Great story shared by Career Services about the importance of networking and utilizing social channels like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
At one time, job boards were the way to go for job seekers. It’s where you could post your resume for employers and recruiters to view, and apply to job openings. But today, it’s a different story.
Job boards are simply not as effective anymore since there are social media outlets like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter where you can pretty much network your way to the right contacts. The fact is, job boards have a 2-4% effectiveness rate whereas networking has over a 50% effectiveness rate.
Think about if you were a hiring manager: Would you be more likely to take time to interview a candidate you don’t know except for what’s been given on a submitted cover letter and resume, or someone who’s been referred to you?
A referral has much less risk, and that’s why networking has a higher success rate than job boards when it comes to securing a position.
Here are a few other things about the limitations of using job boards when you’re a job seeker:
1. Your resume is falling into a black hole.
2. Hundreds of others have already applied to the job by the time it makes it to the job board.
3. You’re wasting time because you’re not getting to the decision maker directly.
4. Many job openings never make it to the job boards.
5. Hiring managers and recruiters are sourcing talent through LinkedIn.
Click the link to read the entire story via Why Job Boards Aren’t Effective Anymore | CAREEREALISM.