Unless you have an excellent networking skill, or access to a professional network, searching for a job may prove to be a daunting task without the help of a job search engine. In fact, job search in the present day and age is nearly impossible without using the services provided by job search engines. One could also go as far as to say that unless you are registered on a job site available through a job search engine, it is highly unlikely that you will ever get a job.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Indeed.com is one of the world’s most popular job search engines, but the Better Business Bureau warns it can also be a place where schemers try to grab your personal information.

Source: https://www.wbrc.com/2020/02/28/protecting-personal-information-while-job-searching-online/

But what exactly is a job search engine? And how does it work to your benefit? To explain this, it might be better to give you an example. Monster (www.monster.com) is probably the best known example of a job search engine. What Monster does is to collect jobs from various sources (the bulk of which include direct advertisements by companies and recruitment consultants) and to compile them all in one easy to find listing. When you (or any other job seeker) visit a job search engine like Monster, you can get access to thousands of jobs.

The difference between a regular search engine and a job search engine is that a job search engine seeks out only jobs and job ads. A regular search engine on the other hand, will pull out most documents with a ‘job’ in the content This may prove useful at times, but more often than not, you will left weeding through thousands of unrelated pages.

A job search engine therefore is a customized search engine for jobs. Monster is the best known example but various countries have their own well known job search engines. Workopolis for instance is the most popular job search engine in Canada that lists the latest and the best Canadian jobs. Similarly, Bayt is probably the best known job search engine for jobs in the middle east. Even recruitment agencies, especially the better known ones, host their own versions of the job search engine. Global recruiters like Hudson, Hewitt Associates and Aquent have their own version of job search engines. And they use these to offer specific services to job seekers as well as job posters. Several other locally or regionally known recruiters have their own version of job search engines. But these are more often than not aggregator sites for genuine postings on a variety of other sources. Online classifieds like Craigslist in the US and other parts of the globe also have job listings on them and technically, can be considered to be one sort of a job search engine. And if the number of people who access the jobs were a consideration, then Craigslist would be shoo in.

A job search engine can also be a part of a publication like the Guardian in the UK. Guardian Jobs is the most popular job search engine in the UK that lists thousands of jobs each day. Technically, it is nothing more than the recruitment section of the offline Guardian newspaper that has been modified to look and feel like a job search engine. But as long as it collects, compiles and presents lists of available jobs, it can fit snugly under the definition of job search engines.