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Serious about landing your dream job this year? Or at least landing a more fulfilling and higher paying job than the one you're in now? In this article, Sherri Thomas focuses on where to find your dream job.

As you probably know, it can be daunting navigating through a bazillion websites, job boards, and niche communities touting the latest and greatest job openings. After conducting loads of online research and capturing lessons learned and best practices from her clients, Ms. Thomas has created a list of her favorite and most effective career apps and websites to help you find your dream job.

Where can you find your dream job?

1. Glassdoor - In Ms. Thomas' opinion, Glassdoor is the best place to start your job search. It has tons of new jobs added every day, and allows you to search by job title, key responsibilities, company, or location. Plus, it provides employee reviews on company culture, senior leaders, and salary information to give you a leg up on negotiating your salary. Simply sign up (it's free!) and you have a bucket load of research and reference materials at your fingertips. said it best, "Glassdoor gives you both the info you neeed to find job opportunities and the context to see if it's a good fit for you too."

2. Indeed - A lot of people get hired off of Indeed. This is a Google-like search engine for jobs and one of the most efficient sites for surveying listings, since it aggregates information from job boards, news sites, and company listings. An advanced search function provides a few more filters than Glassdoor, and allows you to drill down on a location, keyword, and salary range. Indeed says it has 200 million unique visitors per month and is available in 60 countries and 28 languages.

3. LinkedIn - Recruiters and hiring managers love this site. A 2015 Recruiter National Report by Jobvite shows that 87% of recruiters are using LinkedIn (the most popular social media networking site for recruiters) to seek out job candidates. You can post a free profile so that recruiters can check you out. Another key advantage is that LinkedIn allows you to search for jobs and then shows those in your network who are currently working, or have worked, inside that organization. This makes it easier for you to find (and hopefully get) referrals which is the #1 way job candiates land a job.

Niche job sites: reports that 62% of jobs are posted on niche job boards. Do yourself a favor and invest some time researching their Best 50 Niche Job Boards list. Be sure to bookmark those sites with jobs that most closely align to your skills, passions, and career goals.

For example, The Ladders features executive and management jobs that pay $80,000 and above salaries. This site also has a nifty Resume Reviewer which can analyze your resume for key words, grammar, and any missing inforamtion.

If you want to land a job in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math) then bookmark Dice. If you want to find jobs in journalism, P.R., or social media, then try Media Bistro. If you'd like to work for a non-profit organization, bookmark Idealist. Or if you're a student or young professional, check out Internships for global organizations with paid internships.

The career apps and websites listed above are great resources to help you find your next job. Create a job search agent on the sites you like so that you'll spend less time searching and more time receiveing instant notifications of jobs that interest you.

I hope this article helps you get one stop closer to landing your dream job.

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