Job Search Engines - Full Listings & Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Niche Jobs Boards
Specialized Jobs and Demographics
Several job boards specialize in jobs and careers for specific segments of society, such as
- Senior Citizens,
- New Graduates, and
Historically, eQuest published the results of a study in the mid-2000s about job board effectiveness over a 90-day period. The study specifically targeted niche marketing of jobs within certain industries, such as Healthcare:
- This study looked at one thousand job postings covering one hundred 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.
Top Niche Job Boards
Top Diversity Job Boards
Check Alexa.com for Job Board Traffic and Effectiveness Data
Best Job Search Engines With Resume Posting
SImply Hired Credibility Nugget
- Job Search | one search. all jobs. Indeed.com
Click here to find millions of jobs from thousands of company web sites, job boards and newspapers. one search. all jobs. Indeed.
- Job Search Engine | Simply Hired
Search for job opportunities updated continually across the United States and Canada. Browse by job category, city, state, employer and more. Get a head start and post your resume.
Monster offers a free account with room for a resume, cover letters, and an online job application history to track your progress. The site also offers premium resume writing and posting services at a cost. Job seekers can post 3 resumes, search and
Unique Job Search Engines
- Cool Works
CoolWorks.com offers a large database of unique jobs, from the short-term seasonal and interim openings to long-term career positions in one pf several interesting venues. Employers that advertise on Cool Works include a Bhuddist retreat, mountaintop
- DiversityInc. Careers
DiversityInc Careers specializes in serving employers and job seekers in diversity categories that include racial minorities, senior citizens, and women, among others. It offers an online, eMagazine; additional articles, a legal section, and many mor
Idealist contains nonprofit agency jobs and related opportunities in America, Argentina and other world regions for networking a partnership efforts to raise the standard of living for global humanity. Board users can access volunteer positions, cons
Canadian Options For Job Search
- Settlement.Org: Welcome to Ontario
This Job Search Engine offers the WOW JOBS meta-job search among many search engines and Workopolis, a feature that scans Ontario newspaper Classifieds. It also includes an additional 12 job search sites that are industry-specific and 11 general job
Internet Job Search Resources
- Fields of work and job openings at Google Careers
- LinkedIn.com- A Social Networking Job Search Engine
LinkedIn is a newer work-related social networking community that I find useful and quick to use. It builds a network of “contacts of contacts” that can expand quite rapidly. Since most new jobs are found through networking, this site is ideal for th
- NationalResourceDirectory.gov: Connecting Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, Their Familie
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- The Riley Guide
During a job related study performed by The Riley Guide, only 3 - 5% of all job seekers in that study found actual jobs by using Job Search Engines. Most of the examined job seekers were more successful at acquiring employment through face-to-face ne
- Faith Popcorn's BrainReserve
Faith Popcorn correctly identified the upsurge trends that came to pass for Starbucks, MySpace and Wal-Mart. Her website is simply a different, awesome world. It offers her own invented terminology for the information she delivers in text and video p
Future of Job Growth
Careers With Most Job Growth in America to 2024
- Patient Care Technicians and Personal Care Aides
- Registered Nurses, including Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Instructors
- Home Health Aides
- Food Preparation and Service
- Retail Sales jobs
- Certified Nursing Assistants
- General and Operations Managers
- Construction laborers, all types
- Accountants and Auditors, including staff for Forensic Accounting work
- Medical Assistants
- Janitors, Maids and Housekeepers
- Software developers, especially Apps
- Logistics: Laborers and freight/stock handlers
- Computer Systems Analysts
- Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers
Fastest Growing Jobs in America to 2024
- Wind turbine Service Technicians
- Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts
- Home Health and Personal Care Aides
- Financial Examiners
- Medical scientists (other than epidemiologists)
- Physician Assistants (often filled by Nurse Practitioners)
- Biochemists and Biophysicists
- Physical Therapist's Aides and Assistants
- Veterinary Techs
- Computer Software Engineers
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 MS