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Introduction To Internet Job Search Engines

Job Search Engines on the Internet can greatly reduce the amount of work required to secure a new job. They can allow a job seeker to maximize his or her time by applying to more jobs and companies per day. Thus, job search engines enable job seekers to execute a job search more efficiently, with higher quality material than pencil and paper or typewritten documents.

However, there is still work to be done and the person looking for a job should plan to spend 40 hours a week doing so, because the computer and the Internet will not do it all automatically.

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Functions Of Online Job Search Tools

Once a Resume or a set of Targeted Resumes is posted online, each can be sent in an instant with an appropriate Cover Letter (also posted online).

Digital Resume Distributors linked to major job search engines will "blast" a single resume to hundreds of job posting sites and make these copies available for employers to view. In addition, built-in features of Digital Calendar Organizers in email applications and some job search sites assist job seekers to efficiently schedule their interviews and follow-up letters with a machinelike precision.

However, a digital resume distributor is a Premium Service and will cost money, sometimes more than the job seeker can afford. In addition, such a service may send a resume to many job search engines that advertise the same positions - This is redundant, thus not very efficient.

While not the sole resource for Job Search and Career Advancement, the Internet and its myriad job search engines are increasingly vital to successful job search strategies and career planning in the 21st century. The number of online job searchers is quickly leaving the paper and pencil job search behind. When an employer or Human Resources Representative has the choice to pull up a resume and cover letter online or to read through hard copies, that professional will likely opt for the online variety. This is logical, because once the resume and cover letter combination is accessed, the HR screener can search the document digitally for Key Words related to the employment vacancy in question.

When reading hard copy resumes and cover letters, HR screeners must fight off eye strain and human error as they skim for the key words with their own eyes. In addition, a screener will spend 10 seconds or so on a hard copy resume. They may spend the same time on a digital version, but will find it easier and more cleanly efficient to click it to a "Maybe" file than to physically shuffle a pile of papers and become discourages at the increasing height of the pile.

Further, computer literacy is mandatory in nearly all Occupational Clusters (groups of related jobs) defined by the US Department of Labor and a digital resume/cover letter will demonstrate that you meet this criterion. If your application package looks bad on the screen, you will not make the "first cut" of the resume screening process. Game Over, as they say.

A search for "job search engines" on Google yielded me with 340,000+ pages of results. How does one choose the appropriate group of job search engines for one's particular needs?

While there are hundreds of job search sites, not to mention Online Job Information Sharing Groups (called Job Clubs in 3-D real life) within MSN Groups, Yahoo Groups, Google Groups, FaceBook, MySpace, Craigslist, and a variety of social bookmarking communities, there are a set of major players that dominate the job search world and produce good results.

Computer literacy is mandatory in nearly all Occupational Clusters.

How to Evaluate a Job Board

Top Job Search Engines

Note: Monster.com now owns Yahoo Hotjobs.

  • Features of the former HotJobs

One of the major useful job search engine is HotJobs.com, connected with Yahoo and now Monster.com!

Using this one entity, a job seeker may set up an email account, post a resume (via a series of free templates), compose and post cover letters, display a resume as its own webpage automatically, build a free resume/job search web page via Yahoo! Geocities, set up Job Search Alerts (Agents) that automatically send email alerts of prospective jobs that match your search criteria, apply for jobs online, cut and paste a completed resume package to other job search engines, and many other job seeking tasks.

If an individual were a novice to the Internet and job search, that person could learn both processes at once through the features of HotJobs and Yahoo! I taught a Work Readiness Class and Beginning Internet Skills at once for several years with this system and many of these clients from ages high school through senior citizen successfully absorbed Internet knowledge and skills and secured jobs that matched their skills, potentials, and Job Personalities. HotJobs also offers a networking feature.

One attractive drawing card is the feature that HotJobs is known for respecting individual privacy in a job search and cyberspace. This job board offers the feature of blocking specific companies (such as your current employer) from viewing one's posted information. This feature is named "Status", which can be changed from private to public status with a click.

For an actual job search, an individual is free to browse targeted occupations or industries with specific keywords, industry names, or by US state. In addition to job search features, HotJobs provides subscriptions to a dozen job related newsletters that are appropriate to occupational clusters such as the fast growing healthcare and information technology (IT) fields, and for special groups such as new college graduates and others.

  • Features of Monster.com

Another major and effective job search engine is Monster.com. This site offers a free set of basic job search features and additional premium features at graduated levels of pricing. One thing missing from Monster.com is the offer of email accounts from its own domain, but a gmail.com or Yahoo! email account works fine. One drawback to Monster.com is that job seekers that cannot afford the fees charged for upgraded memberships are not afforded the additional job search features offered. Further, those that so purchase the premium upgrades will have their information placed in front of employers' eyes first, gaining first advantage of securing interviews.

Monster.com additionally provides advice and tips on resumes, interviewing, and salary related information. The automatic job search agents/alerts that can be set up with Monster are useful. I have found fewer gimmicky jobs and less multilevel marketing types of "jobs" on Monster than on some other job boards. Monster Networking is available to communicating with others in a online job club atmosphere. Job seekers will also find Monster Learning and its list of online degree options across the country. As with HotJobs, Monster offers a list of newsletters, but a longer list with more variety. Job seekers need to choose their newsletter subscriptions carefully to avoid inbox overload.

  • CareerBuilder.com

This is another large job search engine favored by many job seekers. This site offers nearly 2,000,000 job listings, but gathers many of them from the huge Knight Ridder and Tribune news agencies. This means that they gather in the less-straightforward jobs listed in the hard copy classified ads, along with the legitimate "paycheck" jobs. There have been some money-laundering and scam job postings picked up; however, CareerBuilder encourages users to report these listings and the administrators investigate and remove the offenders.

I have found many listings that post as jobs on this site, but reveal themselves as a franchise investment opportunity. The job board user needs to become familiar with the "flavor " of these offerings and perhaps avoid them. Many times, they are listed at "National" job opportunities. The automatic job search alert/agent works very well with this sight and this board offers many articles on job related material that is useful. As well Monster and Hotjobs, a resume and cover letter may be built online and jobs may be searched with several criteria for match-up. Employers review this site daily for qualified job applicants, so targeted resumes with appropriate keywords are vital to a job seeker's success.

One item to note is that I have found many of the same jobs posted on both Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com. Employers may prefer one job board over the other, but this is uncertain. There is the potential for redundancy in resume posting and this can be frustrating and perhaps unavoidable for both job seeker and employer.

HotJobs, Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com are what I consider to be the former BIG THREE of the Internet Job Search Engines. In the 2010s however, many job candidates still regularly consult Monster and CareerBuilder.

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Niche Jobs Boards For Specialized Jobs Or Demographics

Several job boards specialize in jobs and careers for specific segments of society, such as Veterans, Senior Citizens, Engineers, New Graduates, and even Minorities.

Historically, at the end of the First Quarter 2007, eQuest published the results of a study into job board effectiveness over a 90-day period. The study specifically targeted niche marketing of jobs within certain industries, such as the Healthcare Industry.

This study looked at one thousand (1000) job postings covering 100 online job boards from December 1, 2006 - February 28, 2007. The study tallied the responses of job candidates to the Help Wanted ads displayed on each job board and figured the average number of job applicants for each job posting. A complete report may be found at www.eQuest.com.

The number of respondents per position is the accepted method of determining job board effectiveness. eQuest effective results rankings for First Quarter 2007 included the following two lists. International job board rankings and other data are available at the eQuest website.

Top Niche Job Boards

  1. CraigsList
  2. Dice
  3. eFinancialCareers
  4. 6FigureJobs
  5. CareersInFood
  6. AbsolutelyHealthCare
  7. ComputerJobs
  8. CorporateGray

Top Diversity Job Boards

  1. LatPro
  2. HireDiversity
  3. AJB.org
  4. NBMBAA
  5. WITI
  6. DiversityInc
  7. iHispano
  8. IMDiversity
  9. SWE
  10. BlackCollegian

Check Alexa.com For Job Board Traffic and Effectiveness Data

SImply Hired Credibility Nugget

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Fastest Growing Jobs in America To 2022

  1. Biomedical Engineers - This includes many in the rapidly expanding field of Aerospace Industries.
  2. Network Systems and data communications analysts
  3. Home Health and Personal Care aides
  4. Financial Examiners
  5. Medical scientists (other than epidemiologists)
  6. Physician Assistants (often filled by Nurse Practitioners in some areas)
  7. Skin Care Specialists
  8. Biochemists and Biophysicists
  9. Athletic Trainers
  10. Physical Therapist's Aides and Assistants
  11. Dental Hygienists
  12. Veterinary Techs
  13. Dental Assistants
  14. Computer Software Engineers
  15. Medical Assistants

Comparison: Fastest Growing Jobs 2002 - 2012

Job Title, % Increase in Jobs, and Education Needed.
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Conclusion: Searching for Work With Job Search Engines

The Internet hosts a huge number of job search engines and job seekers should make a plan and carefully choose the sites that are most effective for locating the type of work they wish to pursue.

Posting resumes to 500 job sites is likely similar to the pre-Internet days in which a job appplicant might mail resumes and cover letters to 500 different employers without any response at all. it may be wise to post resumes to the Big Three job sites listed above and then to use a meta-search site such as Simply Hired to find additional job opportuntities before posting additional resumes online. Unique, targeted job search engines can supplement those listings further,

Keep you resume up to date and access it at least weekly on the search engines in which you have it posted. Updating weekly can raise it to the top of search results seen by employers looking for their next new hire.

I wish you much success in your career development.

© 2007 Patty Inglish

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Great job!

I was contemplating a hub on job hunting. I couldn't have done as great a job as you did. Wow,very thorough.

again super hub

Zsuzsy


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Wow, thanks for the great comment! I look forward to your next new Hubs.


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barryrutherford 8 years ago from Queensland Australia

Good one Patty. I can use some of your advice. I am currently looking for more work that I want to do...


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Great Barry, I hope this really helps. I'll look at Australian job boards shortly.


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nesher 8 years ago from Sunnyvale

This is an excellent review. Thank you very much!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks, nesher; I hope it's useful. :)


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retireyoung 8 years ago from Bali

Anyone looking for a job in Japan should check out: http://dotjapan.com

This is an excellent resource!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Thanks for the link! I have friends that lived injapan for many years. They are now in China, teaching businenss courses.


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Live N Learn 8 years ago from Las Vegas

Hi! I just did a hub on job-hunting. But your hub is complete! You seems to have everything for everyone who's looking for online jobs. Thanks for the information.


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gypsy10 8 years ago

This is very informative. I shall be checking out some of the sites.


Niche Blueprint 0 7 years ago

What a comprehensive resource and solid information. This must have taken quite awhile to put together. You will be saving alot of people alot of time when they begin to look for business opportunities.


Job Description 6 years ago

Thanks for the information, its really helpful.


Job Search Engine 6 years ago

Thanks for a very nice topic.

Now, it's 2 year old, and the technologies changes a lot, would you consider create a new topic about this?

Would be great to see our new Job Search Engine get listed!

JobHits, UK Job Search Engine: http://jobhits.co.uk


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Job Search in US 6 years ago

JobHits.net is a new Job Search Engine in the USA, it has more than 10,000 new jobs daily.

It would be great to get listed for JobHits.net

Happy job hunting :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Thank you - I'll have a look.


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Patty Inglish, MS 6 years ago from North America Author

Consumer Warning: Do not send money to (electonically probably) or enter personal information into a site called Sirf Job. Company lists no physical address, no post office box, no company officers, and no company information. A policy link indicates membership fees and legislation in Delhi, India.


Gary Neal 5 years ago

Thanks for the post. I was recently searching for a job, and realized how easy it is to use the internet to secure a job. I probably put my resume out to 150 different people via sites like Indeed (which was the best one) and Craig's List. Although that seems like a lot, the relative ease of doing it online made it very productive. I got more job listings than I could have dreamed of and I was able to land a sweet job with a video production Virginia.


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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

Excellent resources here. I'm linking this to my engineering jobs hub.


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Excellent review.Thank you for doing such a great research.

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Redmadness17 4 years ago from Eugene OR

This is so good, I learned things and I am a professional recruiter. My first hub is about how not to end up in the Black Hole. Short, but relevant. Thanks for doing this one.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

I will have to go over and read you Hub, Redmadness17!


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Job Search UK 3 years ago

Hi,

Thank you for your post. Another great website for Job Seeker in UK is http://www.jobseeker.co.uk/ . We currently have half a millions jobs listed. Please have a look and let us know your feedback. Thank you.


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Patty Inglish, MS 3 years ago from North America Author

It looks as though it can be useful - Thanks!


Shackton 3 years ago

This is probably the most thorough page I've come across on finding jobs online. You ought to give LinkUp a chance. It's a job search engine that lists jobs only from corporate websites, so nobody gets duped by scammers, spammers, and the like: http://www.linkup.com/

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