Staffing Software is great, but it can’t tell you where to look for candidates in the never-ending (but always exciting) world of global staffing. I did some digging on the internet and found the top five sites (by volume) that job seekers – i.e. candidates for your staffing agency – used when they’re looking for work in 2010:
1. Yahoo! Hot Jobs: 27,900,000 monthly visits. Recently merged with Monster! See below for more information.
2. Careerbuilder: 23,400,000 monthly visits. They claim to be the #1 job search website – if they’re not, they’re close. They offer the same services as Monster and seem to have an identical database, but their layout is quite different. Which one is better? No comment from me, mostly because I don’t want to make anyone angry!
3. Monster: 23,000,000 monthly visits. This is the jobsite that people are most familiar with. It’s easy to navigate use, which makes it a favorite of job seekers and employee seekers alike.
4. Indeed: 18,000,000 monthly visits. More of a specialized search engine than anything else. You get taken right to the company that’s hiring. It’s good if you don’t want to deal with a middleman.
5. Simply Hired: 9,000,000 monthly visits. This site functions much like indeed.com, but accesses different databases.
I should note that Monster acquired HotJobs in February 2010 and they have recently merged. Will that mean 50 million visits each year? Unlikely – but you never know.
The key question for staffing professionals: does your staffing software interact with these and other job search engines? Do you use these sites to find candidates or, at least, to have a database of candidates when other options fail?