Unbelievable. Lifehacker, the uber-popular blog who has god-like status amongst bloggers, just put out a list of 5 (make that 6) “best” online job search sites. In my opinion, the list is a utter failure, providing nothing of the usual high-value content that Lifehackers are used to getting on that blog.
Alas, it wasn’t their own bloggers writing it, they asked their readers what the best online job search sites are. Either their readers (or those who contributed) are complete nincompoops, or they just chose the easiest, best-branded sites they could think of without really considering whether they are really valuable or not. Here are the 6 sites chosen as “best online job search sites,” in their order:
50% of the top 6 are basically the same thing: top three job boards. Can you tell me the difference between Monster, CareerBuilder and HotJobs? I can’t tell you the difference. For many job seekers, I think they are just commodities… the same things found on different sites.
I’m definitely glad to see LinkedIn there as a job search tool. And of course Craigslist is something that is actually legit as a job search tool (you can get a free ebook on “using Craigslist to find a job” from Job-Hunt.org here). I’m also glad to see Indeed there, which is a job board aggregator, with the idea that you don’t need to go to any job boards except Indeed. Many argue that SimplyHired.com is the same thing as Indeed… they are both aggregators, and they both lead the space.
The first comment on Lifehacker’s post sums up my thoughts – in part it reads:
If those are the best job search sites then I’m seriously screwed or I’m living in the wrong area (New England).
I went to school for video and audio production. So far I’ve used Yahoo! Hot Jobs, Career Builder, and Craigslist. I have searched extensively on each of those sites. There’s almost nothing there for my region on any of those sites.
My returns either come up as scam / spam companies, the search results don’t match what I’m looking for, or there’s a million postings by temp agencies looking to fish for resumes.
But aren’t there other online job search sites???? At the risk of getting spammed by every new job search site out there, I’ll ask, what site do you recommend as a job search tool? If you write in representing your company please don’t look like a spammer (put your name in the comment box, etc.).