How Do Job Search Engines Work?

How Do Job Search Engines Work?

Are you one of those who say that a job board and a job search engine are the same thing? If that’s the case, then you should read this article, because here we explain what makes job search engines different from job boards.


Job Search Engines Search, But They Do Not Manage

The most important difference between job search engines and job boards is that job search engines do not provide job ads or manage them. Job search engines use a so-called “crawler” to search the Internet for job ads. In doing so, they systematically scan company websites career portals, job boards and sometimes other job search engines for job ads, which are then listed on their own platform. In the course of this process, the job offers are categorized, rubricated and also linked to the source address (URL) on the Internet. Job search engines collect large quantities of jobs and data in this way, and can thus use intelligent search engine optimization (SEO) to position themselves in the best possible way with general search engines such as Google, for example.


How Is The Business Model Of Job Search Engines?

SEO is an important tool for job search engines to drive up traffic to the job ads listed there. As a result, a job search engine performs two functions. It is a collection point for listing jobs, which means it aggregates jobs from different sources. It also generates traffic for the companies that have placed job ads on their own websites. But the job search engine also generates traffic for the job boards. Thus, job boards also benefit from the high reach of job search engines and buy applicant traffic from them to boost their own reach. Job search engines earn money mainly through the well-known CPC model, the cost-per-click. When a prospect clicks on a job ad and is redirected to the full job posting on the job board’s or company’s website, a certain amount is incurred. Therefore, it is usually the case that a direct application via the job search engine website is not possible.

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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Job Search Engines

The basic entry of a company’s career site, the independent entry of job offers and their aggregation can be free of charge for companies looking for personnel. This depends on the specific business model of the job search engine. However, companies need to be aware of the fact that some job search engines render the ads in poor quality. The job ads can appear dubious, and job offers that appear twice or three times are also not uncommon.


Meta Job Boards

Meta job boards hover one more level above job search engines. While job search engines search for suitable job advertisements at companies, job exchanges and only partially at other job search engines, meta job exchanges are designed to search at many job search engines. Applicants enter their search criteria in a mask and are shown a list of results. If they then click on a suitable result, they are redirected to the job search engine.



Features And Services In Job Search Engines

  • When searching for vacancies, job search engines work with filters. You can enter keywords for the position, the desired location, the industry or favored companies and filter even more specifically after a corresponding preselection.
  • Many job search engines also offer an e-mail service. Based on the search criteria, new job offers are searched and relevant results are sent to you by e-mail. This means you don’t have to repeat your search and update the filters every day.
  • Meanwhile, some – not all – job search engines allow you to register as an applicant. Then you can save interesting jobs and upload a CV. This opens up the option to be recruited or to apply directly to a job posting.


Which Providers Are There For Job Search Engines?

The best-known providers of job search engines are indeed, Kimeta, icjobs, Careerjet and Jobrapido. In the area of meta job exchanges, there are, for example, jobkralle, Google for Jobs or JobRobot. A few highlights of these providers are:


  • Kimeta has a high reach and very good filtering capabilities.
  • Indeed also has a high reach, is also internationally active and offers a CV feature.
  • Careerjet is comparable to indeed and, like it, is also available as an app.
  • JobRobot has a forum for sharing experiences and also has the CV feature.
  • Google for Jobs as part of Google has probably the highest search power and offers many filter options and structured results.

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