Monster

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Monster.com's website is among the top employment sites as far as number of hits and it offers a number of services catered to job recruiters and seekers. Monster.com purchased the Jobs.com domain name in 2002. Visitors looking for a Jobs.com review, can find almost the same quality as Monster.com. Some things that set Monster apart are alliances with newspapers in major cities like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago, a focus on Twitter advertising, and sensitivity to accessibility needs on their website.  

The Good

  • Price range
  • Reach
  • Resources and learning materials
  • Special features
  • Experience
  • Customer support
Price Range

Monster's value plans for job recruiters are as follows:
Starter: $99/month

  • 1 reusable job slot
  • 1 Twitter card for social recruiting
  • 50 candidate targeted emails

Standard: $249/month

  • 3 reusable job slots
  • 3 Twitter cards for social recruiting
  • 100 candidate targeted emails

Premium: $399/month

  • 5 reusable job slots
  • 5 Twitter cards for social recruiting
  • 150 candidate targeted emails

The minimum commitment for a monthly plan is 90 days and the commitment is 12 months for an annual plan.

A one-time standard job ad costs $375 and decreases in cost per job ad as more are purchased at one time. For example, if you purchase 100-249 standalone job ads, you get them for $130 each. However, by including a location and job title, Monster can present less expensive job bundles (depending on the location) with optional add-ons. A skilled or hourly job ad costs less at $119 for a 14-day job ad, but has fewer options included.

Monster is constantly running special offers and promotions, such as buy one ad, get one free. Promo codes get the customer a certain percentage discount off.

Reach

Monster provides services in over 40 countries and its network includes 1,000 newspaper partner sites in addition to its own website, web network, and mobile apps. According to the company's daily stats, 35,800 resumes are added to the database every day, 6.5 million job searches are performed, and 5.1 million jobs are viewed.

Resources and Learning Materials

Monster's home page provides links to six different communities for job seekers: career start, healthcare, part-time, retail, technology, and transportation. Each community features blog articles, job listings, career advice, and tweets relevant to the industry or job seeking phase. This way, job seekers that fit into these niches have a learning center already curated with resources that fit their needs and goals.

The education center for recruiters categorizes their resources into the categories of
recruiting and hiring advice, workforce management, market intelligence, monster training, HR events, and small business. It features 2 free guides: a business hiring guide with basics on creating an effective job ad, and a guide to hire, engage, and retain millennials. Recruiters will find Monster's "best keywords" series especially helpful-these articles feature the best way to cater to job seekers in several specific metropolitan cities in the U.S.

Special Features
  • Skilled and hourly job ads: Recruiters can choose from over 300 job titles, modify a pre-written job description as necessary, then simply enter a company name, job location, and contact information to be matched with candidates (screening questionnaires and auto-reply emails are not available with this product).
  • Power resume search: Monster's matching technology finds matches based on search criteria, then ranks candidates according to how relevant and recent the specific qualifications are, improving efficiency in the hiring process.
  • Social exposure: Job listings can be turned into a branded tweet promoted to Monster's Twitter followers.
  • Resume writing service: Users can have their resume edited ($139.95+) or written and designed ($179.95+) within 3 days by a professional through CareerPerfect.com. Add-ons include cover letter help, interview follow-up letter, and bio.
  • Targeted hiring solutions: Monster gives specific recommendations and services for hiring job seekers in certain demographics or industries, including healthcare workers, government hires, military veterans, college students, and recent graduates.
  • Company profiles: Businesses can provide updated descriptions, photos, reviews (through kununu.com), news, and job listings on Monster to increase
Experience

Monster.com was founded in 1999 with the merger of The Monster Board (1994) and Online Career Center. The 1994 job database containing job descriptions from the newspaper was the first public job search that could be searched with a web browser. So though The Monster Board was an extremely simple, dinosaur version of today's Monster.com, we count the company as an impressive leader in the job industry.

Customer Support

Paid clients get on-demand support during business hours through live chat (Monday-Friday 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM EST) and phone communication (available Monday-Friday 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM EST at 1-800-MONSTER. In fact, all Monster.com visitors can chat with the sales team through the live chat or submit a help form to the service team.

The Bottom Line

Monster has a good handle on the online recruitment market. The company's bundle packages, standard purchase options, and frequent promotions show that they approach customers in a variety of ways-similar to their approach in recruitment.

User Reviews

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    William

    December 7th, 2017 South Jordan, UT DETAILS

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    Monster is the worst place to find a job. I have never had any luck with Monster. I often wonder if the jobs are even real??

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    Sandra Dubas

    June 12th, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT

    I used Monster.com a few times to find jobs when I was in college. I like their filter options and how you can find exactly what you are looking for by using those filters. Also I like knowing when the job was posted and how many people how applied for that position.

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    Kenneth Okerlund

    June 6th, 2017 Orem, UT

    They sent way too many emails on information that I didn't want, I never had any success through using this site and ultimately gave up on it out of frustration of the massive amount of emails that were irrelevant to me.

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    Breanna Jones

    June 2nd, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT

    Not my favorite job search engine. Never found the most job opportunities here. Monster never produced an interview or job opportunity for me.

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    Maile Curtis

    May 31st, 2017 Salt Lake City, UT

    Their website is really easy to use. Great filter options, however they need to stop sending all of the emails. I get so much spam from them.

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    Greg Kolo

    April 24th, 2017

    Our computer company paid a lot of money, over $4,000 to purchase a job package and Monster was a total waste of our time and money.

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