If you’re looking for a job, you’ve no doubt tried the big name job search sites like Monster.com, Indeed.com, CareerBuilder.com, LinkUp.com, and SimplyHired.com.
Those are all great places to start your search.
But there are some other, more unique, possibly more targeted job search sites that you might want to try:
Jobs for Veterans – If you’re a veteran, check out the job search tool at Military.com. The site gives you the added benefit of searching by branch of service, security clearance, and current military status. Their military skills translator is worth checking out as well.
Jobs for Idealists – The mission of Idealist.org states that their site “connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.” Their areas of focus are education, health and medicine, youth, job and workplace, human services, arts, urban, religion and spirituality, victim support, as well as philanthropy. The site appears to have both volunteer and paid opportunities and has been around since the dawn of the Internet.
Jobs for Teenagers – You can apply for job specifically aimed at teens at Snagajob.com. This site is really another top tier site, but they’ve done a good job of isolating jobs in the particular category. This is the perfect tool for any teen looking for work starting in the Summer months.
Jobs for Bloggers – If you’re a blogger, writer, or content creating guru then you’ll want to check out the ProBlogger Jobs Board. I know several of the freelancers in my niche that view this board regularly looking for gigs. There’s always a solid list of opportunities here.
Jobs for People with Disabilities – If you are living with a disability the U.S. Government’s Department of Labor has created a website, Disability.gov, aimed at helping connect people with disabilities to services that might provide job opportunities in your area. You are able to search through resources at both the state and federal level.
Jobs for Seniors – Goodwill.org has a program called Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) aimed at helping people who are 55 or older get back into the work force. The program has locations in six states: New Mexico, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Indiana, and Washington. But they say they help people throughout the U.S.
Jobs for Focus Group Participants – I featured FindFocusGroups.com in my podcast on finding focus groups jobs. The site is on the up and up and routinely updated with the best opportunities. Most opportunities are in larger cities though as most are in-person focus groups. This obviously isn’t a place to find permanent jobs, but it could help you bring in an extra $50-$200 each month.
Jobs for (Not Just) High Earners – TheLadders.com recently opened its search engine up to jobs starting at $45K. Their purpose for doing so was to put the emphasis on the type of job (career oriented) vs the actual salary. They have a free and $25/mo service. Plus, if you’re willing to fork over $2,495 for their Signature Program, they guarantee you a job.
Jobs for Freelancers – If you’re a freelancer, or have a skill that could translate into a one-off project, consider the opportunities found at Elance.com. They aren’t just for writers or tech geeks. They have plenty of administrative type jobs that could work for a stay at home parent.
Jobs for Everyone – There’s something for everyone at Craigslist.org. They have a massive list of job opportunities in your area. Some good, some bad, some down right ugly. Be careful out there.
This can’t be the complete list of alternative job search engine sites. If you know of others, please list them in the comments below. Thanks!