What are Job Search APIs?
Interestingly, online job boards have started offering public Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that allow developers to easily incorporate the features offered by online job boards into custom software and applications. This is mutually beneficial to developers who can sell the software and the job boards as distribution of their services increase traffic to the site’s job postings which are paid for by employers.
The best job search APIs provide job seekers, employers, and recruiters easy access to the services provided by an online job board from different locations, using a variety of devices. The API provides an URL hosted by the job board website that can receive requests for data in HTTP format, authenticate the request, and return the requested data in an easy-to-read format. This allows the functionalities found on a job board’s website to be seamlessly integrated into mobile apps and widgets.
The APIs offered by job boards are accessed by job seekers, employers, and recruiters to match well-qualified candidates with lucrative employment opportunities. While premium services are generally marketed to employers and recruiters, many job API services provide free membership to applicants that often includes hosting the candidate’s profile, querying job postings by job type, experience level, location, skillset, and salary, and lessons and services for writing job-specific resumes and cover letters.