This was taken from the LA Register. This is really great advice. I think if you’re looking for a real niche type of job, your odds are better with specialty sites that are normally free and offer things like geographic focus, industry focus, skills focus. Some of these site include: DatabaseAnalyst.com, ITManagementCentral.com, LotusProfessional.com, MultimediaJobs.com, NetworkEngineer.com, OracleProfessional.com, ProgrammerAnalyst.com, ProgrammingCareers.com, SoftwareEngineer.com, SystemAdministrator.com, ChemicalIndustryCentral.com Communications-Industry.com, ConstructionIndustryCentral.com, ConsumerProductsCentral.com, DefenseIndustryCentral.com, ElectronicsIndustryCentral.com, EnergyIndustryCentral.com, FoodandBeverageCentral.com HotEducationJobs.com, HVAC-Industry.com, IndustrialEquipmentCentral.com, InsuranceIndustryCentral.com, ManufacturingIndustryCentral.com, MedicalDeviceIndustryNow.com, MetalWorkingCentral.com,
PlasticsProfessional.com, RetailJobsCentral.com, TechniciansNow.com, Transportation-Industry.com. These are just a sampling of what is out there.
Abridged: Los Angeles Register
LOS ANGELES, CA — Big job boards such as Monster, CareerBuilder and SimplyHired are like department stores, offering a little something for everyone. But a little something isn’t always enough, especially if you’re looking for a job in a specific field or location. While it’s still recommended to cover all your bases and post your resume to the big job boards, experts recommend focusing your time on the industry specific ones.
If the big boards are department stores, specialty boards are boutiques. What they lack in size, they make up for by catering to the needs of a specific audience. Some of these niche job boards have job listings that only members of a professional organization can access. Most, though, are open to the public and free for all job seekers to use. When visiting specialty job boards, familiarize yourself with the guidelines they’ve posted before applying for open positions listed there. Some employers will toss out an application if the person didn’t follow all the instructions, says Stacy Brooks, human resources manager at OneOC, which runs a job board for Orange County nonprofits.
Additionally, don’t apply to every job a company has listed on a specialty job board. It doesn’t show you’re really interested in that position, just that you’re looking for ANY job. It also makes you seem desperate. Above all, be honest. Specialty job boards represent tight-knit groups and in small communities, people talk to each other.