WEDDLE’s Research Factoid: Which Job Boards Are Best?

WEDDLE’s Research Factoid: Which Job Boards Are Best?

WEDDLE’s Research Factoid: Which Job Boards Are Best?

WEDDLE’s continuously conducts both primary and secondary research on the Best Practices in job search and career self-management. Recently, we took a look at the results to date for our annual poll to determine the leading job boards, at least according to recruiters and job seekers. This survey is clearly not a scientific sample of either population, but it is a measure of the intensity of support a particular job board has among its customers. Each voter has to log onto the Internet, visit the Online Poll on the WEDDLE’s Web-site, look over the ballot, and then express their preferences. The whole process take a bit of time and effort, so we think the results are a meaningful indication of which job boards are best serving their users. Are there other good employment sites? Absolutely. But the selected job boards have earned a singular distinction-they are winners of a WEDDLE’s User’s Choice Award.

As of July 15, 2007-the halfway mark in the year-the following sites are the top 10 vote-getters (in alphabetical order). We’ve actually listed 11 sites as there was a tie for tenth place.

  • Absolutely Health Care
  • craigslist
  • Dice
  • ExecuNet
  • Monster
  • VetJobs
  • Yahoo! HotJobs
  • While the results above represent the views of many thousands of voters, there’s still time to cast your ballot if you haven’t yet done so. Which job boards do you feel deliver the best opportunities with the best customer service? All you have to do is click on the link above to express your opinion.

    What the Findings Mean

    WEDDLE’s Annual User’s Choice Awards are the only recognition in the employment field where actual users-the job seekers and recruiters who patronize the sites-get to pick the winners. Each year, we announce the top 30 vote-getters, as determined by you and your colleagues, and designate them the WEDDLE’s User’s Choice Award Winners for that year. To see the 2007 winners, please click here.

    What can we learn from these preliminary results?

    Among the top vote getters, there are both general purpose and niche or specialty sites. The general purpose sites, of course, support job search efforts in a wide range of career fields, industries and locations. The specialty sites help you drill down into the job market for a:

  • specific industry (Absolutely Health Care,,
  • specific kind of job (, ExecuNet,,
  • specific career field (Dice),
  • specific group of candidates (VetJobs), and/or
  • specific geographic location (craigslist),
  • whichever applies to you.

    These ten sites alone (and there are thousands of others now available to you) represent a set of diverse employment platforms that enable you to achieve reach, a key factor in job search success. The greater your reach into the job market, the higher the probability you will find the perfect opportunity for you. That’s why it’s important that you regularly visit more than one job board. To extend your reach as far as possible, we recommend that you use the following formula:

    1GJ = 2GP + 3N


    1GJ = the one great job you want

    2GP = two general purpose job boards

    3N = three niche sites

  • one in your career field,
  • one in the industry in which you have experience, and
  • one in the location where you want to live and work.
  • If one of these three factors isn’t important to you-you’re willing to relocate, for example-then double up in one of the other two niche categories.

    Please Note: As a part of our ongoing research, WEDDLE’s has been surveying both job seekers and recruiters on the Web since 1996. We’ve amassed hundreds of thousands of data elements probing:

  • what they do and what they don’t do,
  • what they like and what they don’t like,
  • and most importantly,

  • what they think works best.
  • To add your insights and opinions to our research, please visit the Polling Station at the WEDDLE’s Web-site.

    Section Two: For Your Consideration

    Peter Weddle has been writing columns for his own newsletter and for the interactive edition of The Wall Street Journal since 1999. The following column has been drawn from that work and updated for 2007. You can also find many of Peter’s tips and techniques in his guide WEDDLE’s WizNotes: Finding a Job on the Web and in his soon-to-be-published book, Career Fitness: How to Keep (Bad) Employers From Kicking Sand in Your Face.

    Why You Need to Be a Career Activist

    Here’s a sobering truth for all of you out there who are happily employed: if you’re not looking for your next job, you’re probably looking at a period of forced unemployment.

    What do I mean? Consider this: the average tenure of a CEO is now less than four years. Why should you care? Because their departure often affects your fortunes as well as theirs. Take 2004, for example. In that year, 355 or 14% of the world’s 2,500 largest companies fired their CEO for lousy performance. While many of those executives walked away with lucrative severance packages, the companies they left behind were often forced to trim benefits, cut pay and, ultimately, lay employees off. Among the headlines:

  • Crooks at Enron put 21,000 people, including even the most loyal and high performing employees, out of work, into financial distress or both.
  • Bernard Ebbers, the former Chairman of WorldCom bankrupted the company with an $11 billion fraud that caused countless hard-working, completely innocent employees to lose their jobs.
  • Carly Fiorina, the CEO of Hewlett Packard and a media darling, so weakened the company with her business strategies that it fired her and announced a layoff of 15,000 workers, essentially abandoning a longstanding corporate commitment to employees.
  • In other words, the reality in today’s world of work is that the quality of your personal performance and the dedication that you show to your employer give you absolutely no job security. While there are obviously exceptions to that rule, there is no guarantee that you are working for one of them.

    How can you protect yourself in such an environment? Become a “career activist.” A career activist is someone who:

  • sets the direction for their career (by identifying near, mid and longer term goals that are interesting, challenging and meaningful to them); and
  • initiates the specific actions (e.g., finding a mentor, acquiring a certain kind of experience, learning new skills) that will enable them to make steady progress toward and actually accomplish those goals.
  • A career activist, then, is in charge of the change in their career, rather than its victim.

    Does that mean that a career activist is simply a serial job seeker? No. A job seeker wants something that employers control: a job. Their success is based on someone else’s decision. A career activist, in contrast, focuses on what they control: their career. They make the decisions, and they do so to meet their own goals. Sometimes that may mean deciding to move from one employer to another, sometimes it may mean moving from one job to another within the same employer, and sometimes it may mean staying right where you are and overcoming a challenge in your current job. The selection of one course over another, however, is always based on a single guiding tenet: it is to do that which will advance you toward being the best you can be at your profession, craft or trade.

    It is that goal which obliges you to be continuously on the look out for your next job. There is no other way to ensure that you are always in a position to do your best work. You have to know what comes next in your self development so that you can prepare yourself to advance to that higher level of occupational expertise and contribution. Think of it as Aim, Ready, Fire rather than the all too frequent alternative of Assigned, Accept, Be Fired. Your goal is to perfect what you can do at work, and your career is your personal quest to achieve that end.

    That’s why career activism is not disloyalty to your employer. As an employee, you owe your employer performance, not permanence. Career activism enables you to supercharge your performance so that your employer gets the return it deserves on its investment in you. Career activism, however, is based on the principle of win-win relationships. In other words, both parties-the employer and you-must gain from the employment experience.

    What’s the benefit you acquire? Your supercharged performance on-the-job is your best insurance in the demanding, ever changing business landscape of the 21st Century. In good times, it will increase the paycheck and satisfaction you bring home from work. In hard times, it will enable you to land on your feet. It won’t prevent you from being laid off, but it will prevent a lay-off from derailing your career. You will have to look for a new position like everyone else who is affected, but you will do so informed about where you should be heading next to advance your career and what positions will enable you to accomplish that goal. In short, you will know how to define success for yourself, and you will know where to go to find it.

    How can you acquire that knowledge? Give yourself a “personal performance appraisal.” Turn off the television, shut down the computer, and spend a little quality time alone with the person who is living your career. Ask the person-that would be you-the following questions:

  • Am I doing my best work in my current job or am I just coasting?<.li>
  • Are my skills and knowledge at the state-of-the-art in my career field or am I growing obsolete?
  • What job should I be doing in the next 12-18 months in order to upgrade my performance and my satisfaction at work?
  • What do I need to do now to prepare myself so that I can compete successfully for that job at that time?
  • Career activism is essentially a pair of commitments you make to yourself. You commit to bringing the best you can be at work each day and to improving your personal best every day. Those promises provide the only real security there is in today’s volatile and perilous workplace. Unlike employment contracts and lofty sounding speeches from CEOs, they offer employment protection you can rely on … because you are relying on yourself.

    Thanks for reading,


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    Section 3: News You Can Use

    The HR consulting firm DDI released the results of a survey of life stressors among managers in the U.S. and abroad. Surprisingly, the number one cause of anxiety cited by respondents was not a death in the family (reported by 14.8%) or divorce (reported by 11.4%), but a promotion (reported by 19%). How could that be? Well, according to the findings, four-in-ten newly promoted workers get little or no support from their employer when trying to figure out the ropes in their new position. Of those who did get institutional assistance, just 6.2% said it came from HR. Who provided the assistance they did get? Their colleagues and peers. So, the next time your career takes a step forward, don’t wait for your employer to prepare you for success. Do it yourself. Reach out to your peers for the support you need to learn the political landscape and get up to speed on your new role’s requirements.

    There have been reverse telephone books online for years. These are sites where you enter a person’s telephone number, and the site provides a residential address, cell phone number or other information, usually for a fee. Now, however, Google has raised this capability to a whole new level. At the Google homepage, simply enter a person’s telephone number and hit the Google Search button. Not only will you get back their address, absolutely free, but the site also provides a link to Google Maps which will show you exactly where the address is located and how to get there. To be sure, it’s a scary service for parents with young children, but until the weight of public opinion forces Google to remove it, the capability can be helpful in tracking down contact information on former colleagues and coworkers when you’re networking during a job search.

    The Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers has re-launched its IEEE Job Site. This area on the IEEE site was revamped to make it a more compelling destination for the engineering and IT professionals who are Association’s members as well as other visitors to the site. The changes include such new features as career-related news from The Wall Street Journal’s, a new monthly poll on both career and industry topics, and a brand new Career Center.

    WEDDLE’s recently completed a second printing to meet heavy demand for its latest books. Now, you can own the 2007/8 editions of these highly regarded job search references. Completely revised and updated, they are the gold standard of research aids for job seekers and career activists. The publications are:

  • WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet. Called the “Zagat of the online employment industry” by the American Staffing Association, it provides full-page profiles of 350 of the best job boards in a range of occupations, industries and locations;
  • WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Directory of Employment Related Internet Sites. The “address book of the online employment industry,” it lists over 9,000 sites and organizes them by the occupational fields, industries and geographic locations on which they focus; and
  • WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Guide to Association Web Sites. The key to the “hidden talent market” online, it details the recruiting resources and capabilities that are provided at the Web-sites of over 1,900 U.S. and international associations and societies.
  • These books are a smart investment for the smart professional. They provide a real and important return every time you use them. So, don’t delay! Click here or call WEDDLE’s (at 317.916.9424) today to place your order.