Despite holding Indeed.com up as the “king of the job websites” for many years now, we can’t help but notice that SimplyHired has been making up tons of ground on the category leader as of late. The functionality, features, and interface offered by both sites have now become so incredibly identical, in fact, that it almost seems like a single company has to be behind the operation of the two sites — although to the best of our knowledge, there’s no business relationship between them whatsoever.
At any rate, after spending some quality time reviewing the capabilities of these two leading job lead “aggregator” sites, we’d offer this quick-and-dirty analysis of the differences between them:
Advantages of Indeed.com
— Still has more jobs than SimplyHired, but perhaps due to more redundancy and duplication?
— Lets you permanently “block” jobs from a specific company or companies you’re not interested in
— Allows you to graph data in its “Trends” area in terms of both absolute & relative growth/decline
Advantages of SimplyHired.com
— Lets you “refine a search” easily by adding an additional keyword after running the initial results
— Has a colorful “Employment Trends” feature that offers more impressive graphing capabilities
— Contains fewer jobs than Indeed, but perhaps of higher quality, with less duplication?
— Integrates search results directly with LinkedIn.com so you can see if you have relevant contacts
— Offers more filtering options than Indeed, including the ability to limit results by estimated Company Size, Company Revenues, and (if you can believe it) by companies that are reported to be Dog-Friendly, GLBT-Friendly, or to practice Social Responsibility on a regular basis in their business operations!
So all in all, if you take all of the above factors and features into consideration, one could easily claim that SimplyHired.com has indeed usurped Indeed.com as the top employment site out there — UNLESS Indeed truly does offer a superior quantity of relevant job listings in its database, which would be a powerful trump card to overcome. After all, isn’t access to a high volume of quality job leads the most important “feature” of this type of site, despite all the bells and whistles?
Help me break the tie! Are there any of you out there who have been using both of these sites on a regular basis, and if so, what has been YOUR experience in terms of the relative usefulness and accuracy of each resource? Do you have a hands-down favorite, one way or another, based on your experience searching for and responding to various opportunities?