Boy, talk about jumping into the deep end without knowing how deep is deep.Â I am just about as technically and internet challenged as you can find.Â Heck, donâ€™t even know how I managed to get this blog going.Â Of course, itâ€™s all basically pre-set, so itâ€™s not like I need to know computer speak.Â So, I’m probably ought to be the last person yakking about how to use the Internet.Â But…
But hereâ€™s why Iâ€™m blogging.Â Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, and the rest of the massive, online job boards â€“ do they help or hurt the average job seeker? Â Based on casual observation and what little I know; I think the benefits are mixed at best.
As a source of information, these sites are tremendous.Â All have great tips, advice, and suggestions on everything from dressing to undressing and everything in between.Â Boy, 20 years ago, to have this kind of information at your finger tips was unheard of, I think.Â Not so now.Â
And really, thatâ€™s what the Internet does best â€“ it provides information, more information, and then some more information.Â But beyond that service, I am not so sure that these massive job boards are of any real value.
How different is Monster.com from the Sunday help wanted.Â Â Actually there is no difference as I think most major newspapers are linked to either Monster or CareerBuilder.Â So, in effect you have a massive help wanted at your fingertips.
Great, in the past, due to geographical or logistical limitations, you might have only been able to mail out 40 or 60 resume.Â Now, with the Internet, holy guacamole, you could zing out couple of hundred online resumes to job posting through these boards.Â
So, instead of waiting and waiting and waiting for 40 responses to mailings you sent; now you are waiting on 200.Â 200 silent rejections versus 40 and all the while, a false sense of accomplishment because of all the jobs you applied to.
I have always contended that the help wanted is great for good hourly positions.Â But for significant salaried positions, I see little benefit to using these postings.Â
The best jobs are posted, and in cases, donâ€™t even exist.Â You have to find those jobs through diligent networking and research.Â And networking is not some great skill reserved for outgoing, engaging personalities.Â Networking is a very learned and teachable skill that everyone can learn.Â
So, use Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com for its wealth of information and knowledge base.Â Armed with that, network and research your way to the job you want.