- Why are online job boards, such a hot commodity?
- Why are there millions of people on Monster, HotJobs, CareerBuilder, ExecuNet and the Ladders?
- Do they really deliver? Do most people get jobs this way?
Before spending hours and hours using a job-board, here's what I'd ask...
• What is the ratio of applicants to jobs on these boards?
• Will the posted jobs will be filled by job board users, or other methods?
• Is the posted job a “real” job, or has it already been filled by an internal candidate?
• Is it possible to compete on the job boards, with 5.5 million Americans' who are unemployed?
• Are there other "hidden jobs" which are never even posted?
Let's review common misconceptions about job boards...
You may not have to endure face to face rejection on the job-boards. However, many of my clients report that their self esteem has taken a dive, since they never get a response after sending dozens of applications. People begin to question their desirability, their skills, education and experience. Additionally, there are too many people competing for too few jobs. Most of your competition, like you, may be over-relying on a single job search method. Would an Olympic athlete only use one exercise to train for competition? No, they’d cross train, mix it up, research the best multiple methods, hire a coach etc…
2.There always seems to be jobs available.
How many of these jobs are in actual companies with current vacancies? How many people do you know who were hired, after applying to a job-board posting? Using job boards is an ineffective, way to job search, though most people do not know what else to do. Public companies may post a position simply to comply with EEOC equal opportunity regulations and provide the appearance of impartiality/public access. In reality, there may already be an internal candidate who gets the promotion. Posting a job may be an exercise in corporate branding or public relations. There is very little to, no screening by the job boards to ensure that the jobs posted are ethical or that the companies are real. How many times have you seen ‘job postings to work at home and earn $80k a year”? Think about this.
3.My resume will get to the Human Resource staff right away, if I apply online.
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