If you were looking for a job ten years ago, you bought a newspaper, turned to the classified ads, and began your search. Now, you turn first to the Internet. However, there's such a glut of job search engines, it's hard to know which ones to check out first. "HR Today," a journal for human resources professionals, estimates that 5 new job search sites are added to the Web each week. Without a clear delineation between the sites that are likely to produce promising job leads and those that aren't, you may find yourself wasting hundreds of hours searching fruitless Web sites. Hopefully, we can help you a little. We looked at a handful of popular sites in terms of their value to IT security professionals. Here's what we found - good and bad.
The mother of IT search engines, no serious security professional should skip this site when searching for a new job. It's advanced query features, extensive database, career management services and resume bank combine to make it one of the top job search sites on the net today. With more than 2000 security jobs available across the United States, almost everyone can find their dream job. And, for those who don't want to waste a great deal of money travelling all over the country to interviews, Computer Jobs provides employers and prospective employees with the means to conference and interview online.
The Monster is the most widely used general job search engine on the Internet. With a free resume bank, highly advanced search parameters and a dedicated staff that updates the available jobs 7 days a week, you will find your greatest quantity of returned searches here when you search for jobs. At any given time, they have more than 1,000 listings for security jobs ranging from entry-level positions to high-level management positions with salaries in excess of $200,000. The downside is that everyone uses Monster. This means that there is a great deal of competition and your resume may get lost in the mix. Don't skip the Monster, but keep in mind that it could take weeks for an employer to sort through the mountain of resumes they receive when they post a job here. If you need a job soon, this is not the place to start.
US Job Search
Specializing in jobs that require technical expertise, this search engine is one of the best for security professionals in search for a fresh start or a first job. With more than 25,000 jobs listed at any given time, this site draws from sources all over the world to provide one of the most comprehensive databases currently available. Returns on your query will include jobs for all levels of experience and, with salaries ranging from $35,000 to $165,000, you will easily find a job to meet your needs. The ability to have new job listings emailed to you also adds to the value of this site.
The massive explosion of Web sites for those seeking work in the IT industry has led to an explosion of Web sites that are powered by the experience and finances of large off-line corporations. Computer Work falls into this category. Because it is financially backed by many of the power houses of Silicon Valley, it is stocked with the information and features you will need to perform an efficient job search. After a rather lengthy, but free, registration process, you will find that your search for jobs in the security sector will yield hundreds of results. Most of the jobs listed here are for experienced security professional with salaries in excess of $75,000. It's not a place for the entry-level job seeker, but experienced professionals searching for a new place to work shouldn't pass on this one.
Developed specifically for security professionals, the search security Web site allows you to define your query by company, location, industry, job title, or by keyword. The ability to narrow your search to such defined parameters will shave valuable time off of your job search and allow you to return a list of jobs that you can be assured meet your career preferences. Overall, Search Security is a good place to start your search, but don't end it there. You may find that many available positions are not listed on this job search engine.
Angi Horn is a contributing editor from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
This was first published in October 2000