Scratching That Niche

Ever wondered how many online job boards — and which sites — professionals post their resume to when searching for a job? Beyond.com recently asked more than 6,400 visitors, “How many online job boards do you have your resume posted on?” and here are the results:

  • 24% have their resume posted on one to two job boards.
  • 29% have their resume posted on three to four job boards.
  • 18% have their resume posted on five or more job boards.
  • 29% do not have their resume posted online.

Of the professionals who currently have their resume posted online, 54% said geographic and industry-specific job sites are most effective when searching for a job, while the remainder chose general job boards.

Sure, you may be thinking that job boards have been absorbed left and right by larger boards, but let’s face it: more keep appearing and the growth is not slowing down. No question, the use of niche-specific job boards has grown, so now the question remains whether — and for how long — general job boards can remain effective.

Peter Weddle, who came out this week with his 2008 Users’ Choice Award winners, says most job seekers use a number of different sites, usually about five boards. In an interview with Fortune magazine, he shared his advice for how today’s candidates should approach the job hunt:

“I recommend using two of the big general sites like CareerBuilder.com or Yahoo! HotJobs and three specialty sites — one that concentrates on your career field, one industry site, and one that focuses on the location where you live or want to live. That way you’re covered from all angles,” said Weddle.

Under the “niche” category, he acknowledged the following best-of niche sites: CareerBank.com (accounting, finance), ComputerJobs.com, Dice (IT jobs), HealthEcareers Network, and JobsInLogistics.

New Niches

Here are a couple more that have sprung up recently.

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If you’re looking for computing or engineering professionals, read on. The IEEE Computer Society’s newly launched job board is in partnership with the American Institute of Physics, a great way to scour the market for computer scientists and engineers. In addition, the site has a career center that offers candidates a “Build Your Career” option with career news, articles, online courses, and more.

If you go there in search of your dream whiz kid, you’ll probably have luck: the Computer Society has more than 85,000 members around the world, while the AIP serves a global audience of 120,000 scientists and engineers.

Meanwhile, the newly launched JobsForPTs.com leaves no guesswork as to what niche it serves, with its specific focus on reaching physical therapists and physical therapy assistants.

These licensed physical therapists and physical therapy assistants may be interested in full-time traditional employment or hourly per diem or contract assignments. One cool feature is that the site links directly to every state licensing board and state professional PT association chapter.

JobsForPTs.com says it accepts payment through PayPal, with job posting packages starting at under $100. Annual membership subscriptions can be purchased at various levels as well. JobsForPTs.com is a service of JobsForAllTherapists.com, based in Greater Binghamton, New York.

And if you’re looking for more established best-of healthcare-niche boards, Weddle’s list of the best by this industry in 2008 includes Absolutely Health Care, AllHealthcareJobs.com, Bio Space, Hcareers (hotels, hospitality), HealthCareerWeb.com.

Elaine Rigoli has nearly 15 years of experience managing content and community for various B2B and consumer websites. Elaine has written thousands of business and technology articles and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and eWeek, among other publications.

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