Let’s be honest, one of the major reasons people go to college to get a degree is to qualify for good jobs. Eventually that depends on you putting yourself out there to find the job you want. While there’s no replacement for the tried and true method of going out to different social and professional events and networking, sometimes that’s either not enough, or not an option.
This is where the Internet comes in. There are, of course, almost impossibly large amounts of job search sites available online. Today, this post will focus on those that are specialized for creative careers. It will feature three sites that stand out from the rest. Let’s begin:
1) Krop: Krop’s homepage is refreshingly simple. Jobs are listed as they appear, meaning the newest postings will be the first ones you see. Additionally, you can search for jobs by location and keyword. There’s no option for searching by industry, but the keyword search has proven to be good on its own.
Like most job search websites, to take full advantage of Krop you have to sign up and create a profile, resume and portfolio. There are two types of accounts: a free account and a pro account. The free account has all the basics that the website offers, including your own URL address and space for up to 10 images. The pro account, which costs $9.99/month, includes unlimited image space and video embedding. You can upgrade and downgrade any time you want.
Over all, Krop is a very professional website, good for students that have amassed a presentable portfolio.
2) Behance: Behance.net’s job list section looks slightly similar to Krop’s. Once again jobs are listed in the order in which they are posted, and you can do your own search to narrow down the jobs you see on the page. The main difference between Krop’s search features and Behance’s is that Behance does have a way to narrow jobs by industry.
A drop down menu next to the keyword search field reveals options ranging from Blogging to Video Game Design and seemingly everything in between. If you have a clear idea of what you want to do in the art world and what type of industry you want to go into, Behance is an easy way to search for jobs in that industry.
An important advantage that Behance has over Krop is that according to their tour page (scroll down slightly to see), their membership and hosting service is unlimited and completely free. This means you can put as much text, audio, image and video projects on your personal space without having to pay extra. For college students or recent graduates on a budget, this is a big plus.
3) Creative Jobs Central: What makes this site stand out is the sheer amount of categories that jobs are divided into. If you’re looking for a website that goes the extra mile to make searching for a specific industry easy, then just look at this homepage. Creative Jobs Central has a section for everything from theater jobs to beauty jobs.
The catch is that all those choices is that they don’t come cheap. Membership fees for the site can run pretty steep for a student on a budget. 1-month membership is $10.99, 3-month membership is $26.97 (plus $15 dollars if you want access to all job postings and not just one specific industry) and 6-month membership is $47.94.
If you already have some money to use, and you don’t mind using it for your job search, you could do worse than this site. Otherwise, a good way to use it is to find job posts that list company contact information, and contact the company yourself. All’s fair in love and job searching after all.
These sites represent a tiny fraction of the different kinds of job search websites that are at your fingertips. Whether they have optional fees, are completely free or have required fees, they all serve the same purpose. It’s ultimately up to you to choose the one that best suits your needs. But hey, at least you have the entire Internet to search.