Ask anyone conducting a job search what sites they visit, and you are likely to hear names that sound familiar from television and radio advertisements. According to Comscore Media Metrix statistics for January 2009, 26.7 million people visited job search sites in January 2009. This represents an increase of over 40% from the same period last year. Most of these people visited sites such as CareerBuilder.com (12.2 million unique visitors), Monster.com (9.5 million unique visitors) and Yahoo! HotJobs (7.7 million unique visitors).
With all of those great TV commercials featuring unhappy employees surrounded by monkeys, is it any wonder that those are the sites job seekers know about?
In this difficult economic environment, job seekers are constantly looking for an edge. While many of those seeking jobs conduct their searches online, relatively few are aware of the power of meta-job-search engines. Meta-job-search engines aggregate jobs from various sources on the web, allowing the user to find the ideal job by visiting just one or two websites. Job seekers who use meta-job-search engines report that they spend less time searching and are more likely to find jobs that meet their exact skillset.
Using these sites enables the job seeker to hone in like a missile on exactly the right job, while making sure that he or she isn't missing any jobs from around the web " just because they happen to go to the wrong site.
For example, a recent search found that 750,000 new jobs had been added to Indeed.com in the last week alone! Users of meta-job-search engines are able to access many more jobs in one search than they can at any one of the major job boards.
The meta-job-search engines enable you to search by job category, by keyword, by combinations of keywords, by company and even by title " finding numerous results for just about any combination entered.