It’s hard to remember exactly when company career sites started to become popular (as in companies started to post jobs directly on their website). Certainly the last 4 or 5 years (and definitely the last 2 years) has seen company career sites become mainstream. There is an expectation that every company that has a website will have a careers site as well.
So why do companies care so much about posting there own jobs (and why should you care)? For one, companies save on recruiting costs (recruiters can cost as much as 30% of the first year compensation for each position they fill). Secondly, companies know you are interested in their company if you’ve gone directly to their website to look for a job. Additionally, companies can do their own screening and make sure you have the right information on both the job and the company.
So why should you care? Go right to the source. No recruiters, just you and the company. Most companies also have job agents (the company will let you know when a job matches your criteria) and other career management tools.
Companies to Consider:
- Reckitt Benckiser – A world leader in the global household, health and personal care sectors, Reckitt Benckiser is ranked 23rd in the FTSE 100. Their career site is well done, leading with “Success starts here”. There are links at the top of the page with company background, areas of expertise, graduates, apply and more. There are great links at the bottom of the page, but the most interesting is Virtual Career where you can play the Virtual Career game. Click apply to see the job search page. You can do a basic search, create a profile and create your own Jobpage. A basic job search returned 90 job opportunities when I checked the site.
- Kraft Foods – I would imagine that most everyone has heard of Kraft food (brands such as Maxwell House Coffee and Nabisco cookies). Their careers page has links on the left hand side for company overview, working at Kraft, company awards and more. Below this section is the Search for Jobs link. At the bottom of the page are links for recent grads and experienced hires. Click the search for jobs, select you country and you are wisked away to another page where you can do your job search. There were 175 job opportunities when I checked the site.
- Harleysville Group – An insurance company and ranks among the top 60 property and casualty insurance groups. Their careers page provides background on the company with links to a number of topics including benefits. The left hand side of the page has links for Browse openings, search openings, submit your resume and more. Clicking search openings returned 29 job opportunities.
Recent Grad & Entry Level Employers:
- Valpak – Valpak is an advertising company that does direct mail advertising. Their career site leads with a company overview and is fairly simple after that. There are two links for jobs search. The first one for sales positions and the second is for opportunities in their corporate offices or manufacturing facility. Clicking the link for sales positions leads to a page with additional links for recent College Grads, current openings and apply online. You can click on the state of your choice to check job opportunities.
- Internal Revenue Service – Yes, the IRS! Taxes sums it up (no pun intended). The IRS’ careers page is well designed. There are quite a few links on the left hand side for background, careers, search for jobs, For Students and so much more. Clicking on careers leads to a page which lists ten different career types (from Accounting to HR). Click on Search & Apply for links to the hiring process, 8 easy steps for the job application and more. There are two links at the bottom of the page – one for search for jobs and the other for apply. There were 83 job opportunities when I checked the site.
Good luck in your search.