We know that it’s important to be networking rather than just browsing job boards when you are job searching. However, we know that job seekers should be also spending time searching for jobs online and applying. Networking alone won’t get you a job. Just like you would diversify the way you invest your money, you want to make sure you approach your job search in a similar way.
Don’t just rely on the big job boards like LinkedIn and Indeed. There are many niche job boards out there for various job functions, industries, and affinity groups.
Since job titles are all over the place, you need to get crafty on how you search for jobs that you might be qualified for. For example, a product manager role at one company might be listed as program manager or product director at another company even if the responsibilities and scope are exactly the same. We’ve created a class called Locate Job Opportunities that shows you how to hack this process by creating a job search query builder to save time in finding multiple job titles on a job board.
Some of the larger and more established job boards already have a search agent feature built into their system. It will save you time to set up your search criteria and activate email notifications when there are new postings related to your search. We recommend doing this even if you are not job searching since it will keep you updated on what are the latest skills in demand in your function or industry.
It can be tedious and time consuming to review multiple job boards to locate and keep track of job postings. Many people create spreadsheets and docs to track both job postings and their application process since it is not easy to stay organized. Teal’s job tracker app was created to help job seekers save time when perusing popular job boards. With its handy Chrome extension, it allows you to bookmark jobs automatically and scan the posting for the keywords you will need for your resume. In addition, you can efficiently manage your job application process all in one place rather than having to save the job posting somewhere else. The Job tracker works with a lot of the popular job boards today.
Even though job opportunities can be found through your network, company websites, and social media platforms, it’s always a good idea to leverage a diverse array of sources for opportunities. The advantages of job boards is that they are a centralized place for you to see many jobs at once and if you use search agents and tools like the Job Tracker, it can be a great way to organize and manage your entire job application process!