Job Boards came to life in the late 1990's with
the spread of the Internet and received a big
boost when the economy declined in the "Y2K
Bust" eliminating over 1,500,000 Information
Technology jobs in the United States alone
(ComputerWorld statistic). Today many job
boards might be seen as "Johnny Come
Lately's" trying to gain popularity in what is
already a very crowded market space.
When using a job board, try to confirm the position exists on the company website. If you do not know this company, work to validate the company itself is legitimate as it is very inexpensive to create a website for a non-existent company then take it down and rename, change text and images for a new website for the same questionable purpose.
Job Boards are good to find a position IF YOU CAN FIND A GOOD JOB BOARD. A good way is to network with your targeted companies, build relationships through LinkedIn and other means leading to face-to-face meetings, and get their help in spotting opportunities which MAY not even be posted. Not all jobs are posted. See the section on Networking for more details.
WORDS OF CAUTION:
A job board is not an employer. Do not provide information to a job board that an employer cannot legally ask you. The most basic of items you DO NOT WANT TO GIVE
- your Age or Date or Birth
- your birth Country or Place of Origin
- your native Language
- your disabilities or constraints in working
- your ethnic background
- your dates of any graduation
- ALWAYS review any POLICIES and/or TERMS AND CONDITIONS which may include
granting them the right to reveal any and all information collected from you in any
form to others including recruiters and employers. Many DO NOT read these legal
agreements and regret electronically or physically signing these documents later.
In such an agreement this information may be made available to marketing
companies, advertising companies, and any other group willing to pay for your
Their strength: They pull job postings from multiple locations across many
geographic areas which is good for those considering or needing to
leave Memphis due to the economy and limited good jobs.
This is also potentially the strongest reason not to pay "upstart" job
boards for membership or use fees. If they are basically replicating
jobs from other boards that are free, and all of these will e-mail you
their listings daily or weekly, why pay to see duplicates of something
you can view for free? Articles have suggested the era of job boards
and recruiters will start phasing out in 2018 due to multiple channels
job seekers have via the Internet today. Pay for value, invest for the
growth of assets, but you can get a bill from anyone these days.
Their weakness: 1. The jobs shown are often extracted from scans of company and
other job boards. Consolidation is nice but it has a high price.
Some, possibly many, do NOT REFRESH THEIR DATA DAILY. As a
The result, jobs that were "closed out" (no longer accepting
resumes for that position) are not only still shown as "open" but
some boards label them as "NEW POSTING" which is inaccurate.
It is possible these actions are to retain viewership versus giving a
factual representation of the marketplace they are listing jobs
from which consumes your valuable time. Not everyone does this
but consider dropping such job boards who you find doing this.
2. Job boards are a distant second from using networking as your #1
means of job searching. As we advocate, networking not only can
identify positions open, but also positions being created but not
posted yet -plus- provide you one or more contacts into that
company to help your job search. Being one of the hundreds of
job applicants is far less valuable than building relationships
within a company, to build an internal support group and to
potentially talk to the hiring managers before or after the job is
3. While we all have done this in desperation, frustration or fear, not
creating or following your game plan for your job search often will
cost you productive time and potentially delay you finding a job of
your dreams and for your passions that you could excel at. Few
have the strength to continue their search when accepting a
"substitute" job while still seeking their dream position. There
times when you are forced into these situations but always
remember you build your job search plan for your success and
long-term happiness. Those are the things you should focus on.
4. Little differentiation or "value add" between them. Few if any have
something that makes them stand out from a very crowded field
to create allegiance with their viewing customers.
5. Job boards are not free to the companies which add cost to hires.
Reports that companies will use job boards to post speculative
positions to assess what the resources are in a given area to help
assess local resource availability and costs plus additional people
that would be required plus their costs to submit a bid. There is
no known assurance that positions are or will be real positions.
6. Job boards have been used by unethical individuals or groups to
solicit personal and potentially confidential information to be used
for purposes other than considering the respondent for hire.
7. Because they pull from a variety of sources, there often is a high
the level of job posting replication and the problem that not all
jobs shown are "fresh" as some may have been filled or withdrawn.
The Traditional Websites that have been around for many years include:
Member Evals: This section will be for and seeks feedback from The CT Groups
members on the various job boards they use both PRO and CON to
help each member to decide what offerings appeal to them the most
and the least.
1and1.com Rating: FAILED
PROS: - They list multiple services they can provide.
CONS: - Job listings is not part of their offering.
About.com Rating: FAILED
PROS: - They have a wide range of services they can offer.
CONS: - Helping you find a job or listing jobs? Apparently not their thing now.
Best-Home-Jobs.net Rating: FAILED
CONS: - When you list a grouping of Home Based Jobs and 50% of the listings
encourages you to join the United States Air Force? Somehow I don't
see you parking an F-35 Fighter in your backyard anytime soon. But
it cool watching a vertical take-off and landing! Give kids rides!
BEYOND.com Rating: Poor
PROS: - They like to e-mail you; can be good or bad.
CONS: - Listing only provides Title, Company and City/State
No "snapshot": must open position to gain insight on the objective.
- Use of their keywords to filter jobs is "sloppy" to not very effective.
In a "spot check", one of the keywords used was the level the successful
candidate would report to. Hopefully just a lax data entry problem.
- Searches come back for positions totally unrelated to the keywords
provided despite rechecking the keywords you established earlier.
CareerAlerts.com Rating: Poor
PROS: - e-mail on matches found for your specified position.
CONS: - Have found their links do not always work.
CareerBuilder.com Rating: Not Yet
CareerBuilder.com is a long established company with a good history.
Dice.com Rating: Not Yet
Dice.com is a long established company in the technology job postings area.
EmploymentPost.com Rating: Weak
CONS: - Search appears to use each word you provide as an independant key.
As such, if you enter Project Manager you will receive listing for jobs
that only use the word Project, or only use Manager or use both words.
The result is many postings but of low to now value to you.
GetITProjectManagerJobs.com Rating: Weak
CONS: - First job posting; Home Franchise Services and others that have nothing
to do with keywords for roles.
- Listings in single column format; repeated from other job listings from
GetMeJobs.com Rating: NO GO
PROS: - e-mail link to job by industry and quantity of jobs
CONS: - After great effort, only one of the many links worked.
- The working link offered nothing
- Save on your Internet & Electric Bill - Forget this site!
- When it did finally work, listings were same as others.
GlassDoor.com Rating: Positive
CONS: - Search tool looks at each word in the provided key and not the string
resulting in returned hits that have no relationship to the position being
sought wasting your time.
- Appears to pull from multiple sites but with a search tool that is not
effective, this value quickly diminishes.
- First questions are your sex and age group ... RED FLAG
Hireable.com Rating: Weak
CONS: - Provide keywords but uses keywords independently (Boolean OR)
- Provides lots of listing but not relevant to your search
- Links not always selectable even in browser mode
InDeed.com Rating: Not yet
iHireTechnology.com Rating: Weak
Info.com Rating: Weak
CONS: - Looks like a reformatted report from TekSystems.com
Info.Dogpile.com Rating: FAILED
PROS: - Notice on the website indicates the site may be available for sale.
CONS: - Notice on the website indicates the site may be available for sale.
Be careful where you step!
ItsMyCareer.com Rating: FAILED
CONS: - Site appears to use keywords and should ANY of those appear in any
form it will display that job. This produces higher numbers of job
displayed but may produce nothing of value to the user of this site.
Jobs2Careers.com Rating: FAILED
PROS: - Not much
CONS: - Few postings were "on target" with the search criteria. From looking
at the results it appears they have listings similar to other boards if
not the same listings.
JobsBucket.com Rating: Weak
PROS: - Jobs are in sections:
"Fresh Jobs", "Still Active", and "Recently Reviewed"
- Jobs are rated:
"Possible Match", "Good Match" or "Excellent Match"
CONS: - The ratings are not reliable.
System VERY keyword driven to a fault; get specific or you get a wide
listing. Rating appears to be tied to your keyword only.
- Many postings repeated from other sources.
- The key words appear to be used independently of each.
This seems to trigger irrelevant postings costing the job seeker time
disappointment and frustration.
- Apparently slow to update their information.
Received posting in the morning, checked it in the morning and the
old job was there, but nothing new for that job title.
JobsEye.com Rating: Weak
CONS: - Seems to scrape anything with any of the keywords you enter.
Enter IT Project Manager and get hits for Project Manager - Own Your
own Pizza Joint.
Jobtomic.com Rating: Fair
PROS: - The did produce more job listings but not all of them were in the target
search words but it did list jobs not seen before potentially of interest
if you're really needing to be employed quickly
CONS: - Still the problem of not producing jobs aligned with the keywords given.
The saving grace here is the broader diversity of jobs not seen before
even if they are not aligned with they search keywords entered.
Jobs2Careers.com Rating: FAILED
CONS: - Pop-up offered to provide daily reports on one well-defined job. First
e-mail from this request was not even close to the defined job.
Don't let them waste your time.
JobsEye.com Rating: Weak
PROS: - Basic table approach with "View" button to far right of page.
CONS: - Nothing really special here on their main page of listings.
- See "NEW" jobs listed that are not found on the employer's website raising
questions of old data being relisted as new. Hope this is not the case.
Jobspeaker.com Rating: Fair
PROS: - Attractive format but sacrifices speed to plow through opportunities
CONS: - Other sites can provide more time efficient results for a job search
Job-Street.com Rating: Weak
PROS: - You give it a job title and receive many opportunities in totally unrelated
industries and positions.
CONS: - Set listing for local area but had nothing to my skills or experience.
Waste of an e-mail and my time.
LinkedIn.com Rating: Strong
PROS: - World's largest network of professionals and growing fast
- Well established business with Recruiter LinkedIn tools
- Often 1st choice tool to find candidates by Recruiters
-Jobs are posted on LinkedIn; good tool to find contacts in LinkedIn
- You do not have to pay LinkedIn anything
CONS: - Encourages member to Up-scale to PREMIUM which may not be justifiable
for the benefits received by that individual. If you are a Director or possible
future Director, it may be worth the investment.
Looksmart.com Rating: POOR
PROS: - Can be a good tool to find relevant sites to your search criteria
CONS: - It starts with things you can buy/order. Could be a good research point
but so it Google and Bing and ...
Monster.com Rating: Good
PROS: - One of the big original job boards on the Internet.
CONS: - High costs to advertise may have driven some away.
- Past reports of bogus positions posted to obtain personal information from
- Individual e-mails highlighting positions may have little to no relevance to
jobs being sought or are lesser positions.
Being one of the leaders in web-based job boards, Monster has had ample
opportunities to be the targets of the bad guys yet has continued to
survive and stay "above board".
MyJobHelper.com Rating: Weak
CONS: - Provides a listing by each job indicating your match to that job.
very job showed Excellent; very few were close - most irrelevant listings.
First two entries were advertisements. How many Uber and Lyft job listings
does a person need to see anyway?
Post.Job-Street.com Rating: Weak
CONS: - You give it a job title and receive many opportunities in totally unrelated
industries and positions.
SearchFindHired.com Rating: Weak
PROS: - Give it a keyword and it pulls EVERYTHING
CONS: - It gives everything even close to their "Kitchen sink". You can provide a city
and it will do a search in the surrounding area often further than most
people are interested in. When in a job search you should NOT have to
filter through dozens of job listings to find something they don't have. Be
honest ... if nothing in your inventory of job postings is a match for the
search keys entered, SAY SO and don't send us jobs that do not match!
Search.TheJobHQ.com Rating: GONE
PROS: - It is no longer in existence
VirtualVocations.com Rating: Weak
PROS: - Focus on "work at home" opportunities
CONS: - Free version is stripped down of their actual database.
Paid is $15.99/Month, $39.99/3 Mo, $59.99/60 Mo.
All Paid Subscriptions automatically renew
30 Day Money Back Guarantee but no clarity on 30 day
- Review posting closely as not all positions are virtual. On 12/18/2016
a position posted on this site had the heading of virtual yet the job detail
required the candidate be on-site. On-site conflicts with virtual.
ZipRecruiter.com Rating: Weak
PROS: - Provides scale matching position to your background
- Uses Job Title, ZIP Code, and miles radius for search
CONS: - Scale needs some fine tuning; not a good gauge
ZMail.JobsRadar.com Rating: FAILED
PROS: - Another listing source by doing an Internet search
CONS: - Never showed anything in requested area of search
Evaluations are based on multiple factors including ease of use, quality of postings provided, whether posting was found on other sites (redundant listing), whether posting was found on the SAME site (duplicate posting), whether information was complete, if the site required membership fees to participate or not, ease of readability and organizational quality and other factors. The CT Groups has no participation in, investments with/in or interests in the websites or their parent companies, officers, management or founders and does not receive anything from these websites or their parent companies. Evaluations are as of the date examined and may improve or degrade over time. It is up to the end-user to make the final determination whether one or more websites or companies meet their personal job search needs.