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BUSINESS News has joined forces with Internet jobs site Seek.

From 5 August, visitors to the Business News’ website at www.businessnews.com.au can link directly to the Seek job classifieds site.

This service will allow Business News’ web visitors access to more than 13,000 jobs per month – for free.

Seek set up in 1997 as a full service online classifieds provider, taking on the might of the eastern state-based daily newspapers.

In July, 320,000 jobseekers visited the site. According to Where did we go and Top100.com.au, Seek is the most visited employment classifieds site.

Seek director Andrew Bassat said the functionality of the Internet lent itself to an online classifieds service.

Mr Bassat said the Internet allowed job seekers to refine their job search down to specific categories.

When a user registers with Seek, he or she has the ability to specify job type, specialty type and location criteria. When a job comes up fitting the criteria, the user is emailed with the details.

Mr Bassat said the alternative was buying the paper each day and scanning every classified ad.

“In our view, well over one million people use the Internet as part of their job search,” Mr Bassat said. “There are more jobs advertised on the Internet than in print.

“Papers on the east coast have acknowledged the power of Internet classifieds. All newspapers here place the ads they have in print on the net.

“50 per cent to 60 per cent of Seek ads have never been in print. However, print is good for building the brand of a company.”

Seek is also the exclusive jobs classified provider for major portals such as 9MSN.

Mr Bassat said the idea for seek came from his brother Paul’s attempts to find a house.

“He found the process very frustrating,” he said. “We saw how the functionality of the Internet would make the process easier.

“We saw a niche – a way to make an inefficient market efficient,” he said.

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