Job Search Site Survey Results

shareasimageLast month I made a post asking people if job search websites actually worked. I received a pretty good amount of responses from my readers. Here are the results.


As you can see 10% of the people surveyed received a job from Monster, Career Builder and “other”. 20% received a job through Indeed.  A surprising 70% didn’t receive a job through any of these websites. Maybe they found jobs via networking or something. Craigslist and Snag a job both received 0 votes. I would have thought more people would have gotten a job using some of these sites. I guess I was wrong.

I’ve found employment through Indeed and Craigslist (PT Job). Looking at these results I wouldn’t be motivated to use many of these websites if I were looking for work.

What about you? Would you use any of these websites to look for work? Would you try other options?

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  1. That’s really interesting. I didn’t see the pole, but I have gotten a job from Craigslist. One that I held for 3 years and proved to be incredibly lucrative. I’m surprised no one else seems to be using the resource. Oh well, less competition when I need a job!
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  2. Jason none of these sites would be a starting point for me. HR surveys reveal that most jobs are filled based on people you know. Having said that, I’ve found jobs through sites, just not these ones. Usually sites related to my industry or the sector I’m interested in.
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  3. I have never received a job through these sites. For me it has always been word of mouth or people I know. I am surprised by the results though given the success of some of these companies.
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  4. I have to agree with Debra…first of all she is an expert:) But I think if the internet is your only option, then pick a site that is related to the industry you are working within, or seek to. I’ve been lucky…all my employers found me:)
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  5. This is VERY interesting and good to know! I guess businesses still like receiving applications the old fashioned way!

  6. Like Debra, as a past hiring manager, none of these sites would have been a starting point for me. Most of the placements came from referrals and recommendations. That was the same for me when looking for a new position as well. That said, LinkedIn was a site that proved to be very helpful. 🙂
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  7. I think it depends on the type of work you are looking for and your skills and experience. If the latter are in a relatively narrow niche then you should be looking at people and groups in that niche. For a broader and less well defined search you need to go after every possible route, including these sites.
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  8. I’ve heard the Craigslist works sometimes. If you can’t find a personal connection.
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  9. William Rusho

    I do like the poll, it is fascinating. I am wondering if there was any perception influence in the poll, I mean if someone believes in online websites for jobs, they would state they did receive one, more so than someone who doesn’t. Just wondering.

  10. I feel like those websites are just a bunch of fluff without any actual substance. They make you so hopeful because of the way they look. For me, they’ve never worked so I guess that gives me the bad impression of them. Contacting places in person or looking for ads are the best for me.
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  11. Thanks for sharing this very enlightening survey! I had my suspicions.. I’ve been listed on an industry specific website and keep submitting on jobs ad an independent contractor that I am perfectly suited for but have only once received a response… I recently discovered that 98% of my submissions were never seen by the potential employer.. Since this is a site for which you have to pay a membership in order to be able to submit for a job I think the company that runs the site is making a killing but not providing much of a service. This leads me to believe that the “old fashion” way of getting a job is still the best way.
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