There is some new research out of the UK that indicates job boards as the main starting point for job seekers when beginning a job search.
A clear message from the research is the online job site is still the number one preferred starting point for candidates, with 68% of respondents saying that they found it the most helpful in comparison to just 38% who found recruitment agencies of most help. In fact, given past experience, if searching for a job today 94% stated that they would be likely to use an online job site. This identifies a misconception by the candidate in terms of recruitment agency vs job board, since the majority of roles on job boards actually come from recruitment agencies directly. This demonstrates a clear need for recruiters to be actively following up on candidates when they receive an application directly via a job board.
This is not news to me but further proves the value of job boards overall. They are starting points because they make finding jobs efficient and easy so it’s nice to see some research that backs them up.
Job seekers need to maximize their search if they want to be successful so its in their best interest to utilize all available sites – local, niche and national ones that apply to them. By “maxxing out” job board usage they’ll have a better chance of finding the right job.