CareerBuilder, Monster, Indeed… where do you begin? Job searches can often be stressful and with so many different job boards now available, it can be tough to determine which may be the right one for your search. Before going out and creating profiles for every job board under the sun, take some time to consider which one will work best for you by looking at some of the websites to see the type of jobs that are available. Are the jobs posted on that board aligned with what you are looking for in a new role? Let’s take a deeper look at some of my favorite places to go.
Indeed - Indeed consistently ranks among the top job boards on nearly every list that is available online. As far as ease of use and number of openings available, they are tough to beat. You can easily search for and apply to roles of interest. Indeed will even give you a time frame of how long the role has been open. Another feature they offer is the ability to set up job alerts with your own search parameters. When looking for a job, especially an entry-level role, Indeed should be your first stop.
LinkedIn - While it may not technically be a job board, LinkedIn is a great place to look for and be found for potential job opportunities. The social networking site even gives you suggested jobs based on your work history and location, working as an aid in your search! LinkedIn will send you periodic emails with new positions you may be interested in as well, without the need to set up job alerts. Recruiters also commonly seek out LinkedIn profiles when filling their open positions. Completing your LinkedIn profile and adding your resume can help you get noticed by recruiters for the right opportunity. Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date and let the best roles come to you!
Niche - Don’t forget to check out industry specific boards such as AgCareers (Agriculture) or Dice (IT) that focus on jobs in the industry you are interested in. This will take out some of the leg work required to sift through the many postings listed on more general job boards and allow you to focus on opportunities within your desired industry.
All in all, there is no one stop shop or best job board for every job hunt. Take some time to reflect on the type of opportunity you want to pursue as well as research which board best fits your needs and you will be on the road to a successful job search.
By: Luke Koebler, Sourcing Specialist