In October, Job search engine Indeed.com slipped past Monster.com to become the largest job site in the U.S. According to comScore, 12.3 million people visited Indeed in October, up 19.6 percent. Monster.com attracted 12.1 million people, and CareerBuilder.com came in third with 11.3 million job seekers. It is still pretty close, with Indeed just barely edging out Monster. But this could very well be a turning point for leadership of the online job search category.
(Note: These numbers are just for the respective main sites, and do not include each property’s larger networks. CareerBuilder and Monster are still larger by that measure, with 21.2 million and 14.7 million monthly uniques, respectively, compared to 12.5 million for Indeed.)
Indeed passed Monster in pageviews last year, and currently gets an estimated 334 million pageviews a month, compared to 311 million for CareerBuilder and 205 million for Monster. And since most of those pageviews are pure job search, Indeed boasts more job search pageviews (305 million) than the other two combined, plus HotJobs search pageviews (299 million total for all three). Monster bought HotJobs from Yahoo earlier this year. The number of visitors to HotJobs.com is down 67 percent from a year ago.
These other sites offer other features and content besides job search resumes builders, career advice, or other tools. But the growth of Indeed once again suggests the power of search can trump everything else.