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For most people, job boards are NOT the
solution to their job search, and many job
seekers waste too much time on them.
However, ignoring job boards completely
is not a good idea, either, so you need to
be a savvy user of job sites to have the safest
Choose the job boards you use very care-
fully! Not every site is a legitimate job site,
or a good site.
Here are 15 Critical Criteria for Choosing the
Best Job Board for You
First, the 6 "Safety" Criteria, so you don't
trust a site that could harm you.
Then, the 9 "Effectiveness" so you find the
sites that have the best jobs for you.
The 6 Job Board Safety Criteria
If a site fails any of these tests, do not use
it. Find another one. Simple as that.
1. Who owns the site?
Look for contact information on the site. Not
just a form for visitors to complete to ask a ques-
tion, but a name, address, and phone number(s).
Then, verify that the contact information is gen-
• Google the address and phone numbers.
Are they apparently real?
• Check the business name in the Trinidad
and Tobago Yellow Pages (TnTYP)business
listing, if they provide a business name.
If they don't provide the name, but they do
provide a phone number, use the Yellowpages
"advanced search" to do a lookup by phone
number. Does it show the business and/or loca-
tion claimed by the website? As a last resort,
call one of the phone numbers to see if someone
answers from the organisation running the site.
Don't use a site if there is no contact infor-
mation, or if you cannot verify that the business
name and contact information are genuine.
2. What does Google tell you about it?
If there is no information in Google about the
site, be extremely cautious! It could be a brand
new site (and thus have few or low quality jobs),
or it could be bogus. If the only information in
Google are links to job postings, be extremely
Does Google show news about it? What do
the news articles say? If Google shows you
nothing about a site or if what it shows on the
first 3 or 4 pages of search results is mostly neg-
ative, move on.
3. Do you have to "register" before you can
search through the jobs?
You need to evaluate the site, first, to determine
if it has the jobs you want before you register.
This should be a BIG red flag that the site is not
seriously interested in helping you find a job,
particularly if the site does not have a Privacy
Policy posted telling you what they do with your
Find another site -- thousands of Web job
sites are available that allow you to try before
4. Does the site have a comprehensive
that is easy to find and read - do not use the
to you the information that the site collects and
what they do with it (i.e., sell or rent your e-
mail address, etc.).
Also, you must verify the seals before you
trust any of them. Click on the seal, and the
link should take you to a page on the privacy
seal organisation's website that is specifically
about the job site displaying the seal you just
clicked. So, if you clicked on a link on the privacy
seal displayed on JoesGreatJobSite.com, the page
should have information specifically about Joes-
• If the seal is not clickable, the seal is not
• If clicking on the seal takes you to the privacy
seal organisation's home page, rather than
a page about the job site, the seal is not
5. Who has access to the database of
access to the resumes.
Don't be impressed by (or use) a website that
offers employers "free access" to resumes! That
free access is an invitation to scammers and less
ethical marketers to collect your personal infor-
mation for their own use. It may be good for
them, but it's not good for you!
Check out the "employer" side of the job site
to see how easy it is to gain access to the resumes.
If resume access is free, or only a nominal fee
is charged for access to the resumes, find another
Easily accessible resume databases may well
cause an increase in junk e-mail and/or the
increase in identity theft and other fraud involving
6. Can you limit access to your personal
The best sites provide you with options to
protect your contact information (name, e-mail
address, street address, phone numbers, etc.).
Options range from blocking access only to the
contact information to keeping your resume
completely out of the resume database searched
by employers. Choose the option that works
best for you. If you are currently employed, lim-
iting access can help you protect your existing
The Job Board 10 "Effectiveness"
1. Does the site charge you for access to
Very rarely should a job seeker pay for access
to open jobs, online or offline. In general, if there
is a charge to the job seeker, find another site.
Some job sites for "executives" do charge a
fee. Before you pay, look for some written guar-
antees of the quality (and, maybe, the exclusivity)
of the opportunities plus recent references from
2. Is the site easy to use?
You should be able to easily find a way to
search for the jobs you want - specifying the
location and the type of job (by keyword or some
other method of choosing). When you've found
a job you like, it should be easy for you to apply
for it. If you want to post your resume, that
should be an easy process, too. And there should
be easy-to-follow directions in case you get lost
3. Does the site work properly (e.g., search
capability, resume editing, etc.)?
If you search for jobs located in a specific
area, the job site should show you jobs in that
area only, if it has any. Some large employers
have jobs open in many locations, so you may
get a few jobs in your search results that don't
appear, at first glance, to be specifically in the
geography you want. But most of them should
fit your search criteria.
If you still don't get what you want after 4
or 5 tries, then either the site does not have the
jobs you want, or the search function doesn't
work properly (yes, that happens!). So, time to
4. Does the site have the jobs you want
-- the "right" industry, profession, employer,
and location for you?
Try searching for the job you want, and see
what you find. The job search capability should
enable you to fine tune your search so that the
results are appropriate and useful.
If they don't have the jobs you want, move
on. Don't waste your time or risk your privacy
by posting your resume and hoping some appro-
priate jobs appear at some later date.
5. Are the jobs "fresh" or old?
Do a search, or browse through the listings
if you can. Do the jobs have posting dates asso-
ciated with them? Have jobs been posted recent-
ly? Be a little suspicious if the jobs are undated
or if all the jobs were posted "today" unless
thousands and thousands of jobs are listed.
6. Are most of the jobs posted by employers
or agencies acting on behalf of employers?
In general, jobs posted directly by an employer
are preferable because you will be dealing directly
with the people who can hire you.
Of course, some employers want anonymity
for competitive reasons, and other employers
don't have the recruiting staff available. So
working directly with the employer is not always
Additionally, if an agency sends your resume
to an employer, you may be at a competitive
disadvantage in comparison with a direct appli-
cant. An applicant provided by an agency will
cost the employer more to hire than an applicant
who comes to the employer directly, even if the
salary is exactly the same for both.
7. Can you store more than one version of
your resume so that you can customise your
resume for specific kinds of jobs?
Many sites offer you the ability to store several
different resumes and apply for a job using the
version of your resume you have developed for
that specific kind of opportunity. This capability
can save you time and effort.
The days of a one-size-fits-all resume is
8. Will you be able to edit your resume
once you have posted it?
You shouldn't run into this very often anymore,
but check to see if there is an "edit/update"
option for you to access your resume. You can
always find ways to improve your resume, and
it's a good idea to "refresh" your resume every
week, or at least every month. The site should
allow you to do updates.
9. Will you be able to delete your resume
after you have found a job?
You don't want that old resume still available
for view. If your new employer finds it, they
may be concerned that you are getting ready to
leave. If someone else finds it, they will see all
of your personal professional information as well
as your address and phone number.
Good job sites provide you with the capability
to delete your resume and account or to put
your resume in an "inactive" mode until you are
ready for your next job search.
Very rarely should a job seeker pay
for access to open jobs, online or
offline. In general, if there is a charge
to the job seeker, find another site.
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