Where Companies Post Jobs
In addition, it's important to know where companies are posting jobs and how employers are recruiting both on and outside the job boards. If you're aware of where companies are seeking applicants, you can position yourself to increase your chances of getting found by hiring managers.
By accessing company job opportunities directly, you'll avoid spam and scams, and duplicate or triplicate job postings. Instead, you'll be getting directly to "real" and current job openings.
Bypassing the Job Boards
It seems like more companies are bypassing the job boards and either limiting recruiting to industry and/or local job sites or to their own web site. Use LinkUp to search directly for jobs at those company web sites. You can search by company name, keyword, and location. Advanced search options allow users to search by industry and position.
As an example of an industry site, OneWire.com, matches job seekers with job opportunities from finance companies that are a direct fit with their skills and experience. For the company, the pool is limited to candidates that actually fit the hiring criteria. For the job seeker, you're being matched with actual current openings, rather than sending your resume into cyberspace, which sometimes seems like what happens when you apply via a job board.
Job Search Matchmaking
Employers are also becoming more selective about how they screen candidates. Realmatch, for example, takes job seekers skills and qualifications and matches them up with jobs posted by employers. So companies are getting right to qualified candidates and job seekers are contacted for jobs that are a good match.
Company Applicant Pools
In addition, companies are banding together to create their own applicant pools. These sites are a good way to access opportunities at top employers. AllianceQ is a group of Fortune 500 companies that have collaborated to create a pool of job candidates. Job seekers who register with AllianceQ can be found, confidentially, by leading employers. After you've registered (average join time when I looked was 41 seconds), you create a resume and select your career interests. Then you'll (hopefully) receive job invitations from companies that are interested in talking to you.
You can search the LinkedIn Company pages by company name, keyword, and, with the advanced search option, as well as refine your search so that you get only companies that are hiring on LinkedIn. Or, you can browse by industry.
When I browsed, for example, the Internet industry, I got over 3,000 results. I then selected companies which were hiring. My list of 46 companies ranged from Yahoo with 27 jobs to AOL with 1. When I click on Yahoo's company page, I can see all my contacts at Yahoo (great for referrals and references) and the jobs that are available. If you find a job you're interested in, you can apply directly through LinkedIn and ask your connections who work at the company for a referral.
Also check the LinkedIn Groups you belong to - you may find job postings there, as well.
Companies are increasingly using social recruiting to hire. Many major employers, and lots of smaller ones, post jobs on Twitter.
Search Twitter by company name, check out Job-Hunt.org's list of the Top 50 Employers on Twitter or Google "companies on Twitter" to find more directories you can use to find employers. Follow the employers you're interested in on Twitter and you'll get job leads you can apply to - directly from the companies.
Job Searching Where Companies Can Find You
Consider incorporating some, or all, of these sites into your job search. It's not enough, these days, to simply post your resume on a job board and hope for the best. Job seekers need to proactively seek out opportunities and a good way to do that is to job search where companies are hiring. The more active you are in the places where companies are actively recruiting, the better shot you'll have at getting an interview - and getting hired.