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  1. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 1 -- Networking

  2. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 2 -- Previous Bosses

  3. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 3 -- LinkedIn

  4. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 4 -- Facebook

  5. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 5 -- Social Media

  1. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 6 -- Trade Shows

  2. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 7 -- Career Fairs

  3. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 8 -- Previous Co-Workers

  4. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 9 -- Companies you’ve interviewed with before

  5. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 10 -- Recruiters

  1. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 11 -- YouTube

  2. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 12 -- Job Boards

  3. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 13 -- Internships / Volunteering

  4. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 14 -- Job Shadowing

  5. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 15 -- Alumni Organizations


  1. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 16 -- Social / Civic Events

  2. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 17 -- Newspapers

  3. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 18 -- Networking Events

  4. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 19 -- Industry Organizations

  5. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 20 -- Freelancing / Consulting / Temping


  1. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 21 -- Career Coaching

  2. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 22 -- Resume Blasts

  3. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 23 -- Friends / Family / Church

  4. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 24 -- Career Counseling Centers

  5. Fastest Way to Find a Job -Tip 25 -- Offbeat Methods

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What do I mean by job boards? The big ones are Monster, CareerBuilder, SimplyHired, and Indeed.  Companies post job openings and requirements on there, with instructions for how to apply for that job.
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What job seekers normally hear from me is, “Step away from the job board!  Contact the hiring manager directly!”  It is good advice.  Jobs that are listed on job boards are seen by so many people that if you apply for them, you are one of many and it’s hard to stand out.  Plus, the human resources people in charge of collecting the applications from those only choose the ones with perfect matches to their listed requirements.  If your background is not letter-perfect, you won’t get chosen.  The net result is that a lot of people spend a lot of time filling out online applications from job boards and never hear anything back at all.

Even with that said, I can never advise anyone to never, ever go after a job they find on a job board.  I don’t think it’s a good idea to cut off any avenue in your search.  But I do want you to realize that job boards probably aren’t going to be as productive as other things you could be doing and budget your time accordingly.  For instance, networking and contacting hiring managers directly are both better options than job boards and you should spend a bigger percentage of your time there.  It’s an 80/20-Rule thing.

One way to help you save time with job boards is to set up filtered searches. For instance, click on Indeed’s “Advanced Search” button and you can narrow it down by title, company, salary range, and location.  Only apply for the jobs you KNOW you’re a great fit for; anything else is a waste of your time for sure.

So what is a job board good for?

One of my favorite uses for job listings on job boards is as a rich source of keywords to use on your resume and LinkedIn profile.  How are companies in your space describing the skills and accomplishments they want?  Sometimes the very same skill has a few different terms that describe it.  Use those terms to describe your own skills on your resume and LinkedIn profile, and that boosts your chances of showing up in a search for candidates.

One final thought:  I don’t ever recommend posting your resume on a job board.  Stick with creating a LinkedIn profile, and don’t upload your resume to that, either.  Just hit the highlights to entice recruiters and hiring managers into contacting you to ask for your resume.  That way, when you find out some details about the job they are interested in you for, you can tailor your resume for that opportunity so that it’s more effective.

And cut out the job board middleman and contact some hiring managers directly today.

 

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