Whether you are looking for your first job, making a career change, or coming back to the job market after a period of unemployment, finding open positions can be difficult. There are many different job search tools available online, but before trying to search them all, find one or two that will be most useful for you. If employment is sought in a particular field, search for job boards that cater to that field. Likewise, trying to stay in a particular city may mean using a search tool that allows you to filter by location. The Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services offers links to many useful job search tools both tailored to Massachusetts employment and offered on national levels. Some websites include other resources for job preparation or for specific populations like veterans and disabled workers. With effective job search tools, workers who are unemployed can find employment more efficiently.
Official Massachusetts Website for Job Searches
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts operates the MassCareers Job Board. Here, users can search by any Massachusetts zip code for open employment opportunities. Results can be filtered by job category and employment agency. Users can register an account which allows a resume to be uploaded, and fill out a complete educational and professional profile to display to potential employers. The website is also compatible with JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen-reading systems for those jobseekers who require such technology.
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) has a number of resources. These include the JobQuest job board, which allows jobseekers to search by keyword, job category, job title, and Massachusetts zip code. Also, the EOLWD posts a calendar of job fairs and employment workshops, and a catalog of educational and training courses. Their platform has other career exploration toolkits, links to regional career centers and resources for veterans’ assistance. Regional career centers offer workshops covering wide ranges of topics from interview tips, salary negotiation and hidden job markets, to stress management and social media.
Working for the City of Boston
The career center for the Boston area has a platform for finding public jobs for the City of Boston. These include employment within the public school system, the Public Health Commission, the Water and Sewer Commission and public planning and development. Search results can be filtered by job type and job category. All public employees must be residents of Boston by their first day of work. The Career Center offers further information about local residency, as well job insurance and benefits, and how to apply for multi-step training to become a firefighter, police officer, EMT or labor service worker.
The Boston Jobs platform is another search engine that caters to the Boston area to link employers with talented local employees. This search, however, can also be modified to other Massachusetts cities. Users can search more fully by using up to five keywords and filtering by job category, job type and geographic radius. With a BostonJobs free account, users can save cover letters and resumes to their dashboard for easy attachment to online job applications. Registered users can also take a free personality test and save the results for potential employers to review.
Utilizing University Career Centers
In many areas of the state, universities offer career counseling services. These offices often assist students with finding employment with former alumni, and can advise job seekers on interview techniques and updating resumes for a particular job position. Most career centers offer this assistance for free, and some maintain their own databases that students can use.
Job Search by Industry
The Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services provides several other links to job boards that cater to specific industries. These include, for example, education, sports, finance, advertising, military, and non-profits. Some of these link to Massachusetts-based companies and agencies, while others are national or regional businesses that may have openings within the state.
Working for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
One such industry-specific job board is that of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Their website announces positions open to both external applicants and to internal employees who can sign in with their ID number. External job searches can be filtered by job category, department, location, and estimated salary. MBTA promises enticing benefits, including tuition assistance, training programs, and childcare assistance. After creating an account, users can upload a resume and apply for open positions online.
Another industry-specific search tool is for those who are interested in pursuing a job within the health care industry. Users can define their search by keyword, city or health care facility. The website also allows users to research their job prospects by providing detailed profiles of Massachusetts hospitals and data on employment and salary trends for various health care professions.
Social Media and Employment
LinkedIn is one of the premier business tools available to job seekers in Massachusetts. By uploading a resume and creating a dynamic professional profile, workers will be viewed by those who are looking for talent. Many high-profile industries surf the LinkedIn site so they can personally invite qualified candidates to apply. Creating a LinkedIn profile is free.