If you’re looking for a good job that matches your skills, but don’t want to be in a cast of thousands applying for the same position, you might want to try out some niche job boards. Job boards, such as monster.com and careerbuilder.com, have an enormous amount of available positions. But, the sites are all-encompassing. A niche site is more specifically geared to one profession, industry, or job area.
Niche job boards are websites that offer positions in specific industries or locations. They are smaller, more concentrated sites that often include jobs that don’t necessarily show up elsewhere. Some even include specific contact information for the company or its hiring manager, rather than forcing you to upload the same application information and résumé with every other applicant.
For these reasons, using a niche job board can increase your chances of your application being seen by a real hiring manager, and thus, finding the job you’re seeking. Applicants can be better qualified for these jobs because their skills better match the position, but you will be competing with fewer candidates for the job.
Hiring managers like using niche job boards because they have fewer applications to review, making it easier for them to identify the right applicant out of a field of qualified candidates, and easier for you to stand out. Using a niche job board can definitely help you get your foot in the door for an interview.
There now exists many hundreds of niche job boards, addressing just about every industry and career. You can find a niche job board specifically designed for higher education employees, or health care jobs, or retail positions, or financial industry employees, or diversity positions. You get the picture. So, it’s important to take some time reviewing the niche job boards that serve your field or desired industry to find the right ones for your job search.
But, how do you find the right niche job board for you? Well, you will have to do some research. Talking to colleagues and co-workers about where they would look for jobs is a start. Contacting hiring managers at some potential future employers about where they post jobs is another. Googling job boards in your field can help, too.
Keep plugging away and you will find the best ones for you. To give you a head start, here is a link to 50 top niche job boards, http://www.smartrecruiters.com/blog/best-50-niche-job-boards/.