Why Job Boards Aren’t Effective Anymore

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.

News from New England Tech’s Career Services Office

Many companies have reached out to the Career Services Office lately looking for Information Technology (IT) graduates – particularly IT grads with strong software skills.

One local RI company with a global presence, a long-time employer of NEIT grads and considers NEIT a “preferred college” when seeking graduates, is in need of 50 new employees who have a degree in software and some experience in the field.  The Career Services Office is ensuring that NEIT graduates are aware of these opportunities.  Fourteen of those jobs are entry-level, so upcoming NEIT graduates will have an opportunity to be candidates for those roles.

Another company in RI reached out to the Career Services Office to for assistance in finding twenty .Net Developers.  The company has already started to interview NEIT grads, and one NEIT grad has an offer.

A local design firm specializing in web sites and company branding for some of the largest companies in the US has reached out to NEIT for Game Development and Software Engineering (GDS) grads to fill 20 open jobs. The company has already hired one GDS grad and will be at the annual Career Expo event at NEIT on Thursday, March 6, to screen NEIT students as potential new hires.

Social Media Could Play A Risky Role In Job Search

In today’s employment market, social media plays a very important and sometimes dangerous (risky) role.

social media advice for studentsIt is imperative for job seekers to take a good look at their online images and how they portray themselves to potential employers.  Recruiters and hiring managers tell Career Services that some of the reasons why candidates do not get selected for an interview with the company – even though they were highly qualified – was that they had “Googled” the candidate and found questionable pictures and words on their wide-open Facebook page or Twitter Account.

Many candidates will never know that the reason they may have been looked over for a position or a promotion was due to something they had posted or a picture that is online for everyone to see.   Some simple words of advice: keep your online image squeaky- clean!

To read the entire article from The New York Times, click here!