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Niche Job Search Sites

They're not as popular as the big job sites, but that can be an advantage

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Looking for your next job? This niche job boards help job seekers to find your dream job.

You're probably aware of the big online job search websites, such as Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com. But there are plenty of smaller, niche-focused job sites that are worth considering.

These sites often include listings that don't show up elsewhere. And since fewer people think to look for jobs on them, there's a greater chance that your résumé will be noticed, says career coach Rita Carey of RCM Associates. Here are some places and ideas to consider.

Workforce50.com has a search tool, managed by Indeed, to find jobs for older, experienced workers.

Dice is the leading site for tech job seekers. You can search by company, job title, keyword and location. There's also career advice and tech news for job seekers. And CrunchBoard.com is one of the more popular job boards for Internet and technology jobs

Other industry-specific sites: HealthJobsNationwide (health care), Engineering Daily (engineering), The Write Jobs (writing) and Mediabistro (media jobs).

SalesGravy features an area for sales talent sourcing and recruiting. Click the "Search Sales Jobs" link in the upper right corner of the home page to log in and search.

SnagAJob. If you're looking for an hourly gig, this online marketplace has over 300,000 job postings available at any one time. You can search for specific jobs by title, industry or company, and filter results by location.

Work At Home Vintage Employees (WAHVE) is a site for professionals "phasing" into retirement who work from home for insurance firms. Most positions are long term, but some are short term for projects that are a minimum of three months. Positions range from bookkeeper to claims support and customer service representatives.

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Although Craigslist doesn't specialize in jobs, it's worth checking out for local and part-time jobs, Carey says. "My 50-plus job seekers have definitely found success with it," she says. That said, be especially careful on Craigslist because anyone can post a job opening. Research the employer carefully before sending any sensitive information, and don't go to your initial interview alone.

Visit the websites of professional organizations in your field to see whether the site has a job board or links to other sites that post relevant jobs.

To find local job boards in your area, search the Internet for your city, state or county, followed by "jobs." For example, DCJobs.com caters to job seekers in Washington, D.C.

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 Kerryhannon.com.

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