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Job Search Resources: Free or Inexpensive

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Free or Inexpensive Job Search Resources Available to Job Seekers

A job search can often feel daunting, especially when on a budget. However, a successful job search doesn’t need to break the bank. With a wealth of free and inexpensive resources, it’s more than possible to enhance your job-hunting efforts without stretching your wallet. In this post, we’ll explore a variety of tools and platforms that can assist you in finding your next opportunity, crafting an impressive resume, and preparing for interviews, all without compromising on quality or effectiveness.

Identifying and Researching Your Ideal Job Targets

Before embarking on the application process, it’s critical to understand the roles you’re targeting clearly and identify a target company list. This will make your job search more focused and increase the likelihood of finding a job that aligns with your career aspirations and values. Here are tools and resources that can help you research and get clear on your future job targets:

Industry Research Websites

Websites such as Vault, O’NET, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics offer in-depth industry analyses, job descriptions, and future outlooks, which can help you understand the trajectory of specific sectors and roles.

job search resources for popular industry research websites

Career Assessment Tools

Online assessment tools such as LinkedIn’s CareerExplorer and My Next Move can help you understand your strengths, interests, and values and how they align with different occupations. These tools can guide you toward roles that match your personality and career goals.

Target Company Research

If you are CLEAR on your next steps but need to conduct target company research, I recommend:

  • LinkedIn Premium: You can sign up for a free month of premium, allowing you to conduct unlimited people searches and send InMails (or messages to people you are not connected to). In this article, we discuss simple updates that can be made to your profile to help drive results.
  • Crunchbase: Crunchbase is one of our favorite websites for target company research. I created a video on how to leverage the site’s free version to find people of interest.
  • PitchBook: PitchBook is a financial data and software company providing information on the private and public markets, primarily catering to professionals in venture capital, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions. It helps job seekers understand potential employers’ financial health, investment history, and market position.

By utilizing these resources, you’ll be better equipped to define your career objectives, tailor your job search strategy, and ultimately position yourself as a well-informed candidate ready to take on the challenges of your desired role. With clarity about your job targets, you’re set to use the free and low-cost resources detailed earlier to find and secure the position that suits you best.

Online Job Boards

While premium job boards exist, there are numerous free options that offer a vast array of listings to suit your needs. Sites like Indeed, Glassdoor, and LinkedIn provide access to thousands of job postings, and they often include tools to help tailor your search based on industry, location, experience level, and more.

comparison of online job board for job search resources

In addition to the broad-spectrum job boards previously mentioned, niche job boards are an excellent resource for tailoring your search to specific industries or individual needs. Whether you’re a logistics expert, an SEO guru, an aspiring architect, or a job seeker with disabilities, there’s likely a platform catering to your unique career path.

Eluta (Canadian)
Google (Results from leading job sites)
Workopolis (Canadian)

Niche Job Boards

For example, sites like specialize in opportunities within the logistics sector, while Moz’s job board is a hotspot for SEO-related positions. Archinect is well-regarded among architecture professionals seeking industry-specific roles. Moreover, platforms such as AbilityJOBS offer a dedicated space for individuals with disabilities to find employers committed to inclusive hiring practices. These specialized job boards not only narrow your search to the most relevant opportunities but also tend to attract employers looking for candidates with your particular skill set or qualifications, increasing the chances of finding a fitting match.

Niche Job Boards for Specific Industries or Needs

Ability Jobs: Postings specifically targeting candidates with disabilities

All Retail Jobs: Postings for retail jobs including management and hourly retail jobs

Archinect: Interactive job board for positions in architecture

Dice: Recruiting talent in Tech

Wellfound (formerly Angel List): “Where startups and job seekers connect”

Creatively: Job platform for creatives

FlexJobs: Remote, hybrid or work-from-home jobs

eFinancial Careers: Job board for careers in financial services and tech

HigherEd Jobs: Faculty and administrator jobs at colleges and universities

Idealist: Social-impact job board

InHerSight: Find jobs and companies with input from women

Jobs in Logistics: Careers in logistics, supply chain, transportation, inventory management and more

The Mom Project: Connecting skill moms with jobs looking to hire working mothers

Moz: Job board and community discussion for SEO specialists

Recruit Military: Job opportunities for veterans and military spouses

Remote Jobs: Rowena Hennigan curated a list of resources for those specifically looking for remote positions.

SchoolSpring: A national job board for teachers

Superpath: For content strategists, writers and freelance bloggers

Working Nomads: Remote jobs for digital working nomads

VC Job Boards: Curated list of job boards featuring venture capital positions

The Rome Group: Nonprofit jobs/primarly focused on the Midwest (Missouri, Illinois)

Foundation List: Job board for non-profit and federal opportunities.

Mac’s List: Fantastic regional job board focused on the Pac Northwest (Washington and Oregon)

SHRM: One of the leading Human Resources job boards

BuiltIn… Localized startup and tech job boards in Austin, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles


Networking can be a powerful tool in your job search, and platforms like LinkedIn allow you to connect with industry professionals and join groups without cost. You can also attend local or virtual networking events or workshops, many of which are free or require a minimal fee.

I encourage job seekers to complete four steps to grow and reach their network: optimize their profile, engage with content on social platforms, join industry and professional groups, and attend networking events.

improve job search networking with these steps

Through these steps, networking becomes a powerful tool in your job search arsenal, providing potential job leads, support, advice, and a sense of community within your chosen field. Remember, networking aims to build reciprocal relationships that benefit both parties, so always approach it professionally and courteously, ready to offer your help and support to others in your network.

Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

Headlines are the first thing people will see, so it is crucial to clearly state who you are and the value you provide to your target audience. Be sure to select the right keywords for your headline. Do your research and choose keywords that would show up in a recruiter’s search. A headline is NOT the place to try to be clever! For inspiration of attention-getting profile headlines that will help you stand out from the crowd, Sid Lipsey shares examples here.

Bonus tip: Don’t forget the text below the headline! On Linkedin, you have three to four lines of text preview from your ABOUT section. Try to entice people to continue reading beyond the preview by using a compelling hook.

Networking Groups

Members of networking groups often share job openings within their organizations before they’re advertised publicly. This can give you a unique advantage in the application process. Additionally, referrals from group members can significantly boost your chances of landing an interview.

Looking for a job can be an isolating experience. Networking groups offer a sense of community and support, reminding you that you’re not alone in your job search. They can offer encouragement and motivation when you’re faced with challenges.

By engaging with these groups, you can expand your professional network, stay informed about industry trends, and uncover new career opportunities. Make sure to actively participate in discussions, offer your knowledge and assistance where you can, and attend events to make the most of your networking group membership.


  • Find and connect with public Slack Groups. Join groups that share your interests, industry and skills. Use this platform to keep an eye out for open positions, new companies to explore and insights on the market.
  • Create an elevator pitch. There are numerous scenarios where having an elevator pitch at the ready can be a game-changer. Briefcase Coach’s Sarah Johnston provides tips to perfecting your pitch and effectively sharing your value proposition while networking.
  • Subscribe to newsletters. Newsletters are an easy way to stay up to date on trends and current events – delivered straight to your inbox as a daily or weekly reminder without having to dig for information. Career Briefs is Briefcase Coach’s newsletter for job search trends, tips and insights. We also recommend Matt Hearndon’s How to Get a Job newsletter, Hannah Morgan’s Career Sherpa, and Meg Applegate’s Hinge for Women. To find newsletters on any topic click here.
  • Hung Lees Recruiting Brainfood Community. Consider joining Hung Lee’s list of Recruiting Brainfood’s community members who are open to work.

Job Search Tracking

Networking can help you connect with potential employers and learn about job openings that may not be advertised. Opportunities for networking included: attending job fairs, joining professional associations, and connecting with people in your industry. If you are in the networking stage of your job search, I recommend you leverage a job search tracker.

Track Your Progress

You can either use an spreadsheet – I have a free one available in the course files of my LinkedIn Learning Hidden Job Market course). Teal’s FREE job search tracker is a Chrome extension that allows you to save jobs you are interested in directly in your browser. Teal also offers a Contacts Tracker and Company Tracker to help people stay organized in their job search end-to-end, almost like a CRM for your job search!

Track Emails

When doing outreach it is helpful to know if your email was received and read. I am a big fan of Mailtrack. It’s a Gmail extension that tells if your emails are being opened.

PSA: With any tool, if it becomes a distraction to your job search or impedes it in any way, don’t be afraid to pivot to something hat may be more helpful.

Free and Inexpensive Resume Writing Resources

Crafting a professional resume is essential for catching the attention of potential employers. In this video, Andrew Seaman and I discuss best practices for writing a resume. The best place to start your resume writing process is with JOB DESCRIPTIONS. If you go to min 8:43 of this video, you’ll see me walk through a simple exercise of using a JD to create strong resume bullet points.

Resume Writing Courses

LinkedIn Learning is a wonderful place to explore expert insights on resume writing best practices. My LinkedIn Learning Course, Resume Tips for Leaders and Managers offers a guide to writing a modern executive resume.

There are many other great courses available on LinkedIn Learning from other industry experts including Jenny Foss‘s Resume Makeover, Sho Dewan‘s 30 Minute Resume Makeover and Stacey Gordon‘s Writing a Resume.

Virtual resumes are rising in popularity in today’s digital age. If this make sense for your job search, Madeline Mann offers a course on how to create a video resume.

Job Search Journey Resource Marketplace

If you are not confident in your resume writing ability & cannot afford to hire a professional resume writer, I highly recommend the website Job Search Journey. I co-founded this website with two of the best in the resume business (Adrienne Tom & Virginia Franco). We no longer own the site— we passed the torch on to industry veteran Joel Mason this summer. Joel & his wife Hannah Mason are curating some of the best resume templates designed by professional resume writers with an average price point of about $15.

Using AI to Write a Resume (Don’t do it!)

I don’t recommend using AI tools to create a resume, however I do feel like there are ways to leverage AI to enhance your career documents. Due to the limitations of resumes created with ChatGPT and other AI-powered tools, the process of creating a resume using them is not recommended by recruiters and hiring managers. While hopping on ChatGPT and prompting it to “write my resume” is discouraged, there are some time-saving ways to allow ChatGPT to enhance your resume.

Additional Resources to Maximize Your Job Search Efforts

There are some great courses out there for free that can really help you take your job search to the next level.

I have three courses out of the LinkedIn Learning library: executive resume, navigating the hidden job market, and executive interview techniques. In addition Austin Belcak, Dawn Graham, PhD, and Jena Viviano Dunay (I’m Hiring) also have excellent job search courses.

YouTube is a surprisingly good place to find career content. I am a big fan of Andrew LaCivita‘s work.

Lastly, my newsletter, The Briefs, trusted by 20K rising leaders & executives seeking thoughtfully curated career content.

Finally, remember that job searching can be a challenging process, but don’t give up. Stay positive and motivated, continue to put in the effort, and eventually, you will find the job that’s right for you.




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