5 Great Alternatives to Job Boards When Applying for Jobs

Frustration when applying to jobs advertised

Anyone that has ever had to look for a job would know the frustration of sending application after application at jobs advertised online only to have them disappear into the job board black hole. (What happens to those job application)?

However if you are a job seeker from one of the 6 most disadvantaged groups, then your frustration goes up another notch.

Who are these 6 job seeker groups you might ask? These are people who are:

  1. returning to work after a long break,
  2. newly arrived international or intranational migrants with little or no local experience
  3. new to the workforce
  4. older workers trying to get their career back on track after being terminated or made redundant
  5. transitioning from a sector that is being disrupted by technology
  6. disadvantaged and minority groups

If you’re one of this group then it is not uncommon to apply to dozens if not hundreds of advertised positions. The problem is not so much with the job boards as with the very narrow job selection criteria that is applied to narrow the field of applicants and the huge competition for these roles since everyone looks in the same place for work. So how can you increase your chance of getting selected?

Job Boards

Don’t stop using job boards – but start using them as a research tool rather than to apply for jobs. Recognise that you are not going to be the most sought after candidate so use the information that you find to learn what skills and attributes are in demand and use that to try and develop you value proposition – the thing that sets you apart such as your skills, interests, achievements, personal characteristics etc.


Start networking. Get out there and start meeting with people in your industry group and profession. Build relationships with people in your industry and tap into their knowledge about trends in the industry to see where there might be opportunities for you. You might not get work straight away but as you build you network, you will be amazed at how powerful it is to get you into places where the door is locked. 80% of jobs are won through referrals and recommendations.


LinkedIn is a great tool to help you to meet with other professionals in your industry. Learn how to use it effectively.


Technology is disrupting everything and every industry is changing. Keep up to date with what is happening in your industry and profession and see how you can incorporate this knowledge into your suit of skills. It is not uncommon for people in the workforce to develop skill gaps due to being unduly focused on their current work and not recognising change coming into their industry.

Government funding

Government funding is provided to help some companies employ people from disadvantaged groups to gain employment. Get educated on any subsidies that are available to potential employers and employers that use them as part of their recruitment strategy.