5 Job Boards Not Named Indeed or Monster
When it comes to searching for open positions to apply for, Indeed is the unquestioned leader. Following behind them are popular sites such as Monster, CareerBuilder, and ZipRecruiter. These job boards cannot be ignored because of the sheer number of companies who post their job descriptions on them. However, since everyone knows about them, everyone is seeing the same job postings you are. In a competitive job market, you want to take every advantage you can get.
In today’s post, we are going to cover five useful but lesser known job boards that we feel might be able to help you find your next gig. However, you can take this a step further by performing a Google search and looking for job boards that focus on your desired industry. Regardless of what boards you choose to browse, be sure to sign up for daily or weekly alerts. This brings the jobs to you instead of trying to find time each day to search multiple boards.
We begin our list with a job board that is rising in popularity called AngelList. This board focuses on posting jobs with emerging startups. It is ideal for someone who is looking to join a company in its early stages. There is a heavy focus on tech-related jobs but they also include positions in marketing, sales, business development, and finance. It’s free to join and will send you alerts when a new posting matches the resume and information you have listed in your profile.
The key thing to determine before using this board is whether you want to work for a startup. Like we said, a startup is a company that is in its first few months or years. This could mean you are joining the company at an exciting time and will be given a lot of responsibility right away. On the other hand, the company does not yet have the track record to be considered stable. All startups are different and cannot be grouped together under one assumption. Instead, be sure to perform the proper research before and after applying to any startup organization.
The number of employees who cite the importance of things like purpose and mission when describing what they look for in a job is increasing. If working for an organization that makes a positive impact in people’s lives is important to you, we suggest visiting WorkForGood.org. This job board works directly with non-profits and mission driven organizations to help create and fill key roles throughout their companies.
Understanding what you are looking for in a job is paramount. If a company’s mission is important to you, but you take a job at a place that focuses on profits or selling unnecessary or deceiving products, you will be unhappy and unmotivated. Being able to go to work every single day knowing you are working towards something you believe in is an amazing feeling. It may take a bit longer, but if you feel this is what you are looking for in your next job, we highly suggest you focus on job boards like this one.
Adzuna is a much lesser known job board, but their emphasis on using technology to match you with the right jobs is worth exploring. Their goal is to combat the number of misleading and spam-like job posts that make their way onto other job boards. They are also passionate about understanding your skill set and matching you with companies that are looking for what you have to offer. If used correctly, Adzuna can save you hours of searching through job descriptions that are not the right fit.
Adzuna is worth a try because of their commitment to delivering high-quality posts. However, it is key to monitor the companies they showcase and the number of jobs they offer. Because of its lesser known status, bigger name companies may be hesitant to use this board to post their jobs. We suggest signing up for a free account but using it as one of your job boards, not your main one.
Next up is our first industry focused job board, Dice. This board focuses specifically on those looking to start or continue their career in technology. They focus on posting jobs such as tech developers, engineers, programmers, and tech writers. We like these types of boards because they save you time. More importantly, leading industry companies tend to gravitate to boards like this because of the specialized talent they attract. When you post a job here, you do not have to sift through dozens of resumes that have very little relevance to your company.
If you are looking for a job in one of these fields, you should be checking this board regularly. Even if this is not your desired career path, it is still worth checking out for a few minutes. This way, you know what to look for when searching for a similar board that focuses on your desired industry. A board like this is perfect to pair up with a site like Indeed. Between these two, you will greatly increase your chances of landing the right job for you.
We end our list with a popular company that you may not have realized has its own job board. Variety is a well-known media focused website and magazine. Lesser known is the fact that they host a job board centered on media jobs like television, radio, production, gaming, music, and more. A board backed by a well-known brand usually means that the positions they post have been properly vetted and are of higher quality.
If you are looking to break into any of the industries listed above, this is a job board to subscribe to for regular updates. However, be sure to look at the experience level of the positions. You may find that they are lacking in entry-level positions. This does not mean ditch the board altogether. It means you want to pair this one with an established job board to increase your chances of finding the job that fits you.
Searching for a new job is far from a perfect science. Indeed will always be a leader in the industry and should be checked regularly. However, it is up to you to take that extra step and increase your chances. A simple Google search will open your eyes to job boards you have never heard of before. These boards may just have that ideal position you've been searching for all along.
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