Friday, May 18, 2007

To Niche or Not to Niche

Over on the Itzbig Blog there's a post about the value of niche job boards. The post references a recent Career Journal article that reports recruiters find that the niche boards offer better quality candidates.

I've been thinking about this from the job seeker's perspective. The success rates around landing a job sourced off the big boards are abysmal, partly because hiring authorities are overwhelmed with candidates and partly because the candidate pool on these boards is so diverse that hiring authorities have a hard time finding suitable candidates.

Niche boards offer the possibility of beating the odds when it comes to being found by a hiring authority on-line. It's easier to be a big fish in a small pond. Here are a few niche boards that I like:

Human Resources
Recent Grad

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  • I advice candidates to use a variety of niche boards. If you're a college student or recent graduate looking for an accounting position in Philadelphia, then post your resume, apply to the advertised job openings, and set up job match alerts (a/k/a agents) with two or three job boards in each of the following niches: college, accounting, and Philadelphia. To find job boards in your desired niche, head over to Google or Yahoo and type in keyword phrases such as "college jobs" (without the quotes) to find the college job boards, "accounting jobs" (without the quotes) to find the accounting job boards, and "Philadelphia jobs" (without the quotes) to find the Philadelphia job boards.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:22 AM  

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