Getting the job you want can be a challenge at the best of times but, if the economic situation is difficult, it's even more of a problem. You need all the help you can get and employment sites such as hotjobs.yahoo.com can find just the position you need as well as telling you what to do to have the best chance of getting it.
The site is mainly an online career search engine. If you're looking for a place to work, there's a search facility where you can specify keywords, a location and category, with further options then offered to refine your requirements. There's also an advanced search where you can specify your needs more precisely and, once you've done a search, you can save it and get the results emailed to you at set intervals. You can also browse by employment categories or cities and look at companies that are currently hiring.
Apart from all the employment on offer, there's a whole lot of information available to help you get an edge when looking for a job. There are tips on interview preparation and techniques, a tool to calculate your ideal salary as well as various career-related articles. To give you the best chance of getting that job there's advice on writing your resume and, if you really don't know where to start, there's a professional resume writing service to do it for you.
As a job seeker, you can use the site for free, with prospective employers paying for the service. You can post up to ten resumes and can block certain companies (such as your current employer) from accessing your details. ;)
The service started as www.hotjobs.com when the original site was launched in 1996. The company caused a considerable stir in the advertising world in 1999 by taking a $1.6 million commercial during Super Bowl XXXIII at a time when its annual revenues were around $2.5 million. However, the gamble paid off by generating over $25 million in publicity and causing the website to be overwhelmed by requests. These days, navigation seems to be a problem for some with word reversal (e.g. yahoo.hotjobs.com) and plurality issues (e.g. www.hotjob.com) with only the latter redirecting you to the correct site. There is also a completely different company offering work through www.hot-jobs.com and www.hot-job.com so be aware.
The company went public the same year and was bought in 2002 to become Yahoo Hot Jobs, with recruitment firm Monster seeking to acquire it at the time. For the next two years, the site was voted the Best General Purpose Job Board for Job Seekers as well as being voted Most Recruiter Friendly General Response site in 2003. It reputedly gets 16 million unique visitors a month and was the fastest growing of the top three US employment boards during the year to June 2009 with a 23% increase in traffic.
The Yahoo careers site's charging method was changed in June 2009, putting it on the equivalent of a pay-per-click basis for recruiters. Employers buy credits and only use them when candidates apply for a hot job. However, they can filter out unsuitable candidates and so only pay for those that meet their criteria.
Despite its success, the site is reported to be one of the non-core businesses that is to be sold. Yahoo is aiming to streamline its operation and concentrate on its core business as an internet portal. A $100 million marketing campaign was launched in September 2009 to publicize the core offerings.
The job site has come in for criticism recently with allegations that some companies appearing to offer employment are actually using it to market work at home scams and other fraudulent schemes. British company Netcraft also reported that the site was subject to a phishing attack in October 2008. The attackers allegedly used a vulnerability in the site's security to obtain the authentication cookies used by browsers. This allowed them to gain access to all other services that required the same authentication. The issue was resolved quickly but all site users were advised to change their passwords. They seem to have tidied up their domain portfolio too so that people are not led astray with most common browser bar errors, such as www.yahoohotjobs.com, www.yahoojobs.com or www.yahoojob.com, being owned by the firm - though many do not redirect you to the right place. Bookmarks are always a help in this area.
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