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A guided tour of popular job boards (part 5)

Posted on Oct 5, 2015

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In the last installment of this series we will look at some other types of job boards that can be useful. These consist of niche, industry, employer and national job boards that curious job seekers should be aware of.

Workopolis and Monster are job boards that are particularly useful if you are searching for work in other parts of Canada. Of the two, Workopolis has consistently more jobs posted for the Greater Victoria area. Like some of the job boards reviewed earlier in this series, both these sites provide the option of registering which allows you to save searches, create alerts and upload resumes. It may not be worth your time to visit both of these sites every day. Checking them one or twice a week will probably suffice. If you are not opposed to creating yet another user profile, registering for job search alerts might prevent you from missing relevant opportunities.

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A guided tour of popular job boards (part 4)

Posted on Oct 5, 2015

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The most popular and useful job boards are web sites like Indeed.ca, Wowjobs.ca and Eluta.ca. These three site are aggregators meaning that they pull in job postings form many various sources and compile links to them in one place. In most cases when a user clicks on a link they are redirected to a company website to see the posting. They all have similar features but differ in the amount and types of jobs listed. All three allow you to search by location or keyword/job title and have an advanced search option which allows for a more powerful searches. Likewise they all allow you to create alerts/saved searches that can send results to you daily by email. While it might be nice to automate this process a job searcher will probably still have to visit these job boards to make sure they are not missing any relevant jobs as employers will sometimes list jobs in an unpredictable way meaning that the saved alerts may not always find all opportunities.

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A guided tour of popular job boards (Part 3)

Posted on Oct 5, 2015

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In the last installment of this series we looked at three job boards (Craigslist, Used Victoria and Kijiji) that function like community bulletin boards. These types of boards can be useful, but the fact that anonymous people can post job openings means that they can be time-draining to sift through in order to find relevant job ads.

The WorkBC web site by comparison can be much less of a time waster for the busy job seeker. But before we dive into assessing its strengths and weaknesses, a short history lesson of how it came to be is useful here. Since the 1990’s the federal government has been operating an online job bank that replaced the old system of job boards that used to be found in the EI offices scattered across the country. The online job bank allowed job hunters to apply for jobs all across Canada and not just for those in their local community. As recently as four years ago, if you were in Victoria and wanted to search for a job through a government web site, the Federal Job Bank was the go-to web site.

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A guided tour of popular job boards (part 2)

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

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In this part of the series we will look at three popular job boards that all function in a similar manner and offer numerous postings but all come with some baggage. Craigslist, Used Victoria and Kijiji are websites that operate like all-encompassing community bulletin boards. A visit to any of the three will allow one to look for a new apartment, apply for a job and buy some used ski equipment, all in the same session.

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A guided tour of popular job boards (part 1)

Posted on Sep 9, 2015

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The rise of online job boards has brought about a major change in the way that people find out about job openings. In the recent past, job openings were advertised in the local newspaper or tacked onto cork boards in a job search centre or EI office. Back then, a missed edition of a newspaper or an inability to travel downtown might have resulted in lost opportunity. An entire career could hinge on whether your newspaper carrier remembered to deliver your local paper. It was an inherently inefficient system.

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