Here are some
sites and references that we have found useful in searching for
internet and high-tech jobs, and some comments about them. Most are national with
some specific Boston area listings.
Don't forget your public library for internet access, and reference
materials. And the state sponsored Career
Note: All of these references - and more - are listed on
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First a few obvious sites:
- *** Monster Board - www.monster.com
- Seems to have some entries that are not listed anywhere else,
does not have many contract entries, does have more non-profit
entries than most online sources. Automated search delivered
by email. Registration.
- ** Careerbuilder - www.careerbuilder.com
- This site amalgamates information from many other services.
Automated keyword search delivered by email. A high percentage
of the opportunities are already filled, or frozen, or posted
by recruiters in an effort to attract resumes for non-existent
jobs. The best use of the site seems to be the automated keyword
search, scan the top entries for new items.
- *** Bostonworks (Boston Globe) - http://bostonworks.boston.com
Useful to keyword search the want ads from the Boston Sunday
Globe. I haven't gotten much response from applying to these
ads because the companies get deluged with resumes. I did get
a good lead from a poorly worded ad. My guess is they got fewer
responses. I was able to network to find out what their requirements
ought to be... Best feature is to check for upcoming events,
career fairs and networking opportunities. Note that they do
not always list career fairs that don't advertise with the Globe
so it's worth keeping your eyes on local NETWORKING
- **** Jobfind.com - http://www.jobfind.com
- These folks run periodic tradeshows at the Doubletree in Waltham.
They are well attended, and there a lots of companies represented.
Tend to have a lot of real jobs.
- ** Hotjobs.com - http://www.hotjobs.com
- Also run tradeshows. Their job fair in Framingham was a bloodbath,
too few companies, too many applicants, very depressing. In my
area (High Tech IT management) I haven't found their site very
- *** Brass Ring - http://www.brassring.com
- Based in the valley. They are somewhat new to the area, but
their job fairs are starting to grow. Again they tend to attract
long lines of job seekers so you need to psych yourself up like
a star athlete before you go in. Two tricks I have found are
to go 15-20 minutes before the show opens, and pick the companies
you want to visit before you go in. And also, it is easier to
work your way from the back of the room to the front. The longest
lines are by the door.
- **** DICE - http://www.dice.com
- Contract Opportunities. Lots and lots of them. It seems that
there are a lot of recruiters who live in Florida, sipping margaritas,
scanning for new openings on the internet, and then post these
openings onto DICE. So you will see the same job posting with
slightly different wording over and over. The job may already
have been filled.
My impression is that it is more effective to network with a
few local recruiters you can meet, and to stay in touch with
them until something comes up. The contract space seems more
attuned to those who have resumes that contain a lot of hot buzzwords,
and especialy software development types. But of the contract
sites out there, DICE seems to be the best.
- *** USENET News - Newsgroups are
a worldwide text system that anyone can access through their
internet service. There are specific job postings groups for
localities and different areas of expertise. You can search these
postings using software such as Microsoft Outlook Express. Because
of the volume of messages, it really helps to use a search feature
to keep up with the postings. Because there are a lot of recruiters
using this system, be aware of the 'problems' with contract postings
- ***** Flipdog - http://www.flipdog.com
- This site is more user friendly than the rest, and it seems
to have more real job postings than most other sites. It looks
like they have a web-bot that trolls company sites for postings.
This leads to postings with incorrect dates (maybe already filled)
and locations. Be warned.
- ***** Alljobsearch.com - http://www.alljobsearch.com
- This site is a simple interface that amalgamates information
from many many other sources - including
newsgroups. I've found this one to be very useful. One of the
frustrating things about most sites is that you are required
to register. These folks do not require you to register or enter
your resume before you can search the data, and they seem to
have a web-bot that trawls company websites for openings. Some
of the instructions looks like they were translated from Chinese!
- **** Mojolin - http://www.mojolin.com
- Their logo is "Hackers Wanted" - This site is designed
to bring together the 'open source' community. There are a lot
of specialized postings for Linux aware software engineers. There
is a companion site for network engineers.
- **** Exec-U-Net - http://www.execunet.com
- This is a structured networking group with a local chapter
that meets at the Weston Country Club. It is designed to serve
executive management, adn positions over $100K in salary. There
is a membership fee that gets you access to it's database, and
online job postings.
- ***** A good paper resource is the book "The Professionals
Job Finder", Planning/Communications. http://jobfindersonline.com
This book is an internet-aware directory of information sources
for the job seeker. It includes some interesting information
on strategy and where to look and an incredible resource to databases,
trade associations, job hotlines.
There are other verisons for Government, Non-Profit and International
Job Seekers. Not easy to find in bookstores so check your local
- Newspapers - The New York Times has a free email of the
top stories of the day which I have found very helpful in the
tech sector lately, as is the Technology section of the Boston
- Ed's List - A wonderful local resource, providing an email
list of upcoming networking events in the Boston area. This is
posted to the MONDAYNETWORK Yahoo Group. You can also sign up
- Boston area NETWORKING
EVENTS such as MIMC.