Getting the most out of Online Job Boards

Written by Scott Brown

Do Online Job Boards Really Work?

The short answer is Yes, they do work.

Even though job boards are a new technology that have been around for just a few years, there are already many signs that they are a significantly more effective recruiting technology than what had been used before (mainly newspaper classified ads). Trying to gaugerepparttar effectiveness of job boards is sort of like trying to figure out how fast you're going in a jet airplane. At 40,000 feet, you don't realize how fastrepparttar 139238 plane was moving you until you get to your destination.

In 2003, earned about $423 million dollars from employers who paid to find candidates on their job site. And Monster is only one ofrepparttar 139239 top job boards. Nationwide, employers spend over a billion dollars a year to recruit candidates from job sites.

How likely you are to find your next job throughrepparttar 139240 Internet depends on a number of factors. One of them isrepparttar 139241 profession you're in. Some studies have suggested nearly 50% or even more of IT jobs are found online. For less tech-savvy positions,repparttar 139242 chance of finding your next job online are generally lower. If most job seekers in your field are not tech-savvy, employers will probably not bother looking online for those types of candidates. For example, employers generally do not searchrepparttar 139243 Internet for low-wage job candidates like home health aides and cashiers. The feeling is many of these people don't have computers and aren't onrepparttar 139244 job sites.

In other professions, there is a quickly changing dynamic. When job boards first became popular, most higher-level managers still had their secretaries do most of their work. It was not uncommon in 1997 for a CEO to spend little or no time onrepparttar 139245 computer since it was seen as an administrative tool. By 2000, that had started to change with many executives and other high level managers starting to see e-mail andrepparttar 139246 web as a necessity for doing their jobs and staying in touch with employees and customers. Whereas recruiters had originally thought executives would never look for jobs online, by 2002, a study by outplacement firm Drake Beam Morrin reported 6% of management-level jobs were found throughrepparttar 139247 Internet inrepparttar 139248 prior year. This statistic is continually increasing with more and more management jobs being found online.

Even withrepparttar 139249 impressive growth of job boards,repparttar 139250 top source for finding a new job is still by word of mouth in most professions. The 2002 Drake Beam Morrin study found 61% of management-level jobs were found through networking. The percentage tends to vary depending onrepparttar 139251 profession but usually anywhere between 40% and 70% of positions are filled by word of mouth. About 5% of jobs are still filled through newspaper ads. Overall, across all professions, job boards account for about 10-15% of all jobs found.

Here are some tips to getrepparttar 139252 most out of using job boards:

1. When you post your resume on a job site, make surerepparttar 139253 salary you're asking for is in line with what other people with your background are looking for. Think about it fromrepparttar 139254 employer's perspective: if you got a list of 50 resumes, and 45 of them are asking for a salary you think is reasonable and 5 of them are asking for a salary that seems high, which ones will you look at first? How do you know what a reasonable salary is? One way is to look at job listings for your profession in your local area and make sure what you're asking for is withinrepparttar 139255 range of what employers are willing to pay.

2. Make sure recruiters can reach you easily atrepparttar 139256 contact information you provide. The email address you put down onrepparttar 139257 job boards should be one that you check frequently. Keep in mind that with free email services like Yahoo and Hotmail, you have to check them at least every few days if you're getting a decent amount of email so they won't fill up. If a recruiter tries to email you and their message bounces back because your mailbox was full, chances are they'll just move on torepparttar 139258 next person on their list. Same goes for phone numbers. You should provide a work or cell phone number so recruiters can reach you duringrepparttar 139259 day, as well as an evening phone number just in case they're working late (as many recruiters do) or they brought some resumes home with them. You should have an answering machine or voice mail, and make sure it works properly. If you have a fax machine onrepparttar 139260 same line, make sure it's set not to answerrepparttar 139261 phone.

Escaping from your Job Search Groundhog Day

Written by Scott Brown

The actor Bill Murray earned critical acclaim for his performance in 2003's Lost in Translation. It was a great movie about someone feeling like he was in a rut - both with his career and his personal life - and how he escaped from it. An even more striking example of someone stuck in a rut can be found in a movie Bill Murray starred in ten years earlier - 1993's Groundhog Day. Some of you may have seenrepparttar movie. Even if you have, I'd like to recountrepparttar 139237 highlights ofrepparttar 139238 story for you and how this perspective can help you in your job search.


In Groundhog Day, Bill Murray plays a weatherman who has to live Groundhog Day over and over until he gets it "right." To make matters more complicated, he isrepparttar 139239 only one who knows he wakes up every day and it's February 2nd -- to everyone else, life is progressing as usual. Plus, he has no idea why he has to liverepparttar 139240 day over and over again and no idea how to get out of it. First he tries being really mean to everyone. Then he tries becoming a criminal -- stealing money from an armored car and getting thrown in prison for drunk driving. He even goes as far as committing suicide several times. But no matter what, every morning he wakes up and it's still Groundhog Day.

He goes through a big slump of feeling completely worthless and mad atrepparttar 139241 world. Then one day he realizes he should really take action to go after what he wants in life. He decides to pursue a crush he has on his boss, an attractive woman named Rita. At first he tries using his super-powers of livingrepparttar 139242 same day over and over again to gain information he can use to trick Rita into falling in love with him -- such as remembering her favorite foods and childhood memories. This doesn't work because Rita sees throughrepparttar 139243 tricks and realizes he's not being genuine. However inrepparttar 139244 process, Bill Murray's character actually falls in love with Rita and with her passion for excellence and helping other people.

At this point, a transformation happens in our hero's life. Even though he's stuck in a rut and livingrepparttar 139245 same day over and over again, he decides to makerepparttar 139246 best ofrepparttar 139247 situation. Instead of being mean to people and ignoring them every day, he starts being nice and helping people. He starts learning new skills like how to playrepparttar 139248 piano and how to ice sculpt. Byrepparttar 139249 end ofrepparttar 139250 movie, he has really become an amazing individual - saving many peoples' lives and playingrepparttar 139251 piano in a brilliant concert performance forrepparttar 139252 townspeople. Rita, his boss, is genuinely impressed and truly falls in love with Murray's character, Phil. They fall asleep together after having had a deep and meaningful conversation, andrepparttar 139253 next morning it's not Groundhog Day anymore.

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