So you like what Austin Texas has to offer and you’ve decided to make the big move to the Lone Star State. 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?”  This is usually followed by “How do I start my Austin job serach?”  The answer is just a few clicks away.

Most if not all of the Web sites owned by Austin-area 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 Greater Austin be less particular in terms of what company one works for there are many job search web sites 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.

Below is a short listing of major employment sites one can explore to find open employment positions in the Austin Texas area. It is by no means all-inclusive but rather is meant as a springboard to launch one’s foray into the Austin 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.


Helpful Job Search Sites

www.careerbuilder.com | A very comprehensive national employment and job search site it can be used for city-specific searches.

www.monster.com | Another well equipped and organized national employment site it is also affiliated with Austin’s main newspaper The Austin American-Statesman.

www.jobing.com | An easy-to-use job search site one need only 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 Austin area is www.austinhelpwanted.com.

www.craigslist.org | Usually associated with buying and selling goods Craig’s List is often an overlooked source of employment opportunities.  The site may not be as flashy as others but it can offer local opportunities not found on other sites.

www.twc.state.tx.us | Official website of the Texas Workforce Commission. Register for work apply online search Sjobs and build resumes.