Feature: The Best Job Boards on the Internet

Feature: The Best Job Boards on the Internet

Feature: The Best Job Boards on the Internet

The Internet is now an integral component of the go-to-market strategies of both employers/recruiters and job seekers. Recent surveys suggest that 90% or more of each group regularly visits employment sites and takes advantage of the services they offer. But, which of these job boards and career portals are the best? With over 40,000 such sites now in operation, it’s a question that is often asked and an answer that we all need, if we are to invest our time wisely online.

There are, of course, any number of “pundits” who are willing to give us their view. To my way of thinking, however, the best judges of the best job boards are those who use them-the employers, recruiters and job seekers who actually visit the sites and experience their services. For that reason, we at WEDDLE’s created a polling station on our Web-site where users could express their choices. Voting is free and open to the public. We collect the ballots all year long and then designate the thirty sites with the most votes as our User’s Choice Award winners. Selected by the people who know best-their customers-they are the elite of the online employment industry.

This year, over 15,000 people cast unique ballots for more than 150 different job boards and career portals. Among the winners, one-third are appearing on the list for the first time, while two-thirds have achieved the distinction of being selected two years in a row. Three of the sites are owned by newspaper publishers (i.e, CareerJournal.com, EmploymentGuide.com and Workopolis); one is owned by the U.S. Federal Government (i.e., America’s Job Bank), and the rest are owned by companies large (e.g., Monster.com, Yahoo! HotJobs, TrueCareers) and small (e.g., The Blue Line, LocalCareers.com, TopUSAJobs.com).

Ten of the sites are general purpose recruiting portals; twenty are specialty or niche sites. Among the niche sites, a range of

  • industries (e.g., construction, gaming, bio/pharmaceutical),
  • career fields (e.g., engineering, finance, information technology),
  • affinities (e.g., veterans, college graduates),
  • employment options (e.g., permanent, contract, part time),
  • compensation levels (e.g., executive, hourly), and
  • geographies (e.g., specific states in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom)
  • were represented. To my way of thinking, the scope of this diversity underscores the vitality and the capability of the online employment industry.

    The 2005 User’s Choice Award winners are:

     A/E/C Job Bank

    America’s Job Bank

    Best Jobs USA

    The Blue Line




    Casino Careers Online






















    Yahoo! HotJobs

    There are, of course, many other fine job boards and career portals available on the Internet. We cover 350 excellent sites in our annual Guide and list over 8,000 in our annual Directory. What makes the User’s Choice Award winners special is the recognition they have received from the most discerning judges around-that would be you. We at WEDDLE’s congratulate them and applaud their success.

    Finally, if you would like to participate in the balloting for the 2006 User’s Choice Awards, please visit the Online Poll at the WEDDLE’s Web-site.

    Thanks for reading,


    P.S. WEDDLE’s Newsletter grows only by word-of-mouth. So, please … tell a friend or colleague (or two) about the newsletter. We’d be very grateful, and they will be too.

    Section Two: Site News You Can Use

    CareerJournal.com and the Society for Human Resource Management released the results of their 2005 Workplace Privacy Survey. It found a divergence of views about why employers monitor employee workplace behavior. Most employee respondents said the monitoring was designed to check their productivity levels and job performance and because management does not trust them. According to the HR respondents, however, the monitoring is intended to prevent computer viruses, hackers and others from interfering with business operations and to protect the organization’s proprietary information. I suspect that there’s probably some truth in both points of view. What should you do? First, make sure that you know your employer’s policies regarding the use of personal cell phones in the office and the use of company computers and Internet access for personal business and communications. Second, be aware that the courts have ruled that these policies apply and can be enforced even outside the office (in your home, for example), if you are using company computers, phones or other equipment.

    CollegeGrad.com reported that the hiring of college grads is up this year by better than 14 percent (based on postings at its site). The top employers looking for entry-level talent are Enterprise Rent-A-Car, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Schlumberger, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, HCR Manor Care, Ernst & Young, IBM, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Teach for America. If you’re looking for an entry-level job online, make sure that you take advantage of all of the employment resources that are available. Begin, of course, by researching and identifying the leading job boards that specialize in such opportunities; then, also visit the sites of your school’s alumni organization, the professional association in your field (and join it, if you haven’t already) and any affinity organizations in which you participate (e.g., your fraternity or sorority, Golden Key Honour Society). At each site, check out all of the services they offer, which might include job postings, a resume database, a listserv for networking, and advice on how best to conduct an effective job search campaign among the employers that use their site.

    RetiredBrains.com released the following “Numbers You’ll Need to Know” in 2005:

  • $14,000-the limit for tax-free employee deferrals of pay into an IRS-defined 401(k), 403(b) or 457 plan.
  • 40.5 cents/mile-the standard with which employers should determine the value of an employee’s personal use of a company car.
  • $105-the tax-free monthly amount that an employer can provide to an employee under a qualified transportation fringe-benefit plan (e.g., public transit passes, van pool support).
  • $5,250-the annual tax-free amount that an employer can provide as educational assistance, including for graduate-level coursework.
  • $10,630-the maximum amount of qualified adoption expenses that an employee may exclude from their taxes.
  • As always, check with your tax preparer to ensure that your use of these numbers complies with all IRS regulations.

    The Software & Information Industry Association reported that Boulder-Longmont, Colorado was the best placed to find a software development job in 2003 [the most recent year for which data are available-ed.]. Following it were San Jose, CA; Research Triangle, NC; Washington, D.C.; and Huntsville, AL. Dropping out of the top cities for such jobs were Atlantic-Cape May, NJ; Orange County, CA; Omaha, NE; and Provo-Orem, UT. New additions to the list include Baltimore, MD; Atlanta, GA; Columbus, OH; and Oakland, CA. Nobody likes to relocate to find employment, but if you must and you’re in the software development field, this information will help you target your search where the prospects of success are best.

    WEDDLE’s announced the release of its 2005 print catalog. If you’d like to receive a free copy, please e-mail your name, company name, title and postal mailing address to us at corporate@weddles.com. The catalog will probably ship in mid January and list all of our publications for the new year. These books will not appear in book stores until March or April, but you’ll be able to order them right away with the catalog. You’ll have special, advanced access to our 2005 Guide to Employment Web Sites, our 2005 Directory of Employment-Related Internet Sites, and our completely updated Guide to Association Web Sites, as well as to several exciting, new titles. If you want to get ahead of the pack, sign up for WEDDLE’s 2005 Catalog today! Sorry-the catalog can be mailed to U.S. addresses only.

    Section Three: Site Profiles

    Site Insite … how well do you know the Web’s 40,000+ job boards?

    1. If you’re a meteorologist looking for an opportunity with a radio station, which of the following sites would bring sunshine to your search?

  • The Pennsylvania State University Department of Meteorology Job Board (http://www.met.psu.edu/Jobs/jobs)
  • National Weather Association Job Corner (http://www.nwas.org/jobs.html)
  • Meteorological Employment Journal (http://www.swiftsite.com/mejjobs)
  • Metalent.com
  • 2. If you’re a technical writer looking to land a position with a U.S. Government contractor, which of the following sites would likely dot all the “i’s” and cross all the “t’s” in your search?

  • WritersWrite.com
  • WriteJobs.com
  • WriteThinking.net
  • Society for Technical Communication (STC.org)
  • 3. If you’re an experienced mechanic looking for a job with a local garage, which of the following sites would cause your search to stutter and stall out?

  • NeedTechs.com
  • GarageExperts.com
  • IAmCars.com
  • SparkPlugJobs.org
  • (answers below)

    Site Spotlite … from the pages of WEDDLE’s 2005 Guides and Directories



    A WEDDLE’s 2005 User’s Choice Award Winner

    Post full time jobs: Yes

    Post part time, contract or consulting jobs: Yes – All

    Distribution of jobs: International

    Number of jobs: 13,800

    Salary levels of jobs: $76-100K/yr, $101-150/yr

    Offer a job agent: No

    Resume database: Yes

    How long are resumes stored: Indefinitely

    Restrictions on who can post: If registered

    Other services for job seekers: Listserv for networking, Career and job search information on-site, Links to other sites with job search and career management information

    Answers to Site Insite

    1. All but Metalent.com, a site for heavy metal enthusiasts.

    2. All of them.

    3. GarageExperts.com, a site for a garage flooring company; IAmCars.com, a site for auto enthusiasts; and SparkPlugJobs.org, a site that helps minority students find employment.