In last week’s blog, Making Sense of 2015 to Boost Success in 2016, Doris mentioned that our blog focus is changing. We are planning to immerse ourselves in several projects, and report here, work out loud, about what we are finding and learning.
This, our first project, grew out of our partnership with Encore Tampa Bay. Doris is working with a subcommittee of ETB, and the discussion of matching boomers and employers or volunteer opportunities, both for profit and nonprofit, arose from feedback from ETB participants. Job boards can do just that. Doris set to work using her masterful search skills, and uncovered 54 job boards in no time at all.
Some of us remember when you registered with an employment agency to find a job. You filled out a form, spoke with a job counselor who pulled jobs from his/her files (sometimes a rolodex), and sent you to interviews. Usually, employers paid them a fee if you were hired, but sometimes you paid the agency a fee. For those higher up in the work chain, there were head hunters who recruited executives or helped them find new positions. If you were a do-it-yourself job seeker, you poured over the daily want ads in the newspaper, circling those you wanted to pursue. Calling or visiting the number or address in the ad with cover letter and resume in hand was the way to get in the front door.
What are Job Boards? When did they start?
Today, as we know, job hunting and job applications are all done online. Job Boards are designed to match jobs with job seekers. This is not a new concept, and as soon as the internet became somewhat sophisticated, job listings online proliferated, often starting with newspapers putting their job listings online on their newly developed web sites.
Here is an infographic depicting the history of the online job board and the increase of the use and numbers of boards available.
- On the major sites such as Indeed, Monster, and CareerBuilder, your resume is screened by ATS, which rejects 90% of all applications
- Employers are using LinkedIn more frequently for job applicants
- Often jobs listed on job boards are outdated, already filled, or no longer available
- Networking is still the major way to obtain employment. Using social media to build networks may be a better use of time.
Have you used job boards? What was your experience like? Do you recommend them, or a particular one? Why or why not?
Resources used for this blog:
Visual.ly: History and Statistics of Job Boards
JobBoarders.com: A Brief History of Online Job Boards Since 1995
USGreenTechnology: History and Statistics of Job Boards
Work Chronicle: Advantages and Disadvantages of Job Hunting on the Internet
Undercover Recruiter: Which Job Boards are Most Useful for Job Seekers?
Careerealism: 5 Reasons Why Job Boards Aren’t as Effective Anymore
CMO. by Adobe: Job Boards: Still Sucking Wind