A reader writes:
I’m a PhD student (worked for a couple years before returning for grad school) and am now looking for full time employment. You mentioned in a recent post that you don’t advertise on “big job banks” because of how many unqualified candidates you get. I’m trying to find fairly specific positions, and the big job sites are pretty bare of positions that are a good match.
Could you advise on what you use, or alternate ways to find these postings? I’ve tried professional societies and the chamber of commerce for locations I’m interested in (but have no current connections to), but other suggestions would be great.
First and foremost, I’d look at niche job boards that are specific to your field — the ones run by professional organizations or publications in your field or that simply target a specific field. For example, look at DICE, TechCrunch, or GitHub for I.T., Public Relations Society of America for communications, Chronicle of Philanthropy for fundraising, Idealist and Bridgespan for nonprofit, Ad Age for advertising, Roll Call for politics, CreativePro.com for graphic design, and so forth.
If you have no idea what niche job boards exist in your field, google the name of your field and the word “jobs” and see what comes up.
In some fields, LinkedIn can be useful for job searching — both in terms of their actual job postings and by being active in groups devoted to your field.
And if there are particular organizations you might want to work for, look at the job listings on their own website; you may find jobs listed there that haven’t been posted anywhere else.
What other suggestions do people have?