About once a week someone sends me a message saying they are not happy with the job search results in JibberJobber. Here’s a message someone wrote when they deleted their JJ account:
“All the jobs I find here I’m seeing on other sites.”
They think JibberJobber is a job board.
In reality, we tap into a job board service (Indeed.com) and just pull stuff from their site.
Providing job board services is not a primary thing I want to offer. There are already hundreds of job boards that you can go to, why in the heck would you come to JibberJobber for more job boards surfing?
Providing job board services is not even a secondary thing I want to offer.
Providing job board services might be a terciary offering of JibberJobber. It is an afterthought. It is not important to me, or our mission, at all. I think it’s actually a smoke screen for the serious job seeker – the professional who is looking for their next opportunity.
** Because not all jobs posted are real.
** Because when I put my resume on Monster and CareerBuilder I got calls from scam artists, MLM representatives, insurance agents, and others who had nothing of substance to offer me.
** Because some unethical people post fake jobs just to harvest resumes and build their talent pool.
Or worse, they harvest resumes for identity theft purposes (think about how much juicy personal information you have on your resume).
** Because some of the real jobs posted there are already filled, but they have to post them just to satisfy company policy (that means, there is NO chance you will get the job, even if you get an interview, because the hiring manager already knows who he/she wants to fill the slot, but had to comply with HR policy and post it).
Think about it – when you worked at a company, how did the news of a new opening come out?
First, the manager realizes there is a need. Perhaps someone leaves the department, or there is too much work for the current staff.
Next, the manager talks to people in the department and asks “who do you know that would be good for this job?”
THE MANAGER WILL GET AT LEAST ONE REFERRAL. THESE ARE THE INSIDERS, THIS IS THE HIDDEN JOB MARKET. THIS IS WHERE YOU WANT TO GET IN!
Only a handful of people know about the job opening at this point.
At this point people are brought in for interviews, OR the manager has to go through HR (depending on the company).
If the manager goes through HR, and they have to post it, they might post it INTERNALLY.
More people know about it now, but it’s still not open to everyone.
Next, the job might get posted publicly. This can be on the company job board, or any other job board (broad, specialized, geographic, etc.).
This is where hundreds, or thousands, of people learn about the job.
And this is where HR and the manager (or recruiter) get hundreds, or thousands, of resumes.
Where do you want to be in this process? On the inside, and one of the handful of applicants who was highly recommended by someone in the department?
Or one of hundreds of resumes, fighting for your eight seconds of attention from HR or the recruiter?
If you rely on job boards for more than 15% of your job search, and you are looking for a professional position, YOU GREATLY MISUNDERSTAND THE JOB SEARCH.
But who am I to opine on this? I only spent 60 hours a week surfing job boards and playing that game. I was too busy to network, and do what job search experts recommend.
Job boards have their place, but JibberJobber is not a job board. JibberJobber is a website to organize and manage your job search – from your networking efforts to your target companies to the jobs you apply to – keep track of them all in JibberJobber.