Are You LinkedIn?

Do you have an account on LinkedIn? Have you made connections with everyone you know? Do you have your LinkedIn account profile fully updated with your resume details?

You should.

Recruiters use LinkedIn as a valuable tool to find qualified jobseekers. They will read your qualifications, check out your network connections, and will be interested in any recommendations you may have.

Many times, recruiters will use LinkedIn as their first sourcing tool on the Internet for finding an applicant. Often times, those applicants with LinkedIn profiles are more experienced, and have more of the qualifications that they are looking for, than some of the major job boards.

Just like with other social networking sites, you can create and join groups on LinkedIn. I did a quick search on the LinkedIn groups section for the key words ‘pink slip’, and there are 20 groups created. Browse through the available groups, join a few, and make contributions to the discussions taking place. This is a great place to attract visibility to your profile.
If you don’t have a LinkedIn account yet, go and set one up! And always remember that LinkedIn is your public online resume – keep it professional and relevant!
For some great tips and more in depth information about using LinkedIn to find a job, check out JobMob – they have awesome step by step instructions for setting up your profile and using LinkedIn in every way possible.
And, once you join LinkedIn, send me an invite to connect!


Which Job Board Do You use to Find Jobs?

My friends and family ask me this every time someone is looking for a job. There are literally thousands and thousands of job boards out there, and finding the right one can be confusng and frustrating. Each job board will have different types of jobs and different companies on them, and most of the more popular job boards like and will have the exact same jobs posted to them!
Let’s start by going through a list of some of the most popular job board categories.

The Big 3

The 3 Biggest job boards online in the US include,, and Each of these have hundreds of thousands of jobs posted to them. Most employers realize that they must post jobs to at least two out of the three, in order to attract the right mix of applicants. Of the 3, HotJobs, owned by Yahoo! has the least traffic, and the least job postings. Over the past several years, HotJobs has been rapidly declining as a major job board. So much so that most employers only consider the ‘Big 2″, and not HotJobs. Most job seekers I have spoken to do not like HotJobs, and say that they can’t find as many worthwhile job postings on the site.

Niche Sites

The “Niche’ job boards are becoming more and more popular with employers, since they feel like they are finding you in places where you hang out, instead of on the Big 3 Boards. Niche sites include job boards like (for technology professionals), for health care professionals, and for Financial Actuaries. These are more targeted job boards, and employers believe that you are more likely to end up on a niche job board than you are on the Big 3. Niche sites also include the Careers section that appear on many association sites, like on (The Society of Women Engineers).

Diversity Sites

A well rounded employer’s recruitment plan will include job postings to Diversity sites, like,, and Make sure you are checking these sites!

Local or Regional Sites

You may already know of the local or regional job boards in your community. Many of them are tied to your hometown newspaper, radio, or tv station. Be sure to check the websites for all of these. You may find that jobs are posted to these local sites, and not on any other job boards. You may also find out that some of these local sites will be branded by or There are also other sites, like,, etc. Try searching for local job boards on Google to see what you can find.

Job Posting Aggregators

This is where I always recommend you start your online job search. Job boards like and actually show jobs posted from all over the Internet – from job boards like, the Niche sites, the local sites, and a company’s own website. Try it out and see what you find! Using a site like can save you hours of searching on many different job boards, since they consolidate job postings from all of these job boards into one place.

Another good place to start looking for jobs, once you have visited Monster and CareerBuilder, is is a group of thousands of job boards, including Diversity sites, Niche sites, and Local sites. Everyone should be able to find at least a couple relevant job boards at

Check out a few of these job boards! I will continue to post information about other job boards, but these should get you started. Once you check them out, let me know what you think, or leave a comment and let me know which job boards YOU use, and why!

Happy Hunting!