Here is our list with commentary. You may find some surprises here!
We will have to see how their listings compare with other job aggregators. Yet, with 300 million professional members world-wide, LinkedIn automatically becomes a competitor in this field. They also have good tools to drill down to very specific job search results.
You can also more easily see who in your LinkedIn network may already work for that employer, and check out the company’s LinkedIn page to start your research. You may be able to apply for some jobs using your LinkedIn profile in lieu of the standard résumé and cover letter. (This might not be a good thing if your profile is not complete and detailed.)
- LinkedIn is free to join, although it aggressively markets its paid memberships, including Job Seeker accounts. Non-paying members can still search and apply for jobs.
- Each member sets up a detailed profile and sends invitations to others to build a network. A small network may limit results for searching for people, but network size should not be a limitation for its job search tools.
- Members can collect recommendations and one-click endorsements. Keywords, endorsements, job history, activity and size of network might all influence some search results, but LinkedIn is very secretive about this.
- LinkedIn is very popular with talent search professionals, who use it to search profiles for people not actively in the job market as well as job hunters.
- LinkedIn’s leaders have announced the goal of attracting 1-3 billion professionals around the world.
- Some job listings are exclusive to LinkedIn.
- Members can join private or public groups. Some groups have job listings apart from LinkedIn’s job search section.
- LinkedIn features company pages which you can choose to follow. Universities now have pages, too. There is also an excellent school alumni search tool, too, for building your network.
- The adage is that LinkedIn will get you hired, but Facebook and Twitter will get you fired.
- More than half of LinkedIn’s income comes from talent search and HR professionals.
- In September, 2013, LinkedIn reduced its age requirements so teenagers can join, set up student profiles, research universities, and find summer and temp jobs or internships. There is no public data on how successful students are in finding summer jobs and internships yet. LinkedIn also markets to college-aged students and grads.
Indeed is one of the most popular job sites in the world, and its listings are world-wide. Even so, its listings are heavily geared towards the USA.
- Indeed claims 140 million unique users each month.
- It posts jobs from more than 50 countries in 28 languages. Links to each country are available on their Indeed Worldwide page.
- Indeed is mobile access friendly.
- It has offices in Austin, TX, Mountain View, NY, Stamford, CA, Dublin and London.
- You can save multiple searches and get daily or weekly email notices of jobs for each search.
- It is free to join; free to apply to jobs.
- It offers forums for job hunters to share info.
- See the Indeed Blog.
- See the Indeed FAQ sheet.
SimplyHired is one of Indeed’s main competitors worldwide.
SimplyHired claims 30 million users each month in 24 countries and 12 languages.
- There are links to the 24 countries on the bottom of the home page.
- It’s free to join, free to apply.
- You can create multiple job search alerts and get daily or weekly email notices.
- See the Job Seekers Help FAQ.
- It offers resources on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.
- Visit the SimplyHired Blog – for job seekers and employers.
- Based in Sunnyvale, CA.
- Mobile-friendly, apps for iOS and Android.
- SimplyHired offers tools to find businesses that are friendly to: 50+, LGBT, dog-owners, Veterans, recent grads, diversity-aware and Moms.
- You can connect SimplyHired to your LinkedIn account to find connections in companies listed in ads. (Presumably, you can still do this even though LinkedIn is starting to compete with SimplyHired.)
- You can similarly link Facebook to SimplyHired to find friends there, too.
Monster is a venerable institution of sorts in online job hunting, having been around since 1999 (multiply by seven for Internet years).
- Recently, Monster International projected that they will multiply their job listings by ten between January 2014 and 2015. We’ll wait and see.
- With their recent acquisition of TalentBin, Monster offers employers over 100 million profiles for searching for passive candidates.
- Monster claims 39 million users per month in 40 countries.
- You can browse jobs or create and save searches and have results emailed to you.
- Monster also has a dedicated tool on Facebook called BeKnown, designed to help job hunters reach out to connections who might be able to help them in their job search.
- Monster encourages users to create or upload a résumé to assist employers searching for candidates. This, however, doesn’t allow job seekers to customize their résumé for individual jobs, so the practice may be more beneficial for talent searchers and Monster than for job hunters.
- Some job seekers who have uploaded résumés have complained about receiving email spam from people selling services for job seekers rather than from potential employers.
Snagajob specializes in hourly and temp jobs, although it offers full-time jobs as well. It seems heavily invested in retail and food service, as well as seasonal, summer, and teen jobs. Many top retailers and restaurant chains advertise on Snagajob.
- Users can easily search by company name, state and zip, job type, category, and job title.
- Snagajob’s email alerts appear to be based on geographic location, not job keywords or saved searches.
- Snagajob may be attractive for recent grads, inexperienced job hunters, and people who need a short-term job quickly rather a full-time, salaried, career position. It’s also useful for summer and other seasonal jobs and part-time jobs.
- Job seekers can create profiles (instead of uploading résumés).
- Some employers list seasonal jobs year-round, so the openings may not be immediate.
- Free to join, free to apply. Some jobs may require you to go to employer’s website to apply.
It was not so long ago that newspapers were the place to look for jobs. CareerBuilder actually continues that tradition by amalgamating newspaper listings from around the United States and the globe. It’s owned by the newspaper chains: Gannett, Tribune and McClatchy, which is why you see localized CareerBuilder listings in newspapers across the country, as well as online. They also share listings with AOL and MSN.
- CareerBuilder claims 24 million unique visitors each month.
- It offers free registration, free applications.
- You can save searches and get daily updates of jobs
- CareerBuilder has offices in 18 countries. See their international page for more info.
- You can register for CareerBuilder through a newspaper website and get listings from that market. For example, The Washington Post site allows you to focus tightly on the city or spread your search around the surrounding three-state area.
- CareerBuilder has specialty areas for Management, IT & Engineering, Accounting, Retail, Restaurant, Healthcare, Oil and Gas, Mining, and Utility jobs.
- Many, if not most, of the jobs are gathered from local news job listings. If you are planning to relocate, CareerBuilder may be an excellent source for local jobs in various cities around the US.
Although CareerJet lists many jobs in the United States, the site really shines in its international lists of jobs from around the globe.
- CareerJet has listings of jobs in over 60 countries around the world, with those listings translated into 28 languages.
- You can set up and save job searches after registering.
- CareerJet may be an excellent resource for people planning on relocating globally.
Idealist is not a true job aggregator, but it specializes in the nonprofit sector, both in the United States and internationally. Run by Action Without Borders, it has an impressive list of nonprofit jobs.
The site also promotes opportunities for internships, volunteer activities, seminars, and info on nonprofit organizations. It offers web chats, webinars and discussion groups in many languages. Whether you are an experienced nonprofit executive or you are thinking of a new career or volunteering for nonprofits, you should visit this site.
- Idealist has its main offices in New York City and Portland, OR.
- There are parallel websites in Spanish and French.
- All the different services are available from their home page.
- Their website claims 100,000 visitors each day.
- The jobs section will send daily emails of new listings based on your job search criteria.
- The site also sponsors blogs about various aspects of nonprofits (including job hunting) in English, Spanish and French.
Dice specializes in job listings for the tech industry, including IT, programming, web and other specialties.
- The site includes salary surveys, reports, and other news on the Tech Sector.
- You can create profiles and upload résumés.
- Dice offers talent communities for tech specialties.
- Dice also hosts ClearanceJobs.com for people who already have security clearances (presumably in the USA). ClearanceJobs also has resources for those leaving the military and going into the private and government sectors.
- Dice was founded in 1990, possibly making it the oldest service on this list.
- It offers Android and iOS apps.
- Dice Holdings also owns:
- SourceForge (a website for open source software developers and users);
- eFinancial Careers;
- SlashDot — a “News for Nerds” site with job listings;
- The Rig Zone for the oil industry;
- Health Callings for jobs in the health industry; and
- Targeted Job Fairs which lists upcoming job fairs in North America.
LinkUp specializes in collecting jobs from corporate web sites, not from other job sites or news sites. Thus, they may have job openings that are advertised less widely. They also accept postings from companies.
- Free to join and to apply.
- You can save searches and get email alerts when similar jobs are found.
- It also offers jobs in Canada and Great Britain.
- You can save job listings in a “Jobs Basket” and apply later.
- LinkUp offers iPhone, iPad and Android apps and helps employers post jobs on Facebook and Twitter.
- LinkUp’s Blog appears to have better postings on job creation and trends than many job sites.
US.Jobs is the job site for the National Labor Exchange and is the result of a partnership between the Direct Employers Association (a nonprofit) and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA).
- Job hunters create profiles, based on their résumé or created from scratch.
- Employers may create ads directly for the site, or through state workforce agencies. Employers also get analysis and screening tools.
- Surprisingly, the site also offers jobs in other countries. In a few minutes I found job listings in Germany, France, Mexico, Chile, Venezuela, Italy, China, Russia, Australia and Bulgaria. These appear to be jobs abroad offered by American corporations. It seems unlikely that a U.S. corporation is going to hire an American-based personal assistant for its branch in Novomoskovsk, but if you are already an American in Novomoskovsk, I’d check this site out.
- It supports job searchers in 80 languages through Google Translate (through the “accessibility” link). While Google Translate can be used on most websites, it’s nice to see the option on the page. You can also adjust the text size if your eyes are tired from viewing too many job listings.
- It’s Relocations Resources page has a nice collection of information resources for those moving to new areas, including City Reports, a Moving Calculator, crime reports, school reports, plus a link to additional info from HomeFair, run by the National Association of Realtors.
- US.Jobs also has resources and information for Veterans.
- The Direct Employers Association also sponsors Veterans.jobs with job search specifically for those in the military making the transition to the corporate sector.
- The Direct Employers Association also has a collection of blogs of various topics related to job search.
- The site features jobs from private employers and links to each state’s employment agency.
- US.jobs also has links for job seekers emphasizing Diversity, Disability, Seniors, Youth Careers, and much more.
USAJobs.gov is the official website for jobs with the U.S. government, representing hundreds of federal agencies and organizations. All federal agencies are required to post job openings publicly, and this is the go-to place.
- It’s free to register and apply for jobs.
- You can search by agency, job type, location or salary range.
- There are links for information of importance to the Disabled, Veterans, Students (including interns) and Recent Graduates, and Senior Executives.
- If you are new to hunting for government jobs, the USAJobs Resource Center is a good place to start, and includes a FAQ page.
- You can save up to five résumés online for different job types, plus other documents.
- You can save detailed job searches and use them to get email updates or subscribe to an RSS feed to receive job openings.
- After you apply, the site gives you updates on the status of your application.
- This site is only for U.S. federal jobs, not state or local jobs or commercial jobs.
- The vast majority of the jobs here are only available for U.S. Citizens and Nationals. Non-citizens may only apply for certain jobs if there is no U.S. Citizen qualified for the job, if Congressional appropriations allow it, and if the policies of the agency allow it, or if a special exemption is made. Apparently, a Green Card is not sufficient for most openings.
The International Association of Employment Web Sites
The International Association of Employment Web Site is not a job aggregator, but an aggregator of job websites around the globe. The site’s Member Roster is a database of over 1200 online jobs sites in the U.S. and 25 countries. Many of the sites are newspaper or specialized search resources. If you can’t find an appropriate professional or geographic job site anywhere else, you may find it here.
This list is certainly not exhaustive and there are probably some aggregators that are not included. As mentioned in our previous post, not all job sites are job aggregators.
However, as a job hunter, you do not need to find every single aggregator, just one or two capable of searching the web for the jobs you need. After you find those, you may want to hunt for special niche sites that specifically target your own needs. Frugal Guidance 2 will look at some of these sites plus some specialized networking sites, too. Stay tuned.
Please share your favorite job search sites in the comments below.
Website logos were all gathered from their websites and were current at publication. No sponsorship or incentive was offered by any of these sites to be included on this list.