Job search websites
Five ways they can help your job search

Job search websites and job search engines can be exceptionally helpful to you in many ways......they can provide much more information than a list of available jobs.

An obvious way to use these types of sites is, of course, to look at job listings that closely match your new job or career change goals.

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But, there are at least 5 ways job search engines and sites can assist your career research and planning, in addition to being a tool in job search, that you may not have realised before

  1. There are four basic types of boards and search engines
  2. Industry niche job search websites can be used as a part of targeted job search
  3. Use them to identify which newspapers you should be checking for your ideal job
  4. Find out which international jobs boards and search engines are relevant to your job target
  5. Find relevant professional associations and organisations that may have job listings

Using job search websites in your career research

Employment advertising costs the employer money.

So, you won't be surprised to learn that many employers will have a job listing in areas and in media that are targeted to the audience they are trying to reach.

You can use this to your advantage. How? You can begin by taking a high level overview of the employment market in your career research by identifying the various categories or niches under which jobs are listed.

The next step in your career research would be to take a deeper look at the types of jobs listed in categories which interest you.....taking particular note of the required skills and experience in the jobs listed in the category.

Job search tip

Many people looking for employment, or who want to make a career change find it difficult to identify what alternative employment they might be suited to.

Using job search websites, jobs directories, job search engines, print media and individual organisation websites is an excellent way to research the jobs market.

In doing your career research follow these steps:

  • Develop a high level overview of how employment is categorised - industry groups, niches within these groups, the structure of government - federal, state and local district.
  • Look into groups or niches that interest you, or which you know nothing about - you might be surprised at what you find.
  • Within the various groups or niches of interest start to investigate occupation and job titles. Note that these can be misleading.....different organisations may use a different title than others to describe the same type of job.
  • When looking at individual jobs take note of, and start to compile a list of attributes being sought by employers
  • Look for links between your own skills and experiences, paying particular attention to transferable or generic skills
  • This type of career research can often be an excellent career finder!

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Where will your ideal job be advertised?

Following is a summary of places where you'll find job ads - most of which you'll already be familiar with.

The important question for you to answer is - "where is my ideal job likely to be advertised?"


Newspapers are, of course, a traditional source of job ads. Many online editions of newspapers will also have job advertisements. So......which ones will you check regularly for the types of jobs you are seeking? depends on your career planning.

Where in your country, or internationally, do you want to work? Employers will place their job ads in newspapers that are local to the area where the employment vacancy exists.

For executive roles, employers might want reach a wider target audience. They may therefore use the largest state based and usually national newspapers so that they attract applications from the largest possible talent pool.

There will also be specialty newspapers that target readers who have particular fields of interest - for example the Wall Street Journal caters to people who work in, or are interested in the field of finance and money.

Here are links to directories where you can find newspapers in locations where you'd like to work:

Most newspapers today duplicate the job listing in the classified section of their paper with online ads. The online ads will either be in the online version of their paper, and/or an affiliated jobs board.

Which job search engines should you use?

You may already realise that there are specialty job search engines.

Research and find job search engines that are closely related to your area of professional specialisation or career interest.

This is what targeted job search is all about.

Four types of job search websites

When you are trying to find the most appropriate job search websites to use you'll find that there are basically four types:

Mega boards - these are usually national in scope and have literally thousands of job ads for all types of occupations, and at all levels of seniority. Sites include,, and in the U.K. and Australia.

Specific to particular geographic regions - either within your own country, or to particular regions or countries around the globe. This site, an international directory, has links to jobs boards in many countries; here's another international job search engine.

Specific to an industry or profession - It is also relatively easy to identify job search engines according to occupation or specialisation.

A google or yahoo search will assist you here -here's an example.

Company or organisation specific websites - obviously many organisations advertise on their own websites about careers and employment opportunities.

If you've done as suggested in choosing your career you would have developed a written list of career goals.

This would include a targeted list of employers you'd like to work for. You can then regularly visit your employer of choice websites to check out job vacancies.

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Other countries

Here are some links to job search websites and job search engines in other countries:

  • U.S.A - this is just one of many directories you will find using your search engine of choice for jobs in the U.S.A.
  • U.K. - a comprehensive and well categorised directory
  • Canada - another comprehensive directory of job search websites
  • Australia- a meta job search board developed by the Australian Government.It compiles job advertisements froma a number of online jobs boards and lists them in this one place.

Job search tip

So.....Which job search engines should you use?

The same rules apply here as for searching a job listing in newspapers. The advertisers want to direct their job ad to a targeted audience.

So, add to your internet favourites those job search websites which are relevant to your career plans. By all means use the more general websites like the

But don't restrict your research of advertised positions to just the mega sites - look for specialty and occupation specific niche websites too.

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Other job search engines

Many professional associations and special interest groups will have a job listing service or job search engine on their websites.

Because you've done your career planning and have identified your career options.... and.... have a better understanding of how to choose a career direction you can then get started with your highly targeted job search.

Therefore you'll want to add the websites of professional associations that are relevant to your career goals to your favourites list as a means of doing your career research or as a career opportunity finder.

Here are some links to directories of professional associations:

Other ways to find employment opportunities

The focus of this page has been on where to look for advertised employment on job search websites and job search engines.

But, did you know that the job advertisements you are seeing are only a small proportion of the work that is likely to be available. Many jobs are never advertised - they are basically hidden from your view!.

Want to find out about these hidden jobs? - you'd better look here!

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