Popular Job Search Engines and Their Strengths & Weaknesses

By: Logan

In recent years it has become much more popular to use online job search engines.  Online job websites are attractive because you can quickly apply to many positions as opposed to having to go in to each company and apply in person. Using online sites also gives you a better variety of positions and you can easily use filters to find a job that is attractive to you. In this blog post I will review a few examples of popular job search engines and state a few of their strengths and weaknesses. I would like to state I am not endorsing any of these sites, I am simply reporting on the pros and cons of commonly used job search engines.

Online Job Search Sites

One popular site I have used is called “Indeed.” On Indeed you upload your resume and some personal information and easily apply to jobs. One thing I like about Indeed is for some positions you have the option of apply with your “Indeed Resume,” which is basically where you can apply to a job with a couple clicks of the mouse. Instead of filling out a long application you can just send your resume in and the company judges applicants by the information provided. You can search for jobs by location, position, or the name of the company so your results can be as general or specific as you would like. I like Indeed because of its ability to quickly apply to positions and because the site is fairly easy to navigate.

The next website I will review is called “SimplyHired.” SimplyHired has the same general concept of Indeed and other sites, but has some qualities that set it apart. On SimplyHired you have the option of exploring salaries for different careers. You can search by job title or location, compare job offers, or plot your current salary and compare it to local and national averages. One feature of SimplyHired I enjoy is the success stories section. Here you can read firsthand accounts of people who found jobs by using this site and where they are now. I think it is helpful to read these and see how they used the site to their advantage.

Minnesota Works is another great resource for finding jobs and internships, and is sponsored by the MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development. This site is easily one of the best websites to use because it finds a lot of different positions and jobs. One weakness of the site is you have to sign up and provide a bit of personal information. It is a very secure site to use, don’t get me wrong. Some people just do not like to provide a lot of personal information on the internet. And it obviously only searches for jobs in Minnesota, so it will not be beneficial to anyone looking for an out of state position. This site makes it unbelievable easy to find different positions. There are many filters you can use to refine your results such as searching by zip code, county, or region of the state. You can also search by occupation or keyword. Overall I really enjoy this site because of the high number of jobs and internships provided and I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a job or internship in Minnesota.

Although all of these sites are great for looking for positions, you should not forget our most common methods of finding jobs and internships. These include GoldPASS and LinkedIn. GoldPASS is a University of Minnesota service where you can search for jobs, internships, and volunteering listings. Here you can post your resume for employers to see, as well as search and apply to different positions. We strongly recommend using GoldPASS since it is free to use and is a great resource for all University of Minnesota students and alumni. Plus, it’s only open University of Minnesota students and alumni to see, and not to the general public like other job sites. LinkedIn can also be a valuable resource for finding jobs. You can fill out your profile with all of your information and you can either search for jobs and positions, or employers can reach out to you about their listings. If you do not use LinkedIn or GoldPASS I would strongly recommend you create a profile for both because they can be very beneficial for anyone who is searching for jobs. If you’d like assistance starting to use either of these platforms, we host LinkedIn/GoldPASS drop-in hours every Thursday, 2-4pm in our office.

There are hundreds, possibly thousands of job search engines on the internet. The trick is to know which ones are the most legitimate and provide the best outcomes for those using the site. The few I listed above are all great resources to use when searching for jobs or internships. I would recommend taking a look at them all. Each site may have slightly different positions and opportunities, so it would be a good idea to review them all so you don’t miss any opportunities. One of the most important things to remember when searching for jobs is to just be proactive and keep trying! You probably won’t get a callback for every job you apply for, but it is always a good idea to get your name out and apply to many different positions.

Just a reminder, applying for jobs online is just one method of job searching…and it shouldn’t be the only method you use. Our Career Handbook highlights several methods of job searching, and, as always, you can make an appointment with one of our career counselors to discuss your search.

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