How Do You Identify The Best Job Site For You

Are you out looking for a good job site on the Internet. You will need to identify the basic criteria that would qualify the particular job site suitable for you. Let us see what an ideal job site should be and offer you:

  1. Safety comes first: In order to register with a job site you should be sure that it is safe. Safety is one of the most important criteria because you would be posting there your entire professional information. You would not want this to be misused or landing in the wrong hands.
    1. Source of the site - how have you found out about the site? Did you run a search and got it? Was it sent to your inbox as spam? Did a friend recommend it to you? Is it a site that has made a name in the market?
    2. It is easy to get into a 'false' good job site because there are so many of them out there. You should never trust any job site unless you have checked it out yourself. There are those, which have already become a household name - these you can use directly. Nonetheless, ensure that those are the exact job sites you think they are. Suppose you know about (for example) bestjobsite.com be careful you do not sign up by mistake for bestjobssite.com or bestjobsites.com. A slight variation in the name could land you in a totally different realm.

      Never accept a spam invitation. You should be clear from where they got your name and id before you become their client. If it is coming via spam, their sources would not be clear and you would not safe with them.

      In case you have doubts, just run a search with the name of the site and see what comes out. Often you would not need to go any further than that because the Internet would give you the complete picture.

      Another way to verify facts would be to find go to the site and check the contact numbers and address. You might like to give a call to the number(s) mentioned there and verify whether such a site really exists. If you find a negative answer, or a false address/name - you have your answer about the site.

    3. Access to the site - you got a site that interests you and you decide to browse it. As you do, you will find that it requires that you register with it first before you could go any further. If this is so, it would be better that you seek another job site, since normally you should be given a choice to see the site before asking to register with them.
    4. Access to your CV - usually an employer should not be able to see your CV unless a standard fee (which is normally high) is paid by that employer to use the database. This ensures that only those who are serious about seeking employees are accessing the database and your CV. Go the employer side and check how difficult/easy the access to the database is. In case you find that the site charges only a token fee, or offers scanning through the database for free - dump that site since it is definitely not worth it. Instead of getting job offers, you will surely get a cartload on spam emails as soon as you would sign with them.
    5. Access to your personal information - another very crucial aspect in safety is how much information is released to the prospective employer. Consider this scenario - you post your CV and your office, through some routine checks, stumble upon it and find out that you are looking for a job. This could create some serious friction in your current employment. Hence, the ideal job site should offer limited access to the CV by withholding the personal information, until and unless you agree to release it. Hence, if you find that your company found you a suitable candidate you would have the choice of not responding to it and protect your identity.
    6. The importance of the Privacy Policy - is the privacy policy of the site what they say it is. Be very careful here - most people feel that reading the privacy policy is a waste of time. However, this is indeed a very crucial aspect that will tell a lot about the quality of the job site. In order to verify whether or not it is safe to use it, click on the TRUSTe or BBBonline. Your click should take you to the respective homepages. If it goes anywhere else, then the site is not endorsed by them - and hence, it is not safe for you to use it.
  2. Does it serve my purpose - Once the safety aspects have been taken care of - you will need to find out how much the particular job site suits your needs. There are a few things that you should check out to see whether this is really what you are comfortable with -
    1. Navigation through the site - is the site easy to use. Can you find your way about without being stuck? Is it clear where the information is listed and how you could use it? If it is too tough for you to navigate the site it is better you look for another one.
    2. Functionality of the site - is the site working smoothly? Do you get stuck when you press the submit button? Do you ask for something and the results come up with something else? Is the search function working at all - or only with some points? If the site does not function properly - look first for help as there are chances that you might have missed something out. However, if you still do not get what you need after all the 'tutorials', move on to another site.
    3. Quality of the database - does your jobsite offer you information in the areas you are interested? Does it list the details you are looking for? Some jobsites concentrate more on one area than other, while some exclude some area altogether. For example, there are IT job sites or Engineering job sites, etc. It is no good for you to get stuck on a job site, which does not cater to you area - hence, before you upload your CV or register with them, check it out whether their database suits your needs.
    4. Information updates - does the jobsite offer the latest information available in the market? Check out the job posting dates and their deadlines. Are these long expired? Are these updated regularly and hence represent fresh job offers? Unless, the jobsite offer you current information, it would not help you in your job search and hence, you should not join it.
    5. A simple check on the employer side would tell you for how long a job offer/search stays active. Optimally it should not be listed