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The Best Job Search Engines for Finding Your Ideal Position

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The days of finding good job listings in the “help wanted” sections of newspapers are waning.

Finding jobs via friends, friends of friends or your old college roommate is ideal, but unfortunately for many, connections are something you either have or you don’t.

Meanwhile, senior-level executives or employees with notable achievements are often recruited or headhunted for open positions.

If you don’t fall into any of these categories, online job search engines will likely be your key to finding a new place of employment. But in the age of digital information overload, where is the enthusiastic job seeker to start?

Well, luckily for most of us, there are job search engines to suit every employee in every industry at every career level. (Click here to Tweet this thought.) From industry-specific engines like those for healthcare and retail to background-specific job sites like those for veterans or people with disabilities, the choices are endless.

Too many choices can sometimes be overwhelming, so it’s worth understanding the most popular job search engines and how they stack up to one another.

Below are overviews of the most popular job search engines of 2013, including details about each company, its size and the demographics they tend to cater to, as well as their unique selling point (or USP).

You may just be surprised at how different — and how similar — some of the mainstream job search engines actually are.

TheLadders

Established: 2003, New York

Size: 6 million unique monthly users

Estimated Revenue: $11.5 million

USP: Originally designed to cater to executive-level job seekers

Who’s it for?

Senior or executive-level candidates or candidates with unique skill sets will get the most use out of TheLadders. Recruitment agencies, headhunters and executive search companies visit the site the most.

Be ready to spend money if you want full access to immediately apply to jobs through the site. A premium membership ranges $25 for one month to $149 for a year.

Free membership only allows you to preview job titles. Ultimately, TheLadders is best for experienced professionals willing to invest money into their job hunt; however, it also includes listings for job hunters with varying degrees of experience.

      

Snagajob

Established: 1999, Virginia

Size: 4.2 million unique monthly users

Estimated Revenue: $9.1 million

USP: Marketed for primarily part-time and full-time hourly rate jobs

Who’s it for?

Snagajob was developed for hourly rate job placement and still leads this employment niche. The search engine is perfect for recent graduates, teenagers and blue and white collar hourly workers, as well as director and executive-level positions.

Some of the country’s largest retailers and consumer-oriented corporations advertise heavily on Snagajob, so it’s perfect for the inexperienced looking to find work quickly.

Indeed

Established: 2004, Connecticut

Size: 12.3 million unique monthly visitors

Estimated Revenue: 3.5 million

USP: Surpassing Monster to become the most-visited job aggregator site in the U.S.

Who’s it for?

Because Indeed has sponsored listings, it crawls external job postings from thousands of other websites and aggregates all postings in a Google-like fashion. This makes Indeed suitable for job seekers of all experience levels and industries and in any geographic location.

Indeed displays interesting and diverse job search results, both domestically and internationally. You could call it the Google of job search engines. In the spring of 2013, Indeed began allowing users to upload their resumes directly to the site, making job applications even easier.

SimplyHired

Established: 2003, California

Size: 30 million monthly visitors

Estimated Revenue: $5 million

USP: Powers Myspace Careers and The Washington Post site job listings.

Who’s it for?

SimplyHired was the first major job aggregator to integrate Facebook into its search engine. Through their Facebook accounts, users can search for jobs at friends’ companies and send messages about those openings.

This unique combination of social and professional networking means SimplyHired is ideal for the connected individual looking to capitalize on their established social network.

SimplyHired’s clean, user-friendly layout and vast job scraping make it a very close competitor to Indeed. No matter what your career level or industry of interest, SimplyHired has opportunities for you.

Monster

Established: 1999, New York

Size: 12.1 million unique monthly visitors

Estimated Revenue: $890 million

USP: Used to match job seekers with job openings based on skills and location.

Who’s it for?

Since its birth after the merger of The Monster Board (TMB) and Online Career Center (OCC), Monster has been the largest employment site in the world, only recently eclipsed by Indeed. Monster was originally designed to match people to job openings based on their skills and location, so if you have unique skills or are targeting a particular location, Monster may be your best bet.

In terms of variety of search results, when searching for the same title and in the same location, Monster returns only a fraction of results compared to the other job search engines. The layout is also not as clean or straightforward as sites such as SimplyHired or Indeed, and with advertisements across the top, side and bottom of the page, it feels a bit spammy.

CareerBuilder

Established: 1995, Chicago

Size: 11.3 million unique monthly visitors

Estimated Revenue: $40.6 million

USP: Large partner network including 140+ newspapers and sites such as AOL and MSN.

Who’s it for?

CareerBuilder has a wide selection of local jobs thanks to their close partnership with newspapers across the country. AOL and MSN also contribute to CareerBuilder’s extensive sources of job postings, covering all types of industries and career levels. Because of its newspaper network, CareerBuilder may be preferable for the applicant seeking to find local employment vs. international.

The usability is top-notch, with a handy “rate this job” function that allows you to give a thumbs up or thumbs down to postings. CareerBuilder uses this feedback to customize your job search and serve you more relevant job postings. Like Monster, CareerBuilder relies heavily on advertising that will bombard your search. But the more interactive search results make CareerBuilder a great overall contender and alternative to traditional sites like Monster.

So which is the best job search engine of 2013?

Well, as you’ve probably realized by now, that depends entirely upon the applicant. While most of the major job search engines cover broad industries and overlapping career levels, some are more focused than others and all offer unique user experiences in terms of design and interface.

Ultimately, for the most effective job search, you’d be wise to browse job postings on a couple different sites. Then you’ll get a feel for more of what’s out there.

Do you have a favorite job search engine that outperforms the above sites and think the world should know about it? Share it in the comments below.

When not scrutinizing job search engines, Senior Resume Consultant Erik Bowitz works for Resume Companion. He also spends time vertically and horizontally aligning his desktop folders; this overarching efficiency boosts Erik’s effectiveness and life outlook.

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  • Katie Aune

    I would recommend focusing on job search engines geared toward your specific field or industry. I work in fundraising and during my last job search, I relied almost exclusively on philanthropy.com, npo.net and idealist.org for job postings. You can also join groups in LinkedIn for your field and those often have job postings where you can easily see which of your connections is connected to the organization.

  • James Murphy

    I am working with executive search firm in Ireland, so I can say that apart from these search engines, there are several more job search engines such as Glassgoor . com , bestjobs . Ie that may help you to find suitable opportunity.

    References : http://mullinscuddihy.com/executive-search/

  • Steph

    I’ve been a recruiter for 15 years and can tell you, the Ladders is NOT a strong choice. They are crumbling under a lawsuit by candidates who paid to have access to jobs in their salary range (100k+), but employers were essentially able to post whatever jobs they wanted for free, and they were not monitored for appropriateness. They monetized the wrong side of the equation. I am shocked they are still doing business this way, as to my knowledge, no other job sites require payment from the candidate for access to jobs.

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    There are also many niche jobboards as well especially if your looking for sales jobs in the UK

  • SynthiaSalas

    http://www.tweetmyjobs.com/ is not an aggregator and works directly with many companies to match job seekers to open jobs. One you select your preferences, TweetMyJobs can notify you of job matches not only though email, but also via text or a Twitter mention. Additionally, you have the capability to see connections to open jobs through Facebook friends or friends of friends.

    There are also dedicated resources for veterans: http://veterans.tweetmyjobs.com/.

  • Sarah Lauren

    After wasting a lot of time (and gas money) to drive across town to find out that it is one of the sales/scam positions, I have been hesitant to post my resume on Monster.

  • Kendra

    If your a job seeker from any of the recognized diversity communities by the OFCCP, visit DiversityWorking.com. Jobs posted here are from diversity minded employers looking to diversify their workforce complimenting the diverse markets they serve.

  • Kate

    All well and good if you are working/want to work in the US. What about globally?

  • Pyrrho Nist

    Don’t use any of these sites. Less than 1% find their next job here. These are all lazy marketing tactics to keep the HR industry employed and from failing. A lazy way to collect resumes, do nothing with them, and then convince CEOs they need to spend more money on HR “overhead.” Any CEO that funds a HR department suckered in by these “for fee” services needs to be fired twice over.

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  • David Ancelet

    Indeed has always seemed the best for me. Monster and CareerBuilder are both a waste of time.

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