Whether you’re new to the job market or pondering your next career move, chances are that job posting websites will be a part of your search efforts. These sites let you harness the power of hundreds of classified ads; bolster networking capabilities between you, your network and prospective employers; dispense career building advice; recommend training; and moreall from the comfort of your own PC. There are thousands of job posting websites proffering millions of positions. With so many job sites available, it’s important to know which ones are “hot”these sites attract high levels of traffic from prospective employers and employees so that you get the most out of your job search experience online.
While month-to-month rankings vary, some job posting websites consistently appear at the top of the ranks. This article focuses on sites that attracted the most unique visitors in September 2010. (Unique visitor counts come from Compete, Inc., a firm that provides analytics and market research to consumers.)
- LinkedIn.com: LinkedIn is much more than a typical job posting site, and it’s not surprising that it came in at number one with over 14 billion unique visitors in September 2010. Not only does LinkedIn have a powerful job search engine, it also enables users to create a public profile complete with a URL unique to their profiles, allowing prospective employers to quickly and easily view candidates’ professional information. LinkedIn lets members create or join interest groups, participate in discussions, request introductions to extended network members, request (publically viewable) recommendations, create and participate in polls, ask questions, search for and track events of interest, and so forth.
- CareerBuilder.com: By some estimates, CareerBuilder has more than 900,000 job postings listed at any given moment. Its ability to store resumes and cover letters online equates to ease in applying for jobs. Users can elect to make resumes publically viewable to prospective employers. Career advice, resources, information on job fairs, and other career-related tools are also available.
- Monster HotJobs: HotJobs is one of the larger job posting websites, formerly owned by Yahoo! and now a Monster site. Users can search for jobs by keyword, location, job category, education, experience, and salary. Searches can be saved, and users receive email updates when positions that match their search options get posted. Saved resumes make it easy to apply for jobs in the future. Numerous career resources and tools are also available.
- Indeed.com: This site’s job search engine is excellent and easy to use. You can search for jobs by geographic location, title, type, company, and salary range. Postings may also be searched by individual company or recruiter postings. Other features include discussion forums, salary research and comparisons, and job market trend information. However, Indeed doesn’t save resumes online.
- Monster.com: A mature job posting website. Resumes, cover letters, and the like are stored online to make applying for positions fast and easy. You can search by location, job type, area code, zip code, job category, job title, posting date, and even distance from a specific location. Just as important, you can hide your resume from specific employers (perhaps the one you currently work for?) so they can’t find it easily while searching. Career resources and tools are also available. As indicated above, Monster purchased Yahoo! HotJobs, so we expect these two sites to merge in early 2011.
- Job.com: According to Job.com, it’s a 2010 Weddle’s User’s Choice Awards Winner. Users create profiles and post resumes online. Searches may be conducted by salary, category, posting date, and more. This site contains many career resources and tools, including news, salary information, degree information, magazines, and even resources for the self-employed and freelancers.
- SnagAJob.com: This site focuses solely on jobs for hourly wage earners. SnagAJob boasts upwards of 20 million users. Search options include zip code, seasonal or holiday, job type (full-time, part-time, and even “teen”), industry, position title, and company. Career resources and tools are also available to users.
- SimplyHired.com: In addition to typical search features, this site includes special search filters such as groups over 50, veteran friendly, company size and revenue, include/exclude postings from other job boards, or include/exclude recruiter postings. Users can sign up for email alerts, save job searches, and even map the locations for all the jobs to which they apply.
- Jobfox.com: Users must create an account to use this site’s services. Public information includes a list of companies advertising positions on their site, career advice and tips, and job search news. Fee-based services, such as resume writing and a dedicated URL for your professional profile, are also available.
- Dice.com: Dice is dedicated solely to technology job postings. Users create and store profiles, resumes, and cover letters online, and can use the usual search features to zero-in on specific jobs.
Although they’re not in the top 10, there are three specialty job posting sites also worthy of mention:
- The Ladders: The Ladders is a fee-based site that focuses on jobs that pay over $100,000. The Ladders is an excellent resource for those seeking high-end jobs who are also willing to pay access fees.
- USAJOBS.gov: For those interested in federal jobs, this site is the “official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.” Users create and store a resume/application online. Postings can be searched by agency, location (national and international), occupation, and salary range. Users can save job searches, check application status online, and receive alerts when job openings fit their profile. Those interested in federal jobs may also be interested in state jobs. Check your local state employment offices or sites to find state job postings online.
- ResumeSponge.com: ResumeSponge launched in September 2010 and is similar in concept to LinkedIn. It lets users create a unique URL for resumes, and add recommendation letters, photos, videos, and more, making resumes dynamic. Internal mail (SpongeMail) is also provided free of charge.
Job posting Web sites are where the action is in the job market. Employers are not only familiar with them but often use them instead of traditional classified ads. To get the most out of using these sites, check out Using Job Posting Web Sites in this series as well. Good luck with your job search, and please post to this site if you have comments or questions related to your own job search, or suggestions to help others search for jobs.