Indeed is the best general job site for active job search today. Period.
Yes, I know; if one site fit every need, there wouldn’t be 30,000 to 40,000 job boards. Some sites are best for special niches (TheLadders and Dice are great), there are sites that are best for passive job search (Monster’s strength), and there are sites that focus on the social networking side of job search (check out Jobster and TheLadders) – we’re fortunate to have so many great options.
The fact remains, for active job search, where broad coverage of the job market is most important, only Indeed combines the highest coverage rate with powerful search plus a great set of supporting services. Makes sense really, that the site with the tag line “one search. all jobs” provides the best overall coverage in this comparison (see the initial post in this series for methodology).
Whereas Indeed returns all search results in ‘organic order’ – the best matching jobs listed first no matter where they come from – JobCentral lists jobs posted by their member employers first, even if non-member jobs are a better match. Whereas Indeed displays all matching ads for each search, JobCentral users don’t see 90% of the job ads (the non-member ads) unless they click a separate tab after each search. Whereas Indeed shows a brief description and date for each job ad, JobCentral shows neither.
Data quality is also a plus in Indeed’s favor. To match Indeed in coverage, JobCentral adds content from SimplyHired (the 3rd place site) – past comparisons have found SimplyHired includes more duplicate and closed ads in their data.
Throw in the bonus of a rapid innovation curve, delivering a plethora of cool features that support the job search process (e.g. interactive job trends, email alerts, rss feeds, custom tagging, plus integration with LinkedIn and Ryze) and Indeed is clearly the best general job site for active job search. Congratulations Indeed!