No doubt you’ve had the experience of clicking on a job or internship posting on the internet only to get re-directed to multiple job boards, which leaves you wondering if it’s even an active posting. There’s Handshake, Google, Simply Hired, Indeed, Zip Recruiter, and Career Builder, just to name just a few. Then there are the sites that ask you to fill out a form or join something before you can see the actual position. More often than not, these are click-bait sites designed only to capture and sell your information to advertisers. It’s all a bit frustrating!
In the next section, we’ll look more closely at the most important job boards and discuss their relative strengths and weaknesses. From the outset, however, it’s important to remember that job boards are not the only place you should be looking. If you are looking for roles in specialized fields – in the arts, education or engineering – you will also want to do research on artist alliances, professional associations and on university or college career pages. Additionally, recruiting firms/agencies often work on entry-level jobs and can be good to include in your job search once you have graduated. Beyond this, if you are a recent grad, you should also be connecting with your college or university’s alumni association. Alumni associations often provide a wealth of career services to help former students find job opportunities and improve their chances of landing a job offer.
Don’t think too narrowly: I often hear clients say that their career office can’t help them or their former professors can only help them find a certain type of job. It is important to keep an open mind and just take the action. You never know who your professors know and they just might have a great person or organization to refer you to.
Finding and applying to jobs through online job boards is just one piece of the puzzle. The other steps you should also be taking include:
–Attending career fairs / virtual networking events
–Connecting with your career office / alumni association
–Checking/applying on company websites directly
*All covered in upcoming lessons
Let’s read on to learn about what job boards and resources are best to use: Job Boards and Other Job Research Tools