The most common method for finding a job is by exploring the numerous job search sites available online. The job seeker has a multitude of options to choose from, including social media, job boards, and staffing companies. While there are thousands of job sites to choose from, the best career websites stand out for their user-friendly search tools and their innovative characteristics. While there are many other sites to consider that are not discussed below, the following job search sites will give you a good head start.

LinkedIn – This social networking site enables users to establish connections through their extended network. It is the top site for recruiters and hiring managers, and as the largest professional site, has more than 400 million members in over 200 countries. In 2011, its membership increased by two new members every second. Membership is free with a basic account that allows for messaging, creation of a profile, and job postings. There is a premium membership that offers additional features and resources. LinkedIn works well for passive job searches where strong candidates prefer employers to find them.

Indeed – Indeed, the number one worldwide search engine for job listings, conducts more than a billion job searches a month and is available in 50 countries and 26 languages. All you have to do to begin is upload your resume, create a profile, and start searching. The job postings are an aggregation of information pulled from job boards, news sites, blogs, company career pages, and listings across the web. You can research salaries and job trends, as well as receive email notifications alerting you to potential jobs. The website is simple and easy to navigate and is equally used by both job seekers and employers.

Glassdoor – Glassdoor has been called the Yelp for employees. This is because the site provides access to user reviews, salary, interview questions, and employee recommendations. There is a rating assigned to each company (up to five stars) based on the compilation of the information just listed. It also features a job search database that allows users to search for job listings by keyword and location. Job seekers will be able to see view their search results along with reviews of the company.

Monster – Once the master of job boards, Monster still provides more than a million listings. Monster users can post a resume, browse listings based on keywords, skill, salary, and location, and get career advice, such as resume and salary negotiation advice, networking tips, and potential job interview questions.

SimplyHired – SimplyHired is a search engine that lets you view a large amount of job listings quickly and efficiently. A salary estimator allows you to look at the salary information for thousands of different careers. You can search by job title and location and search results are pulled from job boards, news sites, and company listings. One unique advantage to SimplyHired is that it will display your LinkedIn connections to each job.

CareerBuilder – One of the top job sites, CareerBuilder allows you to browse job postings provided directly from employers and newspapers that provide local as well as national job listings. You can exclude from your search certain keywords, job titles, and companies that do not interest you and also have job alerts emailed directly to you. The site offers a job competition report and provides career descriptions and a salary calculator.

UpWork – With over 1.5 million clients, UpWork has a job for all different types of freelancers, including web developers, designers, sales specialist, writers, accountants, and consultants. It is a website designed for both part-time and full-time projects, whether hourly or per project and entry or expert level.

TheLadders – Instead of doing the bulk of the work yourself, The Ladders is designed to have relevant jobs find you. This site allows you to customize your job search so that you can find job opportunities based on your expertise, experience, and skills. The Ladders’ acclaimed job-matching algorithm can provide highly-relevant jobs even before you do a keyword search and can give you an advantage over other applicants. It will also provide negotiating and salary tips. For a monthly fee of $25, you can apply and receive executive and management jobs that pay above-median salaries.