Applying for a job online can be a long, tiring process. You comb through website after website, searching for that perfect career, only to be defeated by endless lists and useless ads. Is there a way to sort through all of the mess?

Thankfully,the overall job market is looking up and there are some career sites out there that will save you the hassle of looking for a job. Check out the list below, and get ready to save some time and energy. You’ll land your dream job before you know it.

LinkedIn

This website is a nice way to ease into the professional world. It’s specifically made to enhance people’s professional relationships. It runs on a platform similar to Facebook, where you can friend-request people you know and view their profiles to learn more about them.

Instead of all the useless stuff people post on Facebook, you get to see a person’s education and job history, as well as their skills and more. While LinkedIn isn’t necessarily a place to find jobs, it’s a place to make networks. After all, the saying holds true: The more connections you have, the better chance you have of landing the job.

Glassdoor

Scrolling through endless job ads can get tedious and annoying. Glassdoor specializes in offering an inside look at a company’s hiring process. Anyone can anonymously post company reviews, questions they received in their interviews, and details about salaries and benefits.

Glassdoor includes a function similar to LinkedIn. You can search through your Facebook friends to see if any of them can give you a referral.

Levo

Most career-search websites give you fairly accurate results, but wouldn’t it be better to have a personal career counselor right in the room with you? That’s where Levo comes in: It’s your career copilot, according to the site.

Right off the bat, Levo asks you a series of personalized questions so it can create a profile that will be tailored to your needs. Once you’ve landed that dream job, you can connect with others to share your experiences.

Atkins

Some career websites are just designed badly. You navigate the webpage in frustration, uncertain of where to click or where to even submit your information. A webpage should be the least of your worries.

Atkins designed its site with this in mind. It aims to make its system as logical and easy to use as possible. Atkins also offers career options at all levels of seniority. Not only are ads targeted for experienced professionals shown, but graduate, placement and apprentice opportunities are also displayed.

The Muse

This website enhances the career-counselor function by actually assigning real people to help you out. You can receive career advice from professionals and even hire a coach to give you private and personalized help.

In addition, the site also functions as a career search engine. If you’ve found that dream job in the listings but you’re not sure how to proceed, you can enlist the help of a career coach or ask for some professional advice.

Indeed

With more than 800,000 new listings posted on the site every week, Indeed claims to be the biggest career site out there.

Indeed is basically like doing a Google search for jobs. You type a keyword into the search box at the top of the page. You can narrow down your search results by using the refine tool.

Indeed lets you save jobs that potentially interest you and sends you email alerts when there are new job postings in your area. When you upload your resume to the site, it creates a webpage-friendly version of it to avoid the hassle of converting PDF or Word files.

CareerBuilder/Monster/Yahoo HotJobs/SimplyHired

These sites basically all work the same way.

Way back in 1994, the Monster site was launched. Today, it still remains a popular destination for employers and employees seeking job applicants and job opportunities.

At any one time, there will be a million different job postings and more than 150 million resumes. Monster’s database is simply … well, monstrous. It also offers career advice and a beta tool for looking into companies.

CareerBuilder and HotJobs followed in 1995 and ’96, respectively, and both sport good track records for their age. They are from a similar vein to Monster – basically a giant database of jobs.

SimplyHired’s special searches are its most defining feature. You can focus on companies that are hiring new graduates, veterans, workers over 50 and working moms.

Like most job-search sites, you can post your resume and personal details. When it comes to choosing between these four similar sites, just pick the one that you feel you’re most comfortable with.

Net-Temps

Net-Temps is unique in that it offers material for you to read that might aid your search. The site posts articles written by industry professionals and recruiters. You’ll learn what will and will not fly out in the real world.

It doesn’t matter where you are in your career search – Net-Temps has something for every kind of job-hunter. There’s tips on finding your first career after college, advancing your career, negotiating salaries and even dealing with a layoff.

College Recruiter

It’s a site that’s as old as all the originals, but it started as a magazine in 1991. It specifically aims to help college students and postgrads. One of its goals is to enhance the client-recruiter experience.

Led by a husband and wife duo, the site also has an Advice & Resources tab, which offers advice and resources for new grads. They can use the site to search both in and outside the United States for available positions. Job alerts are also available, as well as blogs and videos that relate to their specific careers.

LinkUp

LinkUp skips the middle man and hooks you up with job postings directly from a company’s site. The site boasts that it has posted more than 2 million real jobs from 50,000 employers, and the lists are updated on a daily basis.

There are no duplicates or scams, and old listings are automatically deleted.

US.jobs

This site is provided by the National Labor Exchange. The exchange lists job openings from more than 18,000 state job banks and corporate websites. It’s perfect for certain groups that tend to be left out of career sites, such as veterans, seniors, minorities and those with disabilities.

Twitter

One of the most overlooked job-hunting sites is right in front of most of our eyes every day.

Recruiters and big companies are starting to tweet out recent job openings or challenging jobs that need to be filled immediately. Often, they will provide links to position descriptions and application instructions. You can download an app, such as Tweetmyjobs, that will send Twitter alerts to tell you who’s hiring.

Are there any other good sites out there that weren’t mentioned? Have some job-hunting tips of your own? Comment below!
 
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Sarah Landrum is the founder of Punched Clocks.

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