A Brief History of Job Boards and How to Master Them

History of Job Boards

A job board is an online platform that helps connect employers with potential employees. Job boards have been around in some form since the early days of the internet, and their popularity has only grown in recent years. 

One of the earliest job boards was HotJobs, which launched in 1996. HotJobs quickly became a popular destination for both employers and job seekers, and was eventually acquired by Yahoo! in 2002. Other popular job boards include Indeed (launched 2004), Monster (launched 1995), Dice (launched 1990), and CareerBuilder (launched 1995). 

These platforms are used by millions of people every day to find employment opportunities or to recruit talent for their businesses. 

There are also many specialty job boards that focus on specific industries or types of jobs. For example, there are boards dedicated to tech jobs (TechCrunch Jobs), healthcare positions (Health eCareers), government jobs (USAJOBS) and even remote work (We Work Remotely). No matter what type of position you’re looking for, chances are there’s a job board out there that can help you find it—or at least give you a good place to start your search.

Job boards are one of the most popular resources for both employers and job seekers alike. If you’re looking for the most popular, Indeed is currently the #1 website in terms of traffic for online job searches worldwide. 

Here are some tips on how to make the most out of using job boards in your search:

  • Make sure your resume is up-to-date and keyword optimized. This will help ensure that you show up in relevant searches by recruiters.
  • Create customized applications for each position you apply to. Generic applications are often disregarded by employers.
  • Network! Job boards are a great resource, but personal connections can often be even more valuable. Let people know you’re looking for a new opportunity and see if anyone has any leads or recommendations.
  • Utilize as many resources as possible when searching for a new opportunity including but not limited to personal connections/networking, company websites, staffing agencies, Indeed, Glassdoor, etc.
  • When using multiple resources create different versions resumes & applications catered specifically towards each resource. This will ensure greater success.
  • Be patient. The process of finding a new job can sometimes take months—but it will eventually pay off when you find that perfect match.