How useful are job hunting websites?

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Talent and skill will always need a bridge to opportunity.

If the employable skills that you possess are your talent and your dream job is the opportunity, then what is the bridge?

It probably isn’t an understatement when you say that your job may just decide which way you life is heading. So, there can’t be any compromises here, right? You need to find the best of the best and grab anything that comes to you!

We have so many platforms available for job hunting today that it could get really confusing. Which ones of these work, which are a wild goose chase and are they actually useful? After all, it’s a complicated and nerve wracking enough process without wasting time on something that doesn’t actually work.

So, can job hunting websites get you the results you want or should you just stay away? Also, what are some of the modern job hunting patterns that you should know?

Take a look!

Traditional job hunting platforms are losing their place

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When you think about it, the definition of tradition keeps changing, doesn’t it? What may have been traditional or commonplace ten years ago is merely a relic of the past today.

So, before it was the classifieds where you would find the most lucrative and urgent open positions. Why? Simply because so many people around the world read the newspaper. Then, as the world moved online an desktop computers and laptops became the norm, we got job hunting websites. These listed everything from various positions, to qualifications and at times you could also be interviewed online.

So, how has it changed now? 

It is simply the question of where you are spending the most time. Yes, we’re still doing that online but where? Social Media of course! And that is what has changed. We’ve built a large chunk of our public presence online and that it the place where recruiters are now looking.

Statistics by Capterra, a recruiting firm:

  • 94% recruiters prefer to use social media for recruiting.
  • 73% of 18-34 year olds found their last job through social media.
  • However, employers are still catching up, with only 39% using social media for hiring. This is on the rise though.
  • Over 5.7 billion job-oriented searches were performed on LinkedIn in 2012.

The percentage of job seekers and recruiters varies even across social media. Just take a look!

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What do these numbers mean?

It basically means that now you can spend lesser time filling out page after page on countless job hunting websites without even knowing if it would work. Another scepticism of old job hunting websites is that they required a great deal of your personal information, which was then sold off to the highest bidding company (should’ve checked those privacy policies!)

Result = Millions of spam emails and phone calls. 

Sometimes you’d even have to pay a fee but no one would ever get back to you with any opportunities.


However, that doesn’t mean you need to stop going online and rely on rumours and classifieds. The online field is still right for finding out detailed information on the kind of job that you want but only if you look at the right place.

This is where social media comes in.

  • It has already been a part of your life, you have a detailed online presence and it’s much more interesting than a job hunting website.
  • Employers are noticing that the number of active members on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter etc. is growing exponentially.
  • Recruiters are using specific social media platforms, depending on their needs: a fashion brand may employ through Instagram while a marketing position is best advertised on LinkedIn.
  • Freelancers and designers have portals like Behance to display a set if specific skills.
  • You have the ability to create and be part of groups that will further your search and maybe even your career.
  • The best part of all, these websites are bringing the employers and recruiters to you. You just need to stand out!
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Just as the world gets more competitive, job hunting gets harder. But if you're on the right platform today, then the right opportunity won't be far away.

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