Online Job Boards – 102

I’ve got news for you – Monster, CareerBuilder, and Yahoo!Hotjobs aren’t the only online job boards on the Internet. Duh.

It’s amazing how often I talk with people that have searched Monster, CareerBuilder, and maybe even Yahoo!Hotjobs and one or two others, but they are truly unaware that there are thousands — even tens-of-thousands — of job boards on the Internet. Yes, Monster, CareerBuilder, and Yahoo!Hotjobs are fertile places to find jobs and for recruiters to find you, but these aren’t the only sites worthy of your online job search efforts. But before you just go hunting for these other sites, let’s talk a bit about the types of job sites and how they might be used.

Major Job Boards

This category is best represented by Monster and CareerBuilder. These are sites that are well known through marketing programs (commercials), represent a significant portion of job postings, resumes postings, and recruiter searches on a month-to-month basis.  The job postings here tend to be the most expensive to purchase, so there are fewer low-end jobs and fewer “trash” jobs. These are also “must post” places for your resumes so recruiters can locate you. Yes, look for jobs on these sites, but be aware that there are literally thousands of people responding to the job postings here, so your resume really needs to shine!

Corporate Sites

Almost every firm of any reasonable size has a corporate web site that has a job or career page. This is one of the most fruitful areas to search for online jobs since many/most of the jobs posted on these sites are NOT posted on the major job boards. In most cases, all of a firm’s “publicly advertised” jobs are listed on these sites, so when you find a job posted on a major job board from a firm you’re interested in, seek out the corporate website for more postings and an increased chance of getting a response.

Organizations and Groups

Professional organizations and non-profit groups generally have their own websites today and many of them even have career opportunities on their sites. In most cases these job postings are only available to the members, so the number of people that potentially respond to these posts are much fewer AND there’s the very real possibility that you might know the people offering the job…or if not, you might know an organization member that does, which helps to get your resume to the top of the stack.

Smaller, Niche, or Micro sites

Among the plethora of jobs sites, a few stand out that are the “smaller” general purpose sites, such as 4Jobs, Career, and NationJobs. Many sites target niche markets, like TheLadders focuses on jobs over $100K, Dice for the IT crowd, and SnagAJob for those seeking hourly work. Some sites target government jobs, such as FedJobs or USAJOBS. And also non-profits have jobs—look at OpportunityKnocks as an example. You might check out the RileyGuide ( as a first step in locating many of these resources.

Job Posting Aggregators

These are sites such as Indeed and SimplyHired that know how to reach out to the many, many job sites (major, minor, private, corporate, etc.) on the Internet and pull the jobs from these systems and store/present the jobs under a single interface. The advantage is that you don’t need to know or visit numerous jobs sites, so you won’t miss postings because you didn’t get around to visiting the sites. While this is an effective use of your time, be aware that the postings tend to be a day or so behind the sites from which they were harvested and that these aggregator sites don’t always harvest ALL of the jobs from the other sites. But even with those limits, these are still sites to add to your online search activities.

Next Steps

As I mentioned in a prior post, you need a really solid resume when posting to these sites or their jobs. And you need to keep looking…these are just a few places to consider when searching for jobs on the Internet. Yes, there’s jobs out there, but remember that the Internet is not the only source of jobs…keep your eyes open for other ways to land an interview and a job.

Bottom Line: Get a good resume pulled together, post it on the “big” sites, and then select an appropriate cross-section of online job sites to explore. Yes, look at Monster and CareerBuilder, but don’t stop there…and don’t just use the aggregator sites like SimplyHired. If the sites you are using don’t seem to be working for you, pick new sites and consider rewriting or honing your resume.

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Article updated July 17, 2011

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