A beta release of a new network of web sites is causing a buzz in the job search community. It’s a new URL extension, .jobs. Some have speculated it could wipe out the need for other job boards.
This new extension is backed by a large number of companies, and allows employers to post jobs and job seekers to search for jobs for free. It has a pretty robust search feature allowing you to search by job, region or company. For example:
- A job seeker looking for marketing positions would type in “marketing.jobs” and the site will return results matching that criteria
- To search for jobs in Seattle, simply type “Seattle.jobs” and listings for that geographic area will show up
The .jobs extension is currently working for U.S. cities with 5,000 or more people, but plans include expanding to smaller towns and suburbs as well.
This new domain has some definite pros and cons:
- There is no cost to the job seeker
- Employers will have the option of purchasing .jobs domains and customizing them ie. IBM.jobs or Google.jobs
- It can be a quick way to access active job listings for a profession or geographic area
- The sites don’t offer anything a job seeker can’t find elsewhere. The site simply scrapes employer sites and other job boards and aggregates them to the .jobs extension
- There is no centralized application page. If you wish to apply for a job, you are taken back to the employer page or job board to go through the application process
- Not all positions are accounted for here, as the managing group behind .jobs has to ask each employer before scraping their site
So what does this mean for the job seeker? Job seekers should treat all advertised jobs including those found on this domain, as a small part of their overall strategy. There will be a large number of applicants for any job that appears on this site, making it difficult for your resume to stand-out unless you have a network connection to the company. The new domain is really just a new form of a job board, and should not take the place of a targeted job search and networking. Using these approaches is the most effective way to land a job.