Looking for a job? Try some lesser-known job seeking websites
Nearly everyone can rattle off the popular websites: LinkedIn, CareerBuilder and Monster. However, so many people are using these sites that your resume might get lost in the shuffle.
Worse yet? So many people know of the same job opening. The competition is fierce.
Graves County's Mike Hudson knows a thing or two about trying to use the Internet to find a job.
"I used CareerBuilder for a little while and I used Monster for a little while," Hudson said.
He eventually learned those sites weren't for him. Hudson says he got fed up with sifting through all the spam just to find a gem job listing.
"I got a lot of emails but nothing pertaining to what I was really looking for," Hudson said. "About one out of 10 I consider to be a good lead."
According to Forbes, Hudson and others might find better luck by looking at other, lesser-known sites that are gaining in popularity.
Take USAJobs.gov, for example. It's the government's official site for federal jobs and employment information. You'll find listings along with base salary and benefits. Parents can also find out if child care is provided.
Another new site that's attracting job seekers is TweetMyJobs. This service is free and lets you sign up to receive alerts either by email, text or through Twitter when jobs are posted in your field of interest.
If you're looking to enhance your career or brush up on the basics, here's something new. JustJobs Academy offers skills to set your apart from your co-workers and competitors. This site offers career advice and a job search feature.
As for Hudson still using sites like LinkedIn? He relies on it as more of a way to stay connected socially rather than to search for a job.
"It's just a good way to keep touch with people I normally wouldn't," Hudson said.
After months of frustration, Hudson decided to do something job experts recommend only if you have the time, motivation and money. He and a business partner joined forces to start their own company called Siteworks LLC. It's an excavation company that provides site clearing and demolition work.