Cut Down On The Time You Spend Searching For Jobs OnlineThursday, July 7th, 2011
By now you may have heard that networking is the number one way to get a job. While that’s true, people still find positions through job boards, or else they wouldn’t exist! However, it’s easy to get sucked into searching for hours on end, or worse, get so overwhelmed you give up on looking altogether. Still, with the rule of thumb being to limit your use of traditional job boards to just one hour a day, what is the alternative?
They’re called aggregators, and two of the most well-known are Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com. These sites pull millions of job listings from all across the internet. Instead of needing to go from one site to another each day, you can find all those listings in one place. By entering keywords and location, you’ll get a list of job ads that fit your criteria. You can then get more specific and search by date posted, title, and years of experience, just to name a few. You can even search under date posted, “since last visit.” In addition, you can register for a free account and get set up to receive customized email alerts.
Employers still tend to check their own sites first, so you may just want to use these aggregators to gather leads. When you find a job you’re interested in, go directly to the company’s website and apply there.
Though aggregators are a huge help, using job boards is just one method of searching. On top of that, it’s still the least effective way to find a position. Make online searching a part of your strategy, but spend the bulk of your time on other activities.