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Maybe you’re job hunting for the first time or you’ve been on the job hunt for a while but are looking for strategies to shake up your approach. Whatever your situation, we’ve got you covered. There are some steps that every job searcher can do to make their
What is a
Job Search Engine?
The terms “
- Job Boards – Technically, a job board is a site that posts job opportunities that are typically posted by employers or recruiters (almost like job ads). Employers usually pay a fee to have their jobs posted. Most job boards will have an option to apply for the jobs posted directly with the employer. Job boards are, simply put, a repository of job opportunities. The functionality is similar to
job searchengines (upload a resume, create your profile and search for job opportunities). However, there is one important difference which is explained below. There are general job boards (lists opportunities across most job types, industries, and locations) and focused job boards (focus on an industry, job type, or location). An example of a focused job board is the American Accounting Association (https://careercenter.aaahq.org) which focuses on jobs in Accounting. Monster, Careerbuilder, and Glassdoor are examples of job boards. Job SearchEngines – Job searchengines search the Internet and aggregate job listings found in job boards and company career sites (job opportunities posted by employers for their companies on their website). Job searchengines help to connect jobs posted by employers with job seekers. The volume and diversity of job opportunities found on job searchengines far exceed those found on job boards for obvious reasons. Both job boards and job searchengines allow employers to search their resumedatabases for potential candidates. ZipRecruiter.com and Indeed.com are examples of job searchengines.
Advantages of using a
Job Search Engine
There is a distinct advantage to using
- Have a larger and broader range of job opportunities (more job listings).
- Provide similar functionality as job boards (see our post ZipRecruiter vs. Monster).
- Minimize the need for using multiple
- Automate your search by allowing you to set up job alerts.
Getting Started with a
Job Search Engine
To get started leveraging
Setting up Your Profile
- Upload your
resume(ZipRecruiter creates an online version of your resume).
- Keywords and skills from
your resumeare posted as part of your profile.
- You can either let employers find you (based on your profile) or just apply for jobs that meet your experience and requirements.
- Review the list of suggested opportunities based on
your resumeand profile. Most sites allow filtering based on your criteria.
- You can create and automate job alerts based on search activity, location matching, and salary matching.
- Minimize or maximize notifications from the notifications page with a wide range of options.
- See salaries from employers (many sites offer this). Enter the job title or
keywordalong with the location and select search.
- Save jobs that you may want to view at a later date.
- Keep track of the jobs that you’ve applied for by using the “Applied Jobs” link (if available).
Good luck in your search!