Job Listings in Denver and Boulder Colorado
As a career counselor, part of my work involves helping my clients to identify job leads and resources in the metro Boulder and Denver areas. On this page, I've listed some of the resources that I share with them.
Before presenting these resources, however, I want to underscore a point of conventional wisdom. Well over 50% of jobs are found through personal networking, rather than through formal applications. This has always been true, and it's even more true today in the era of online networks.
If you're seeking a new position, don't feel hesitant about letting people know. Someone may need your skills. The more that you can do to "get the word out" about what you're offering, the more likely it is that a connection will be made.
Having said that, here is an annotated list of links to job resources in Boulder and Denver. I have tried to include only the resources that I consider to be the most helpful. The following links will open in a new window, so that you can keep this page open.
General Online Resources
I always recommend to my career counseling clients that they browse the following sites regularly (i.e., at least several times a week):
- Monster.com kicked off the online job search field, and it continues to be a leading site. However, because of the high fees charged to companies, Monster is drifting down in listings.
- Of the many "job search engines," Indeed.com is my favorite. This site aggregates listings from thousands of sources, including individual company websites. You can search geographically and set up alerts which notify you of new listings. SimplyHired.com is also worth a look.
- Craigslist Denver and Craigslist Boulder. The free (or nearly-free) craigslist is a top resource for many hiring managers. I highly recommend searching the craigslist sites regularly, as they are an affordable way for small companies to list jobs.
- Careerbuilder.com partners with many newspapers around the country. When a company calls in to place a help wanted ad with a local newspaper, the ad is often entered directly into the Careerbuilder database.
There are an enormous number of additional job sites, a few of which of which I'll cover in the next section.
Specific Resources for Denver and Boulder
For clients who are seeking specific positions such as those in the non-profit field, in government, or in executive management fields, I often recommend the following Denver/Boulder area resources:
- For positions in advertising, public relations, or other creative fields, check out Andrew Hudson's PR job list. Andrew's site even features internship opportunities for recent grads or career changers.
- Technical job seekers (including engineers, developers, and technical support professionals) might want to regularly visit the Boulder/Denver New Tech jobs board. National service Dice.com is also a good source of tech jobs.
- If your goal is a job with a non-profit organization, Regis University's non-profit job bank and the Colorado Nonprofit Association's job board have many listings. You can also visit the nonprofit sections of Craigslist: Denver / Boulder.
- The Colorado Department of Labor offers a well-stocked listing of both government and other jobs at ConnectingColorado.com. For other local government jobs, you can visit specific state, county, or city sites such as Colorado state jobs, Denver city/county, Boulder county, and Jefferson county.
- The Federal government also has many openings in Colorado. The main site is at jobsearch.usajobs.gov, or you can view a list of all Colorado openings.
- Universities also hire for many types of positions — educational, administrative, and other. See job listings at the University of Colorado, the University of Denver, Regis University, and Metro State University among others. Also check out HigherEd.com's Colorado job list, an aggregator of many college/university positions in Colorado.
- Folks who are interested in primary or secondary education might want to visit the Denver Public schools job page, which includes information about school positions, substitute teaching, support staff, and many teaching opportunties. The Colorado League of Charter Schools website also has a significant list of jobs at charter schools.
- People interested in trades and construction-related jobs (and apprenticeships) can visit Build Colorado, a construction jobs and careers portal.
- When clients of mine are seeking positions in the six-figure range, I sometimes recommend Execunet.com, TheLadders.com, and — on the networking side of things — sites like LinkedIn.com. At this salary level, personal networking becomes far more important than advertised opportunities.
- Although many large companies are downsizing, those same companies are always hiring new people as well. Feel free to visit the job listings pages of the following large Denver-area corporations: CenturyLink, Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, Dish/Echostar, Coors, Exempla Health, Centura Health, Kaiser Health, Level 3.
- Finally, employment agencies can sometimes uncover temporary positions and temp-to-perm opportunities. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of agencies in the Denver metro area. A few that you might want to contact are Aerotek Colorado, AppleOne, Robert Half Accountemps, and Kelly Services.
As you can see, there are a wide variety of job search resources in the Denver and Boulder metro areas. In fact, one of the most challenging parts of the job search process is simply narrowing-down initial action steps to take. You're welcome to contact me if you have questions that I can answer about career counseling and the job search process.
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