Month: December 2016

101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #2 Job Boards


There are hundreds of job boards competing to get companies to post jobs.  So how do you ever search all of them to find a job?

Following are some tips to make your search a little easier when deciding on which job boards are right for you.

Tip #1 – Conduct a Google search for the title of the job

By conducting a search for the title of the job you’ll get an idea of the job boards companies are using to post that particular type of position. Then you’ll know which job boards to focus your time on searching.

Tip #2 – The top 5 Job Boards to Search

Indeed, Careerbuilder, and Monster are the 3 main job boards that companies still use today to post positions. It’s still worth you time to search these boards.  It can be expensive for small companies to post jobs on these boards. So if you’re targeting smaller companies these boards may not be the best way to conduct your search. A new job board, is gaining popularity because it allows companies to post jobs to hundreds of job boards at once. It’s a good idea to check ZipRecruiter for your next job, too. LinkedIn is another job board to search that’s used fairly frequently by all sizes of companies.

Tip #3 – US.Jobs

Companies that are doing business with the government almost always post their jobs on US.Jobs.  That’s because government contractors are required to have an affirmative action plan so when audited they can show their recruiting efforts are attracting diverse candidates as well.  US.Jobs helps companies comply with government regulations related to their affirmative action plan. This is definitely one of the job boards you should incorporate in your job search toolkit as well.

Tip #4 –

If you’re looking for a job working in the federal government you’ll need to search  This is a completely different website from US.Jobs that’s primarily focused on jobs with government contractors.

Tip #5 – Professional Association Job Boards

There is a professional association for just about any profession and many of the associations host a job board. Conduct a Google search for a professional organization in your field and check to see if they have a job board.  You can also review the  List of Professional Associations with Job Boards that I’ve compiled.  These job boards can be expensive to post on so not every company will use them.  Still, they should be part of your toolkit when searching for a job.

Tip #6 –

Dice is the one job board that’s known in the industry to post technical positions.  If you’re in a technical field you’ll definitely want to search Dice for jobs.

Tip #7 – Boolean Search

I’ve mentioned a number of job boards in this article to use when conducting your search.  You can search them individually or you can use the following Boolean search string to search for jobs on multiple sites at one time. (Note: the following search string searches Indeed, Monster, Careerbuilder, or LinkedIn for financial analysts jobs in Boulder.  You can make the changes to the string accordingly for job boards, title, and location.)

( OR OR OR (job OR jobs OR apply) -resume -cv -sample -description (“financial analyst”) (“boulder”)

Overall job boards can be one of the major resources in your toolkit when searching for your next job. But searching these boards can be a huge time drain too.  You might find yourself spending an entire day searching the different boards and end up only applying to maybe one or two jobs.  Employing some of the tips above will make your search more efficient and free up valuable time to use other tools for searching for a job like networking and attending professional association meetings.


LinkedIn – Using Groups to Find a Job




Here’s how to use LinkedIn Groups to find a job.





Change the drop down in the ‘Search’ box to groups.


If you know a specific group that you want to join type the group name in the search feature. Below I’ve searched for Society of Women Engineers.


The results below show the group for Society of Women Engineers.  Most groups have a conversation site and then a jobs site.  Click on the jobs site to see the jobs that have been posted by various companies. Recruiters use sites like these all the time to post jobs.


If you don’t know a specific group you can type in a profession, specific skill and specific location. Below I looked for groups in the field of Engineering. Notice there are over 2,000 groups.  You can narrow the search by putting a location.


You can also type in ‘Jobs’ and see all the groups related to jobs. You can narrow the search by location, profession or any other keyword.


So in addition to looking at the jobs posted on LinkedIn, be sure to search jobs posted in various groups.  To post jobs on LinkedIn costs money but it’s free to post jobs in the groups.  Many companies don’t pay to post.  Instead, they’ll post their jobs in different groups.


101 Ways to Find a Job – Way #1 Make a List

This is a new series I’m starting for my Monday posts. Each Monday I’ll add another way to find a job.

#1 Way to Find a Job – Make a List of What You Want


Before you begin searching for a job, make sure you have a good idea of the position you want. Before you start reviewing job boards, make a list of the following items:

Title of Positions 

Make a list of the different titles for positions you’re interested in.  Keep in mind that companies can call the same position  by different titles.  For example, some companies will call a Software Application Engineer by Software Engineer or Applications Engineer. Conducting a brief search of the job boards will give you an idea of the different titles.


Do you want to work in high-tech, services, government contracting?  Every industry has their own pros and cons.  Do some research to find out what industry is right for you based on your likes and dislikes.

Size of Company

Decide if you want to work for a start-up, mid-sized, or large company.  Your decision will most likely be based on the amount of autonomy you need.  Start-ups rarely have a lot of procedures where as large companies have a lot of procedures and it can sometimes take a long time to get a decision.


Decide what your limits are related to your commute or relocation.


If you spend time listing this information before you start searching, you’ll find that your search will be more productive and will expedite your time to a new job. .