5 Secrets that Job Sites Don't Want You to Know

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This may come as a surprise to most job seekers, but the traditional job sites are not working in their interest. These sites charge employers hundreds of dollars to post want ads, but not all …

This may come as a surprise to most job seekers, but the traditional job sites are not working in their interest. These sites charge employers hundreds of dollars to post want ads, but not all organizations can afford them. Their aim is get massive traffic, which means increased competition for the job seeker. Recruiter presence on these sites again harms the job seeker's interests.

What job seekers need to know is that there are 40,000 job sites on the web. EducationCrossing researches every single job from every single source possible -including other job sites-and compiles them all in one place. Read more about how your career is being harmed if you are depending on the usual job boards and what you can do to fix it.

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    The Five “Big Dirty Secrets” of Job Sites
    “We Will Only Show You Jobs that Employers Pay Us Hundreds of Dollars to Post”
    Just about every job site out there will show you jobs that employers pay hundreds of dollars to post on their site: Unless an employer is willing to pay, you are not going to see a job on the website.
  • 3. How This “Big Dirty Secret” Hurts You:
    Some job sites charge more than $500 for a single job posting. Think about this for a minute: If a job board is only posting positions for companies that are paying to post their jobs there, how many positions do you think the job board is going to have?
    This places you at the whim of the job board’s marketing plan and employers’ willingness to pay to post ads on a particular site.
  • 4. How We Fight This Threat to Your Career:
    EducationCrossing does not charge employers to post jobs. In fact, we are a research company and not a "job advertisement sales company." We have hundreds of full-time employees researching jobs from every source we can find (other job sites, employer career pages, newspapers, association and government websites-and more) and putting the jobs on our site at no cost. Each week we aggressively contact every employer in the nation we can find, asking them to post their jobs (at no cost) on our site.
    “We Have Less than 1% of the Available Jobs in the Market
    On Our Site”
    Most job sites offer less than 1% of the jobs available in the market. Virtually every career site is only showing you an extremely small slice of the available jobs.
  • 6. How This “Big Dirty Secret” Hurts You:
    Jobs are scattered in so many different places that it would be impossible for you to find them all even if you tried. Where are all the jobs?:
    • On thousands of association websites
    • 7. On 40,000+ different job boards
    • 8. On 100,000+ employer career pages
    • 9. On city, county, state, and federal government websites
    • 10. On nonprofit organization websites
    • 11. On the websites of small and large newspapers
    This is where all the jobs are-not on most of the career sites you have heard of but in hundreds of thousands of different places waiting to be found.
    If you are currently looking for a job you are probably missing and will never be aware of 95% to 99% of the jobs you are qualified for. Not only will you not apply to them ... you will never even know they are there. You may never become aware of them because they can only be found in places you may not even know exist.
  • 12. How We Fight This Threat to Your Career:
    Our objective at EducationCrossing is to take jobs from every source and put them on our site. Using incredibly complex technology and lots and lots of people, we pull every job we can find from every site we can find and filter all of that information to include on our site.
    Because we are proactive in our search we are able to show you that 95% of jobs that you are missing in your search right now.
    If you had all the time in the world to spend on your job search, sorting through countless websites, you might be able to find all of the jobs that match your interests. It might take you 100+ years ... but you could do it.
    This is what we at EducationCrossing do for you every day.
    We believe that when you are looking for a job the single most important thing that you can do is to know about every single job out there. The more jobs you know about, the better your odds of
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    • getting a job
    • 13. getting the best job
    • 14. getting more interviews
    • 15. getting a job close to home
  • 16.
    • getting a job that matches your interests
    • 17. getting a job with a higher salary
    • 18. getting a job with better benefits
    • 19. getting a job with a more stable organization
    • 20. getting a job where you have a future
    • 21. getting a job where you like the people you will be working with
    • 22. getting a job that makes the best use of your skills
    • 23. getting a job that allows you to positively influence the world
    • 24. getting a job where you will receive positive praise from others
    • 25. getting a job where you will get to spend more time with your family
    • 26. getting a job where you will have more time to take vacations
    • 27. getting a job where you can be you
    The list goes on and on. The name of the game is finding the best opportunities and having access to the most opportunities. The more information you know the better off you are going to be.
  • 28. BIG DIRTY SECRET #3:
    “We Don’t Care if You Get a Job; Our Objective Is to Get as Many Applicants as Possible to the Jobs on Our Site”
    Most job sites work for employers, not you. Because they work for employers, their loyalty is to employers, not you. Most job boards are motivated to drive as many applicants as possible to each job. A job on Monster.com, for example, may receive more than 1,000 applicants.
  • 29. Wherever you go, the odds are you are being advertised to by a job site. These job sites are not trying to get you a job-they are trying to make you one of hundreds of applicants competing for their advertisers' positions. I am sure you are aware of everything that job sites do in order to drive huge numbers of applicants to their jobs:
    • They advertise on blimps
    • 30. They advertise on the Super Bowl
    • 31. They advertise on bus
    • 32. They advertise on airplane banners
    • 33. The advertise on subways
    • 34. They advertise on the radio
  • 35.
    • They advertise on search engines
    • 36. They advertise in magazines
    • 37. They follow you around the Internet with banner ads
    • 38. They advertise in sports stadiums
  • 39. How This “Big Dirty Secret” Hurts You:
    Anyone with an Internet connection can apply for a job on most job sites. Accordingly, employers are often overwhelmed with applications when they post jobs on public job sites-and this makes it much more difficult for you to stand out. In fact, once a job makes it to a public job site you are going to face massive competition and slim odds of getting the job.
    How We Fight This Threat to Your Career:
    We are a research company. We spend our time and effort researching jobs-and we find jobs from a myriad of sources you would likely not find independently. For example, we find jobs in small local publications, on association websites that do not receive a lot of traffic-and many similar sources. Our expertise is researching jobs-and a great deal of our research is into sources that few people know about. That means, when you apply to many of our jobs, you will not have a lot of competition.
    Most important, to apply for positions on EducationCrossing, we require that people be subscribers to our website. Only paying members can see our job-opening research.
  • 40.
    • By requiring a paid subscription to view jobs on our site, we are able to limit the number of people viewing the jobs we research.
    • 41. By limiting the number of people looking at our jobs, we are able to keep the number of people applying to jobs on our site down.
    • 42. By keeping the number of applications down, we make it much easier for you to find a job.
    Sometimes what seems to be the downside to a particular method turns out, in reality, to be the upside. While a subscription to EducationCrossing does require a job seeker to pay a small monthly fee, it is that very drawback that makes EducationCrossing an effective and worthwhile investment.
    The research work we do for job seekers is not cheap. Imagine investing thousands of hours a day researching jobs yourself. Needless to say, that would be impossible.
    We take our membership fees and apply them to doing research on the market in order to find jobs. People who have never experienced EducationCrossing often say, "I do not believe in paying to find a job." However, what these people fail to realize is what they are indirectly implying:
  • 43.
    • "I want to compete with thousands of others for a single job…"
    • 44. "I want to only see a few jobs at a time and not every job in the market…"
    • 45. "I do not believe in research…"
    • 46. "My time is not valuable, and I want to take my chances with public job boards…"
    Your time is valuable, and likewise, the amount of work and money that we put into researching jobs for you is staggering. EducationCrossing lists tens of thousands of opportunities that you will not see elsewhere.
    And here's the key to the success of EducationCrossing: we work for the job seeker, not employers. We get the maximum number of job listings possible for our subscribers, including jobs not advertised elsewhere. And then, we limit who can search for jobs on EducationCrossing.
    At EducationCrossing, it is easier to find a job because, simply put, there is often less competition for our listings than those posted elsewhere. Not only do our researchers find jobs not posted anywhere else, but about 95% of job seekers are weeded out because they do not wish to pay a fee for membership.
  • 47. BIG DIRTY SECRET #4:
    “Most of Our Jobs Are
    Recruiter Jobs”
    Most jobs on employment websites are recruiter jobs. Recruiters and job sites typically have very "tight" relationships because recruiters are generally always looking for talent for multiple employers at one time. Consequently, most job sites contain mainly advertisements from recruiters.
  • 48. How This “Big Dirty Secret” Hurts You:
    When you apply to a recruiting firm, you are not applying to an employer. You are applying to a recruiter who may or may not send your resume to the employer.
    That recruiter is trying to fill a position for an employer and is there to screen applicants. The recruiter may even just be fishing for resumes. There is nothing wrong with recruiter jobs-and we certainly have nothing against recruiters; however, there are dangers:
    • When you send your resume to a recruiter you have no way of knowing if the recruiter will forward your resume to the employer. They may forward the resume to the employer-or they may not.
    • 49. Most recruiting firms also charge fees to employers if they hire you (which may be as much as 40% of your annual salary). If you are an outstanding candidate, this will not hurt you-but if you are not, it could.
    • 50. If the recruiter has a bad reputation, he or she might even make it more difficult for you to get a job with the employer because the employer may view resumes from the recruiter in a negative light.
    • 51. You also have no way of knowing if the recruiter job is for real. Many recruiters have the reputation of placing advertisements on job sites to just "fish" for resumes. That means you are wasting your time on a job that doesn't exist.
  • 52. So when you use sites that are comprised primarily of recruiter jobs, you don't have access to most job opportunities, and, in effect, limit your options significantly. Yes, this is crazy, but this is how it is most often done.
    How We Fight This Threat to Your Career:
    The vast majority of our positions come directly from employer websites (more than 40,000 employer job sites). In fact, we have more than 1 million jobs direct from employer websites. This is more jobs than on virtually every other job site out there-and more direct-from-employer jobs than you will find anywhere.
    Most of the employers listed on our site will believe you were interested in their companies enough to go to their websites (without EducationCrossing) and find advertised openings in human resources. They will be flattered. This will assist you massively and makes a huge difference.
  • 53. BIG DIRTY SECRET #5:
    “There Are More Than 40,000
    Job Sites Out There Just Like Us”
    You can find more than 40,000 job boards on the Internet. That means that employers are posting their jobs on more than 40,000 separate job boards.
  • 54. How This “Big Dirty Secret” Hurts You:
    Finding the job you are looking for is like searching for a needle in a haystack-it could be on any one of 40,000 different job boards. In order to be aware of all the jobs, you would need to go out and look at all 40,000+ job boards out there.
    How We Fight This Threat to Your Career:
    We research every single job we can find from every single source we can-including other job sites-and compile them all in one place. This gives you access to jobs that people who do not use our site simply do not know are there and you don't have to search more than 40,000 job boards to find them.