5 Best Websites for Job Seekers

 

It can be difficult to discover careers in an unstable economy, but without the power of the internet, job searching can become even more difficult.  Some job sites can help:  these five job search websites make the process easier for the unemployed or underemployed – or even someone simply looking for a better opportunity.

1) Monster.com is the largest and most commonly used job search website that operates as a tool for potential employees to browse listings directly from employers.

  • Pros:  According to the Wall Street Journal, 73 percent of employers spend a considerable amount of time browsing the database for potential employees. According to Greenfield Online, 61 percent of online job seekers choose Monster.com over competitor websites.
  • Cons:  Creating a resume that stands out can be difficult because of Monster’s inflexibility that forces the job seeker to stick to its strict format. Also, some Monster listings are outdated or come from questionable sources. Some users have reported that they never received a response from the employer, not even an acknowledgment of a successful inquiry; this occurs because listings are often posted by recruiters and not actual employers.

2) Indeed.com is a job search engine that monitors listings from other websites. Indeed does not require the user to submit a resume, but opens up a window to job listings from other major websites.

  • Pros:  Simple interface. Indeed does a great job at making the job search process simple and efficient. Also, users can subscribe to job searches which will notify them of any new listings.
  • Cons:  Because Indeed is simply an interface to search for job listings, it doesn’t have a system implemented that allows the user to apply to the jobs without setting up an account with the website where the listing stands. This can be time-consuming and inefficient.


3) LinkedIn.com is a business-oriented networking site that connects potential employees to employers through a unique database.

  • Pros:  LinkedIn’s unique networking capabilities can lead to interesting results. Reaching to one employer will lead to another, which leads to another. LinkedIn acts like Facebook for the job search market.
  • Cons:  LinkedIn is typically utilized by professionals in any given field, so it is not as welcoming to those looking to break through in a new career.

4) Careerbuilder.com is a job listing database that allows the user to apply for jobs right through its website.

  • Pros:  Like monster.com, Careerbuilder details job listings through a search that can be narrowed to suit the job seeker’s needs. The interface is simple, efficient and noteworthy because the site makes job recommendations for the user.
  • Cons:  Not much makes career.com stand out from its major competitor Monster. Monster has a higher installed base of recruiters and job listings.

5) Dice.com is a job search hub website that is specificially taliored to jobs in the tech field.  I’m not as familiar with this site as others, but tech-y friends of mine refer to it all the time.

  • Pros:  If a user is seeking a job in an information technology field, for instance, this is the best website to start at because it details recent firings at firms, wage standards, advice, as well as job listings.
  • Cons:  Dice’s advantages are also its downfall. There is nothing here that stands out from its major competitors other than a focus on tech jobs. Users may want to search other job listings, which they cannot do on Dice.

Although each website provides a service that can benefit job seekers, some are tailored for specific audiences while others have a broader appeal. Job seekers need to figure out what they are searching for before they create an account at any given site. The beauty of the internet is that they can sign up for more than one website.  Personally, I’ve found one job through Careerbuilder, two through Monster and one through LinkedIn.  The other two came from my college and from a cold call I made to a company I really wanted to work for.  These days you’ll hear a lot of disparaging remarks about certain job sites – particularly Monster.com – but I’d still recommend keeping half an eye focused on them.  They still exists because people can, and have, found jobs through them.  Don’t discount any avenue towards finding work.

 

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  • writerscoin

    No Craigslist? That's where I found my last job and a couple of freelance gigs too. Are people scared to use it because they think it's only for buying/selling stuff? When companies post jobs, they all go through Craigslist in addition to any other site to post the job.

    • Jenna

      I would agree with writerscion on this one. Craigslist and LinkedIn are the only ways my friends have found jobs online. The other is to use your social networks and then physically network with people face to face to find a job.

    • http://www.bripblap.com Steve

      @Writerscoin, Jenna: Fair enough, I should've tossed craigslist into the mix. I'm still a little skittish about using it, but you're probably right – it's a good place to start looking, too.

    • Jenna

      It's a great place to find freelance work!

  • Jeff

    Don’t forget to use Jigsaw for lead generation and cold calling.
    I use it to find just the right people to call.
    That improves my success.
    http://www.jigsaw.com/join/ItsFree

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  • hella

    Don’t forget usajobs.gov…the feds are about the only ones hiring these days.

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  • Laura

    Found my current job on Craigslist. The difference is it is usually local and current….just pay attention.

  • mae

    don’t forget idealist.org for all your non-profit/NGO employment needs! Those jobs are almost never posted on any of these other sites (I used to hire for a non-profit before I went back to school) and it has become the standard one-stop-shop for change-the-world jobs.

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