Nothing could be further from the truth.
And yet, that is where most job seekers seem to spend most of their time (well, that and corporate websites). Speaking as a recruiter, I can tell you that is a waste of time. Why? Because the big boards have less-than-lenient rules for job postings… which means less-than-spectacular job opportunities.
The good news: there are a ton of other places to look for work… like these:
Yes, you can find a job on Twitter. Companies have started using the power of social media not just to do background checks, but also to recruit individuals.
One way you can use Twitter for your job hunt is to make a targeted list of industry, individuals and companies you are interested in. You can also search according to hashtags and company handles.
You probably knew about the LinkedIn job board, but did you know you can also find a job in the groups? Recruiters are spending more time in the groups looking for the perfect individuals to fill their open positions.
The bottom line is you need to make sure you’re adding some time in LinkedIn groups to your online job hunt. This will require more than just browsing around looking for jobs, but the effort is worth it. Make sure to check out one of our previous articles on how to use LinkedIn groups effectively.
You can also use Facebook pages/groups in the same way, as you do LinkedIn Groups. This may require a bit more digging since Facebook is typically used for more personal stuff, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that recruiters aren’t looking around.
Another way to use Facebook pages/groups is to see if the geographic location you are targeting/live in or the company where you want to work has a hosted Facebook group, i.e. Finance Jobs or Chicago Marketing Jobs or Procter & Gamble Careers.
Google+ is a little known gem for the job hunt. Thanks to their Google Hangouts you can network and participate in discussions with people in your industry. At the end of the day making connections is key when on the job hunt, so why not take advantage of Google Hangout events and start getting to know people?
Events, Conferences and Conventions
Finding and attending conferences, conventions and professional meetings in your industry space can be seriously high-quality contact making. Check out www.lanyard.com to find specific events in your industry, profession and/or location that can help you network with employed and/or engaged leaders within your space.
Support Groups with Employed and Unemployed Members
Aim to attend employment support groups that are equally attended by non-working job seekers and employed individuals. I suggest mixing it up with different attendees with both employment statuses. If you attend groups with mostly employed individuals, and you are not working, you may see your confidence shake. If you are attending groups with mostly unemployed individuals, you may not be connecting with enough people directly at companies that can be in a better position to affect your search. Find groups on MeetUp.com and EventBrite.com.
Corporate and College Alumni Connections
Run a LinkedIn advance search list of corporate alumni and education alumni and reach out to appropriate individuals leveraging the “alumni connection” asking for exploratory conversations. LinkedIn also has a great alumni search tool that many job seekers consider a networking goldmine!
Don’t do what all your competition is doing. Don’t settle for average. Take your job search well past the job boards knowing that by doing something different, you will stand out from the pack!
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About the Author: Lisa Rangel is founder and managing director of Chameleon Resumes, a Forbes Top 100 Career Website, has helped hundreds of people land the exact job they wanted – even when they weren’t sure they would get an interview. Lisa is a 7-time certified resume writer and job search consultant, a former recruiter and one of the few executive resume writers performing resume and job search-related contract work for LinkedIn. She has been featured on Forbes.com, LinkedIn, Investors Business Daily, and so many more publications. Follow Lisa on Twitter!