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Job Seeking Sites – The Adzuna Story

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The Adzuna Story

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Adzuna is the brainchild of the minds behind Gumtree and Zoopla. Founded in 2011 by Andrew Hunter, and Doug Monro, the beta site quickly attracted interest and investors and in 2012 the company was able to expand into other countries. With further crowdfunding investment in 2015, the company grew exponentially to be named Startup of the Year and one of the Top Ten UK Start-Ups of 2013. In January 2014, Fairfax Media announced a joint venture with Adzuna in Australia to challenge the job board market leader there, SEEK. In May 2018, Adzuna announced a Series C funding round of £8M from Smedvig Capital.

How Adzuna Works

Simply put, Adzuna is a search engine for job ads that list every job, everywhere. Their search engine searches thousands of websites so you don’t have to and brings together literally millions of ads to help you search for jobs in Australia, via Adzuna. They provide a range of smart search options and powerful data about the job market, giving you the information that you need to take control of your career.

As an aggregate site, it pulls together job ads from a number of sources, such as MyCareer and Jobs.com.au into one structured and smart portal. From there you can start wide and, if necessary, use their advanced search tools to refine your search down to extremely fine parameters.

Search Filters

Job Seeking Sites - Adzuna

Adzuna has a powerful array of search filters to choose from, from location, salary range, the company types, employment type, date ad listed and so on. A succinct meta description then accompanies each ad with a link to the vacancy itself, the company advertising it and even an opportunity to connect with individuals using the Adzuna Connect tool.

When you try Adzuna Connect with Facebook, it will show you jobs from hundreds of companies you are connected to through your own networks.

An additional and highly useful tool is their statistics tool, which uses all of the data through its millions of ads to tell you exactly what is going on in the job market. From salary trend graphs and comparisons to maps of where the highest concentration of your type of job is located, and the top companies hiring, they give you a powerful opportunity to carry out your due diligence before you even apply.

Your Resume on Adzuna

Adzuna uses a powerful tool called ValuMyCv. It is a free application that gives job seekers an idea of their current worth in the market, as well as suggesting tips to improve their resumes. Additionally, ValueMyCV recommends career paths and jobs based on your skills.

ValueMyCV automatically checks your resume for common mistakes by analysing spelling, career gaps, length and more. Their algorithm then analyses hundreds of thousands of CVs and matches your skills and experience with new potential jobs and career options. You can then explore salaries, and all the skills you need and all the live vacancies that match your resume. You can then whittle down those recommendations to reveal only the jobs that interest you, based on your preferred location, salary and type of contract, and so on.

Summary

Now available worldwide, Adzuna has established itself as a market leader search engine job aggregate site. As Andrew Hunter says,

“As we continue to grow and learn more and more about the market, we’ve realised that ‘generalist’ search is not always the best solution for all job seekers/employers, and sometimes a focussed, niche site can offer a more tailored experience and build a stronger community,”.

And what does Adzuna actually mean? “Zuna” means “abundance” in a number of African languages. The company’s aim is to be the most abundant classified ads site on the web and to bring clients the best ads sooner than anyone else. Hence the name Adzuna.

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