Where should you look to find Meteorology Jobs?21 Nov , 2011 | 13
With thousands of Internet sites advertising jobs these days, where should you look to find meteorology jobs? Of course you can search your favorite weather employer websites and look at their job posts directly. But I’ll give you my thoughts of what methodologies I’ve used in the past and where it’s easiest to find meteorology jobs in one search which can save you some time. I’ll focus more on operational and broadcast meteorology jobs in this post.
Ok let’s start with the usual suspects…
Meteorology job focused sites:
1) AMS job board: You can definitely find meteorology jobs here…but one of the issues I have with the AMS job boards is that it seems to be geared heavily towards research and university jobs. I’ve seen very few operational meteorology jobs on the AMS site…but it still doesn’t hurt to see what they’ve got.
2) NWA Association: I’ve seen some great operational forecasting jobs at the National Weather Association job corner in the past They definitely seem to be more focused on operational roles. But now the only problem is you have to become a member to view online meteorology jobs.
3) Penn State meteorology jobs: Excellent site for operational forecasting jobs…probably my favorite meteorology job board out there! In my previous post on (Top 5 universities for operational forecasting in meteorology)…I ranked Penn state as #1. Many employers list operational meteorology focused positions here because they want to attract penn state grads (and operational meteorology-minded folks). In fact, I found my energy trade floor position on the Penn State meteorology job board site.
Non-Meteorology job focused websites
1) Indeed.com: Here’s what I love about Indeed.com. They scour the entire web for keywords that you’ve put in. For example if you put in “Meteorology” or “meteorologist”, or “Aviation meteorologist” or “TV weathercaster”, etc…you will find that all the jobs come up from different companies and hundreds of other job boards in one place. A lot simpler if you ask me.
2) Simplyhired.com: This site is similar to Indeed but it seems to have a slightly better algorithm to pull a lot more meteorology jobs. I think it’s an excellent source to find meteorology jobs in all sectors of weather. In addition, Simply hired does show you old job listings…and you could start jotting down companies that have hired in the past and keep them on your radar (or give them a call about future openings).
3) LinkedIn: It’s time that many of you begin using social media to find jobs. LinkedIn is a fantastic source. Of course you can use the Linkedin jobs section to search for jobs…but there’s a better option. I would recommend joining weather focused “Groups”. A lot of employers list their jobs in these “groups”…joining the group will open up the potential to speak directly to the hiring manager. If you haven’t made a profile on Linkedin, I would you recommend you start immediately. (Add recruiters and recommendations)
4) USAjobs: If you want to find a meteorology job at any government agency, it’s best you do a search here on USA jobs.
5) Google: Yes…good ole google searches! See what you come up with by typing meteorology job keywords (just in case Indeed or Simply hired has missed them). Google has some of the best algorithms in the world for scouring the web….so it doesn’t hurt to try!
For TV meteorology jobs:
1) You can subscribe to TVjobs and Medialine, but Indeed and Simplyhired are also starting to pick up a lot of TV positions in their searches. As a side note, it does cost money to subscribe to TVjobs and Medialine…but they are a great place to showcase your talent. (See how I got my first TV weather job).
Did any of you notice I did not list Monster.com, Career Builder or Craigslist? Indeed and Simply hired have algorithms that show the results of these company websites….it just makes sense to look there and not waste any time. Timing is important when searching for meteorology jobs as some listings may only last a week or two!
For example, when I go to Career Builder today and do a job search for “meteorologist” in any location, only 4 jobs show up. If I do the same at Indeed, 70 jobs show up! Huge difference if you ask me.
Before you start sending resumes to the job boards I’ve mentioned above…remember to read my earlier post about “Don’t just press Send”. I would definitely NOT apply through any of these job boards…in my opinion they are just for you to browse listings for weather jobs. You have to do better in today’s job market!
Are there any other job boards that you have used to find your meteorology job? Please share by commenting below. (Photocredit: themrrogers)