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Best Strategy For Using Job Search Engines
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Strategy For Using Job Search Engines
By Michael Adams, Job Market Analyst
There are hundreds of online job search engines, from super job banks like CareerBuilder and Net-Temps to regional job banks and job banks focused on occupations, such as Dice.com. Job seekers can't exhaust all the job search resources by themselves, so we have "meta job search engines" which will simultaneously search several job board for the same job search criteria.
One of the major mistakes job seekers make is to search ONLY the super job banks. Admittedly more job openings are posted on the super job banks, but in the meantime, employers are receiving much more applications for those posted positions. A large portion of job board traffic is generated by job seekers, therefore the higher a job site's traffic is, the more competitive the positions are. Additionally, many employers, especially those smaller companies, are posting to smaller or second tier job boards because of the sometimes prohibitive costs of posting to the larger job boards.
The following are some tips to consider when using job search engines:
Step 1 - Search Meta Job Search Engines
You can jump start your job search using the meta job search engines, which will simultaneously check multiple job boards. There are two types of meta search engines; Link Engines and Listing Engines. The Link Engines save you time in entering search criteria, so that you simply enter keywords, choose your region and categories once, and then get links for jobs on various job banks. The Listing Engine goes one step further and will present all the job listings, so that you don't need to pay a visit to each individual job bank. Some new meta search engines are, like MyJobhunter.com is even adding in additional resources, like the ability to manage your resumes and cover letters when you apply to the jobs it finds.
Step 2 - Post Your Resume to Job Boards
Most websites request job seekers to post a resume in order to apply online, but posting your resume to each job board is a frustrating task. You can either perform the task manually, or use resume posting services, which do the job for you. Keep in mind that a resume posting service is different from a resume broadcasting service, which broadcasts your resume to recruiters, not posting them to job boards.
Step 3 - Experience as Many Job Boards as Possible
Meta Job Search Engines only deal with some of the popular job banks. A job seeker should try as many job banks as possible, and then conclude which web sites are more effective for them. There are quite a few less known job banks with outstanding job postings. You don't necessarily have to use all the resources all the time, but at the beginning you should try different resources so that you known which ones work better for you particular occupation, region and experience level.
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