The beauty of the internet is that it can be used to streamline just about any task--job searching included. However, at the same time, there are dozens of different job sites and you can quickly feel inadequate and overwhelmed when faced with the challenge of which sites to utilize.
In order to hopefully streamline the process, a few pros and cons of each of the major sites are outlined below:
One of the newer players in the job site industry is Elevated Careers. Created by eHarmony, the popular online dating site, Elevated Careers helps align employees with employers based on compatibility. It's certainly a unique setup and comes with its own set of pros and cons.
Elevated Careers is different from every other job site because it uses predictive algorithms to match job seekers with jobs based on three different types of compatibility: skills, culture, and personality. This is an extremely unique approach and takes into account much more than typical job search elements like location, salary, and position. As a result, you're much likelier to find a job that's satisfying and rewarding.
The biggest pro of Elevated Careers is also the biggest con. The process the site uses requires a lot of input on your part. After uploading your resume, you have to move on to the profile builder section that asks a bunch of questions. For someone that doesn't have a ton of time, this lengthy process can be frustrating.
At its very core, LinkedIn is a professional networking tool that facilitates effortless communication between employees, peers, businesses, and consumers. And while it's much more than a job listing site, one of the key aspects of LinkedIn lies in job search functionality.
The great thing about LinkedIn is that most people are already on the site. (At least you should be if you're looking for a job.) This means there's very little additional setup or registration that must take place in order to start finding jobs. Furthermore, you can rest assured knowing that any business you're interested in working for is on LinkedIn. This makes LinkedIn an extremely comprehensive tool.
Because LinkedIn isn't a job site in the traditional sense of the term, it's not the easiest option. Companies aren't always willing to list openings on LinkedIn for fear that it will damage their reputation. This means you have to do a lot more digging to actually find which opportunities exist.
Perhaps the most well-known job site on the internet, Monster is a powerful resource for job seekers in any industry. It has a number of unique features and essentially establishes the standards for the rest of the industry.
Monster is very functional. The most unique feature is the ability to block your resume from certain companies. This is beneficial if you're currently employed and looking for a new job, but don't want your current employer to know you're on the hunt. Monster also offers incredibly advance filtering options and a helpful resource center.
The biggest downsize to the size and popularity of Monster is the presence of spam and redundancy. Businesses know that Monster has a huge audience and will attempt to take advantage of this exposure. Unfortunately, this often ruins the user experience and frustrates people who regularly visit the site.
While relatively new compared to Monster, Indeed has skyrocketed in popularity over the past few years. The site provides job seekers with an aggregated database of job postings from across different company websites and job boards and presents them in a simple and seamless format.
The power of Indeed lies in the aggregated database. In theory, it's supposed to streamline the job search process by eliminating the need to visit dozens of different sites to find relevant opportunities. Another benefit is the email feature, which sends updates straight to your inbox.
Indeed is sort of a no-frills job site. The navigation and layout isn't as aesthetically pleasing as other sites, and it offers very little in terms of additional resources. It's just a search engine for job listings, which makes it somewhat redundant if you're already using other sites.
Finally, you can't forget about Craigslist. While typically thought of as a website for buying and selling cars, tools, furniture, and household appliances, Craigslist also contains job boards for a variety of positions in different industries.
Craigslist is extremely unique. It often has opportunities that can't be found elsewhere on dedicated job posting boards. These opportunities are almost always local and are ideal for people who need freelance work, part-time work, or an entry level job.
The biggest issue with Craigslist is that job listings are notoriously unreliable. Employers will leave postings up even after positions have been filled, which leads to confusion and wasted time on the part of job seekers. You also have to keep an eye out for scams, since Craigslist is barely regulated. Finally, the layout and format isn't very pleasing. So if you want an attractive job site, this isn't the platform for you.
Cast a Wide Net
The key to successfully finding a job is to avoid narrowing your search. Far too often, job seekers make the mistake of focusing on a single method and then miss out on other opportunities that are being presented elsewhere.
In addition to using job sites like these, make sure you're networking with personal connections, reaching out to high ranking officials within companies you want to work for, and seizing any and all opportunities to get the proverbial foot in the door.