Since I’ve never used a job board before to get a job, I don’t know that much about how it works. But here is a short article outlining how to use one to your advantage. It’s from a military job site, but applies to other jobs:
1. Think of ways to reduce your competition. This is the primary challenge of today’s job seeker. The way you reduce your competition is by targeting and mirroring how employers search for candidates and how they deal with getting too many applicants.
2. Build your resume for a database. If you want your resume to be found in a resume database, build it around the following keyword formula: Industry Sector + Job Title + Special Skill + Location. Write an employer-focused resume. Make your resume deep in detail. Make your resume prove not only what you can do but what bottom-line results you can produce.
You can also follow the guidelines of resume development cited by DJZ bloggers Bruce Diggs and Bill McNeely. I’d also check out the Army Times article called “Résumé revolution: High-performance résumés raise your competitive edge.
3. Name Your Resume with Keywords. Many job boards give the job seeker the ability to name his resume. Don’t use your actual name. Rather use a descriptive keyword phrase that has the likelihood of mirroring how a recruiter is using the job board to find candidates.
4. Avoid the Big Job Boards. Focus on Market Niche Sites. Use the Internet to research all the job boards in your industry. Post your resume to the market niche boards, which always have higher success rates than the big boards. For example, two sites with above average hiring rates are ClearanceJobs and RecruitMilitary. (I never have nor presently do have any business relationships with these sites.) I’ve seen recruiters post their information to the DJZ forum so I’d recommend you post your resume here.
5. Use a multi-venue and comprehensive strategy. Find out what works for YOU. Include the job boards, social media sites, direct employer contact, networking, etc. Test each of these approaches. Find out what works and what doesn’t. If something does not work for you discard it and move onto what does. Be experimental.
6. Successful job hunting is a relationship building task. People get interviewed because of their credentials. But people only get hired because they have built a relationship above and beyond a resume or a job interview. Focus your efforts on relationship building. Get “face-time.” Get out of the house and away from your computer. Go to industry-specific job fairs that are run by an industry’s recruiters. It is with the relationships you build in your real life that your next job will come from.