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Where Do You Look for Jobs Online?

Posted by Bob Corlett on April 15, 2013

When you go online to look for a job, where do you go? Well, in January of 2013, 62% of all U.S. job seekers went to Indeed.

Career Site Visitors

More job seekers went to Indeed, by far, than went to the biggest job boards.

Millions of job seekers have downloaded the Indeed app to their phones.  Almost a third of the traffic on Indeed is mobile (from smart phones and tablets).  You can apply to jobs right from your phone now. It sounds like the place to be ... right?

But if you primarily use Indeed for your job search, you will not see most of the job postings from small employers (organizations with less than 100 employees). The reason is simple. Indeed "scrapes" (gathers) job postings from career sites. Big employers almost always have a career site, but small employers without a career site are simply left behind. Indeed does not stop small employers from posting, in fact they make it free ... but many small employers don't bother.

The vast majority of small employers are still using the job sites they used 10 years ago.  Sites like Craigslist and niche job boards.  They simply don't realize that the vast majority of candidates are elsewhere, and they certainly don't realize that 30% of candidates are conducting their job search on a smart phone.

So when you go online to look for a job, you need to understand that where you are looking may not be where your next employer is looking for you.

Topics: Job Search Strategies