There are applicant tracking systems, candidate experience software, customer relationship management platforms, job boards, and a slew of automation tools all designed to help you find candidates. Do you need all this stuff? Well, probably not all of it, but a few tech tools can help you improve your candidate search process. But these tools are very expensive. How do staffing companies use job board technology to find candidates? Can your business afford to buy these tools? Is there an alternative?

Job Board vs. a Job Search Engine—What’s the Difference and How Can You Use Them?

Let’s start with the basics: No, a job search engine is different from a job board. It can be confusing to figure out the differences because both use sophisticated query engines to help you find what you need. But a job board is a website and database engine where employers can post a job. A job search engine scours the web and aggregates employment listings from all of the job boards. Some of the biggest job boards are also job search engines. Confused yet?

Not surprisingly, this technology is a world onto itself. You must master the tricks of each job board to maximize your investment. That’s the problem. Having a subscription to these tools is not cheap. There are literally dozens of job boards out there to choose from, from generalist to specialty boards focusing on one type of candidate or one market niche. Job boards have some real benefits for businesses looking for talent, including:

  • The sheer volume of candidates that job boards can tap into. Job boards are more than just places to post your jobs. Job boards are also resume databases where candidates apply to jobs. The job board holds all of those resumes that you can peruse (for a fee, of course) and connect with candidates. These big player job boards are also job search engines with very sophisticated search features. So, you can search out the requirements of the job you’re trying to fill.
  • Job boards integrate with your applicant tracking system (ATS). This is a two-way process. You can build a job ad, and the ATS will post it across numerous job boards. Then, as applicants send their resumes to your job, they flow into your ATS. The ATS can manage candidates and job applications along with automating your process for screening talent. They are expensive but very user-friendly and effective.

Job boards can save you time and money in the long run, and companies that use them swear by their effectiveness. Job boards can help you expand the candidate pool for your business well beyond the ones who actually apply to your job. These tools can pay for themselves, but only if you use them frequently during a constant process of searching for qualified candidates.

Learn How Lingo Staffing Can Help You

If you would like access to these candidate search tools, Lingo Staffing uses them every day to improve our client’s time to hire. Talk with our team about the tools, technologies, and processes we use to help build businesses. We can help yours, too. Call on us today.