Are you one of those job seekers relying on online sites for possible employment? Then give this particular topic a minute or two of your reading time. I actually read this article by Jena McGregor published in the latest issue of Fortune Magazine.
You may be a young graduate fresh out of college or an experienced rank-and-file employee looking for the next available higher rung of work opportunity or a well-trained manager ready to step up to the plate and assume more senior responsibilities. If you belong to any of these categories, chances are that you have discovered the practicality of entrusting your application with online job boards promising a possibly attractive job offer. And why wouldn’t you? It saves a lot of precious time and effort in legwork and instead, zero in on vacancies that match your qualifications.
But the question begging an answer is this: Do you actually get offers using this route, let alone significant feedbacks from your supposed headhunting ally? Read on the following excerpts from the article…
Job Sites: Are They Worth It?
If you’re newly unemployed, your first stop – after the nearest bar, that is – was probably your laptop, where you logged on to a big online job site. But are the likes of Monster and CareerBuilder really worth much time when seeking senior positions? Perhaps not, say recruiters and job counselors. “Clients tell me, ‘I’m so excited. I applied to 50 places today.’ ” says career consultant Bradford Agry. “You’re better off having lunch with one person in your network and going to the gym.”
For starters, only a small percentage of jobs are filled using the sites, which claim over 95 of the Fortune 100 as customers. According to CareerXroads, a staffing consulting firm, just 13% of all external hires at the Fortune 500 employers it surveys are filled using boards…..”Are companies actively searching job boards for senior-level talent? asks Master Burnett of HR Consultancy Dr. John Sullivan & Associates. “In most cases, no.”
That’s partly because the more senior the position, the more companies value referrals or “passive candidates” – those not officially seeking work. Hiring them once meant paying search firms thousands of dollars per job to open their golden Rolodexes. But with emergent social networks like LinkedIn, in-house recruiters now have another way to reach such talent….
All CareerXroads survey respondents said they were reducing job-board contracts or switching to other sources….
Bottomline…if you’re searching for entry-level positions, online sites can still be a rich source of prospective employers. But the higher you rise in the employment ladder, the better your chances of landing a better job if you try looking elsewhere like your personal network of professional contacts, LinkedIn and the like.
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