Do Job Boards Work?

Over at Punk Rock HR, an interesting discussion about generalist job boards.

Laurie Ruettimann asked if job boards like Monster and Careerbuilder “worked” for her readers.

They respond, below:

“If all you have is a hammer every problem looks like a nail. Personally, having been in the recruiting space for 20 years, my take is that incoming recruiters today are too reliant on the hammer of a job board. Sometimes to find the right talent, you have to use a screwdriver, ratchet or, heaven help us, a vise grip!” – “Christopher”

Kelly O: “I’ve almost given up on major job boards…those boards are so crowded with advertisements for online universities, Army recruiters, and pay to work at home schemes, it’s maddening and mind-numbing to sort through it all.”

“Elise”: “I posted my resume to Monster and Career Builder when I decided to leave the agency I’d been with for more than five years. The shop that came after me employed a couple of in-house recruiters, and one of them saw my resume. She was familiar with my work, though, so the job board didn’t really do more than let her know I was on the market…I don’t think of that situation as finding a job via Monster. It was more about networking, but with a Monster boost.

And that was five years ago. With things the way they are now, I can’t even imagine what the level of sheer noise must be on the job boards. I really can’t imagine they have much value at this point.”

And a commenter going by “HRPufnstuff” points out one thing that we never thought about ’til now but it makes so much sense: “The more entry level the position, the greater probability of success [on a job board].”

For the more advanced candidates, as y’all already know since you’re such astute readers, stick to niche boards and supplement your search with some hard-core networking.