When it’s time to find a job, these days most job seekers immediately head for job boards to see what’s being posted. The assumption is that job boards have made finding a job very easy. Just post your resume and apply for the jobs you find. All set. Quick and easy. Right?
Well, not exactly!
What is wrong with using job boards?
A job board-centric job search is what I call a “reactive” job search because job seekers are only reacting to the jobs they find posted, and, thus, missing most of the job market.
Sometimes a job board-centric job search works, but more often it doesn’t. The job seeker could end up with the perfect job. Or could miss that perfect job (because it wasn’t posted where the job seeker was looking or because it wasn’t posted at all), and end up taking more time to find a less-than-ideal job.
As long as job boards are only a part of the job search efforts, there is nothing “wrong” with using them. They can actually be helpful, if carefully chosen and used effectively, but only if they are just one of several tools the job seeker uses!
Why is a reactive, job board-focused job search not a good idea? For these 3 major reasons:
1. A reactive job board-based job search misses MOST of the jobs that are available!
- According to the most recent CareerXRoads survey of employer recruiting methods, employers filled only 13% of their jobs through job boards.
- According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, “a search that targets only the advertised openings misses more than half of the the available opportunities.”
2. A reactive job board-based job search targets the most competitive job marketplace.
With less than half (some estimate only 20%) of the total jobs available posted online, but with most job seekers focused on applying for those hobs, this is the toughest place to land a job.
3. A reactive job board-based job search is dependent on the “right” job being posted where the job seeker is looking.
So, the job seeker really is gambling that the jobs postings he or she finds include appropriate jobs from appropriate employers.
So, what’s a job seeker to do?
Modify the approach. Change how time is allocated, and spend less time on the job boards.
Job seekers should post their resumes in the major job boards – HotJobs, Monster, and CareerBuilder, and scan whatever niche job boards are appropriate. Posted resumes should be “re-saved” once or twice a month so that they look “fresh” to potential employers.
Then, get off the job boards!
Based on my research, observations, and interviews, my strong suspicion is that a job board-centric job search takes longer than any other method. So, heat up the job search by spending 20% or less of job search efforts trolling for job postings on job boards.
Each link opens a new page when clicked:
- Turn Off The Computer, Tune Into What’s Happening, & Heat Up the Job Search, @chandlee
- Heating up the Job Search-How to Stay Motivated During the Summer, @erinkennedycprw
- Light the Fire Under Your Feet, @careersherpa
- Cool Job Seekers Heat Up Their Search in the Summer, @barbarasafani
- Some assembly required, @DawnBugni
- Summertime, Sluggish Economy Provide Strong Motivation for an Updated Resume, @KatCareerGal
- 9 Ways to Heat Up Your Job Search This Summer, @heatherhuhman
- Getting Out From Under Chronic, @WorkWithIllness
- Upping Your Job Search Flame; Be ‘Needed, Not Needy,‘ @ValueIntoWords
- Is Your Career Trapped in the Matrix? @WalterAkana
- Put some sizzle in your job hunt – how to find a job now, @keppie_careers
- Summertime – and the Job Search Ain’t Easy, @KCCareerCoach
- Heating up your job search. 5 ways to dismiss those winter blues, @GayleHoward
- Hot Tips for a Summer Job Search, @MartinBuckland @EliteResumes
- Heating Up Your Job Searching Skills: Networking 101 and 102, @GLHoffman
- Treasure Hunt—Yo-ho-ho! Heat Up Your Job Search, @resumeservice