Since the .jobs (dot jobs) Universe launch, there has been a wide range of perspectives shared across blogs, news articles, tweets and forums. Since 2001 our mission has been simple – create a more effective and efficient labor market for employers and job seekers to connect easier, faster and freely. While we view .jobs as a positive change in the right direction, we recognize not everyone in the community agrees. This article on the U.S.News & World Report website highlights some of the varying opinions on .jobs and what it could mean for job seekers.

What the .Jobs Domain Means for Job Seekers

Network of sites under is yet another place to search for openings
Posted: January 31,2011

The job-search community is buzzing over how a new network of websites at the .jobs domain will affect employers, who can list openings there for free, and other job boards, whose business models rely on companies that pay to list jobs. But largely left out of the conversation is what these 40,000 websites and their umbrella site,, mean for job seekers.

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While the project has great potential, particularly because the domain is likely to rank high in Google search results, online job-search experts say the sites don’t yet offer anything job seekers can’t find elsewhere.

“It’s not a great leap forward in terms of the job seeker’s experience,” says Chris Russell, a job board consultant and CEO of “They’re just duplicating content … There are already too many job boards out there.”

Finding a .jobs site that fits your needs is as easy as typing your occupation into your browser—say, for example, nursing or engineering —and adding .jobs rather than .com. You can also search by city: or or City-occupation combinations like are expected to be live by the end of this week.

Click on one of the thousands of posts on those pages, and will redirect you to the listing on the employer’s website, rather than asking you to apply through their system like some popular job boards. Others job-search sites, like SimplyHired for example, already offer that feature.

“We don’t have an application database, so the job seeker applies directly to the company’s website, which is exactly what employers want,” says Bill Warren, executive director of DirectEmployers Association, which manages the .jobs domain. Ironically, he’s also one of the founders of, one of the companies that tried to block Warren’s association from building out the top-level domain. (Warren left in 1999 after serving as president, he says.)

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Career coaches often advise job seekers to steer clear of job boards—or at least avoid using them as their sole tool—and instead focus on networking or other more targeted approaches. Companies sometimes receive hundreds or thousands of resumes in response to job-board listings, which means a candidate’s application might get lost in the shuffle. Networking and building a brand online may be more effective because it encourages your contacts to come to you with opportunities before they’re posted on job boards.

DirectEmployers Association, a non-profit trade group of employers, is funding the venture with member dues, which run $15,000 annually, Warren says. But even non-member employers can list open positions on the site at no charge. That’s appealing for small businesses, who often can’t afford to post job openings on well-known boards like or, which typically charge several hundred dollars per post.

“Companies put less than 10 percent of their jobs on commercial job boards because of the cost,” Warren says.

Because it’s free, .jobs sites include positions that aren’t listed anywhere else, Warren says. The automated websites scrape jobs from about 6,000 company sites, and 41 state workforce agencies upload jobs as well, resulting in more than 752,000 positions. About two-thirds of Fortune 1000 companies list their openings on, he estimates.

But the network of sites does not include positions from some companies that are listed on other well-known job boards, largely because DirectEmployers Association asks for permission from each employer before scraping their site. “Right now it’s fairly limited in terms of the employers who are represented and the cities and states represented,” says Brad Schepp, co-author of How to Find a Job on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Other Social Networks. “[But job seekers] should keep their eye on what’s going on with this site, because the potential is tremendous.”

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For now, all cities with populations of 5,000 or more have a .jobs domain, Warren says, but the network will soon include sites for less-populated areas, too. Companies also can buy their own .jobs domain, such as or, with the option of building it out themselves or coordinating with the association. By the end of this year, the network will grow to 100,000 sites, Warren says.

One of the reasons why the .jobs domain has potential—and why it has for-profit job boards up in arms—is because URLS that include .jobs are likely to rank well in Google’s search results. But even sites with effective search-engine optimization need an audience of loyal users to succeed, says Willy Franzen, who helps recent college graduates find jobs through his company One Day, One Job.

“[Search-engine optimization] will be a big factor, but the bigger factor will be the user experience that the .jobs sites offer,” Franzen wrote in an e-mail. “Since they’re throwing 40,000 sites out there right away, it’s quite clear that they’re not focused on building quality communities … They’re aimed at ranking well in the search results.” He cited job seekers’ lack of familiarity with as proof that having a great domain doesn’t make you an automatic leader in the job-search market.

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