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Online Job Search Engines

One of the most frequent questions I get is about online job search engines, such as Monster.com or CareerBuilder.com. There are pros and cons to using a website such as these for a job or internship search. The greatest draw back is the inability to follow up on your application. I often compare applying to jobs via job sites or company sites to sticking your resume in a bottle and throwing it into the ocean, hoping that it will end up in the hands of someone who wants to hire exactly you. Sounds pretty far-fetched doesn’t it? For those of you that like statistics, I have known of exactly three people ever who got a call from a Monster.com job posting.

Many nationally-posted jobs receive literally hundreds of resumes just over a weekend. The employers hire professional recruiters to sift through the resumes and provide them with the top candidates. It's also true that only the first hundred resumes or so actually get looked at. Again, more drawbacks to this sort of search method.

So... should you use a search engine job site for your job search?

The answer is yes. I recommend a variety of different methods of search to ensure a successful career search, including networking, iTrack, and career fairs. An online job site may not actually get you a job, but what it can do is expose you to a variety of job functions and organizations that you quite possibly have never heard of.

We recently updated our website with a list of new specialization-oriented job sites. The best thing you can do is create a profile with the ones you are interested in and then create a search agent that emails you jobs that you are interested in. Go to Online Career Resources to view the list. I plan to keep adding to this site in the future as I discovery new sites.

The online job sites that I like best are Jobster, SimplyHired and Indeed.
These are vertical search engine job sites that are run on algorithms and pull jobs from a variety of other jobs sites and company websites. I like them because I can type in a job title and get a whole list of companies and job sites that are oriented around that particular function.

I also like how they are tuned for the now... Indeed's search functions are labeled, "What" and "Where" rather than your traditional "Job Title" and "Location". Words that come to mind when you view these sites are: clean, easy, user-friendly, efficient, even fun! I recommend that you take a look at each one and see what you can learn. And the best part, for all you HCI students, is that they are all hiring too!

Posted by kkowatch at January 17, 2007 03:01 PM

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