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An employment website is a web site dealing specifically with employment or careers. Many employment websites are designed to allow employers to post job requirements for a position to be filled and are commonly known as job boards.[1][2] Other employment sites offer employer reviews, career and job-search advice[3] describe different job descriptions or employers. Through a job website a prospective employee can locate and fill out a job application or submit resumes over the Internet for the advertised position. It is reported that over 40,000 employment sites are in existence, the largest of which are represented by The International Association of Employment Web Sites, a trade association for the global online employment services industry.[4] Mylakbima Contents[hide] 1 History 2 Features and types 2.1 Job postings 2.2 Metasearch and vertical search engines 2.3 Employer review website 2.4 Pay For Performance (PFP) 3 Industry structure 4 Risks 5 References 6 See also // [edit] History The Online Career Center launched in 1993 as a non-profit organization backed by forty major corporations as a system for job hunters to store their resumes within the databases as well as for recruiters to post job openings to the databases.[5] In 1994 Robert J. McGovern began NetStart Inc. as software sold to companies for listing job openings on their Web sites and manage the incoming e-mails those listings generated. After an influx of two million dollars in investment capital [6] he then transported this software to its own web address, at first listing the job openings from the companies who utilized the software.[7] NetStart Inc. changed its name in 1998 to operate under the name of their software, CareerBuilder.[8] The company received a further influx of seven million dollars from investment firms such as New Enterprise Associates to expand their operations.[9] Six major newspapers joined forces in 1995 to list their classified sections online. The service was called and featured help-wanted listings from the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, San Jose Mercury News and the Washington Post.[10] The industry attempted to reach a broader, less tech-savvy base in 1998 when attempted to buy a Super Bowl spot, but Fox rejected the ad for being in poor taste. The ad featured a janitor at a zoo sweeping out the Elephant cage completely unbeknownst to the animal. The elephant sits down briefly and when it stands back up, the janitor has disappeared. The ad meant to illustrate a need for those stuck in jobs they hate, and offer a solution through their Web site.[11] promplty fired the advertising agency who created the ad.[12] gambled on a 1999 Super Bowl ad. CEO Jeff Taylor authorized three 30 second spots for a total of four million dollars.[13] The ad which featured children speaking like adults, drolly intoning their dream of working at various dead-end jobs to humorous effect were far more popular than rival ad about a security guard who transitions from a low paying security job to the same job at a fancier building.[14] was elevated to the top spot of online employment sites.[15]'s ad wasn't as successful, but it gave the company enough of a boost for its IPO in August.[16] After being purchased in a joint venture by Knight Ridder and Tribune Company in July[17], CareerBuilder absorbed competitor boards and then which had already acquired CareerMosaic. Even with these aggressive mergers CareerBuilder still trailed behind the number one employment site, number two and number three[18] made a move in 2001 to purchase for $374 million in stock, but were unsuccessful due to Yahoo's unsolicited cash and stock bid of $430 million late in the year. Yahoo had previously announced plans to enter the job board business, but decided to jump start that venture by purchasing the established brand.[19] By August 2002, posted a loss of $504 million forcing COO James Treacy to resign.[20] Many employment websites encompass multiple fields of interest. Other employment websites are geared toward specific industries. For example, has developed industry specific jobs sites for the clothing industry. Such employment sites are available for nearly every industry.[citation needed] [edit] Features and types [edit] Job postings A job board is a website that facilitates job hunting.[1] and range from large scale generalist sites to niche job boards[2] for job categories such as engineering, legal, insurance, social work, teaching as well as cross-sector categories such as green jobs, ethical jobs and seasonal jobs. Users can typically deposit their résumés and submit them to potential employers, while employers can post job ads and search for potential employees. The term job search engine might refer to a job board with a search engine style interface, or to a web site that actually indexes and searches other web sites. As of July 2009 and according to comScore Media Metrix, the most visited job boards were CareerBuilder, Yahoo! HotJobs, and[21] [edit] Metasearch and vertical search engines Some web sites are simply search engines that collect results from multiple independent job boards. Examples include Simply Hired (U.S.), (U.S. and elsewhere), (India), (UK) and (Hong Kong), and Jobster.[22], and This is an example of both metasearch (since these are search engines which search other search engines) and vertical search (since the searches are limited to a specific topic - job listings)."INTERNET Inc, "Vertical Job Search Engines - The List", October 5, 2006". Some of these new search engines primarily index traditional job boards. These sites aim to provide a "one-stop shop" for job-seekers who don't need to search the underlying job boards. In 2006, tensions developed between the job boards and several scraper sites, with Craigslist banning scrapers from its job classifieds and specifically banning scrapers through its adoption of a robots exclusion standard on all its pages[23] while others have embraced them.[24] Other job search engines index pages only from employers' websites, such as LinkUp, Hound, and (Canada) choosing to bypass traditional job boards entirely. These vertical search engines allow jobseekers to find new positions that may not be advertised on the traditional job boards. [edit] Employer review website An employer review website is a type of employment website where past and current employees post comments about their experiences of working for a company or organization. An employer review website normally takes the form of an internet forum. Typical comments are about management, working conditions, and pay. Although employer review websites may produce links to potential employers, they do not typically list vacancies.[citation needed] [edit] Pay For Performance (PFP) The most recent second generation of employment websites, often referred to as Pay For Performance (PFP) involves charging for membership services rendered to jobseekers. Examples include TheLadders and, that screen job listings and hand select jobs that meet their criteria, as well as and who offer services that search and apply to positions for jobseekers. The PFP category is expected to expand as consumers become more sophisticated and the universe of employment sites has become more cluttered. [edit] Industry structure The success of jobs search engines in bridging the gap between jobseekers and employers has spawned thousands of job sites, many of which list job opportunities in a specific sector, such as education, health care, hospital management, academics and even in the non-governmental sector. According to the International Association of Employment Web Sites (IAEWS),, there are over 40,000 employment web sites. These sites range from broad all-purpose job boards, to niche sites that serve various audiences, geographies, and industries. Many industry experts are encouraging jobseekers to concentrate on industry specific sector sites[25]. With the increase in popularity of niche sites, other sites have begun to rank them in order of quality. [26] Venture capital, mergers and acquisitions have been active in the job board industry for more than a decade.[27] In 2008, several private equity firms started the process of piecing together large job board networks while other firms attempted to expand through acquisition.[28] [edit] Risks Many jobs search engines and jobs boards encourage users to post their work experience and contact details. While this is attractive for the site operators (who sell access to the resume bank to headhunters and recruiters), job-seekers exercise caution in uploading personal information, since they have no control over where their resume will eventually be seen. Their resume may be viewed by a current employer or, worse, by fraudsters who may use information from it to amass and sell personal contact information, or even perpetrate identity theft.[29][30] Another danger is the false claim of being free. Many sites are free for some job seekers or some employers but not all. Some charge employers only, some charge applicants only and many more advertise as free but are only free for a short period of time or a short number of searches or postings.[citation needed]

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