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, ZipRecruiter.com 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 – USAJobs.gov
If you’re looking for a job working in the federal government you’ll need to search USAJobs.gov. 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.com
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.)
(site:indeed.com OR site:monster.com OR site:careerbuilder.com OR site:linkedin.com) (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.