So many Job Search Boards, so little time. With the vast number of job search resources available on the Internet, it’s very easy to lose focus and spend all of your time using one type of resource. One of our key themes is to managing your time and effort is CareerAlley’s Four Legs of Job Search (Recruiters, Job Search Sites, Social Networks and Company Career Sites). There are well over 100 job search sites and you need to pick the two or three that work best for you. You need to balance the amount of time you spend on job search boards with the time you spend using other search methods (like the ones mentioned above). Limit your time to no more than one search engine per day and ensure you are only focused on jobs posted within the last few days (more on that below).
So which sites are the best sites? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to that. Much depends on your focus, career choice and style. Please keep in mind that there are many factors when considering which Job Search Boards are the best for you. You should consider:
- Industry – There are some job boards that focus on specific industries (a quick search will let you know which sites focus on your industry, but one example is Accountingjobstoday.com). If you pick two or three job search boards, try to pick one that is focused on your industry.
- Region -While most jobs search sites cover a broad collection of countries and cities, regional search sites may be a consideration if you live in an area that is not well covered by most sites. This depends on where you live (or where you would like to live).
- Functionality -While there are a lot of functional similarities across most of the major job search sites, most have a few that they excel in (like keeping versions of your resume online, submitting job applications, keeping track of submissions, etc.).
- Number and Quality of Opportunities – Functionality and niche will not matter if the job search sites you pick have a sparse list of resources or those resources are stale. Most have thousands of job opportunities, but you should check the quantity and quality. In terms of job post aging, if the postings are more than 7 days old the site will not be very useful.
Some Job Search Board Resources:
- Monster.com – The grandfather of all job search engines (no disrespect) and one of the first, Monster once owned the lion’s share of job search. Originally competed with Hotjobs (which Monster now owns) and now is one of the best known in a crowded field. Monster provides many other job search tools in addition to job listings/matches.
- SimplyHired.com – Not the same offering as Monster and CareerBuilder, Simplyhired has a simple interface and over 4 million jobs.
- Indeed.com – Simple interface, lots of jobs. Take a look at CareerAlley’s How to Use Indeed.com for Your Job Search.
- LinkedIn.com – Not just a place to meet up with your current or former office mates, job search is a big part of LinkedIn’s value proposition. Take a look at 8 LinkedIn Features You Need to Know About.
- Dice.com – The #1 technology search board, there were over 82,000 tech jobs posted when I checked the site. Top of the page has links for search jobs, and news & advice. A simple search box is at the top of the page along with an advance search option. Top job search terms are listed, followed by Jobs by Company. You can also browse job by skill and employment type.
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Last, but not least, the job search boards you pick and how you spend your time using them will determine how successful you are in finding your job quickly. Job search planning plays a key role, and understanding how best to leverage job search sites are key as well.
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Good luck in your search,