Many thanks to those folks who read my last post discussing the relative pros/cons of the two main aggregator job boards, Indeed and SimplyHired — and who decided to chime in and share some of their own feedback regarding the usage of these two job listing juggernauts.
Just to reiterate the general consensus, most people seem to feel that Indeed.com does a better overall job of “scrubbing” its job database and avoiding repeat/redundant listings, while SimplyHired.com wins in the quantity category, producing a larger number of results for most searches. Additionally, these sites seem to go back and forth in terms of how fast they pick up any given job versus the other site. So again, if you want to be absolutely thorough and look under every possible rock for job openings that would fit you, you’ll probably want to end up running searches (or daily alerts) on BOTH sites — even if you have to wade through a fair amount of overlap between the two sets of listings.
Beyond the main job listing functionality of each site, however, I figured I should probably mention a few more bells and whistles of these two sites that are easily missed — in case some of you out there haven’t yet taken advantage of them.
1) Both sites have a “trends” tool (Indeed’s can be accessed here and SimplyHired’s here) that provides an invaluable glimpse into the current supply/demand of any given skill set, job title, or educational credential based on the frequency of the word in question being listed in advertisements. So try running some searches using these tools, if you haven’t already, to see what areas of the job market might be “hotter” than others. You’ll also see some built-in links for things like “Industry Employment Trends” and “Job Postings Per Capita” as well that can provide you with useful employment statistics to aid in your career planning efforts.
2) Both Indeed and SimplyHired now allow you to post your resume on the site, for free, where employers and recruiters can find it. You’ll find a link allowing you to do this at the top of each site and I’d recommend this step to almost anybody searching for work, although you might want to use a “dummy” e-mail alias instead of your main e-mail account, just in case your info ends up on a spam list. Also, if you’re searching for work confidentially, posting your resume publicly in this manner might not be a very wise idea.
3) A related tip? On Indeed, you’ll see a Find Resume link at the top of the screen where you can actually search through the resumes of your erstwhile competitors. This step can be useful in comparing your own resume approach against that of other professionals in your field — and for harvesting useful keywords to add to your materials, as well.
5) SimplyHired also now has a “local” tab here that gives you some comparative employment trend data between major cities and a different (although not necessarily better) interface for searching different categories of jobs in your target city or cities.
6) Both sites have a blog you can subscribe to, if desired, that will keep you updated on some breaking trends and new functionality on each site.
7) Indeed also has a Best Places to Work link I hadn’t noticed before that has some pretty deep data on what it’s like to work at various companies in Washington State or elsewhere — including hundreds of individual employee reviews for various organizations.
8) Lastly, if you’re going to use either site in a serious way, I’d highly recommend you set up a free account on it — since doing so takes just a second and will open up other useful options in the main job listing area, such as giving you the ability to “save jobs” and “block jobs from certain companies” and other features that can make your life a little easier!