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Niche sites aid job hunt process

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LAST UPDATED: 01:23 p.m. HST, Aug 25, 2014



Are you looking for a job in accounting? How about big data and statistics? Or maybe a job with a flexible schedule?

If you want to boost your chances of finding an opening, make sure you are sending your resume to the right online job boards.

While there are some big, well-known job boards that list a wide variety of openings in any number of occupations, there are also dozens of niche sites that specialize by industry, type of employment and specialized skills.

Say, for example, you have a U.S. government security clearance. Check out ClearanceJobs.com or ClearedPath.com. Or maybe you want to drive a truck. Go to JobsinTrucks.com.

Or maybe you'd like to work in a restaurant. There's PoachedJobs.com or Culintro.com.

Some of the niche boards are even more specialized. If you're looking for a sales job, check out SalesGravy.com or SalesHeads.com. But if you're in medical sales, try MedReps.com.

Keith Wolf, managing director of the recruiting and staffing firm Murray Resources in Houston, likes to compare the niche online sites to niche magazines.

Probably every industry has one, Wolf said, and they're a valuable way to find openings.

The key, though, is the online site has to be specialized enough to be attractive to job seekers who use it but not so narrow that it doesn't post enough jobs or have enough job seekers applying, he said.

SmartRecruiters has come up with a list of what it believes are the top 50 niche sites. The list, at bit.ly/1vtA2mY, has gained traction among job seekers who weren't aware of some of the specialized sites, SmartRecruiters chief operating officer Brett Queener said.

Some niche job sites started as online communities about a specific industry and began posting jobs almost as an afterthought. Others started as online job sites and morphed into one-stop places to get information about an industry or occupation, he said.

Great niche job boards tend to have a lot of content so like-minded people can find relevant news about the industry, Queener said. That, in turn, encourages employers to place job postings.

With that targeted approach, the "hit rate" is higher, allowing specialized job boards to charge employers more to post openings, he said.

One of the niche sites he likes to use to hire his own employees is Levo League, a group for professional women. The group's job board is a great source for job candidates, especially in male-dominated careers such as tech, he said.

Career counselors are doing their best to get the word out. The availability — and importance — of niche job boards has become a standard part of the job search strategy workshops at Sam Houston State University, said Vinessa Mundorff, assistant director of career services.

Career services also posts a number of niche boards, including AgCareers.com, ResortJobs.com, HospitalityOnline.com and CoolWorks.com, on its website.

Mundorff said she advises students to keep checking back when they find an interesting niche site. Sometimes it takes a while for a site to get established and get enough postings.

TOTAL RECALL

About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday the zippers on the chairs, which are made by Ace Bayou Corp., can open.

The chairs were sold at Bon-Ton, Meijer, Pamida, School Specialty, Wayfair and Walmart stores and online at Amazon.com, Meijer.com and Walmart.com. They cost between $30 and $100 and were sold before July 2013. They come in different colors, shapes, fabrics and sizes.

Owners of the bean bag chairs should check if the zippers open and take them away from children if they do, the CPSC said.

Ace Bayou, which is based in New Orleans, is offering customers a free repair kit that will stop the zippers from opening. Customers can order one online.

Call Ace Bayou at 855-571-8151 from 2 to 10:30 a.m. HST Monday through Friday or visit www.acebayou.com and click on "Recall Information."






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