Over at Punk Rock HR, an interesting discussion about generalist job boards.

Laurie Ruettimann asked if job boards like Monster and Careerbuilder “worked” for her readers.

They respond, below:

“If all you have is a hammer every problem looks like a nail. Personally, having been in the recruiting space for 20 years, my take is that incoming recruiters today are too reliant on the hammer of a job board. Sometimes to find the right talent, you have to use a screwdriver, ratchet or, heaven help us, a vise grip!” – “Christopher”

Kelly O: “I’ve almost given up on major job boards…those boards are so crowded with advertisements for online universities, Army recruiters, and pay to work at home schemes, it’s maddening and mind-numbing to sort through it all.”

“Elise”: “I posted my resume to Monster and Career Builder when I decided to leave the agency I’d been with for more than five years. The shop that came after me employed a couple of in-house recruiters, and one of them saw my resume. She was familiar with my work, though, so the job board didn’t really do more than let her know I was on the market…I don’t think of that situation as finding a job via Monster. It was more about networking, but with a Monster boost.

And that was five years ago. With things the way they are now, I can’t even imagine what the level of sheer noise must be on the job boards. I really can’t imagine they have much value at this point.”

And a commenter going by “HRPufnstuff” points out one thing that we never thought about ’til now but it makes so much sense: “The more entry level the position, the greater probability of success [on a job board].”

For the more advanced candidates, as y’all already know since you’re such astute readers, stick to niche boards and supplement your search with some hard-core networking.