If job search websites glittered, my mother would have said that they were fool's gold.
She taught me that "All that glitters is not gold". In other words, job search websites might not be any good even though they look valuable.
They sure look good! The fact that they list thousands and thousands of jobs as available all over the world seems like a great thing. One would assume that with so many job opportunities out there, it would be easy to find a job quite quickly!
My mother was right, however. Not all that glitters is gold.
Let me give you my case.
I applied for over 100 jobs online over several months. I wondered at times if the job search engines were just a portal into some sort of virtual black hole, because what I put into them never came back.
Did my application and resumes actually go somewhere? Did they get lost in cyberspace? Or, was it just that no one cared to respond to me? It was hard work to put it all in. Was all that effort worth it?
During the darkest moments of my job search, the sheer volume of jobs seemingly available played games with my fragile psyche. Why wasn't I getting called? Was my resume that poorly written? Or was I just that much of a poor excuse for a human being?
I struggled to keep a good attitude about the whole process. Not only was I not able to get a job locally, but I couldn't find a job in another state or in another country either!
What was wrong with me?
While I struggled with my self-worth, eventually I did get some responses and calls both from scammers or spammers! I received emails from scam artists trying to get me to sign up for some "guaranteed" sort of job finding service, which invariably promised the impossible for a sizable fee.
And I also received some phone calls from firms that actually seemed more like phishing scams designed to get the desperate to give up their important personal information.
I received many emails that were clearly phishing attempts.
I think that these types of sites are a necessary evil in today's world. That is, it is important to put your name out there. However, I wouldn't count on getting a job from such a site.
======================================== ----- Arturo's Reply to Lynne ----- ========================================
Lynne, thank you for sharing your story.
With millions of people desperately unemployed, the scams are rampant. Think of job boards as a salty oasis in the middle of the desert. Many people rush to them because they assume any kind of water is better than dying of thirst, even though bad water will kill you quicker than thirst.
Some job search engines are very niche-focused, such as Dice.com, which is dedicated to information technology jobs only. Other job listing sites are aggregators. Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com fall into this category. They claim to offer you exclusive access to premium job posts, when in fact they aggregate the listings from corporate sources freely available all over the Internet.
These companies are primarily marketing outfits with shabby, at best, products or services. These companies do mass marketing to convince a large world that they're offering what is only available for an exclusive audience.
Consider TheLadders.com, for example. They claim to offer $100,000 jobs only for $100,000+ candidates alone. But the fact is that the high fees that TheLadders.com charges its exclusive customers gives them access to jobs that are often neither posted by employers exclusively at TheLadders.com nor do these jobs pay the $100,000 minimum. Call it at least false advertising. Look at the way this company promotes itself.
Would you trust your professional future on people like this?
No one should sell you a job. A job is buying the human resource. It's the employer who should be paying for a candidate, not the reverse.
The key problem is that candidates do not know how to sell their services. They do not know the fundamentals of marketing. Therefore, they don't know well enough how to become a candidate who someone else can refer.
Think of it this way:
If you wanted to buy a couple of bottles of fine wine to go with your special get-together meal, and you didn't quite know what to buy, who would you listen to the best? Would you listen to the wine maker or a trusted friend who has tried several wines and knows also what you're about to get into? In fact, what if your friend is part of the get-together? Would you listen to this person or a clueless relative that knows only beer?
The answer is obvious. You buy wine on referral.
In the same way and for similar reasons, people hire candidates on referral far above any other method.
Don't waste your time on job boards. Don't become a target for scammers. Beware of identity theft.
Spend your time learning sales, marketing and networking. That's what entrepreneurs do to find customers.