Unemployment is still on the rise in this country and there are certainly an endless list of reasons for that. As someone who has recently joined that group of people, I feel the need to comment on one major problem that I have been dealing with.
Job searching is stuck in the past and needs a major upgrade.
I have grown up on the internet, and continue to experiment with new technologies every chance I get. New services and applications are developed everyday. But for some reason, searching for a job online is still a pain in the ass.
Craigslist, in my opinion, has the simplest listing of jobs there is. They got it right, for the most part, by making it easy to search, sort and apply to all of their listing quickly.
Here is where the rest of the websites and services that I have tried go wrong. They make you sign up on their website as a new member before applying. Some make you fill out pages of information, create an online resume, write a traditional cover letter (that they expect you to use for every application). And some make you pay for the right to apply to the jobs listed on their website. Thanks for all the help!
The problem is that the job listings are spread across all of these various sites, HotJobs, Craigslist, LinkedIn, TheLadders, Monster, etc. There is not one site that has all of them, which is primarily because the employers listing the jobs have a choice. So if I am looking for a marketing position in New York City, to give me the best possible chance of finding the right jobs to apply to, I have to create 5 different accounts, create new versions of my resume, continue to change and update cover letters, store all the information somewhere so I know what I applied to and how to contact them.
Finally, another major issue with most sites is the ability to sort out the junk from the good positions. With Craigslist, they need a way to filter out the internships from the full time search. But you put up with it because they make everything else so easy. However, the other major websites make sorting through their listings too complicated. If I search for marketing, I should not be inundated with 100s of sales positions from the same company or recruiter.
What we need is a joint effort by every employer to get all listings up on Craigslist, or a new service that aggregates all the listings and makes applying as easy as clicking on the email address provided. We have come to a time when this is possible, and necessary. It’s time for the job search industry to catch up with the rest of the online world.