When it comes to finding a job, it’s a numbers game. As much as you turn the numbers to your advantage of tailoring your resume, writing a well-crafted cover letter, or only applying to the right jobs – the reality is that you need to pepper the job boards with resumes in the hopes that some of them stick. If you send out ten resumes and get one response, you’re doing pretty darn good. With the economy where it is and unemployment at 10%, it’s more likely that you’ll need to answers fifty job listings just to get one answer.
To counter this, you need to take advantage of the power of the Internet and the various job hunting and employment websites. They’ve been around for years and only the strong have survived, having been gobbled up by others, and I’ve looked through the bunch to try to select the best of the best. These are for the general job boards, not industry specific ones. If you are in a particular industry, try to find a job board (or use my first recommendation, SimplyHired) specific to that. For example, Dice.com  is the #1 job board for tech and IT jobs.
This article is part of Bargaineering Career Week 2009 , a week-long series focused on your career – how to find a job, how to tailor your resume, how to find the job opportunities and how to nail the interview. This article is the first article of day three – on the hunt for a new job.
SimplyHired  is a job search engine that lets you search jobs on other websites, including directly with companies themselves. When I did a search on my local zip code, I found a lot of local job listings I wouldn’t expect to find on other job websites. For example, I saw a dozen listings from UPS, pulled from their company specific job boards. There were also PETCO jobs listings, pulled from their PETCO Jobs Portal. The downside is that you can’t post your resume for employers to search since the site is directed towards job seekers but it is by far the most comprehensive search engine.
Yahoo Hot Jobs
HotJobs (now defunct) was originally founded in 1996 before they were acquired by Yahoo! in 2002. One of the oldest job search engines, it is still one of the most popular employment websites and now has a wealth of information available to job seekers. One of the best features of the site is that you can see how many times your resume has been viewed, which can give you a lot of insight into how much interest there is. If it’s been viewed a lot, you can use that as a sign that you need to work on your resume. The only downside is that it doesn’t have as many job listings as Monster.com and some other competitors.
Monster.com  is one of the oldest job websites, having been founded in 1994 and a presence in about 50 countries throughout the world. According to the Monster.com job search, over 5,000 job listings are posted each day in a variety of fields including Aerospace and Defense, Banking, Clothing and Textiles, Computer/IT Services, Construction, and Education. Monster also powers the job boards of many popular newspapers, such as the New York Times.
CareerBuilder.com  is owned by Gannett Co, Inc., Tribune Company, The McClatchy Compnay, and Microsoft. Careerbuilder claims to have over a million jobs in their database and it’s the engine that powers more than 9,000 websites and 140 newspapers. For example, the job board at the Baltimore Sun is powered by Careerbuilder (The Baltimore Sun is owned by the Tribune Company).
Craigslist isn’t your traditional job website, in the style of Monster or Careerbuilder, but if you’re looking for some part time or seasonal work, you can always look in your local city’s Craigslist website for leads. It’s a little hit or miss because companies aren’t charged, or charged a nominal fee, for job listings so you have to wade through all the scams to find genuine listings. Fortunately, you can look at the jobs very quickly and decide if it’s worth your time to continue looking. I would only recommend it as a last resort for some part time work.
With this list of four, five if you count Craigslist, you should have most of the major job boards covered. One unintended benefit of listing your resume on these boards is that you’ll be contacted by headhunters, who only get paid if you secure a job. Headhunters can be hit or miss, especially in this environment, but anytime you can get someone else working on you behalf, you should take advantage. More on headhunters in the next article in the series.
Do you have experience with any of these websites? Any hints, tips, or gotchas people should be aware of?
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