Job site Mondays

I receive emailed listings everyday from various job sites, based on specified parameters. But on Mondays I comb the job sites personally. It’s not something I enjoy. But really, is any part of the job search fun? Some people recommend visiting the job sites every day or at least every few days. As far as I can tell, they don’t change enough to warrant that many visits. And no posted job is going be filled and taken down in less than a week. My time is better spent visiting company or recruiter sites, networking or doing any of the million other things that go into a job search.

Even with weekly visits, there hasn’t been that much new stuff lately. And what I do find is often duplicated on multiple sites. December is generally a slow month in the job search; people are more focused on the holidays and budgets. (Though I was hired for my last job in December, oddly enough…) And these days companies are too busy circling the wagons to even think about filling vacancies. Yet I continue, on the off chance that something is out there waiting for me (a Christmas miracle!).

There are many many many job sites, some better than others, some more specific than others. I have a tab in my job search excel file dedicated to job sites with 80+ sites. But I tend to stick to the ones I have success with, whatever that means. It may just be that I’ve grown comfortable with certain sites. Anyway, here are the ones I use…

I’ve never liked Monster, but I probably should just deal with it. Some people have suggested Beyond and Indeed, which are networks of sites; I’ll try them again one of these days. And The Ladders is supposed to be pretty good, though I still have a little trouble paying for job listings. There are also plenty of industry-oriented sites for whatever industry you’re in. For Marketing at least, these generally don’t have much I can’t find on the sites I already use.

Today wasn’t a terribly productive day in the job hunt, though not for lack of trying. I sent out three resumes – one for an Online Marketing Manager position I found on Hotjobs; one for an Associate Brand Manager position on Craigslist and one for a Marketing Manager position also on Craigslist. Two of those listings didn’t include the company name, which may mean they’re really awesome companies where everyone wants to work.  Of course, it may mean just the opposite. Or they just forgot to put their name. (I’ve seen listings with no contact info at all, so this is a very really possibility.) There was one other listing for an intriguing part-time position, which I bookmarked to mull over a bit.

I did notice a couple of interesting things. Both Citi and JPMorgan Chase had a ton of listings for all kinds of positions. Why? I thought both companies are teetering on the edge of the abyss. Are they looking to take even more people down with them?

Craigslist can be pretty ridiculous, so much so that I almost don’t mind trolling the listings. (I realize this is no great revalation – the site has a discussion forum dedicated to haiku, with a keyword function.) Here are a couple of interesting ones I found today…

Females Needed for Beer Pong Tournament (B Real of Cypress Hill) – That’s just awesome. What more can I say?

Calling All Creative Minds – This one presents the job requirements in the form of a conversation with a journalist. It’s awkward, because no one talks like this. And it’s cheesy. But it does stand out.

And some that annoyed me…

Entry Level Sales & Marketing – Ninjas Only – This one would be better if they were actually hiring ninjas, or training ninjas, or at least had something to do with ninjas. But the only connection seems to be that they require a sense of humor in their employees. Then have a sense of humor yourself.

Personal Greeter – Do you really need to advertise on Craigslist for someone to stand outside your store in deep Brooklyn waving at people? Can’t you just get anybody to do this? I mean, really, anybody.

Pass Out Flyers!! – Because exclamation marks can make anything exciting. And they require a headshot. I think I’d prefer a shot in the head.

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5 Comments

  1. Dalilama wrote:

    Don’t forget the ubiquitous postings for ‘Black Belt’. Which is not like the ninja posting in being a joke, nor is it an opportunity for some badass martial arts expert. There is actually some kind of accounting or auditing certification that is called Black Belt. While a posting like that would be relevant to that industry, since job site search engines are notoriously horrible in delivering matching results, I saw it all the time in looking for an advertising Account director position…

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 4:33 pm | Permalink
  2. Norm wrote:

    Damn, is there anything you don’t know about the job search process? Every time you comment, I learn something. I haven’t seen the “Black Belt” designation, but it sounds like someone who has it could kick the ninja’s ass.

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 6:34 pm | Permalink
  3. Phenomenal wrote:

    Hi Norm. I’ve been reading through your blog and I gotta say, you sure know how to bring the funny to a pretty sucky state of affairs.
    Just wanted to let you know about another good site for employment search for people in the mining industry – http://www.searchmining.net. For example http://www.searchmining.net/search?qgeneral=engineering+employment&searchtype=defLink&tabid=Aspermont_Mining_c1680 is a search for engineering jobs.

    Tuesday, February 3, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Permalink
  4. unemployedinfla wrote:

    Any feedback on career fairs? I went to one… lets see… Avon, Mary Kay, A Resume Writting Service booth, the military, and a a medical focus group type of thing for for ed or something… sad and tragic.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 11:33 am | Permalink
  5. S wrote:

    Try Southern Wine and Spirits. Ill try and get you a contact name and help you with EVERYTHING you dont know…

    Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 11:37 am | Permalink