jobs that pay $80,000 and above salaries. This site also has a nifty Resume Reviewer which can analyze your resume for key words, grammar and any missing information.

If you want to land a job in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math), then bookmark Dice. If you want to find jobs in journalism, P.R. or social media then try Media Bistro. If you’d like to work for a non-profit organization in the U.S. then bookmark Idealist. Or, if you’re a student or young professional, check out Internships for global organizations with paid internships.

Freelance gigs…

Want to earn some extra cash or have more freedom and flexibility in your career? You can become a freelancer or consultant by posting your skills and experience on these sites and then sit back and let the jobs come to you!

• Accenture has been on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the past 8 consecutive years as a Fortune Global 500 company that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. Check out Accenture Consulting and Forbes review Accenture’s Management Consulting Division.

Freelancer has posted almost 11 million freelancing jobs to date worth $3+ billion in 600 categories including website development, mobile apps, software architecture, internet marketing, and more.

UpWork says it posts 3 million part-time, short-term and freelance gigs annually worth $1 billion. For designers, creatives, programmers, developers, and a variety of other business services skills.

OnForce specializes in IT, OEM & POS support, as well as consume electronic installation and repairs.

Other sites that can put some cash in your pocket include: Uber, SnagaJob, TaskRabbit, and Postmates. These sites offer marketplaces for anyone wanting to get hired as a driver, mover, courier, cleaner and basic chore-doer.

Tip – the career apps and websites listed above are great resources to help you find your next job. I recommend creating a job search agent on those sites you like so that you’ll spend less time searching and more time receiving instant notifications of jobs that interest you.

In future articles, I’ll share my favorite resources and tips to help you land your dream job by getting more job leads, referrals and recommendations, as well as how to create a stellar resume and how to nail your job interviews. But for now, I hope this article helps you get one step closer to landing your dream job.

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Want to land your dream job in 2017?  Last week I was interviewed for an article in Jobs2Careers and asked, “What is the #1 New Year’s resolution you should make this year and actually keep?”

For me, the answer is simple.  I invest in myself every single week.

Since I have a full-time corporate job, as well as my own successful career coaching practice helping others land their dream job, I don’t have time to make resolutions that I’ll never keep.  But this is ONE new year’s resolution that I make (and achieve) every year.

Just as financial advisers tell us to pay ourselves first in order to have a strong financial portfolio, I make it a habit to invest in myself every week to ensure I have a strong sense of purpose, fulfillment and get closer to achieving my personal mission.

If you’re not sure where or how to invest in yourself, then ask yourself these three questions:

  1. What’s the next thing you want to learn?
    Block out time on your calendar to conduct research, read, learn, watch TED videos, or talk to others.  Learning something new can deepen an area of expertise, change the way you think and even take you in a whole new direction.
  2.  Who inspires you?  
    Connect yourself to those who motivate and energize you.  Offer to help them with a project or support them in their personal mission. They will become your greatest champions in overcoming fear, charting new territory and realizing your dreams.
  3. Where do you ultimately want to go in your career (or at least the next stop on your career journey)?
    Put a stake in the ground and envision the kind of work you want to be doing and the type of environment and organization where you want to work.

Give yourself time and space to answer each of these questions.  See what unfolds.  We’re not meant to stay in the same job forever.  We’re meant to morph, leap, fall, stretch, grow and bounce.  When you invest your time and energy every week in these three areas, your career will find its natural flow and become effortless.

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Wow, I’m so thrilled!  I just received some really exciting news!  Arriana Huffington sent me a personal note inviting me to be a Huffington Post career columnist so I’m writing to share with you my recently published article, “Hottest Jobs, Highest Paying Companies and Fastest Growing Industries of 2016.”

Daydreaming of a new job? With the unemployment rate hovering at 5 percent, and companies hiring an average of 284,000 employees per month over the past 3 months (the best 3-month pace in a year) there couldn’t be a better time to shoot for the moon and land your dream job.

But what if you’re not certain what that dream job is? For a little help, check out US News & Money’s 100 Best Jobs list based on employment opportunity, salary, work/life balance and job security, and Forbes list of 10 Toughest Jobs to Fill for 2016 for jobs that are in high-demand and have have less competition, higher salaries and more market demand. If your niche is banking or finance, then you may want to check out Wall Street’s 10 Most In-Demand Jobs for 2016 published by Bloomberg Business.

Which jobs are trending in 2016? I love Glassdoor’s current trends web page which allows you to view hot trends by location, industry and job title. Also, this special report by US News & Money, 5 Trends for Job Seekers in 2016 provides some excellent tips to help you get your foot in the door including how to best leverage a talent community in your niche.

Want a beefier paycheck? Then check out 30 Highest Paying Jobs in America by Business Insider which features data compiled by the latest US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates survey. Ka-ching!

Click here to read my full article on Huffington Post…

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