Anyone who has ever searched for a job knows it’s an awful process. Hundreds of resumes, few replies, fewer interviews and then you lose out to a recent grad the company can work to death or you’re trampled by seasoned vets. Finding a job is a full-time job in itself.
With the boom of the internet came new possibilities. You can send hundreds of resumes with the click of a button, find openings everywhere and even see whether you’re dodging a bullet using sites like Glassdoor. Job boards and career sites aim to be your one-stop shop for all of this. They want to connect you to an employer in need and have you working together in no time. Sounds like heaven, right? Wrong.
Popular job boards fall short in a lot of ways. Right now you’re likely thinking, “wait, this is a job board too. Have they gone meta? Is this the rant of a disgruntled employee shortly before they quit?” Rest assured, it’s not. Our goal at Monikl is to be everything current popular job boards can’t, won’t or fail to be.
These are just some of the issues with popular online job sites.
You would think a bigger the site is, the better your odds of finding a job, but the opposite tends to be true. Current options attract some pretty big names in addition to thousands of applicants. This can actually scare off some great companies as well. Anybody can log in and start applying without any barrier except their ability to use a keyboard. Having a personalized experience brings the right candidates to the right employer, giving everyone involved better results.
Most job boards tend to be a lot of one thing and a little of everything else. LinkedIn is a professional networking site first, a job search tool second. Indeed is a job search engine first, and has no interest in being a networking site. This creates a weird blend of user experiences. LinkedIn members can create profiles which show off who they are a little more, but companies don’t often post their openings there. Indeed has thousands of job listings, but without any ability to personalize or create profiles it’s basically an email assistance tool.
Most job boards allow anyone to post an opening without verification of identity. This creates a hotbed of fraud and all around weird times for candidates. Door to door sales masquerade as “marketing representative” positions, some may find themselves in the midst of a fraudulent business and others might wind up in an industrial park thinking “this is a weird place to need a dental receptionist.” This doesn’t just hurt the credibility of the site, it can put people’s lives or property at risk. Recent grads can all share at least one weird story about an interview for a job online and that needs to change.
You aren’t alone. Online job boards really are the worst, and as a job board ourselves we’re comfortable admitting that. We exist to bring change. So what are you waiting for? Start a more personalized search for great careers (that won’t rope you into a Ponzi scheme) at Monikl today.
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