Tips on using job boards

February 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm Leave a comment

Job boards are the solace of job hunters but often can become their biggest time waster as well. It’s so easy — actual openings pop up on your computer screen with instructions on how to apply and helpful links, and there you go, you can send your resume and materials in minutes! Of course, the problem is that thousands of other job seekers are doing the same thing and you have absolutely no idea of whether you will be seriously considered for the position. It’s like sending your resume into a black hole.

Hiring experts remind us and anecdotal evidence underscores that the vast majority of job hunters don’t land jobs they find on boards — success comes through contacts, networking and work one does (such as free-lancing or contract work) for an organization that opens doors to a job. Then why use job boards at all? Experts say to approach them as one tool in your job hunting arsenal. By regularly perusing good job boards (and we’ll get to the award winners in a minute, and why they’re good) a clever job hunter can get an idea of where there are openings in their field, can research the qualifications necessary and then can use that information to contact organizations and tailor their materials to the type of openings available.

Some tips on how to most effectively use job boards in your search:

*Don’t spend a lot of time here or have high expectations of securing a position based on sending your resume through listings on job boards. Those who use this as their prime  job-hunting technique are bound to become frustrated by the lack of response and will almost certainly have a longer job search than those who rely on networking and other job-search strategies. A good tip: allow yourself only a half hour at the beginning and end of your work day to go through listings on job boards — set a timer on  your PDA if necessary. Also, for every resume you send out “blind” to a listing on a job board, require yourself to send two to contacts who may be able to get it in the hands of someone in their organization — this way you will be avoiding job-board dependency.

*View job boards as a form of research, pure and simple. Especially when just starting a search, your goal is to ascertain what kind of openings are popping up and how your qualifications fit these openings so you can best pitch your skills and background to prospective employers. The good job boards offer a great deal of information about who is hiring and the desired qualifications. It’s also a good way to see what salary and benefits (some provide this) to expect for the types of jobs you will be seeking. Then you want to research companies and organizations from their Web sites and contact those in your network who may be able to open doors there for you.

*Use targeted job boards rather than huge sites, like According to experts, there are more than 50,000 job boards out there and most have sprung up in the past decade or so. With refined search-engine technology, the better job boards allow you to much more specifically target the types of employers and positions that make sense for you — especially if you have a specific geographic area in mind, like the D.C. metro area. Experts suggest regularly focusing on three job boards: an aggregator (as many employers list positions on multiple boards), an industry niche board (especially important for journalists), and a niche board for either geography or company type. One caution: While you want to focus on job boards and listings that make the most sense for you, sometimes you might want to check out a different board or two (in your hour a day of alloted job-board-surfing time) to freshen up your research a bit. And check in with your job-hunting pals about their favorite job boards (or new ones that have sprung up) as with tens of thousands available, there may be some that you missed.

*Customize your search. Use the technology available to allow you to get the proverbial biggest bang for your buck from this job-search technique. Sign up for emails or RSS feeds from job-board sites that fit your search criteria. This will save you time and energy that you can spend on other job-hunting strategies.

*Now, for the winners! has come out with its 2010 User’s Choice Awards, based on surveys of recruiters and candidates about their favorite job boards. With a hat tip to (link below) for publishing this information, here are the top job boards and why they’re worth visiting:

The Top 30 Job Boards For 2010

From: | February 17, 2010

It’s like the Oscars for job boards…. Read more at »

The envelope please…..

For the category of general job boards (in alphabetical order):
Yahoo! HotJobs

And let’s not forget the niche job boards:

Absolutely Health Care

The top websites were from a number of different industry segments. Health Care was represented by Absolutely Health Care,,, and . Dice was the only technology job board on the list. for hospitality jobs made the top 30. focuses on the retail industry. Weddle’s recognized for excellence in the logistics vertical.

Top websites also represented a number of candidate demographic groups.,, and all target recent college grads.,, and target senior managers and professionals. targets candidates who want to be represented by staffing and recruiter firms, while targets part timers.

Additionally, a few job boards focus on the type of companies recruiting. targets companies who seek to actively improve their diversity initiatives in their hiring process. Companies looking for a top site to target Veterans for hiring can look towards to help find candidates. was the only firm with a regional focus to be named in the top 30. Jobing has 48 city or regional sites focused on jobs in a specific geographic area.

Eleven sites were general purpose job sites. The largest sites (Monster, CareerBuilder, HotJobs all made the list. The aggregators Indeed, SimplyHired, and TopUSAJobs also were awarded with spots on the top 30. Other general purpose sites include DirectEmployers,, EmploymentGuide, and

*And to end this snow-covered work week (are you D.C. area folks exhausted from the longer commute and other hassles the snow has wrought? I am…) here are some leads on jobs, internships and free-lance work:

*Communities In Schools is looking for a vice president of marketing and communications in Alexandria:

Vice President of Marketing and Communications – Communities In Schools
The Bridgespan Group – Alexandria, VA
VP of Marketing and Communications will lead day-to… communications professional with vision and a distinguished track record in using marketing/communications

*Clear Channel has an opening for a studio engineer in Rockville:

Studio Engineer
Clear Channel Communications – Montgomery County, MD
Clear Channel of Washington, D.C. has an immediate full-time opening for a Studio Engineer. Qualified candidates should have 3-5+ years experience in broadcast…
From Clear Channel Communications

*The Institute on Political Journalism has a variety of internships available in D.C. (hat tip on this lead and the next is

Internships in Washington, D.C.
Job Code: 1.1
POSTED: Feb 17
Salary: Open Location: Washington, D.C.
Employer: The Institute on Political Journalism Type: Full Time – Internship
Categories: Broadcast, Newspapers and Magazines, Communications and Public Relations, Online

About The Institute on Political Journalism

This intensive eight-week program is designed for students looking for professional, hands-on training in print or broadcast journalism, PR, and politics. IPJ will give you that competitive edge you will need in today’s job market. of Washington’s top academic and internship programs, IPJ has provided undergraduates with the ultimate Washington, D.C. summer experience for the past two decades. The Institute selects many of the best undergraduate journalism students in the country to attend this….more info

*And last but not least,  is looking for freelance writers:

Hiring Freelance Article Writers POSTED: Feb 12
Salary: Open Location: United States
Employer: Type: Contract – Entry Level
Categories: Broadcast, Newspapers and Magazines, Online Preferred Education: Some College

About Media Inc. operates,, and, which reach over 27 million readers each month in English, German, French and Spanish. For freelance writers and journalists, these sites provide a new outlet for their work while delivering an audience of millions each month. For curious readers these sites offer authoritative articles, reviews, and expert commentary written by professional writers.

View all our jobs

Job Description is a Quantcast Top 100 website and well-established online magazine, that publishes the work of over 8,000 writers to over 24 million monthly readers.

In response to reader demand, Suite101 is currently recruiting freelance writers from all different levels of their career to write authoritative and prolific articles.


  • A minimum of 10x 400-600 word fact-based articles every 3 months
  • Self guided use of training materials
  • Commitment to following editorial guidelines


  • Excellent writing and grammatical skills
  • High level of self-motivation and fastidious attention to detail
  • Ability to accept and respond to Editor feedback
  • Experience writing for the web considered an asset, though not required
  • Familiarity with social networks and online marketing is beneficial, though not required


  • Freedom to write about what you want, when you want
  • Lifetime royalties with added bonuses and incentives
  • Exposure to over 24 million monthly readers
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If you feel you meet the above requirements and would like to consider writing for us, we’d love to hear from you. Please apply online at

Happy hunting and have a relaxing weekend!



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