Online Candidate Searches: To Do or Not To Do?

Job boards offer employers a platform for posting job specifics and requirements, as well as receiving applications directly from interested candidates. These forums have been around for some time now and competitors continue to fill the space. There are now several major sites providing these services for those employers with search requirements that can be met without needing to appeal to a niche market. This includes front-line to middle management positions in a variety of industries. Sites include Monster, CareerBuilder, EmploymentGuide, Hound, and Snagajob. It is important to note that most job boards allow two activities, posting jobs, and searching of their resume database for candidates that have posted their resumes. Typically, there is a greater cost involved to search the resume database.

Online Communities

Online communities serve as a gathering place for people to share ideas and information. It has evolved over time, and can also be a great place to locate candidates. One such site that has grown in popularity is While the site contains many sections for housing, personals and gigs, it also hosts a classified job section where employers can post jobs.

Social Networking Sites

This rapidly expanding trend has everyone (well, almost everyone) joining sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and LinkedIn in order to reconnect with family, old friends, exes, and former colleagues. While most use them for their social aspect, the unexpected benefit is that many have been able to leverage their connections to spread the word about job searches and get introductions to future employers or colleagues. LinkedIn specifically is a great site to use to build professional networks and find experienced professionals.

Niche Sites