I interview people about how they got their jobs. Most of the time the answer is "networking" – a friend of a friend, etc. .
These are the most effective employment Websites:
* Craigslist.org – Http://www.craigslist.org/
This is the one specified the most often in the last year as the site someone used to successfully find a job.
Craigslist is a giant online classifieds site, broken up by location. For each location, employers post "jobs" and "gigs" (which are short-term jobs, like project assignments, that may tide you over until you get a real job).
There are over 400 locations/craigslist.org sites, so pick your locations and do a search through the jobs – which are posted in reverse chronological order (newest at the top, oldest at the bottom).
Since each location is a really different site, the quality can vary dramatically, depending on what the people in a given location will tolerate. Craigslist allows people to flag postings that are spam or scam, but it still happens.
For some tips on using Craigslist, see Guide to Using Craigslist to Find a job – Http://www.job-hunt.org/Onlinejobsearchguide/article_guide_to_craigslist.shtml” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>Http://www.job-hunt.org/Onlinejobsearchg…
* Indeed.com – Http://www.indeed.com
This site is a central source for finding job opportunities listed. Indeed is a "job aggregator" which collects jobs from job sites (like Monster, HotJobs, and CareerBuilder, but NOT Craigslist) as well as from employers, newspapers, etc., so you go to one central place to search for the jobs and cover more sites than you even know about.
Search on the kind of job you want (carpenter, sales associate, vice president of marketing) and the location in the U.S. – city, state, or Zip. Then you can sort by full-time, part-time, contract, etc. You can also save your search to have results e-mailed to you even when you don't visit the site.
SimplyHired is another job aggregator, but Indeed usually has more and more recent jobs. Http://www.simplyhired.com
* Job-Hunt.org – Http://www.job-hunt.org/
Job-Hunt will help you identify possible employers and also job search networking and support groups to help you with your networking.
Job-Hunt has over 8,300 links to employers and job search resources on Job-Hunt, including over 6,300 job sites and employers by state – online classifieds from local newspapers as well as links to the various Craigslist sites, state and local government jobs, colleges and universities, all the state Employment Offices (where you register for unemployment compensation), and many, MANY other employers.
Be sure to check out the job search networking sites where you can make connections with employers and other job seekers, usually for free or very low cost.
The Fortune 500 companies are also organized by state, and there are many other carefully-selected resources to choose from on Job-Hunt.
Good luck with your job search!