Excerpted from the United States Career Guide
Job Search Overview
One of the best ways to find a job in the United States is through referrals and leads from personal acquaintances. Many Americans find their jobs by networking, the process of seeking employment recommendations through friends, current and former colleagues, professional associates and industry contacts.
Online Job Sites
Monster is one of the leading employment websites in the United States, with more than 21 million jobseekers visiting the site each month and millions of résumés posted in its database. Employers advertise more than 1 million jobs each month in dozens of fields, including technology, health care, human resources, administrative support, finance, sales, management and manufacturing. Jobseekers can post a résumé/CV and search job listings by keyword, company name, location, salary, category, industry, experience and education level, job type or a combination of these criteria. The advanced search option allows jobseekers to simultaneously search several related job listings, while the ‘Browse Jobs’ feature lets users look at all available positions in a state, industry, or category. Users can download apps that allow them to access Monster’s services on smartphones and tablets. Monster offers career-related articles such as company profiles that describe the company's products, services and employee benefits. Monster’s BeKnown Service allows jobseekers to present a professional persona to employers who visit their Facebook profiles, explore their Facebook friends’ connections to employees at desirable employers and enlist these individuals as advocates during their application and interviewing process. The Career Mapping, InterviewSmart, Career Snapshot, Career Benchmarking and Salary Calculator tools allow jobseekers to plan their career progression, examine job responsibilities in several positions, compare salaries and benefits with other members of their profession and prepare for interviews. Career advice articles discuss job-hunting strategies, résumés and cover letters, salaries and benefits, and career development. For a fee, Monster offers résumé/CV writing services, résumé/CV distribution, interview coaching and other services such as salary analysis and online skill training. Monster Communities offer networking groups for professionals in technology, sales, human resources, firefighting, health care, teaching and other vocations.
Tel: +1 (212) 351-7000
Fax: +1 (646) 658-0540
Government Employment Resources
This is the official career website of the US federal government, providing access to thousands of federal jobs through its comprehensive database. Jobseekers can create and store résumés and up to ten supplemental documents (such as transcripts) to accompany applications, save and automate ten job searches and apply to various federal positions on the USAJobs website. USAJobs allows users to search for positions by location, keyword, governmental agency, series number, occupational series, pay grade and other features. USAJobs also features a ‘Resource Center’ that explains the federal hiring process, the USAJobs application interface, federal job terminology and special opportunities for students, disabled people, veterans and other populations.
Internships.com offers the largest database of internships in the world, with more than 74,000 openings organized by location, category and company. The listings include a brief description of the program, applicant requirements and an email link to the hiring contact. Visitors to the website can take aptitude assessments and receive career-path suggestions. Internships.com members can create profiles and post résumés on the site. Premium members gain access to the Intern Certification Program, Career Navigator assessments, featured placement in employment profile searches and the ability to post self-introductory videos for employers to view. Internships.com publishes internship articles and white papers, and offers links to internships blogs and a bookstore. Other valuable resources include an internship search guide, a mobile device application, interviewing advice and the Internships.com Company Directory that lists millions of company profiles that include access to exclusive company data and contact information.
Tel: +1 (818) 260-3100
Fax: +1 (818) 260-3101
National Career Fairs
National Career Fairs hosts more than 300 recruiting events in 76 cities across the United States each year. Jobseekers can find dates for career fairs in their regions and cities of interest through the website's online calendar; they may add their résumés to National Career Fairs’ database and register for all of the fairs they wish to attend via the website. The company’s website also offers expert advice about career fair techniques and etiquette.
Tel: +1 (702) 614-9537
Staffing Agencies and Temporary Help Firms
Manpower is an international leader in the employment services industry, placing millions of jobseekers in permanent, temporary and contract positions each year. It offers a variety of full-time, part-time and long-term contract positions in fields that include administration, IT, engineering, manufacturing, telecommunications, marketing, finance and sales. Jobseekers choose a country, then enter keywords for positions they desire. Manpower offers its jobseekers free access to thousands of online training courses. It also produces research reports that help economists, journalists, university researchers and think tanks assess and forecast the health and direction of the world’s labor markets.
100 Manpower Place
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Tel: +1 (414) 961-1000
Fax: +1 (414) 906-7822
Executive Recruiters and Search Firms
Heidrick & Struggles
Heidrick & Struggles works with executives employed in general industry, a wide range of financial services, energy, health care and IT who are seeking executive positions in Fortune 500 companies, middle market and emerging growth companies, and governmental organizations. Qualified jobseekers register with this website and upload résumés/CVs in order to speak with recruiters who will compare a jobseeker's profile with the requirements of available positions. Heidrick & Struggles offers leadership consulting services to assess and enhance the leadership skills of individual clients in the context of their professional goals. The firm also publishes white papers about relevant executive-level business issues, such as governance and boards, leadership and human capital, and Asia-Pacific development.
Heidrick & Struggles
233 South Wacker Drive, Willis Tower, Suite 4200
Chicago, IL 60606-6303
Tel: +1 (312) 496-1200
Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements
Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal is a leading source of business news and information in the United States. This national newspaper is published every business day. Job ads are published on Wednesday in its ‘Careers’ section. Readers need subscriptions to access a majority of the Wall Street Journal website; however, all job ads appear on its eFinancialCareers-powered subsidiary website that may be viewed for free. The ‘Careers’ section of the newspaper offers several valuable resources, including a job-search tool, résumé database service, career guides, video career articles, education guides and a large collection of original articles about employment and the job market.
Tel: +1 (609) 514-0870
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete United States Guide.