How to Use Job Search Job Boards
How to best utilize Job Search sites:
There are literally thousands of job search websites, also known as “job boards” out there; it is tough to know the best ones to use, and how to make the most of them. The key thing to know is to not use them as a crutch—your primary tool for finding a job. In most cases, dozens of people will end up applying for each job listing. Simply hitting the “apply” button is not enough. Networking, whether by phone, social media, email, or face-to-face, is still most important. However, job search sites can be valuable resources if you know just how to utilize them. Here are some tips on how to make the most of what they have to offer:
- Use them as a spring board: It is a great idea to use online resources as a tool, but do not count on them to land you a job. Use them to find out more information about whatever company you are interested in, and from there, use that info to network and find direct contacts.
- Start with aggregators: Google-type sites such as Indeed, Zip Recruiter and SimplyHired collect job listings from dozens of different sites, and keep them all in one place. These sites are especially helpful when just starting out. From there, take a deep dive into more industry-specific sites.
- Use filters: with any site you use, utilize the advanced search function. Some sites have WAY too many job listings, and most of them will not apply to you. The “SEARCH” or FILTER” function will allow you to type in key words that will help narrow down your search.
- Set up alerts: almost every job search website allows you to sign up for their email notification service. This is the most important tool you can use, since it will alert you whenever a job listing that matches your preferences is first posted. This way, you can know about every relevant job in a timely manner.
- Use niche job sites: after you’ve used the bigger, more aggregator-type sites, move onto the niche ones that are specific to your industry. For instance, if you are a biomedical engineer, try: biomedicalengineer.com. You will likely have less competition for these listings, and they will be more relevant to you.