Job boards are the low hanging fruit of job search, but attract extremely high amounts of competition. While job boards aren't the best way to apply for jobs, they can be invaluable for some little known ways to discover the hidden job market.
Job seekers apply through job boards because they are visible, they appear to be the easiest way to understand a company's job openings, and because a company's HR department requests this type of application. On the negative side, job openings represented by job boards are much more competitive than what's called the "hidden job market" - therefore, job board applications aren't in the candidate's best interest if they can develop a more direct path.
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