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Eric Putkonen @ MinnesotaTechJobs.com

I totally agree with the following:
Sometimes Large Job Boards Are Too Broad
You May Locate Opportunities Not Found Elsewhere
Hiring Managers Sometimes List Personal Contact Information

But also, niche job boards can offer information and services large job boards can not (or will not). When they have to be all things to all people...they can't really focus.

I also wanted to mention that niche job boards not only cater to just about any industry...a rare few new job boards are both industry and geographically niched. I think this may be the future of job boards, because when I look for a job - I just want to look at jobs in my industry and in my location.

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For many job openings, employers tend to be happier with niche boards too as the quality of applicant tends to be higher. The big, general boards do have a substantial advantage in quantity though and for some employers quantity is just as important as quality.

Envision a hiring project where you're trying to find one PHP developer. You'll likely have more success on a niche board as you'll get fewer resumes so won't waste your time filtering through unqualified resumes but the resumes you'll get will likely be of a higher quality as many and perhaps most will be qualified. But now envision a similar project where you need to hire hundreds or even thousands of people. The vast majority of niche boards simply can't drive that kind of volume.

Jeff Perry

Yes, large boards have the advantage of mass thus the disadvantage of potential overwhelming response. It seems to me the key is how to present enough of a required effort to apply so as to encourage the unqualified to self select out, but not make the process so cumbersome as to lose good candidates. What is the state of e-screening tools on the big boards today? Are they not solving this problem?

As far as niche boards, I don't know if LinkedIn groups are technically niche boards, but they certainly function like it. And yes, you can often get direct contact info for the hiring manager or other person critical to the sourcing process. You will also find jobs in these groups you will not see elsewhere.

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