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Hi folks,
I wanted to open a discussion on the use of job boards to find that wonderful position. There seems to have only been one semi-serious discussion on JR about job boards. The findings: Usenet, JustJavaJobs, Dice; responding to specific jobs is better than general resume submission. And that's about it. (That post was back in 2000 of course.)
Has there been any more thought on this? I've been finding it hard to develop networking contacts, so most of my resumes tend to go to Dice posts. Have I had a good response to this? Well, not really--some. But for a junior-level folk like myself, the odds of getting a posting go in my favor are already small.
Question: which job boards/online resources are the best for getting Java jobs these days? Is it still worthwile to send individual companies a resume when you don't even know if they're hiring or not? I guess, the basic question is: how should the Internet be effectively used in a job search, in the most efficient manner?
I suppose that's about it. Throw in your 2 cents and let's see where this takes us.
 
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I've had loads of interviews for jobs I applied for from Job Posting Sites, usually they are posted by agencies and you have to talk to them for a while on the phone before they'll submit you for the job. I find the agencies a pest and it can be tedious wading through the job sites because of their poor categorising capabilities, but in the end it's worth it if you get an interview or two out of it. Remember to always write a cover note in the box outlining your skills / experience that has been advertised in that job.
As for speculative letters, I recently got an interview out of one of those too, I was lucky that they just had a position open. Also something I didn't know but I learned recently is that a lot of jobs won't even be advertised. To save on the costs a lot of companies do keep CVs on file and will look for interviewees from there. So it is definately worth it. Send it by post and they are far more likely to keep it on file than hit the delete key. Write a covering letter specific to their company too.
I also regularly checked newspapers and magazines relevent to the industry.
These are the main three methods I have used, just keep going hard at it.
 
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Thanks for the post, Tim. I think everybody else is still downing their morning coffee.
As far as the job boards go, what do you think is most efficient? (There are only so many hours in the day, even when you're unemployed.) Do you think it's worthwhile to troll through all the "tiny" boards out there? Or is it best to just stick to the big ones (Dice, Monster, HotJobs, etc) and leave the rest alone giving you time to network or bang your head against the wall?
 
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I'm in the UK so the boards are different here. Basically I had two boards that I got e-mails from every day with jobs matching my searches, I didn't check them every day but I made sure I went through every e-mail. It depends on how good their search function is. Basically if you can do a good search and throw up 10-20 jobs then do that site every few days. If it's a tedious site where you've got to go through pages and pages you might want to do it every week or 2. If you don't get any suitable jobs from a site in a while then drop it. I'd normally not spend more than an hour a day on them, more if I hadn't done any for a while and needed to catch up. The newspapers and magazines are better sources, so they should take priority if time is limited.
 
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Hi Tim,
I am also in the UK, out of interest what sites do you find useful? I have had a look at Monster and a couple of other sites and find they throw up the jobs but often they are old positions or ones posted just so they can get some CVs in
Cheers
Sam
 
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Originally posted by Sam Tilley:
Hi Tim,
I am also in the UK, out of interest what sites do you find useful? I have had a look at Monster and a couple of other sites and find they throw up the jobs but often they are old positions or ones posted just so they can get some CVs in
Cheers
Sam


www.cwjobs.co.uk
www.jobsite.co.uk
also look at the agency www.computerpeople.com
Another few I've got on a list are
www.jobsearch.co.uk
www.totaljobs.com
www.planetrecruit.com
www.workthing.com
Also check out your local government sites
 
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