Job Searching Websites: The Pros and Cons of Craigslist, Indeed, Etc.

When searching for a job or career on the Internet, web users have a variety of options for websites to look for job postings. Some sites offer additional services, such as career counseling and resume uploading, while others only list job opportunities. In order to find a job quickly and effectively, users must find the right website that satisfies their needs in terms of services, job listings, and demographics. Find out more about what different job sites have to offer for prospective workers and which job site best suits your circumstances and individual needs.

Monster

Monster is one of the most well known job websites, having been around for nearly two decades. On this site, job seekers can find a wide variety of opportunities, from part-time to full-time in almost every imaginable field. Plus, Monster provides helpful articles containing valuable advice for securing a job opportunity.

In terms of features, Monster’s most convenient feature allows users to block their resume from appearing to specific companies. When posting your resume to Monster in order to find a position, this feature can be lifesaving in preventing one’s current employer from knowing about the job hunt.

  • Pros: most postings of job sites can prevent current employer from seeing posted resume, advanced search options.
  • Cons: many spam posts, no options to filter out spam.

Indeed

In contrast with Monster, Indeed is a relatively new job website that has skyrocketed in popularity, providing job seekers with an aggregated database of job postings from company websites and boards in a wide range of fields. For those who have never used the site, Indeed provides convenient tips for making the most of the job hunt. One notable feature of this website is the ability to customize job searches that can be sent to an email address, simplifying the ongoing search for an opportunity.

  • Pros: ongoing search results sent to email.
  • Cons: some job listings redundant as they are copy and pasted from other websites.

Craigslist

While many people think of Craigslist as a resource for finding an apartment or getting rid of old furniture, it actually can be a useful place to start a job hunt. Particularly, Craigslist contains a high amount of freelance, contract, and part-time positions, suitable for those looking for temporary employment.

In addition, Craigslist is also known for having many entry-level positions at small to medium sized companies, as well as various internship opportunities. While not the best site to find long-term, professional employment, Craigslist is a great place to start for younger job seekers and freelance workers.

  • Pros: various postings for freelance, contract, and part-time jobs, more entry level and internship opportunities, minimal repeat listings from other job websites.
  • Cons: unreliable job listings, scams present.

CareerBuilder

Another viable option when searching for a potential job opportunity is CareerBuilder. This site collects and aggregates job openings from newspaper listings, providing more unique job listings that will not usually be found on other websites.

As with Monster.com, CareerBuilder allows users to upload resumes and will even scan resumes to attempt to match users with relevant opportunities. Job seekers who have not created a resume can still take advantage of the site by searching for jobs by experience.

  • Pros: job listings aggregated from newspaper listings, unique job opportunities.
  • Cons: slimmer selection of jobs compared with other major sites.

Glassdoor

The final website on this list is a unique case; while it is tremendously helpful when evaluating and deciding between opportunities, Glassdoor does not actually list job openings. Rather, Glassdoor provides a small window of insight into working for a particular business, listing employee reviews of the company, salary ranges, and other pertinent information.

Of this information, employee reviews tend to be the most useful. Users can find out all sorts of inside information about working for a business, including insight on company culture, management style, and room for advancement. Whether positive or negative, these reviews can help shed some light on a potential opportunity before making a final decision.

  • Pros: provides valuable insight into hiring companies.
  • Cons: does not actively list job openings.

 

Each of these websites offers unique services and benefits, while carrying limitations as well. When searching for a job opportunity, web users may want to use of more than one of these sites to receive a diverse set of career options. Although none of these websites provide the guarantee of being hired, they provide the tools necessary to locate and evaluate suitable jobs, helping to match eager employees-to-be with just the right company and career path.

 

Suggested Reading: The Social Media Job Search Workbook: Your step-by-step guide to finding work in the age of social media

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