Links from e-Resumes

The Big Six Career Hubs

There are a few sites that deserve a listing here. These sites have either been around for a while or are so large that they are worth checking out first. They tend to have more jobs listed, represent more companies, and have larger résumé databases, which attract even more companies. As I mentioned earlier, there has been an incredible amount of consolidation of career sites over the past seven years since the first edition of this book was printed. CareerMosaic merged with Headhunter.net, which was purchased by CareerBuilder. com, and the list goes on. The benefits to you of this consolidation include more job listings, more résumés to attract more employers, and value-added services like chat rooms, company profiles, networking opportunities, career advice, salary surveys, résumé help, samples, résumé distribution, and access to career experts, to name just a few.The following sites are a good place to start, but don’t neglect posting your résumé to or looking for jobs in the niche sites that you will find here.

America's Job Bank ........................................................................http://www.ajb.dni.us/

Even though American's Job Bank was scheduled to be dismantled in the summer of 2007, it still exists. A service of the United States Department of Labor and more than 1,800 state Employment Service offices, America’s Job Bank is one of the largest career hubs on the Internet. The site is guided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s vision for the American’s Labor Market Information System, the CareerOneStop, a collection of electronic tools managed as a federal-state partnership and operated through grants and partnerships with state and private sector organizations. Only a small percent of the jobs listed on the site are in government. The rest are in the private sector. There is no charge to either the employers who list their job vacancies or to job seekers, because each state’s Employment Service program is funded through unemployment insurance taxes paid by employers. A companion site called America’s Career InfoNet (www.acinet.org) offers wage and employment trends, occupational requirements, state-by-state labor market conditions, and an extensive career resource library. The site offers contacts to millions of employers nationwide.

CareerBuilder...................................................................................http://www.careerbuilder.com

Founded in 1995 as NetStart, CareerBuilder launched its Internet services in 2000, expanded by purchasing Headhunter.net in 2001, and launched exclusive alliances with AOL in 2004 and MSN in 2004. CareerBuilder has surpassed its competitors in job search traffic and became one of the leaders in the online recruitment industry. It now commands about 45 percent of the market share for job postings, the highest in the industry. CareerBuilder offers job seekers a Career Resource Center, Résumé Distribution, Brainbench Skills Certification, and Personal Salary Reports, among other services. The Personal Search Agent feature allows you to track jobs that match your skills and preferences precisely. You can also have your Personal Search Agents e-mail to you the results of your searches daily or weekly.

Yahoo! HotJobs.com .........................................................................http://hotjobs.yahoo.com

HotJobs was acquired by Yahoo! in early 2002 and has since grown to one of the largest career hubs on the Internet. Job seekers voted HobJobs the “Best General Purpose Job Board for Job Seekers.” Yahoo! also purchased the Resumix applicant tracking software and developed the Hiring Gateway to help companies manage their human capital. Users of HotJobs can search for jobs by keyword, job category, location, experience level, or a combination of any of the above. Personal job search agents match a job seeker’s criteria with the latest job postings and send e-mail back to the job seeker. If you want to keep your search confidential from your current employer, HotJobs allows you to block some or all of its member companies from viewing your résumé with the “HotBlock” feature. To help you with online networking, HotJobs gives you access to communities varying by industry where you can chat and develop relationships with workers in member companies.

Monster.com ....................................................................................http://www.monster.com

Everyone has heard about the “monster”! The flagship brand of TMP Worldwide, Monster.com has 20 sites worldwide and is considered one of the world’s leading online career networks. Job seekers can search Monster’s database of more than 800,000 job opportunities offered by 130,000+ employers and set up job search agents to search postings by location, keyword, job type, and job category. Results can be delivered via e-mail as often as you choose. You can input your résumé using Monster.com’s résumé builder form, cut and paste an ASCII text résumé, or upload an MS Word résumé. You can create and store different versions of your résumé in your My Monster home page to target different types of jobs or specific employers. Monster.com has a three-tiered résumé privacy technology that gives job seekers complete control over who may access their personal information. In addition to the job bank and résumé database, Monster.com has a unique dynamic content delivery that lets you customize your My Monster home page for a more personalized and meaningful online experience. Job seekers can choose topics of interest, and Monster. com will automatically pull articles and advice related to those interests from its thousands of pages of content. The range of topics includes career change, managing your boss, life/work balance, time management, interviewing, work and health, self-assessment, relocation, and much more.

NationJob Network ...........................................................................http://www.nationjob.com

NationJob was initially formed as the National Employment Wire Service Corporations in California in 1988. The original business of the company was to advertise job openings on stand-alone personal computers placed in college career centers. The company’s network of sites grew with the purchase of competitors, and the company began offering service via the Internet in January 1995. A November 1993 Wall Street Journal article recognized NationJob’s privacy policy as one of the best in the industry. In a study conducted by the World Privacy Forum, NationJob was named as one of the top three companies best at protecting private information. NationJob offers P.J. Scout, a personal job search agent that sends job seekers a list of openings that meet their keyword-defined requirements. Even though NationJob was purchased by Resumix, which was subsequently purchased by Yahoo! NationJob has continued to maintain its separate identity.

USA Jobs ........................................................................................http://www.USAjobs.opm.gov

Do you want to work for the U.S. government? Then this is the site for you. USAJobs is the official site of the United States Office of Personnel Management. It is your one-stop source for federal jobs and employment information. Many federal agencies fill their jobs like private industry by allowing applicants to contact the agency directly for job information and application processing. Most federal agencies are responsible for their own hiring actions. While the hiring process is now very similar to that in private industry, there are still significant differences due to the many laws, executive orders, and regulations that govern federal employment. Even the résumé requirements are different (see the Federal résumé at the end of Chapter 6). The USAJobs Web site features an online résumé builder that allows job seekers to create online résumés specifically designed for applying for federal jobs. Read each job’s application requirements very closely. There are always additional documents needed besides your résumé.

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