Check out DirectEmployers
July 14, 2010
Conducting a geographically-focused job search?
Interested in moving to a new city, but aren't sure which companies in the area hire engineers?
Looking for an easy-to-use website for job searching, without having to create another job search account or worry about the identity theft endemic to public job boards?
Tired of using a search engine like Google to try to identify companies that might be hiring?
If you answered ‘yes' to any of these questions, you should be using DirectEmployers as a supplement to your ECS job search account. DirectEmployers is a non-profit association of employers, which owns and manages this free, easy to use website.
DirectEmployers is a job search engine that gets right to the point - connecting you with relevant employment opportunities in a specific area. Searching for jobs is streamlined and efficient. You simply plug in a zip code (or City, State), provide a search radius, and then enter your search terms in the keyword field. For example, search terms such as "Mechanical Engineering" + intern will pull up current intern listings that call for a mechanical engineering degree. Or "chemical engineering" + pollution would reveal current chemical engineering jobs - from co-op or intern to senior engineer - that had the word "pollution" in the description. DirectEmployers will provide you with a list of current job postings with companies in that area. You don't have to wade through a list of unrelated, irrelevant postings because the results actually match your specified criteria. Click on the title to go directly to the employer's website.
DirectEmployers also offers an advanced search option. Through this feature, you can search for up to three locations simultaneously. If you're interested in a particular industry, like consumer products, manufacturing, health care, energy, transportation or other areas of specialization, you can focus the results on only those opportunities.
You don't have to set up an account or upload a resume through DirectEmployers. Instead, you simply click on the job title to link to the employer's job posting and apply directly to the company. Is there a down side? Well, there's one: not every employer uses DirectEmployers. However, the chances are good that you'll find opportunities you didn't know about.
Check out DirectEmployers here or by clicking on the "Shortcuts" feature in your ECS job search account "Home," for a convenient direct link. You can also find the link under the "Job Search Links" tab in the "Student Resources" section of the Engineering Career Services homepage.
"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it."
Authored by Rachel Ligman.