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Monday, July 13, 2009

Are Pay Job Search Sites Worth It?

First, I apologize for taking so long to post a new article. I am now among the ranks of those who have lost their job. However, with a decent network, a solid education and experience, everybody tells me I should be all right. However, should I be using the pay-for-search sites?

There are several companies that offer recruitment services like MRI, Sterling-Hoffman, etc., at no charge. There are also companies like, Doostang, and RiseSmart that offer a fee for service. Does it make sense to use them? Executives & Professionals: Changing Jobs?

I have used in the past and found the information, particularly the names and contact info of recruiters excellent. targets job seekers whose salaries are above $100,000. I didn't particularly like to pay, however, the content was easily available and accessible. Additionally, if has a very strong search function for specific positions, though it can be very granular. A Better Way To Search for $100,000+ Jobs. Join!

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I have never used Doostang, because it is new to me. It has a particular niche, targeting "elite" universities. This is how they describe their service:

"Doostang is an exclusive career community for elite young professionals. Doostang has over 500,000 members, the majority of which come from elite educational backgrounds and are interested in the finance, consulting, media, entertainment and technology industries."

While is not specifically targeted like Doostang, both are focused on the higher income job seeker. Find high-end jobs on Doostang. It takes 30 seconds to join. JOIN TODAY.

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RiseSmart is another site which I haven't used personally, again, as it is a new site. Like and Doostang, RiseSmart targets the $100,000 job seekers.

From their site:

"The Human-Powered Job Search Portal Making $100K+ job searches easier than ever! RiseSmart is the first service of its kind: a human-powered job search portal that prescreens online search results for time-starved managers and executives. The RiseSmart team matches opportunities with jobseekers based on each member’s unique profile, saving our subscribers countless hours of Internet searching."

RiseSmart appears, at least according to their material, to have a slight edge of With, you have sort through the results. If you have a good search criteria, that may not be an issue, however, RiseSmart indicates they do the ordering and sorting for you. Top High Paying Jobs. Use our services and find your dream job fast. Register now!

Is it worth it? Should I spend my money on these sites? From my experience, they are worth investigating. I used, but probably not to the fullest. Doostang and RiseSmart appear to have capitalized on the things didn't do very well. If you are in the $100,000 salary range and looking for a new opportunity, check out the sites. See which ones are the best fit. If they meet your requirements, it could be the best money you have ever spent. Good Luck!

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1 comment:

jane said...

I'm generally not fond of paying for services I can get elsewhere for free (obviously) but in this case we're talking about a significant difference in quality and it really does make a difference, so I agree with you 100%. I've used Doostang and that was money well spent, since they have some inside jobs and let you contact the hiring managers directly. Haven't used the other sites personally but I keep seeing those commercials for TheLadders everywhere. Don't know much about them other than that.

I think the important thing to keep in mind is that these sites will only help you if you're in their targeted demographic. If you don't have the necessary education/experience and don't qualify for the high paying jobs they advertise then there's no point in paying for the access to these jobs since you'll just be weeded out in the process anyway. But if you're fortunate enough to be one of those "elite" job applicants then this is one of the best investments you'll ever make.

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