The first port of call for any job seeker looking to get hired in 2010 or beyond should be the 10 best job hunting websites and job search engines. But by no means should you confine your search to general employment websites. In fact, there’s ample evidence that such sites may not be worthy of more than a bit role in your overall job search strategy. For starters, their ads aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be. They may be fake, they may be outdated, or they may have been posted by an employment agency or some other third party that has more interest in people you know than in you. Additionally, job postings delivered in such a grand scale to such a large audience tend to attract tons of responses aside from your own, thus decreasing your chances of getting hired.
What then is the level of hiring that can be attributed to such mega job boards? Though the number is uncertain and clearly packed with variables, the vast majority of studies into the subject indicate that even today with so many employment websites ready to assist you (and often just as ready to greedily gobble your greenbacks), eighty to ninety percent or more of all hires come through other means – specifically, personal referrals and networking.
But don’t forget – nationwide/global employment sites aren’t the only job boards out there. You may have to hunt the Web a bit to find them, but there are plenty of regional and job-specific sites that may be far better alternatives for your own personal situation. Furthermore, don’t discount deep-delving services such as LinkUp (www.linkup.com), which go beyond the typical employment websites discussed above by scouring the Internet for “hidden” jobs posted only on corporate/private websites. You won’t find much junk here, because all the postings are taken directly from the sites of real companies. And as a bonus, it’s completely free.
However, as we alluded earlier, you shouldn’t put all your faith in employment website ads or the chance that your resume might somehow flash onto an employer’s screen at just the right moment. Just as it is in the world outside your computer, positions are generally filled before they get to the job posting stage, and are often awarded to those who’ve networked in advance with the right people. In short, there’s nothing quite like a reputable recommendation.