|The Internet has
become the major medium for companies and
recruiters to post jobs and for seekers to find
careers. In just a few short years, Career boards
have revolutionized the recruiting industry. Yet,
for some, this is all too new.
Here are a few tips on searching for jobs on the
of thousands of career
boards on the Internet,
it can be time consuming to select the relevant
boards for your profession.
There are essentially three kinds of
Most major companies now
maintain a site on the Internet. These are
usually designed as PR billboards and
opportunities to advertise their products and
services. But, more and more companies
are now listing open job positions on their sites to attract qualified
candidates. Unfortunately, many of these sites are not
controlled by the Human resources departments and
many open jobs are not listed, and
listed jobs may be out of date. Still, it is
always worthwhile checking the websites of any
company you may be targeting.
are dominated by three giants, Monster.com,
HotJobs.com and CareerBuilder.com. These boards
list hundreds of thousands of jobs for every
conceivable position in the workforce and are
visited by millions of seekers. This is a benefit and a curse. With so many jobs to
choose from, they cater to the masses. It can be very
difficult and time consuming to wade through a
multitude of irrelevant jobs to find appropriate
positions. It is also frustrating for recruiters
to find the ideal candidates as hundreds
of unqualified seekers apply for positions regardless
of required experience, skills or location.
Niche Job Boards
Niche sites specialize in a particular
industry, profession or geographical region.
Leading niche boards include JobsInLogistics.com, for the Logistics,
Supply Chain, Transportation and Distribution
professions, AllRetailJobs.com for the Retail Industry,
Latpro.com for the Hispanic
Community, Dice.com for IT/Systems
Professionals and Craigslist.com for the San Francisco
region. Niche Job Boards target market
their specialty and tend to attract the best jobs
and the top talent.
More Than One Board
is advisable to review jobs on
several boards. Use keywords on a search to
describe the type of position you seek. Click
into the list of boards and do a job Search. How easy
is it to navigate around the site? Is the
search engine fast enough? Can you search by
different criteria, such as job category,
location, salary and keywords to quickly hone in
on the relevant positions? Does the job board
provide a job alert e-mail, such as Job
Dispatcher on JobsInLogistics.com, which informs
you of all new jobs that meet your search
criteria? Can you easily apply on line for the
positions? Can you post your resume and
let the recruiters find you?
the Job Boards Credible?
of Job boards on the Internet and new ones
starting up weekly, you need to assess and avoid those that are a waste
of time. There are many "wannabes", but
only a few established boards.
The easiest test for relevance is to check
out the number of jobs on the board that meet your
particular profession. If the job board has hundreds
of recent positions for your profession,
then Bookmark that site and revisit regularly. A
quick check is to conduct a broad search, such as
all positions in the USA or Canada that meet
broad criteria. If only a handful
of jobs surface, then move on. Don't waste your time
posting your resume.