This site should be your new first Web stop when looking for a job.
Currently aggregates listings for 5.3 million jobs. Refreshingly tailored toward the job-seeker. You can rate the jobs you find, and you can easily return to any job listing. The company’s companion site, Simply Fired, is great for a laugh.
Limited to the U.S. market (Canada to be added soon). Résumé service needs some tweaks.
Simply Hired Inc
Editor’s Note: Although it’s still in beta, Simply Hired recently addressed my chief “con” by adding a résumé service to the site. This review has been updated accordingly.
Two years ago, the stresses and challenges of finding jobs drove the founders of Simply Hired (www.simplyhired.com) to create the site and its service—both dedicated to job seekers. The site currently contains over five million jobs aggregated from many U.S. sources, including thousands of newspapers, 5,000 job bulletin boards, and over 200,000 companies—all conveniently indexed in a single place. It’s a great place to start your search, especially if you’re looking beyond your immediate environs—although the listings are only Stateside at present.
Of course, the most popular job sites remain Monster, CareerBuilder, and HotJobs, in that order—and they’re certainly more visible. But while they have plenty of handy tools for job seekers, the three big players focus more on the companies that pay for their recruiting services than on job seekers. Check out the home pages of the top two, and you’ll see that the most prominent sign-in buttons are for employers.
The search, filtering, and tracking capabilities are what you’ll most appreciate about Simply Hired. I found the search facility, available on the clean opening page, to be simple yet powerful. You can filter the results based on criteria such as education level or amount of experience required; job type, such as contract work, full-time, and part-time; company rankings (Forbes 100 and Fortune 500, for example), and company size by number of employees or revenue. Heck—you can even seek out positions that are dog-friendly.
When you find results that interest you, the My Jobs dashboard lets you keep track of any offering, and it gives you a simple five-star rating system (much like PC Magazine‘s) allowing you—and only you—to get a quick, at-a-glance gut feeling about a particular job listing when you return to it, thus saving you the time of rereading the listing. You can also save search criteria and get e-mail alerts or even RSS feeds notifying you as soon as new jobs that fit your requirements appear on the site—options that are comparable to what’s available via Monster’s search agent.
The site’s new résumé service, Résumé Post, is free and available to the general public at simplyhired.com/resumepost; links to the service also pop up when you search the site for jobs (see the slideshow ). Résumé Post prompts you to fill out an online form that it will send to up to five job boards/sites including Beyond.com, Career Builder, Career Meta Search, Job.com and Monster.com, helping you establish a beachhead presence on those sites (though you may still have to register for a user name and password with them).
It took me half an hour to build my résumé and the process worked fine. Each of the other sites uses its own templates and stylesheets to create a customized version of your résumé based on the information you provide at Simply Hired. (You’ll also receive an e-mail invite to visit these sites and customize your info further if you desire.) A Simply Hired representative said the upcoming fall refresh of the site will have more boards for posting your résumé. It will also have more in-depth choices for targeting jobs you’re interested in. I hope to see a few adjustments as well; its integration with other sites generated some bizarre job search results (a journalist as line cook?—see the slideshow ). The service could also communicate better once you’ve filled out the résumé form by advising you what to do next. For now, though, the new service makes the site more compelling.
Simply Hired is keen to establish partnerships, and its first big one was with LinkedIn, the career-networking site with about six million users. Once you’ve also joined LinkedIn, you gain access to mashups of the two sites. For instance, with a single click, a Who Do I Know? mashup lets you locate anyone in your LinkedIn network who works for a company with an opening that interests you. Other tools include Apply Now, Company Research, Map Jobs (which provides you with a Google Map), and Research Salary (a mashup with PayScale.com). The Apply Now feature will take you away from the Simply Hired site to whatever page the particular company uses for online applications.
No review of Simply Hired would be complete without at least a mention of its hilarious sister site, Simply Fired (www.simplyfired.com). Solace and humor are to be found there, including spoof videos of scenarios that have gotten people fired (or could get people fired) as well as testimonials and links to blogs, many of which might make you laugh—because as the site’s tag line says, “If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.”
Simply Hired’s résumé service needs some tweaks, and many people would find a database of international job listings helpful (Monster can tell you about jobs available in some two dozen countries, for example). But the ability to search, track, and rate millions of positions easily makes Simply Hired well worth visiting.