The recruiting process also affirms the value of networking. If you are a good networker, you will know of openings during that critical period when vacancies are posted only on an employer’s internal Web site available exclusively to employees because your network contacts at a given firm will inform you when they become aware of such internal job postings.
- Use job search engines and aggregators. While job boards are losing steam, the job-search “aggregators” or search engines, Indeed, JobSniper, and Simply Hired, remain popular, as does the “aggregator of aggregators,” Google (Jason Buss notes that more than 4 million job-related searches are conducted on Google daily). Some users report success in finding job postings on Yahoo, MSN, and Ask.com. Another site that has recently been mentioned again and again as increasingly popular with both job-seekers and employers is Craigslist, the vast classified-ad Web site that is localized for most cities. Through the User’s Choice awards at Weddles.com, users for several years have cited Craigslist as a job site that provides the best level of service and value to its visitors.
- Use niche, industry-specific job boards, and professional-association boards as effective. A fall 2007 poll by Beyond.com (which powers the QuintCareers Job Board) of 6,500 business professional members found that more than half of job-seekers who indicate that they have their resume posted online said that these niche sites are most effective. What’s a niche site? It is a job board dedicated to a specific industry or geographic region.