Online job search engines save you time by letting you search for jobs in one place, eliminating the tedious and frustrating task of visiting hundreds of websites.
Instead, you can search companies, job banks, newspapers, and/or industry associations from just one website.
Some job search engines are general, while others specialize. Each one uses a slightly different approach.
Here are some examples:
Indeed.com gathers job listings from thousands of websites, including job boards, classified ads, company sites, and blogs. Jobseekers can also use the site to research employment trends, salary scales, and individual companies.
LinkUp.com searches jobs on websites of small, medium, and large companies, not just the Fortune 1000 companies that some job search engines cover.
On Jobster.com you can search for jobs by specific location and neighborhood as well as keywords/keyword phrases.
Online job search engines may specialize in industries, employers, locations, or professions. For example, the jobs and education section of USA.gov is an excellent source of job listings with the federal government. Dice.com, on the other hand, is a job search engine specifically for technology jobs.
If you want more detail, check out our list of job search engines.
If you've ever taken a look at online job search websites, you know they can be overwhelming. With millions of job listings from thousands of sources, where do you start?
Using keywords and keyword phrases can help focus your job search. In fact, the narrower your search the more likely you are to find what you're looking for. You may think you will have more options with a broader search, but most of the job listings won't be suitable for your needs. By narrowing your job search you avoid being distracted by jobs which don't really meet your needs or match your skills.
Don't be afraid to search by salary. You can also focus by searching based on desired location, your skills, and your interests.
Did you know that the majority of available jobs never reach the classified ads? Then where are they? They are in the hands of the people directly looking for workers.
How do you find them?
You find them through networking, which accounts for 80% of hiring these days. Use social networking to expand your contacts and increase your exposure to jobs in your field. Monster.com recently launched a professional networking service as part of its job search functions.
LinkedIn.com, PeopleAhead.com, and Mashable.com are among the growing number of online job search engines that integrate job searching and networking.
If you'd like to know more about finding jobs through networking, read read our job search tips here.