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Getting the Most Out of Online Job Websites

Take advantage of new features that let you search for openings and network

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Social media and career websites make job hunting easy, fast and effective.

En español | Online job boards can be a great resource when you're job hunting, but to get the most out of them, you have to know how to navigate the latest features. Beyond creating an account, uploading a résumé and connecting with your professional contacts, you can also use the sites to make new connections and learn more about the organizations you want to work for.

Here is an overview of your options and how to use them.

LinkedIn: You've probably used the site to post an online work profile, connect with other professionals, tap into discussion groups or follow companies where you might want to work. Recent improvements have made scoring key connections even easier. Among the features to consider are the How You're Connected Tool, which helps you find who in your network knows someone you would like to connect with right now.

When you view a profile of someone with whom you aren't connected, a list of mutual connections pops up on your screen. You can then reach out to those mutual connections to help you meet the new contact or to find out more information about that person.

If you're looking for volunteer opportunities, the dedicated search page LinkedIn for Volunteers, at, lets you find unpaid positions in areas such as fundraising, marketing or grant writing. It culls feeds from several sources, including Taproot Foundation, Catch-a-fire and VolunteerMatch. You can sort job postings by criteria such as geography, industry, experience or salary. You can also post your résumé after creating an account and read reviews by current and former employees rating work-life balance, compensation and benefits, and job culture.

Indeed's Job Trends button ( analyzes its millions of job postings to show which industries are hiring, job titles, top locations and top keyword searches. You can click to exact job postings, sort by salary and get new jobs sent to you by email from that search. This free online guide focuses on providing job seekers over 50 with articles written by experts covering topics ranging from finding contract jobs to interviewing tips, avoiding job scams, working with recruiters and the best ways to use LinkedIn and Google for job searches. CareerBuilder is one of the largest boards, providing job listings, résumé posting, and career advice and resources to job seekers. It pulls from career sites of more than 1,000 partners, including 140 newspapers and leading portals such as MSN and AOL. This is the place to go for boomers interested in learning about second careers in the nonprofit sector. The site links to programs and websites to help you get started in your encore career, such as AARP Foundation's Experience Corps, Idealist, the Executive Service Corps-United States and others. This website offers job listings, more than 10 million company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews and more. Users sign up through their email addresses or Facebook or Google+ accounts. The site operates on a "give to get" model, providing free, unlimited access to users who have submitted an anonymous workplace insight, such as a company review, salary report, photo and more. One of the original job boards, Monster has expanded to include many resources. You can search for and apply for jobs online, post a résumé, review company profiles, get salary information and career advice. Its app BeKnown from Monster puts you in touch with possible professional connections via Facebook. The AARP Employer Pledge program is a national initiative to direct job seekers to employers who value — and are hiring — experienced workers. More than 300 employers have signed the pledge, including AlliedBarton, American Red Cross, AT&T, Charles Schwab, CVS Caremark, General Mills, Google, Kimberly-Clark, ManpowerGroup, National Institutes of Health (NIH), New York Life Insurance, Scripps Health and Wells Fargo. The companies are listed on the site, and you can click each firm for current openings. and Both of these sites help you research salary levels where you live and for the position you're seeking. Payscale lets you run a personal salary report and has a tool to help you find the best job suited for your needs. The database filters jobs based on criteria such as salary, location, education and flexibility.

Additional websites to consider visiting:

  • O*NET OnLine ( is the Occupational Information Network, sponsored by U.S. Department of Labor. It includes multiple search tools, summary and detailed occupational reports, occupational outlook information, and direct links to job postings, apprenticeship programs and salary information.
  • is part of O*Net and is geared toward those who are new to using web tools. The site offers an online interest inventory and includes a list of occupations that match the user's interest profile.
  • National Older Worker Career Center ( is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting experienced workers as a "valuable and critical component of the nation's workforce." Mouse over Applicants near the top of the opening page, and click Current Openings to browse job openings listed by state and find a link to submit your application.
  • is an online job board specializing in part-time gigs. It shows thousands of jobs for those over 50.
  • is geared toward full-time positions for 50-plus job seekers.
  • is a career site with an active jobs board for boomers and seniors.
  • is a site where job seekers can submit a résumé, post a description of their model job or apply for posted jobs.

Kerry Hannon, AARP's jobs expert, is an award-winning author and nationally recognized authority on career transitions and retirement. Her latest book is Getting the Job You Want After 50 for Dummies. She has also written Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness and Great Jobs for Everyone 50+: Finding Work That Keeps You Happy and Healthy…and Pays the Bills. Hannon has spent more than 25 years covering all aspects of personal finance for national media outlets. Find more from Kerry at