Finding Jobs in Phoenix
So, you like what Arizona has to offer and you’ve decided to make the big move to the Valley of the Sun. Good for you! Now it’s time to jump those hurdles and make it happen. Assuming you’re not moving to start your own business, one of the most important hurdles is the question, “Where am I going to work?” The answer is just a few clicks away.
Most, if not all, of the Web sites owned by Arizona businesses and associations, from the local drug store to government to Fortune 500 international conglomerates and beyond, have on them pages dedicated to profiling available employment positions, along with instructions or applications enabling people to throw their names into the employment hat, so to speak. If you are interested in employment with a specific company, seeing what jobs are available is little more than a quick search through its Web site: follow the links entitled “jobs” or “employment” and you’re there!
In doing so, keep in mind that there are as many ways to organize a Web site as there are businesses, so employment pages are easier to find on some business sites than others. If an employment link is not readily obvious, most sites have “search” boxes that online visitors can use to look for specific items or information using keywords, such as, in the case of work, the aforementioned “jobs” or “employment.”
Should one’s employment desires in the Valley of the Sun be less particular in terms of what company one works for, there are many Web sites whose main purpose is employment, where businesses can post ads about open positions that perspective employees can search and apply. While each of them is set up differently, most work in much the same way. Jobs are organized into several searchable categories, such as location, professional category (“healthcare, “marketing” or “arts,” to name a few), keyword, income, frequency of work (part- or full-time, per diem, temporary, etc.), and the like. One can opt for a simple search (location, professional category, and/or keyword) or an advanced search, which can be tailored any number of ways to fit the searcher’s needs.
There is a wide degree of variation in the employment submission process, from a simple e-mail with one’s resume attached to extensive online applications that can include competency tests. However, most online employment presences, be it corporate-specific or an employment clearing house, have on them methods by which potential employees can save and edit their initial applications, thereby saving time and effort with future job applications should initial employment requests not pan out.
To the right is a short listing of major employment sites one can explore to find open employment positions in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. It is by no means all-inclusive, but rather is meant as a springboard to launch one’s foray into the Arizona job market. A good strategy would be to visit several employment sites during one’s job search to more effectively blanket an area. While some overlap does occur, it’s worth it to wade through jobs that appear on multiple sites to find those unique gems.
(Note: Presence of the employment sites on the list to the right does not illustrate an association with or endorsement by ARG Publications, LLC or its subsidiaries.
www.careerbuilder.com | A comprehensive national employment site, it is also affiliated with two of Arizona’s three main newspapers, The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) and The Arizona Daily Star (Tucson).
www.monster.com | Another well equipped and organized national employment site, it is affiliated with Arizona’s other main newspaper, The Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff).
www.jobing.com | An easy-to-use site, type in a city and state or zip code to gain access to region-specific jobs. The company behind Jobing.com also organizes and hosts periodic job fairs featuring many of its corporate clients in the cities and regions it services.
www.regionalhelpwanted.com | This is a family of area-specific jobs sites encompassing the entire nation. This site servicing the Phoenix area is www.helpwantedphoenix.com.
www.craigslist.org | The bad boy of the group, one should approach the jobs posted on this site with greater caution than other job sites. While any kind of online job searching, especially through job sites, carries with it some varying degree of risk in the form of cons and scams, the general public attitude is that this occurs on Craigslist more often than at other sites. That being said, it still presents a high degree of legitimate job ads, mainly from small but reputable local companies where every penny counts.