Job and Resume Posting Websites
There have been a number of people predicting that the “age” of job and resume posting websites has already reached its zenith and is already in decline. Social online networking websites are quickly being seen as more important and effective for filling positions. And we are already seeing many organizations developing their own websites where they post their own work opportunities with some not posting their jobs anywhere else.
As most of us looking for work usually want to stay put and find local work, the listing of positions on large job/resume posting websites is of little value to most people, even if you can search geographically. Thus, many metropolitan areas have their own locally-focused websites, including such as the state employment service has as well as privately owned websites. A “job postings aggregator” like Indeed or SimplyHired can help, but don’t believe their hype–one search isn’t adequate, and they don’t include all jobs. Hundreds of thousands of jobs never get posted, or at least not until they’ve likely already decided which well-networked candidate for the position has already been selected and they post the position “just in case” there’s someone out there.
The “double-edged sword” of these Internet postings is that while 1000’s of people can be made aware of a single job opportunity, in difficult economic times particularly frequently 100’s apply for each position. Unfortunately, many folks are “just throwing resumes” at employers, clogging the email inbox or employers’ online databases with candidates information that does not fit the employers’ needs. (See the Cover Letters section of the EaRN website’s Guides/Articles’ section for how to analyze first, decide whether or not to apply, and then having decided to apply, write cover letter and resume to submit for consideration.)
So, use this list of “best websites” with some caution, realistic about the results you can expect. Remember that posting of jobs in this manner is a strategy of a “supply-chain pipeline”, filling the pipe with candidates to be tapped as needed by employers. It’s impersonal and can treat the candidate like a commodity. Some will find employment this way, but the vast majority will not, especially so when there is slow economic growth or even recession.
Consider this: if a good, well-paying work assignment is created, who is it that knows about it first? Well, the creator for one, and two those to whom s/he shares that information, that is, their colleagues and friends. Consequently, this is why networking-as-a-lifestyle is so very important to finding good work and staying employable. The networked person who hears about a good, well-paying work assignment through their network is much more likely to get screened in, not out, and have their resume/cover letter materials shepherded through channels by the organization insider in one’s network! Human resources professionals pay attention to these “informal” screenings by insiders, especially the manager who created the position.
So, make networking your top priority as we all need to have a network to create career security and stay employable. You help others by networking with them, hearing what their talent is which you may be able to use or refer others to, and these others learn what your talent is so that they can do the same. In Jesus’ words, “Do for others [first] as you would have them do for you” (Gospel of Matthew 7:12; bracketed inserted word for emphasis by Jesus follower, Ken Soper).
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