Ask any job seeker what they do to find jobs and nearly all will tell you they use the online job boards. CareerBuilder and Monster were the two biggies until a decade ago when Indeed and Simply Hired came along and disrupted the market. With the launch of these two companies, job seekers no longer needed to use CareerBuilder or Monster because Indeed and Simply Hired “scraped” the internet for all job postings including those found on CareerBuilder, Monster, local newspapers, company career pages, etc. With Indeed or Simply Hired, a job seeker could search one site and find every available job listing.
That may have been true initially, but today it really only applies to Simply Hired. Simply Hired offers fixed pricing and 24/7 inclusion of job listings in their search feed. Every search and alert reflects all the listings in their database. Indeed, on the other hand, sells job listings to employers using a pay per click model. What that means is that when an employer’s budget runs out, the job listing no longer appears in a search. In addition, any job listings that are listed from another job board (a common practice) are not included in alerts—the feature that allows job seekers to get an automatic message when a new job is posted that matches their background. Job seekers think they are seeing all job listings at any given time, but in reality they are not.
Here is an example. A search for all jobs at NBC Universal in New York City on Indeed on November 3, 2013 shows 47 jobs.
The same search on Simply Hired shows 382 jobs.
The careers page on the NBC Universal website shows 183 jobs—nearly four times the number of jobs on Indeed and fewer than those shown on Simply Hired. The difference with Simply Hired probably reflects the jobs that were filled at NBC before a month long job listing was removed on Simply Hired.
In addition to a more complete listing of job opportunities, Simply Hired offers a nifty application that enables job seekers to connect their LinkedIn network to their Simply Hired profile. That means that every job posting you find automatically searches your LinkedIn network to see who you know that might work for that company, in that type of position or know someone who does. This takes one stop shop even further for the job seeker.
Net, anyone who is looking for a job (whether employed or underemployed) should be using Simply Hired for their job search in order to maximize their access to available jobs.