Are you looking for a new job?
Naturally, you think of searching for a job online to save you from a lot of hassle. Luckily, there are employment websites that can help you with that task.
The only problem—there are tons of job sites that appeared on your search.
Which should you use? Which of these platforms is best for you? Should you try them all? Or should you focus your time and effort on just a few?
They say it’s wise to cover all your bases or to not put all your eggs in the same basket, but having to make an account and getting your resume on every job site that you see is not exactly an ideal strategy – not only is it time-consuming, it is also very inefficient.
So what do we suggest?
It is best to recognize that not all job sites are created equal. The best ones have search tools that are quick and easy to navigate allowing you to search for jobs, location, skills, and other details all based on your preferences and most importantly, some job sites are perfect, not for all job types or industries, but for specific fields like IT and engineering.
In this article we will be narrowing down your choice of job sites so you do not have to spend hours signing up, making an account, and uploading your resume in every single one of them. We are going to focus on the top employment websites, and how they are different from each other in terms of results, usage, and content.
But before getting into that, let us first give job boards or employment websites a clear-cut definition.
What are job boards or employment websites?
Job boards or employment websites serve as a platform for job hunting activities. They can range from large-scale generalist jobs, niche jobs, to specialist jobs such as the medical field, engineering, IT, social work, legal, and back-office jobs.
Jobseekers using employment websites or job boards often have the option to upload their resume and have it submitted to their preferred potential employers and recruiters for review; they may be contacted if ever they are qualified.
Employers on the other hand have the option to post their vacant positions, the skills they need, information about the company they are running, and sometimes the salary.
Here are some tips on how you can use job boards – they may differ in the interface, but essentially they all work similarly.
Tips On How To Use Job Boards
- Find your favorite— choose the job boards that you think have the most potential employers for you, has the easiest interface to use, and most user-friendly
- Create an account— if you find a job board of your liking, make an account so you can store data such as your resume, making you more visible to potential employers
- Use the app— oftentimes job boards now have a mobile app, allowing you to be notified immediately if employers want to contact you, or there are new jobs which fit your skills that are available
You now have the essentials you need to make the most out of job boards. But aside from the definition of job boards, tips on using them effectively, and the differences of job boards which we are going to discuss later, there are still questions you probably want to ask regarding job boards.
Frequently Asked Questions About Job Boards
Some of the frequently asked questions about job boards are compiled here. We are going to try and answer some of them.
- Is it worth the trouble to use job boards and is it free to use?
Posting on job boards is the kind of activity wherein you have nothing to lose but time. Most job boards are also free to use – they give the same results as paid job boards and offer the same visibility for both employers and candidates.
- I uploaded my resume on a job board, what now?
Some free job posting websites make money by offering candidates the option to be included in the resume or CV database. Employers can check out this database if they want to connect with passive and active candidates.
- Are all job boards free posting features made available to all employers?
Some job boards only allow job posting options to direct employers, meaning recruiters and third-party hirers need to pay to post jobs.
Now that we have answered some of the frequently asked questions about job boards, we can move on to the most important part of this discussion, which is how the top job boards are different from each other.
Top Job Boards And Their Differences (Results, Usage, Job Postings)
Job boards are being created almost every day. The next big thing in job boards may already be out, collecting data about the available candidate pool.
Despite the fact that there may be countless job boards on the internet, traditional job boards are still one of the best job boards out there.
Some job boards are laser focused on specific niches and matches you with employers coming from these specialized sectors which may also be worth checking out. Not all employers are interested in posting job vacancies in every site.
Other types of job boards allow you to search many job boards, company career sites, and other job postings. It is even possible to directly search Google for job openings.
Limiting yourself to only one job site or two, however, is not going to benefit you. Sure, it’s best to narrow down your choices to a couple of job sites, but each job site only includes jobs from particular websites or businesses.
Some job sites only post jobs directly from business websites, others have verified nationwide listings coming directly from business websites. There are also some that collect listings from many sources.
To make our list comprehensive, we differentiated the top job boards based on three criteria, mainly by its results, usage and job postings.
Results pertaining to the job statistics of the job site. The usage here is about how easy the website can be navigated by the users and lastly, job postings are about what job positions are being listed in the website by the employers and the kind of candidates that joins the job site.
Linkedin.com is dubbed as the social media for professionals. It was designed for business professionals to meet and connect and is the tech equivalent of attending a traditional social networking event where you can meet other professionals, interact about your jobs and trade business cards. On LinkedIn, you can add “connections” same way you can add friends on Facebook.
As of writing, there are 11 million active job listings on LinkedIn, 20000 US companies are actively using LinkedIn to recruit, 4 million of the users identify themselves as contractors, and 94% of the recruiters use LinkedIn to vet candidates. Top recruiters are also more likely to be 60% more engaged in LinkedIn.
Judging by these numbers, LinkedIn ranks pretty high among the best job sites on the internet. It has already established a good reputation as one of the top online job marketplaces for candidates and hiring companies, and has amassed an impressive job statistic.
Using LinkedIn is almost the same as using Facebook. It has its own platform and system but its functionality is similar to Facebook. After creating an account, you can grow your connections by adding people.
You can then use the Easy Apply feature wherein if you are a company, you get to post jobs by directing applicants to your own site where a candidate can apply or you can collect resumes and applications right in the LinkedIn system. If you’re a job seeker, you can easily apply just by a few clicks.
The members of the site LinkedIn are coming from different industries, Fortune 500 businesses including. It can range from accounting, medical field, IT, banking, publishing and many others.
Indeed.com is one of the largest job boards on the internet, with an approximate 80 million unique visitors every month. It was founded in 2004 in Austin, Texas and was specifically created to compete with the growing job boards at that time.
The job site earns a profit via the pay-per-click model and through traditional website advertising. Hiring companies pay a small fee each time a candidate views their posting.
Indeed.com boasts of 100 million resumes in their database, 72 million ratings and reviews, and 9.8 added jobs per second globally. It lists jobs in more than 50 countries and 28 languages. These numbers make Indeed.com a good place to start with the job search. There are plenty of job positions to choose from and you get a feel of the current job market you’re in.
The site is user-friendly with its floating sidebar that enables you to view other posts but still keeping you on the same page, which means you are not going to lose your current spot in the page every time you click on a job post. It also allows you to skim through the details and requirements, then gets back to your spot on the page if the job posting isn’t your match.
Indeed.com is almost similar to LinkedIn in a way that it has an extensive list of job positions, which in turn attracts a variety of job seekers. Advertising, manufacturing, IT, and many others are in this job site.
Glassdoor is known for its review feature wherein employees can write reviews of their employers and their management style. They can also report their salaries, whether it’s competitive or not. It’s also among the largest job sites on the internet along with the other two that were previously mentioned.
Glassdoor has around 23 million job seekers every month. Employers who post in Glassdoor can expect less bad quality resumes as their average applicant-to-hire ratio is around 50:1. Job seekers who apply via Glassdoor job listings self-elect themselves as a good fit for the job opening, hence employers see less weak candidates.
Glassdoor has an excellent user interface. It saves the positions you searched for in the past, and when you search for a job posting, it appears as a column to the left of the page, and the job description appears as a preview window to the right.
Glassdoor is frequented by small to medium-sized companies with not so large hiring needs. Recruiters in this job site often have urgent positions to fill. The world’s fastest growing companies can be found in Glassdoors such as Paycom and Lyft.
Finding a job isn’t easy. Job sites are helpful tools in landing you that dream job in your ideal company and it may seem effortless to apply through job sites but they actually take up a lot of your time.
You can spend two to three hours just browsing through the job listings in one job site but make sure that you are investing your time and effort in a job site that can actually offer you the right jobs and fitting employers.
Now if you are and executive and is looking for other opportunities, we also maintain our own job board. You can check it out here.
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