Not all search engines are created equal. As millions of people search for jobs from their homes, we have compiled a list of the top search engines to help you in the job search process. While searching for jobs is clearly important, we encourage you to spend time on networking. Especially during a time when unemployment is high, hiring managers are receiving many applications, and being familiar with someone within the company provides an edge.
Indeed is one of the most popular job search engines. According to their page, “Indeed is the #1 job site in the world with over 250 million unique visitors every month.”
There are plenty of jobs on Indeed and it certainly is a great start for job seekers. On Indeed you can upload your resume and apply directly through the side. Beware, we recommend you upload your own resume as a PDF instead of using Indeed’s version of your resume. When you upload your resume directly through Indeed the format is boring to follow and it does not provide your direct email address; it provides an email ending with @indeedemail.com. Your resume should not reflect all other resumes, instead, your resume should stand out.
We like that you can also set up job alerts when new jobs that match your criteria are posted, and you can research and compare salaries.
We are big fans of LinkedIn. According to LinkedIn’s about page, they have “706+ million users in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.” It’s user friendly, LinkedIn is a great way to showcase your resume and personality, interests, and passions in a way that a resume alone does not do.
Some companies will have you apply directly through LinkedIn, in which case you will receive a notification if they opened your application. Ideally, the employer will use the feature to include “posted by” and the person in charge of recruiting for the role.
This is great for jobseekers because it gives them the opportunity to send the recruiter an email directory. InMail is a feature for Premium members, we recommend you do the free trial and take advantage of the features as much as possible.
We are also fans of LinkedIn’s filtering features. In the past, LinkedIn had a feature to filter by industries but it seems as if that specific feature may have been removed. Nonetheless, there are plenty of features to work with including:
Date Posted – This defaults to job posted anytime, we recommend you narrow it down. You have the choice to display jobs posted within the last 24 hours, the past week, and the past month.
LinkedIn Features such as:
- Under 10 Applicants – Jobs that currently have less than 10 applicants via LinkedIn
- Easy Apply – You can filter for jobs where you can apply directly on LinkedIn. We still recommend you attach your resume as well.
- In Your Network – You can filter for jobs that include someone in your network – another reason why networking is beneficial!
Other filters include:
- Job Type – You can filter for full-time, contract, internship, or part-time job types.
- Job Function – You can add a specific job field from the dropdown list.
- Benefits – certain benefits companies say they provide to employees
As you can see, there is plenty to work with. However, we caution against overusing filters. The ones we recommend the most are, location, experience level, job title, and date posted to the past month.
People know Glassdoor as the place to search for average salaries and reviews on companies, but it is also a great source to search for jobs! Since the website collects company reviews, you are able to see company ratings as you search for jobs. For example, in the image below you can see 4 different companies and under their logo, there is a rating in green. As you search for jobs, you can also take into account their reviews. If a company has poor reviews (e.g. 1 – 2 stars) that gives you a chance to do some digging and know if you even want to apply to work for that company.
Google For Jobs is relatively new compared to other job search engines. It is a feature that aggregates job postings from job boards like Monster, Glassdoor, Indeed, etc. Unlike those job boards, an employer cannot go to Google For Jobs and post their own job. Workable describes it, “Google for Jobs is not a job board – it’s an enhanced search tool – so there’s no way to actually post jobs on Google for Jobs. Instead, it scrapes and features job postings that are already published.” While it’s convenient to the extent that all jobs are in one central location, it has its downsides. For example, some of the postings may be
Monster has been around a bit longer than most jobs search engines. Jobseekers and employers alike can take advantage of job listings, resume search, employer branding, real-time analytics, and so on. Career advice is easy and accessible. However, the filters are limited, not allowing you to filter by salary range and experience level.
While you do not have to create an email and log in to use this platform, it will ask you every step of the way. It would be easier for you to create one. you can There’s also the Job Widget, which lets you embed your job listings onto your website. It’s easy to use and for the employer side, it has customizable job description templates and lets them post pre-screen interview questions. As a jobseeker, understand the employer is selecting specific pre-screen interview questions to filter through candidates.
CareerBuilder has also been around for some time now. Similar to Monster, while they are one of the first major job search engines, they are not as well known as other competitors such as LinkedIn and Indeed.
SimplyHired is another great resource for career advice. They provide a plethora of resume examples in addition to being a job search engine. On their blog they list their filters to save you time when searching.
These are the top 8 job search engines we recommend. The first 3, Indeed, LinkedIn, and Google for Jobs, being our favorites. Remember that networking is very important in the job search process. Use LinkedIn to your advantage to connect with people in industries and companies you’d like to work for. Lastly, if you’ve been applying to jobs every week with no callbacks, you may want to check on your resume.