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Are Job Boards Worth the Time?

29 Aug, 2019

Are Job Boards Worth the Time?

Job boards may have been an effective job searching tool decades ago, but not in today’s market. Executives who spend several hours a day searching job boards for the right position are likely just wasting their time and energy.

With the thousands of jobs and applicants that apply for those jobs, your chances of being recognized are slim. In fact, many of the top executive positions won’t even get posted on job boards.

After you’ve spent time developing your LinkedIn profile and updating your executive resume, your best chance of finding a job is through networking. Here are some of the main issues with job boards and why you should avoid them:

Job Boards Rarely Post Executive Positions

After completing your executive resume, you should not spend time hunting through job boards. The high-level positions you’re seeking are rarely, if ever, posted on them anyway.

You can look through the different company names in order to spark your own internal research on them. Your time would actually be better spent looking through LinkedIn, attending networking events, and doing other research to learn what jobs are actually open.

Applicant Tracking Systems

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are used by employers today to sort through resumes automatically. The trick to passing ATS is having the appropriate amount of relevant keywords scattered throughout your resume.

It takes time and effort to make sure you have these keywords included effectively, without overdoing it. However, even with that, there’s no guarantee it will pass since there’s not a standard ATS software to study and learn.

Since jobs posted on job boards likely receive hundreds of applicants, hiring managers usually will use ATS to filter out candidates. This means your chances of getting noticed are very low.

So What Is An Effective Job Search Strategy?

The most effective job search strategy for executives to find jobs fitting their skills and expertise is still networking. Employers want to take their time to find the right fit, and they usually never find that person from a job board.

Focus on your LinkedIn profile development first, since you will be doing some networking via that platform. Making connections through LinkedIn gives you a great foundation for developing professional relationships that may eventually evolve into new opportunities.

Though it can be tempting to use job boards as a job search strategy, it will not be a good use of your time and energy. The top executive jobs are rarely, if ever, posted there.

You will be better served to focus your resources in more effective ways to search for that executive position you are dreaming of.

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