History and Statistics of Job Boards

Job boards play a significant role in the process of recruitment. These sites facilitate the employers to post about new openings. They provide a best way for job seekers to learn about new opportunities in the market. Job boards have always served as an important means of hire for both the job seekers and recruiters. These employment sites are here to stay and will continue to evolve in order to keep up with the changing requirements.

Traditional websites such as CareerBuilder and Monster are still among the best employment sites. Details such as job description, salary, career guidance, number of positions, location, required skills and experience, keyword based job search, interview tips, CV writing guidelines, etc will be available on job portals. Indeed.com helps you to find many other job boards, career pages of companies and associations. Other sites provide details about specific positions or match you with relevant employers like the site Realmatch.

Job boards account to 20% of the overall hirings that take place, which is second to referral based jobs. Job boards are classic and still stand as an essential source of employment. New job boards are coming up innovative sourcing techniques to help the employers. Great improvements can be seen in the process of job listing and job search. Candidates will continue to rely on job boards and use them in their own way. This infographic presents a brief history about job boards. It also provides interesting facts and statistics pertaining to the job boards industry.

Job boards industry began to come into picture during 1990-1994. CareerMosaic, Monster and Netstart which later came to be known as CareerBuilder were launched. Certain initial steps were taken by some sites during 1995-1997 which includes Monster buying OCC, launch of Craigslist and posting of newspaper listings online. It was big time for the industry in 1998 and 1999, followed by dotcom bust that lead to downturn of market. Job boards picked up in the period between 2000 and 2002. The industry picked up pace during 2003 to 2007 period in which Linkedin and Google base were launched. Then the job boards industry was hit with recession during 2008 and 2010, that impacted negatively on certain sites in modern era.

On the popular job portal Monster.co.uk, Tuesday and Wednesday are the busiest days for job hunting. Every minute three sales jobs are searched here. 24% of the jobseekers have a masters degree or a doctorate. One third of the aspiring individuals who apply to jobs, move to the next phase of recruiting process. More than 50% of those who apply for jobs, receive at least one response. Work from home jobs, marketing jobs and sales jobs are among the top job board niches.

Thanks to Job Descriptions & Graphs who sent me this great infographic on Job Board Statistics

By John Courtney

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