IT Employment

Poll: Have you ever gotten a job using a job board?

Job boards have come under a lot of fire for their usefulness. Have you had any success with them?

And I thought I was outspoken! Vincenzo Pilato, in this blog, says:

Putting your resume on [job boards like CareerBuilder or Simply Hired] is the same as placing it in the trash can. The odds of someone offering you a job are close to none!

I can't say that I necessarily disagree with him, but I wanted to get a sampling from you guys just to see if any of you have actually gotten a job or job lead from any of the major job boards. I'll pop over to the IT Leadership blog and ask if any hiring managers use the board. I'll post the results once everyone has had a chance to weigh in. (Feel free to talk about your experience with job boards--both positive and negative--in the discussion below.)

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37 comments
the-dream
the-dream

I was working for company doing a job I enjoyed and the climate changed to the point where I had to leave before they could finish setting me up for failure. I was willing to weather the storm but I also wanted see what else was out there. I posted my information and was picked up by a company in less than one month. I was more than willing to take a step back so that I could get in the door somewhere else, but fortunately the recruiter found a job that fit my skills better than I ever though and with more pay. So it worked for me (Got the job before I resigned of course)

rpeteg
rpeteg

The best jobs I've had are those where I applied directly to the company . . .

david.shorr
david.shorr

I started using job boards back in the days when Dice was a dial-up BBS that I had to call using the local library. And Dice helped me get the job back "home" in Houston that enabled me to get married. In the go-go days of Tech Boom 1.0 I got several jobs via boards like Monster. People were hiring computer talent sight unseen. And the boards are still helpful for me today. But you're NEVER going to get free doughnuts and a unicorn ride just by posting on a job board.

DFO_REXX
DFO_REXX

I have gotten some leads from job boards. That is, a friend might see something I might be interested in, I check out the company, and find some other position which I'm a better fit for. Usually, though, I get jobs via networking and not cruising job boards.

hasquare
hasquare

I have registered on a number of job boards, incl. Seek and Linked In (and others). Nothing so far! Ok to cruise to find jobs I can/and do/ apply for, but no enquiries yet from employers. Looking for 10 years, found jobs myself, but these 'job' web sites - nil from employers.

BernieG
BernieG

My guess would be about 5% of the leads are real (not just fishing expeditions for data). And I would say I had about the 5% success. Be careful on how much personal data you leave on your posted resume. Good way to get a spam attack on your Email account.

aabedoy
aabedoy

I have gotten contacts with headhunters, but no jobs. Every job, and in fact every interview I have gotten over the past 8 years has been through craigslist.

GuyHarel
GuyHarel

I use Jobboom. It used to be a site where you could upload you resume and categorize the kind of job you want. Neve got a job that way. They changed their model for a site where you categorize what you are looking for, but no CV required. Instead you receive automatic email of customers looking for people with your categorized skill. So the customer pays for posting a job, and all qualified people received the job offer by main at no charge. Then yes I ha several jobs that way. Its also fun to discover when most employers are hiring and when they are not. You can monitor the local job market and the hiring patterns. Dont loose your job before Christmas or before the summer vacation !

jwronski
jwronski

Years ago, if biff[1] told me I had mail, I would swith from whatever I was doing. do a quick read, and return to what I was doing. Just now I got biffed, and the email from CyberCoders is a "job alert" that there is a job in Worcester. I'm already skeptical because when it says Worcester, it could be anywhere from Sturbridge to Middleboro. So, I clicked the "View Job" button, and it takes me... not to CyberCoders, but to Careerbliss, where there is enough info to keep me interested, but it's truncated, and there is a button for "Apply Now!" and a less prominent link for "View more job details". OK lets see more. This brings me to Topusajobs, which has another truncated description, a link to 635 similar jobs, a "View Job and Apply Now" button, and a link to "more...". OK, slect "more". This one brings me to Job.com, and and it's *still* a truncated description. Yet another link, "View Full Job Description" finally brings me to the complete listing. Each of Careerbliss, Topusajobs, and Job dot com wants me to sign up so they can biff my mailbox with more similar postings. [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biff

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

I suspect you'll get a high yes rate in the UK, as it's pretty much the standard approach.

wjwood64
wjwood64

I've used Dice for some time. It was pretty productive for CONTRACT work. I went independent about 8 years ago. For the first few years Dice provided several decent opportunities. However I now have a reasonably well established reputation and client base so it is not as important. I have also been out in the market long enough that most of the recruiters with anything decent have my info... My experience is probably not typical. I've worked with SAP since 1994, have a highly polished resume, and lots of industry references / contacts. High demand skills, reasonably well connected, and strong resume.

dcolbert
dcolbert

I've never had a job actually pan out from a web based solution. Most frequently it has been social networking (the old, non-digital kind) that has scored me new gigs. Wait... I got picked up from a job board once by a small consulting agency in Sacramento. It was a horrible experience.

K_Green
K_Green

Like others have said, I've had some success finding or being found, but job boards are one of many tools and techniques that should be used when looking for work. I look at them as being able to put up a free billboard in every major location. As for spam, etc, I use a specific email account for work searches that I can activate & deactivate as needed. After I find a new position, I block all messages for a long period. Long enough for bulk recruitment and spam to stop. Then I turn it back on, just in case a real opportunity happens to come in.

maj37
maj37

Owing to the fact that the last time I changed companies was in 1986 no I have not ever found a job via a job board per-say. I voted just so I could see the results even though the question didn't really apply to me. It would be nice if I didn’t have to skew the results just to see the results. On the other hand the job I found in 1986 with my current company came from a job ad they put in Computer World; I guess that was the closest thing to a job board back then.

lens20v
lens20v

I gave up responding to job boards. Never got a response. Had better response doing my own hunting and resume sending. One of the problems of the job boards is that an old resume is still out there somewhere and I occasionally get a call from a recruiter who found it and needs to add more candidates for something I no longer do, and it's usually geographically way off base. I have since deleted my profile from Monster and Career Builder.

HRISconsultant
HRISconsultant

I believe this depends on your skill set and qualifications. For example, a SAP programmer with specific modules that are in high demand will most likely find a job lead if they post their profile online or apply. The same would hold true for a physician with rare skills; however, doctors in general use word of mouth and very rarely resort to posting their resume or searching online. In addition to the positions listed above, this also pertains to other jobs that are in high demand as well. Personally, I resort to using friends and previous co-workers when looking for a new position, but from my experience, job borads are just one of the tools we have at our disposal and should not be ignored. Sources: I implement HRIS systems along with company job boards and my wife is a physician.

ls1313
ls1313

I did find my current job on a local job board, and having my resume up there already made it easy to apply. However, no jobs or worthwhile leads ever found me...

TRgscratch
TRgscratch

I've gotten three responses to posts on job boards in fifteen years. two led to interviews, one to a job. I look at job boards as just what they are: one piece of a job search campaign - no more, no less. aside: IMO, one measure of the health of the economy is the number of postings. assuming the a constant percentage are garbage, if the total number is increasing, then actual jobs are increasing

mudpuppy1
mudpuppy1

Most of the "offers" I see are of the "burger-flipping" class. Even the IT jobs. Or something I'm totally not qualified for.

wlblaney
wlblaney

Not only have I gotten bombarded with job offers from after posting on these sites, but found my current one, which is as close to a dream job as I can imagine. I suppose its down to what position you're trying to find: maybe there just as many IT blogger openings as there are for DBAs ;0)

John_LI_IT_Guy
John_LI_IT_Guy

I post my resume on LinkedIn and other job boards. My current job was from my LinkedIn profile. Most recruiters don't do their homework. They often do a lousy job of matching people to openings. They should also take a lesson in geography. I live on the north shore of Long Island. I constantly get job offers for jobs in Connecticut because my zip code is within 50 miles of the posted job openings. Ever hear of Google Maps??? Just another example of them not doing their homework.

RockyTopVols
RockyTopVols

A recruiter found my resume on one of the job boards and left me 4 voicemails. He was hiring a temp-to-hire position for a large financial company. After a week of interviews, I was hired on as a 3 month Temp-To-Hire contract as a Virtualization Engineer. After 3 months, I was hired on full time. I would not have found this job if I had not posted my resume online and kept my options open. My 2 previous positions I had found posted online and applied to them- that is how I found those positions. So online boards have worked for me!

krzyst0ff
krzyst0ff

I have had over a dozen job placements in the last 10-12yrs from job boards, each of them were job advertisement listings that I applied for, along with more than 30 interviews. The resume builders and job search tips are useful, (albeit not as good as some articles written by employment agencies). That said, I have never had a worthwhile contact as a result of listing my resume on a job board, but keeping your current resume there is handy if you need to make a quick application. I have also got a few jobs by 'word of mouth' and others by direct application, although many employers seem now to go straight to the job ads if they need applicants to fill a position quickly. as I see it, if the employer is looking for long-term, best skilled applicants, they would probably ask around former colleagues for talent. if they are only after a temp/contract position to fill, the online ads are a quick fix.

egalvezd
egalvezd

Hi All the jobs I get in the last 6 years were by job boards (monster and others) Some of them by active search, others a recruiter called me because my resume was found there. Direct networking never get my a job, maybe people who know me don't trust on me :) My wife worked as recruiter for a time, she used the company's applicants tool but also searched in job boards. regards Enrique

dinomutt
dinomutt

I've done at least a dozen (successful) job searches since the introduction of job boards, and I have never gotten a job from one of them. With that said, posting my resume to these job boards has resulted in successful placements, but never to a job that I applied directly for. It was always the scenario where a recruiter then found my resume on the job board, and placed me to a different opening - most of which were never listed on the job board.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

On Monster.com. But the employer didn't find my resume, I found the employer, then submitted the resume.

aidemzo_adanac
aidemzo_adanac

I'll use a job board to find out who's hiring and then work directly, eliminating the job board. I leave my resume up on line whether looking or not though, I always get interesting offers and you never know when one will open a new door. Personally I think job boards are a waste of time though, the ratios simply do not support the effort. If I was actively seeking work, a job board would just be another tool in the box, I find it so much easier, a lot faster and results in better salary to hunt direct and skip ads, job boards etc. Nothing beats calling the employer (not HR) directly and asking for work.

marie.truman
marie.truman

I got a job off a job board, but that was back in 2000 using Monster.com. Since then I stopped using the job boards, as it basically made my email a target for spam. I think 2010 was the last time I tried a job board, and all I got were job offers stating based on a review of my resume, I was a perfect candidate for an insurance sales job. I had worked in the insurance industry but in IT, so some how that made me a perfect candidate to sell insurance.

aidemzo_adanac
aidemzo_adanac

Use a free online account where you don't care about spam at all. Just as you would for signing on to forums, setting up Pizza Hut log in, etc. Set the account to flag replies and forward to your personal or another free account that you monitor. If the SPAM piles up, change the free account name and repost it again. I've got a couple of GMail accounts I use, averaging 700+ unread emails each. My personal account from my ISP (which I have had for about 10 years now) doesn't get ANY spam, I honestly mean none at all. I get about a 5-10 expected emails, from the chosen few, and that's it. It's so easy to manage free, web accounts too, because it's just a matter of having a log in email address to access TR, Car tech forums, food delivery etc. and the email you receive can usually be deleted in masses as you know it's all junk, anything relevant and wanted is in my personal email inbox,

davelevy@work
davelevy@work

It's not just specialty skills. I've gotten my last two positions as the result of DICE but they were contracts and not long lasting ones at that.

jadkaizen
jadkaizen

@maj37: So, how did you vote then? ;-)

aidemzo_adanac
aidemzo_adanac

But 99.999% are for jobs I won' t consider, are not paying enough, are not accessible (out of town) or are misrepresented to get interest from applicants. Recruiters are such a farce for me, they just don't know what companies need or are looking for.

syhcoach
syhcoach

I've gotten inquiries from NYC, Milwaukee, Seattle, and San Jose in the past six months alone. Go figure!

aidemzo_adanac
aidemzo_adanac

US recruiters call me due to an online resume and say, is Kelowna really that far of a commute for you? I wonder how many others from Vancouver he's asked to work in Kelowna. No Kelowna's not far, if you are heading out for a weekend but a 4hr drive (on a clear sunny day) isn't really a fun commute. On a map, things in Canada look pretty close together but you have to understand that there are hundreds of kilometers of nothing between them. A drive to Kelowna, for the next few months anyway, can take easily half a day due to snow. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

davelevy@work
davelevy@work

I get the same thing in the opposite direction. My favorites though are the job openings in South Jersey. No reason for those at all.

syhcoach
syhcoach

I'm in that very boat right now. Zip on the direct submissions, but since posting my resume on 12/26/2012, I have gotten at least three (new) contacts per day from recruiters, many of them completely outside of market sectors where I would have traditionally looked for employment. So I think job boards do provide a valuable service of connecting recruiters to job seekers.

davelevy@work
davelevy@work

The most disappointing thing is that the insurance sales recruiters have not learned to use LinkedIn