How to Make the Most From Job Boards

If you are a stranger to Job Boards or an internet novice then job boards can seem quite intimidating. Lots of adverts, flashing lights and pop ups can confound you; numerous links can baffle you and let’s not even mention the confusing search options and job posting forms! One thing is for sure though, job boards are essential to your job search or for finding your perfect employee.job board So why should you use job boards and with so many jobs to choose from, how do you know which one/s to use?

Why should businesses use job boards?

Newspaper advertising is dead. OK not quite, but in today’s technological world one could argue that they are becoming a little redundant. The next generation of workers are casting aside the old black and white and reaching for their mice. Businesses know this. Not only can they reach a wider circulation on the net, job boards are usually cheaper than their less environmentally sound alternatives.
It’s all about casting that bigger net. As an employer you could simply pen your advert on a scrap of paper and attach it to a lamp post in your local high street and probably get a few applications for the tiny cost of the stationery. What about the quality though? You may get lucky and find your dream employee, although it’s unlikely. For the relatively low expense (compared with recruitment agencies) of a job board your advert can potentially reach thousands, thereby increasing the chance of finding a quality employee. We all know the value of a great employee and how detrimental a poor one can be. It’s all a matter of maths, a poor employer = potentially £1000s lost in training and lost revenue, the cost of a job board advert = possibly less than £100!

Why should job seekers use job boards?

Do not underestimate their importance to finding you your dream job. If you are job seeking do you want to see only 5% of the jobs relevant to you or do you want to see 99% of them? It’s an easy choice to make so you should know that newspaper adverts cost potential employers much time and money so only a small number of their jobs, if at all, make it into the newspaper. The same can be said for the recruitment agencies who recruit on their behalf. However, when it comes to job boards you are probably seeing all their available jobs.

Job boards usually offer some useful extra features. A job board can allow you to upload your CV, making it easy to send your details out to the right employers. Some sites may also offer a CV creation service and/or advice on how to create the perfect CV which can prove vital if you’re not sure yours is up to scratch. Some job boards allow you register your CV with them so that you can be ‘head hunted’. What this means, in a nutshell, is that employers and recruitment agencies and employers can look at your CV and decide whether you might be suitable for a role they have. Jobs come to you! You can also usually sign up for job alerts so you can keep up to date with hot off the press positions.

Which Job Board should you use?

With plenty to choose from, you don’t want to spend hours registering, uploading your CV, uploading your advert etc. Try using these parameters to help:

o Look local. Some areas have job boards dedicated to that locality. These are a great port of call for both employers and job seekers. For employers and recruitment agencies, posting your jobs on these sites means that you will receive applications from those who know the area and actually want to work there. No more applications from Outer Mongolia! For job seekers, the benefits are similar. You won’t be inundated with jobs available in Outer Mongolia when you want to work in central London!

o Look at the website. This might seem obvious but look at how cleanly it’s laid out (remember I said how confusing some of these websites can look!) It should be easy to navigate and use. If you can’t get round it then neither can job seekers and they won’t be sticking around to look at your postings.

 

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