The Online Job Search
By Gretchen Herrick
Finding a job can be a daunting task, it can be a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, and can require a lot of hard work. When looking for a job where is the best place to start looking? Some people comb through the newspaper, attend career fairs, or pass their resume out to everyone they know. In recent years, however, many people have started to surf the web to find jobs. The popularity of searching for jobs on the web is no surprise because it is an easy way for employers to post jobs, and easy for job hunters to search. The demand for job postings has created several successful web sites dedicated to furthering ones career. Three well known sites are Monster.com, Yahoo’s HotJobs.com, and CareerBuilder.com.
Monster.com is a career building site that lets employers post jobs online, and search resumes that have been posted by job seekers. Monster also lets job seekers post their resume, and search for jobs. Job seekers can search jobs by location, category, and keyword. Monster also offers advice on resumes, and researching companies. To post a resume job seekers must become members, but signing up for a username and password is very simple, and takes minutes. Members also have other benefits that include access to the monster networking service. One unique aspect of Monster.com is MonsterTRAK. “MonsterTRAK is specifically for college students and recent grads looking to enter the workforce or gain experience through internships” (www.monster.com). Monster.com recommends that to maximize one’s job search, they should use both sites.
Yahoo’s HotJobs is very similar to Monster. It allows employers to post jobs, and to search posted resumes. Job seekers can post their resume online at HotJobs, but like Monster, you must be a registered Yahoo user to post your resume. Again signing up for a username and password is simple, and takes minutes to complete. One unique feature of HotJobs is that it allows registered users to save their job searches. If you found a job that sounded interesting you could save the description of that job, and the next time you signed into HotJobs you could easily access the description without searching for it again.
Careerbuilder.com is also very similar to both Monster, and HotJobs. It allows employers to post jobs and search resumes, and job seekers to post their resume and search for jobs. To post your resume at careerbuilder.com you must either create a careerbuilder account or if you have a MSN or AOL account you can sign into the careerbuilder services. One unique thing about careerbuilder is that it works with major newspapers across the country to recruit job seekers online and in print. “CareerBuilder.com offers the nation's leading recruitment resource through more than 130 local newspapers, reaching a combined Sunday print circulation of more than 15 million readers and more than 26 million unique visitors to its newspaper websites online each month”(www.careerbuilder.com).
CareerBuilder.com. Retrieved September 30th, 2004, from http://www.careerbuilder.com/.
HotJobs.com. Retrieved September 30th, 2004, from http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/.
Monster.com. Retrieved September 30th, 2004, from http://monster.com/.