How To Find Your Next Job Using Job Aggregators

Job aggregators are a key tool in the job searchers kit. Learn about this key factor in today's blog!
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Job aggregators can be a great tool for job seekers to utilize when looking for their next opportunity. These pages collect job postings from hundreds of sites and bring them together in one place for job seekers to search. They are the true “job search engines” of the Internet and are usually some of the largest collections of job ads on the planet!

As a result, on an aggregator site, you can search through jobs you would have never found on your own without spending quite a bit of time researching both online and off.

What Is a "Job Aggregator"?

Aggregators collect job postings from various other sites and store them in one exceptionally large database to be searched by you, the job seeker. Think of them as a narrowly focused search engine — Google (or Bing) but only for jobs.

They show you jobs which were posted on employer websites, association websites, and even sometimes newspaper classifieds. They also often include everything from well-known job boards to many other job sites, large and small. By bringing all these sites together they present many more options than could be found and searched on your own.

Why Use Job Aggregators?

Many people consider job aggregators to be more useful than one of the big job boards. Here are three reasons:

1. More comprehensive!

Because they draw jobs from many, many sources they can provide a more comprehensive look at the job market than other job boards. 

2. Time saving!

Aggregators usually offer job seekers the ability to search through the jobs posted on websites you might not find, and you don’t have to plow through a lot of advertising to get to the search results or the job descriptions.

3. Hidden treasures!

You will discover employers that are new to you and, certainly, you will find other job sources you didn’t know about – associations, in particular, plus “niche” job boards.

If they are just search engines, why and how are they better than, for example, Google?

Well, Google is starting to get into the job aggregation game, but more on that later! In general, because of their singular focus on jobs, these websites will have additional functionality that makes them much easier to use for your job search. No matter how you would like to search, the aggregator can show you the results. Want search results sorted by employer? By posting date? By full-time vs. part-time vs. contract? Posted by employers or recruiters? Not a problem!

Aggregators are able to provide this level of customization because they have access to information, because they accept automated “feeds,” that may not ever be available on a search engine or may become available at some later point in time. Because all they have is job postings, the good ones will only return search results that are jobs. They also have the typical job site functions, like saving and e-mailing search results to the job seekers.

How Can Job Aggregators Help Job Seekers?

This may well be another “hidden job market,” but this secret job market is full of job postings. Aggregators pull job postings from small job sites, like associations you would never know about.

And aggregators also pull jobs directly FROM EMPLOYERS‘ websites – employers that may be unknown to you or that you would not have the time to track down and check out their website, if you did know about them.

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Who Are the Biggest Aggregators?

Several types of aggregators are available now.

1. Indeed.com

Indeed usually has the greatest number of results, and Indeed allows search results to be sorted by employer, job title, and location (left column of the search results). Indeed provides job aggregation in many countries, not just the USA.

Post your resume at Indeed Resume to be found by employers and recruiters but protect your privacy (and your job if you have one). You can store a resume to use when for applying for jobs. That resume is also available to be searched by employers. And, of course, employers can post jobs directly on Indeed.

 

2. Jooble.org

Jooble is the world’s second-largest job aggregator They are a job aggregator taking jobs from employers, recruiting agencies, and other sources. Their job search engine is available in 71 countries and lists over 800,000 jobs for job seekers from 70,000 plus websites.

 

3. Google for Jobs

Though new to the job posting scene, Google for jobs is quickly taking over as the go-to source for job search websites when looking for work on a job board. All you have to do is type in the type of job and city you are looking in and Google will come back with a list of companies with posted job openings. This makes for a quick job-hunting process. Google takes jobs directly from company websites, staffing agency job listings, and is partnered with many job boards to list their openings. In the next few years, Google jobs will be the number one destination for the informed job seeker. The best part is you can list jobs here for free.

 

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