What Can You Build with Job Boards? Not Exactly What You’d Think

By Kathryn Lorenzen, Principal/Career Development Coach, AfterSchool Career Workshops

Here's something you might be interested in, especially if you're soon-to-graduate and spending lots of time on job boards. Did you know there are over 55,000 job boards online? And here's the kicker: the two largest, monster and careerbuilder, represent only 1.5% of the employers in the U.S. (Let that sink in for a minute.)

So... what are job boards good for? Probably two important things:

1. They're a very good source to research job titles and job descriptions so you can pinpoint the kind of job you're targeting, fully understand the basic accountabilities, and make sure your resume highlights the qualifications you have that are relevant.

2. They're also great for survey information on what categories of business or organizations are hiring, so that you can flesh out your own list of people and enterprises to target for connecting.

Here's an efficient method for getting what you need from job boards: Set it and forget it. Find on online aggregator tool that you like, such as www.indeed.com, or at www.mylandajob.com. Set it up to search for you. Then use your discretionary time to do personal contact work, which has a much higher likelihood of yielding a job opportunity for you.

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