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Comparing Popular Vertical Job Search Engines

Several vertical job search engines are available that can help narrow your online job search. Here's a comparison of the best-known vertical job search engines — those that offer the most amenities and draw from thousands of sources. Expect the details of any or all of these sites to change periodically.

Indeed.com

Indeed.com gives job seekers free access to millions of jobs from thousands of Web sites. All the job listings from major job boards, newspaper classifieds, associations, and company career pages are included. The company says that more than one million new jobs are added weekly. To keep your opportunities fresh, Indeed automatically removes all jobs after 30 days.

You can quick-search from the Indeed home page. Just type keywords into the “What” box describing the kind of job you want, and enter a city, state or ZIP code in the “Where” box. Then click the “Find Jobs” button.

When you want to research a company, investigate salaries for that kind of job, see who you may know at the company through networking sites like LinkedIn and Ryze, or view the job’s location on Google maps, click the “more ...” link next to each job search result.

SimplyHired.com

SimplyHired.com says it’s building the largest online database of jobs on the planet, with 5 million job listings indexed from large and small job boards, newspaper and classified listings, government and association Web sites, and company Web sites. The company offers a host of filters including family- and minority-friendly employers.

Simply Hired’s business network partner LinkedIn offers a referral job network that aims to connect job applicants with hiring managers. Simply Hired’s “Who Do I Know” button displays after each job listing to help you discover whether you have an “inside friend” whom you can tap for referrals or information.

On Simply Hired, you can save and simultaneously post a resume on a number of carefully chosen job sites. Additionally, you can use any computer to visit your account.

Jobster.com

The youth-oriented Jobster.com site covers a variety of online recruiting functions — from gathering employee referrals to social networking. Jobster lets users search for jobs either nationwide or within a particular region.

You can receive two types of e-mail alerts, which you can customize to your job interests and delivery preference. Job alerts give you a heads-up about new jobs on the Internet that match your interests. Insider alerts notify you about new jobs that you can be referred to (by someone you know inside the hiring company) and be recommended for by Jobster. Receiving a Jobster e-mail gives you a direct connection to a company’s hiring team, and that helps you stand out from others.

GetTheJob.com

GetTheJob.com gathers job postings from more than 150,000 corporate Web sites and presents them to job seekers in a searchable database. The inventory of job openings is directly collected only from companies that are hiring; no third-party recruiters are allowed to post openings. The database of jobs represents the hidden (or hard-to-find) job market because 50 percent to 60 percent of the postings can’t be found on commercial job boards.

GetTheJob.com is free of Internet job scams and “too good to be true” hype about jobs that don’t really exist.

Yahoo! HotJobs

Yahoo! HotJobs uses sophisticated search technology to crawl the Internet. It offers job seekers listings from other employer and job-related sites. This means you can inspect jobs in both employer-paid and crawled job listings.

You can sign up for personal job search agents where you enter your job criteria, such as industry, location, experience level, salary, and so forth. You receive new job postings that match your criteria e-mailed to you directly when a suitable job is in the database. Yahoo! HotJobs also has tools to help you find a job and also manage your career —everything from a job recommendation engine to a salary calculator to advice on networking and interviewing.

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