Best Resume Writer Tips: What Job Boards Should I Use?

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Best Resume Writer Tips: What Job Boards Should I Use?

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There are only 3 ways to get your resume in front of someone: job boards, recruiters and direct contact (networking or mail). Here are some best resume writer tips on how to get the most out of job boards.

The job search market has gone through unprecedented changes in recent years, especially with the emergence and growing popularity of social media websites, such as LinkedIn, which now has more job postings on it than Did you know that there are over 5,000 job boards in the US?

When you do not know how to approach conventional job searches to identify suitable openings, you can quickly waste hours and hours of time filtering through unsuitable information and opportunities online.

Here, we offer job search tips to help you best use job boards.

  1. Make sure your resume is Applicant Tracking System compliant
    An Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is the software that about 65% of medium to large companies are using to read and rank resumes according to keywords.  They are also a job seeker’s nightmare and recent statistics have shown that about 75% of qualified candidates are being eliminated because they do not know the rules. So the first thing you need to do when you are writing a resume is to make sure you know how to format the resume so it will be recognized. See Best Resume Writer Tips: Complying with the Applicant Tracking Systems.
  2. Stick to niche job boards
    A lot of companies are moving away from Monster and CareerBuilder because they are expensive and they are being flooded with unqualified candidates. Although you should post to these boards as well as, your biggest return will probably be posting to the niche job boards.When you focus your time on niche job boards, the opportunities made available to you are specific to the industry or location you desire. Employers struggle just as much to find targeted candidates. Today, many resort to niche job boards to post opening in order to make locating the right candidates easier. This in turn makes your job of finding the right job opportunities easier too.A great way to see ALL the job boards is to go to International Association of Employment Web Sites at Here you can find job boards by industry and geography.

    Another way to find niche job boards is to look at you industry associations and organizations. For instance, those looking for job opportunities in public relations may refer to The Public Relations Society of America, or PRSA. Candidates seeking job opportunities in marketing may refer to Direct Marketing Association, or DMA. There are also a host of other associations and organizations for virtually any industry and profession.

  3. Know what keywords to use for your search
    Without appropriate keywords, your search results on the traditional job boards will yield limited opportunities that suit your need. Think like an employer when you conduct a search. What are the keywords that an employer would use to search for candidates appropriate for the job opening? In addition to searching by title, consider broadening your search term to the occupational category. For a high ranking with the Applicant Tracking Systems,  make sure you include the skills and requirements you see in the job postings.
  4. Set up alerts
    A number of job boards allow you to save your search criteria, and even sign up to receive alerts. So rather than visiting several different job boards within the day to check what’s new out there, you simply check your e-mail
    for the latest update they send about new job postings that fit the specific criteria you set.
  5. Frequently update your resume on the job boards
    When employers search for candidates, the most recently posted resumes will appear first. To make sure yours is at the top of the pile, every 2 weeks or so go into each web site, change a word on the resume and resave it.  It will then appear as if you just posted it.

Now that you know how to effectively conduct searches with job boards and are more familiar with what types of job search sites to rely on, you can spend more of your time applying and interviewing, rather than filtering through the mass job opportunities that do not fit your criteria.