As part of providing helpful information on this website I test a lot of job search engines and do related research. I am setting up job agents on the different sites that will notify me of new job listings, I sign up for subscription services like the LinkedIn Job Seeker Premium – I test this stuff and write about it here on the Colorado Career Network website.
When you do job searches on the Internet you will run into a website called “Simply Hired” at simplyhired.com. Simplyhired is like an aggregator that searches other job boards and career websites and then lists the job offers on its website accordingly. I looked into this a little more closely as it could have potential to speed up the job search, but what I am seeing makes me think twice. SimplyHired is making up numbers to look bigger than the website really is. While they have some success collecting job offer information from other websites, something is not kosher in my opinion.
So, as an example my SimplyHired Job Agent email notification comes in and shows 34 new jobs. I am excited – 34 new jobs in “my field” – that is pretty cool. I click on the link to their website, but when I go through the job listings, many are outdated and even worse … there are no 34 new jobs. If I would be unemployed and desperately looking for a new job, I would be very upset about this. Instead of helping me, SimplyHired.com is wasting my time with a) old and outdated job listings and b) by promising me more jobs than what is really out there. I don’t think anyone looking for work deserves to be ripped off treated like that.
So, my recommendation is – stay away from Simply Hired dot com and use other means to find a new job.
Where can you go find job listings that are accurate?
I like LinkedIn a lot lately. More and more recruiters (employment agencies and corporate) are using LinkedIn and the quality of listings is usually pretty high. Plus LinkedIn is not trying to get in between the job seeker and the potential future employer. It’s a fairly clean cut and from a job seeker perspective that is pretty good, because you know when you apply for a job that there is a real opportunity waiting for you. LinkedIn is free to use and you would not even need a premium account to be successful (it’s helpful, but definitely not needed).
LinkedIn is just one recommendation. Job seekers should rely on more than one source for new job listings though. Monster.com as an example is another career listing website. While it seems to have lost in importance over the years, I still consider it very helpful. I actually found out that some larger companies have operations (offices) in my geographic region – which I was not aware of before. And so in the end the sum of all possible job listings taken together provides a quick and fairly accurate picture of the job market in your region – but SimplyHired.com is not one of those that you need. Finding a new job is already difficult enough, you do not need someone wastes your time by making up stuff. Let me know what your impression is about SimplyHired.com and the “service” they provide for job seekers. Please feel to leave a comment about Simply Hired below.