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Building a Better Job Search Site

Posted in Hiring, Job Interviews and Resume Resources, Technology by engtech on July 21, 2008


Job hunting is a massive industry, but unfortunately it’s one that that always leaves job hunters feeling unsatisfied. Monster and Dice are painful to use. The hierarchy trees of job categories are often incorrect and confusing to someone who is looking for a job. There are a few places that are doing something different:

LinkedIn – resume and networking tools to keep in contact with ex-coworkers. The best way to find a job is often through people who know you. You get a job, they often get a referral bonus — win/win.

Peter’s New Jobs – regional tech job searches in Ottawa and Toronto, worth the yearly subscription even if you have a job because it’s a great way to stay current with the job market and how companies are doing.

Standout Jobs – Montreal startup that is focused on humanizing the job search process and giving companies a chance to sell themselves.

Working With Rails – job listings based on people working with a common technology.

Site-based Job Boards – job listings for readers of blogs like 37signals, Joel on Software, and Tech Crunch.

There are a few things I’d like to see in a job search site.

LinkedIn Integration

LinkedIn has taken over as the business contacts networking tool and it has a robust resume feature, yet we’re still forced to manually enter our resume into most job sites.

No Job Categories

Job sites like Dice and Monster all suffer from bad usability with elements like the job category navigation that takes several minutes to fill out. It’s so much simpler to have saved search agents for keywords in resumes and job postings.

Google Maps

I’d really like to see all of the job locations on a Google Map centered around my home address with different colours based on how the fresh the listing is. Job decision is often based on locality and I’ve yet to see a job search site that lets me easily list.

Stock History

For publicly trade companies there is no reason not to integrate a stock ticker widget so that job applicants can quickly see how a company is performing.

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  1. Paul said, on July 21, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Have you tried Indeed.com for US jobs and for Canada:

    Its the most comprehensive search engine for jobs.

  2. Ben Yoskovitz said, on July 21, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Thank you for mentioning Standout Jobs – I appreciate it. Our focus isn’t to be a “job search site” but to create thousands of career web sites for customers, so each one of them can be its own destination site. I think this is an interesting model because it speaks to the distributed nature of the Web, and also gives each company a chance to stand out and do more to interact with and engage candidates vs. your typical job board / destination site.

    And your ideas are good ones to…

  3. Jonathan said, on July 22, 2008 at 12:04 am

    you might also want JibberJobber integration.. — it offers a CRM like capability for the Job searcher.. including contact list, (and follow up tracking etc.. )

  4. Ilya said, on July 22, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Then there’s NotchUp, but I am skeptical:


  5. Ilya said, on July 22, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    See – I can’t imagine why companies would pay you for interviews.

    I mean – it sounds like a fabulous idea, but then…y’know…

  6. engtech said, on July 24, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    canada.indeed.com is very good indeed, I hadn’t heard of it before — thanks for the link.

  7. Kevin said, on August 21, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Check out this site.
    Completely nich (IT jobs in Houston only) and is 100% free for job seekers. No pop-ups or ads

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  11. Brad said, on May 24, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Another great way to stay on top of the job market is The Daily Job List – http://www.thedailyjoblist.ca

    They cover the major cities in Canada and guarantee to include every new job posting.

  12. Bruce McMartin said, on November 09, 2010 at 9:28 am

    One of the most important thing when you looking for a job is job search technology. Today the searching technology that will find you a new job is the greatest in history. Internet technology can be leveraged to locate the jobs you want. There are a great many good job search websites that can help you begin. Site like findjoblist.com have great places to find job postings and to begin to learn how to find your desired job.

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