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Job Search Tips: Are Niche Job Boards For You?

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You may have pondered the idea of jumping onto a niche job board to conduct your searches but wonder if it’s good for you.  While everyone is definitely different in their approach to conducting a job search, when comparing the niche job board to larger boards that spread across all industries, the answer to whether it’s good for you is “Yes!”

If you want more details as to why the niche job board is a good option for just about every job seeker, here are some reasons to consider:

Sometimes Large Job Boards Are Too Broad

While it is undoubtedly beneficial to use numerous tools available to you while job seeking, you might notice that some tools are not as helpful as others.  In the case of the larger job boards that cover all industries, you may have a difficult time being found by recruiters who have to sort through many applicants.

By using a niche job board, you have the opportunity to look for jobs and be exposed to recruiters in a smaller environment.  You know for sure that the jobs you’re looking for are directly related to your profession, and recruiters can find you more easily because the number of seekers who have posted resumes is fewer.

You May Locate Opportunities Not Found Elsewhere

Some job seekers are surprised to discover that jobs offered on niche job boards are oftentimes not found elsewhere.  This is because some hiring managers are not interested in posting on a larger job board, then sifting through applications that are not targeted to the job.

Their success rate is often better when they utilize a niche job board that deters candidates who are not really focused on the industry.  So they post jobs in this setting and nowhere else.

Hiring Managers Sometimes List Personal Contact Information

Very often, hiring managers don’t post their direct contact information on larger job boards because they don’t want to be bombarded with calls and e-mails.  But on smaller niche job boards, you may find that a hiring manager will allow you to e-mail your resume directly to him or her versus routing you to a generic application.  This gives you the opportunity to engage in more intimate communication throughout the application process.

The good news is that there are more and more niche job boards cropping up that cater to just about any industry you can think of.  So if you think participating on one is for you, then now’s the time to jump on board!

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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.


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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