Questions persist about how to find jobs on job boards, how to post resumes most effectively, how to get results, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls of posting. Reinforcing and expanding on tips offered in preceding parts of this chapter the ere are the answers to some major questions:
Q. How can I determine the best places to post my resume?
A. As we’ve seen, literally thousands job boards provide venues where job-seekers can post one or more versions of their resumes.
But before you jump onto your computer, develop a strategy for deciding which job boards will be best for your job search. It pays to put in the legwork required to find job sites that will yield fruitful results and minimize frustrations.
There are basically four types of job boards/job sites:
- Mega, National Job Boards, including sites like Monster.com, HotJobs.com, CareerBuilder.com, and the Quintessential Careers Job Portal powered by Beyond.com. These sites have a massive number of job listings and resume postings. The big job boards are a good starting place for an Internet job search. Citing career specialists and HR managers, Josh Kovner of the Hartford Courant notes that the major job boards are an effective tool for those who have not yet narrowed their job search and want to get an idea of their marketability. Given that the big job boards are stock-in-trade for recruiters — the Wall Street Journal reports that 73 percent of recruiters spend time online searching for candidates — job-seekers could be missing the boat if they bypass the big guns.
See our top 10 job boards.
- Regional, Geographic-Specific Job Boards. Just about every region, every state, and every major metropolitan area has one or more “local” job boards. If you are looking for a job in a specific location, then using one or more of these job boards makes sense. Navigate your way through geographic-specific job boards.