Despite the increasing popularity of candidate sourcing techniques, job boards like My Job Space are still the easiest way to reach millions of candidates and thousands of employers for their job advertising. When figuring out how to hire a developer, both niche and mainstream job boards can help you find strong candidates for your very job advertising.
The 21st century version of circling job adverts in newspapers, job boards can be an excellent job hunting tool. They are everywhere, from huge national job boards to niche job boards run by industry publications. Job boards can help you reach thousands of employers and recruiters.
TOP TIPS FOR USING JOB BOARDS…
Job boards like My Job Space look deceptively easy to use. You can snuggle up in bed, laptop at hand and browse through a seemingly bountiful number of jobs. It requires minimum effort and it certainly feels like you’re being proactive.
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But here’s the thing: just having a quick look or blindly submitting your CV to as many job boards as possible isn’t really going to help you much. Job boards are competitive places. Indeed, employers posting on job boards might receive hundreds of applications, and recruiters will have thousands of CVs to sift through with every job advertising they post. Using niche job boards though like My Job Space can lessen the burden to both applicants and the employers as only the best fit would certainly apply. So how can you make the most out of a job board?
OPTIMISE YOUR CV…
Some job boards require you to submit a CV; others might also require you to write a covering letter. To be perfectly honest, not all recruiters will read your cover letter, so you need to make sure you’ve really primed your CV. For starters, although you might not usually do this, you might want to include your career objectives or interests in a small personal statement at the top of your CV. It only needs be a couple of lines, but it should clearly state the areas of work and types of jobs you’re interested in.
You should also ‘optimise’ your CV for keyword searches. HR using job boards like My Job Space for their job advertising will use certain terms and keywords in their search to dredge up a list of CVs from the database. You want to make sure, especially for the industries and job roles you’re interested in, that your CV pops up in their search.
Another trick is to regularly update your CV on job boards. Most recruiters searching job boards for candidates will restrict their search to the latest CVs that were uploaded on the site, so make sure your CV is amongst them.
SEARCHING FOR JOBS USING JOB BOARDS…
Of course, it’s not just about someone finding your CV, but seeking out the job opportunities that appeal to you by going over companies’ job advertising. Admittedly, you probably aren’t going to find your perfect job the first time you visit a job board. However, with a few tricks up your sleeve, you can narrow down the deluge of jobs and find ones that really interest you.
To find niche job boards in your area of interest like My Job Space for industrial openings, it’s best to look at institutions, societies, associations and industry publications. Most will have a job board of sorts. Compile a spreadsheet of links to online job sources and blitz through them on a regular basis.
Also, read beyond the job title, look at the company and find out what the job actually involves before you dismiss it. Yes, the job title might sound dull, but reading beyond the title might unearth a potentially interesting job. All in all, you have to be a bit flexible when using job boards.
APPLYING THROUGH JOB BOARDS…
When confronted with a deluge of jobs, it’s pretty tempting to apply to everything. Don’t fall into this trap: you want to cherry pick the roles that suit your interests, qualifications and experience. That way you can fire off a perfectly honed, enthusiastic application. If you spend the same time applying to fewer jobs that you’re genuinely interested in, rather than sending off hundreds of generic applications to every job advertising you see, you’re far more likely to get interviews.
When filling out an application in a job advertising on boards like My Job Space, always make sure you read the small print. For some reason, online applications can make the best of us trip up. Make sure you answer all the questions and follow all the instructions. Copy and pasting from previous applications is a no-no.
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USING JOB BOARDS AS A RESEARCH TOOL…
There is another use for job boards. They can be excellent resources for finding out which companies are hiring, what kind of jobs are out there, and what industries have a growing amount of job opportunities.
You can then gather all this information to strategize your job hunt, i.e. trying to build up a network in the industry, using social media, continuing research, looking for internships or other ways to get into these companies without going through the job board.
Niche job boards
Niche job boards like My Job Space reach your target audience directly, regardless of what type of developer you are looking to hire. Job advertising posted on niche boards will result in a smaller number of applications, but more relevant dev candidates than jobs posted on mainstream job boards.