As a minority job hunter, certainly one can get a lot of value from the major job search engines that everyone uses. Those may be the best job search sites for minorities in the same sense that the best universities, the best surgeons, the best personal trainers, and the best karate teachers for minorities are likely to be universities, surgeons, personal trainers, and karate teachers who serve everyone, not just minorities.
On the other hand, there are also valuable niche job search engines that focus on minority job hunters specifically. These will typically be much smaller and less well known, but in theory a higher proportion of their job listings and other resources will be relevant to minority candidates.
Here we’ll look at some from each category, starting with the first.
What are some of the best generic job search engines with which job hunters in general, including minority job hunters, should be familiar?
Ask any even minimally Internet savvy person the first job search site that comes to mind, and chances are they’ll say Monster.com. Normally just because something is well known and popular to use doesn’t guarantee quality. But with something like job search engines, size in and of itself is a positive. If a site has massive numbers of employers listing jobs and perusing resumes there, that’s a lot of opportunities. If it’s a place people automatically think of when they need an employee or for other job-related reasons, it’s a good place for the job seeker to be.
Furthermore, as far as minority job searchers specifically, Monster has a “Diversity Search” link on its front page that leads to minority-relevant resources.
* Career Builder
If Monster doesn’t have the greatest presence on the Web of any job search engine, then perhaps that honor goes to Career Builder. Boasting over a million job listings, and 23 million unique visitors a month, Career Builder powers the career sites for MSN, AOL, and newspapers coast to coast.
Beyond.com bills itself as “the world’s largest network of niche career communities, providing access to thousands of top-tier industry and local web sites.” Forbes named it to its list of “Most Popular Job Sites,” and PC Magazine placed it on its list of “Best Job Search Sites.”
Most people probably wouldn’t think of Craigslist as a top job search engine, because, one, it’s so much more than that, and, two, it doesn’t have a slick, high end, attention-grabbing style to it. It’s really just a giant classified ads listing.
But where will you find more job listings for your local area? Many employers skip Monster and Career Builder and the like, and just drop a quick listing on Craigslist for their area, the same way in past generations they would have put an ad in the local newspaper.
Now let’s look at some of the sites geared specifically toward minority job seekers:
* Diversity Working
Diversity Working states that they list “550,000 active and non-replicated Diversity jobs.” There are community channels for African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Person with Disability, Gay/Lesbian, Hispanic, Mature Worker, Native American, Women, Veteran, and General Diversity.
* IM Diversity
Billing itself as “the one-stop career and self-development site devoted to serving the cultural and career-related needs of underrepresented minorities,” IM Diversity grew out of “Black Collegian” magazine, a career resource for African American college students since 1970. It includes sections specific to the needs of African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans, and women.
* Diversity Search
Diversity Search is part of the Career Exposure Network of job websites, which also includes Career Women, MBA Careers, and the broader Career Exposure itself. In addition to a job search engine and an opportunity to post your resume for employers to search, Diversity Search includes a directory of hundreds of relevant job and career resources for minority and women job seekers.
* U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
An important resource with which to be familiar, the EEOC is the government agency that enforces the laws against employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Knowing your rights is empowering in itself.
There are many, many more sites that could be mentioned. In the Internet age, resources and information for the minority job seeker are certainly not lacking.