The Best Job Search Websites
By Tim Walker
So, you’re looking for a new job? Great! You’re not alone this time of year. But where do you start? There are hundreds of job sites out there…not to mention individual company websites. Figuring out where to apply can quickly become overwhelming. Fortunately there are a few sites that are better than others.
Best Traditional Career Site: CareerBuilder
CareerBuilder and Monster are the two big kids on the block. They’re also two of the most well-known career sites out there. Companies and recruiters generally pay to post individual jobs on CareerBuilder. However, CareerBuilder’s real power isn’t with its traditional job posts. Many job seekers overlook CareerBuilder’s database. Job seekers can upload their resumes and create a profile for free. This allows recruiters and hiring manager to find YOU. And believe me, they do! Our recruiters here at M Force find jobs for many people each year this way.
Who should use CareerBuilder?
Passive job seekers (people who want recruiters or hiring managers to contact THEM with opportunities), Engineers, Managers or other high skilled job seekers.
Runner Up: Monster
Best Aggregator: Indeed
Indeed.com is a great site because of its power as an aggregator. Indeed pulls jobs from many different career sites as well as private company websites. Think of Indeed as the Google of job sites. Search results are displayed in order of relevance and include a few sponsored posts at the top (just like Google). Many times Indeed applications are tied directly to a company’s internal hiring system, which makes it just like applying directly on the company’s website. Recently, Indeed has added a resume database (a la CareerBuilder) which allows recruiters and hiring managers find resumes and contact job seekers directly.
Who should use Indeed?
If you’re looking for a search engine experience or looking to see a wide range of jobs and companies.
Runner Up: SimplyHired
Best Social Media Website: LinkedIn
LinkedIn is simply the best place on the web for networking. If you’re looking to take charge of your job search and avoid the online job post altogether, LinkedIn is the place for you. LinkedIn is the closest thing the internet has to “old fashioned” job searching. Networking, knocking on doors and dropping off resumes have been replaced by Connection requests and InMails. Most of the time people are willing to connect on LinkedIn, even if they don’t know you. So don’t be afraid to find people who work at the company you want to apply with and send them your resume directly! Building a network of recommendations and connections will also boost your online reputation, which is always a good thing.
Who should use LinkedIn?
Professionals, networkers and anyone who’s not afraid to take their job search into their own hands!
Runner Up: Twitter
Our recruiters at M Force look at all of these sites and we hire many people from them each year. Each of these sites has it's strengths, and as a job seeker you should never put all of your eggs in one basket. It's best to use several approaches while being cognoscente of each one's unique approach.
Tim Walker is the Marketing Manager at M Force Staffing, and Inc. 500/5000 staffing company specializing in Engineering, SolidWorks, Manufacturing, Industrial and IT placements. www.mforcestaffing.com