But paid job listings websites don't work for everyone. Dana Napier of Gainesville, Fla., paid $15 for a one-month membership to TheLadders after she was laid off. She says she was initially impressed by the job listings she saw on the site, but quickly realized her location -- north central Florida -- was a handicap, and there weren't many jobs listed in her area.
"I have kind of a diverse background with communications, marketing, public relations, media," Napier says. "But I never even came across an opportunity for a job to apply for. There weren't really the opportunities there for me to really utilize the service."
Napier eventually found her new job through a free state of Florida job website. She says through her job search she learned not to underestimate free resources and that while paid sites may offer more opportunity to those in bigger cities, if you live in a smaller city or rural area, she suggests checking other outlets first.