One side of the job market, the employers, still find the quickest and the easiest way to fill a position is the use of job boards. Unlike prospective employees, however, employers want to find someone willing to give them the best set of skills for the lowest possible price, whereas the employee hopes to obtain the highest possible wage for the services they render. Because of this, employers prefer to begin a hiring search from within.
Failing this, they query internally within the company for recommendations and references, and if this still doesn't turn up a suitable candidate then they turn to their wider network of business associates. It is only having exhausted these possibilities that an employer will then choose to spend money on trying to fill a vacancy. Statistically speaking, then, the jobs posted on the web are generally harder to fill because the employer would not have paid to post for it otherwise.
Prospective employees should consider carefully such positions because not only do they tend to require more training, education, and expertise, but they are also slightly less desirable positions, which is part of the reason they are being posted on the Internet at all. Despite all that, people can and do find good jobs using the Internet, and a person is most likely to find such a job if they make themselves known where the higher proportion of the jobs are. This has resulted in a whole legion of supersites: Monster
, The Ladders
, and a host of others help connect people with potential work through the force of their size alone. Their quality is not necessarily superior to smaller or more specialized sites, but their size, both in terms of employers and job seekers ensures that with even a moderate success rate they connect a large number of people. But a person ought not to be discouraged if they don't find a job with one of the supersites; rather, they should try some of the smaller, and especially some of the more specialized search engines that will not only help them to find available jobs, but jobs more uniquely suited to them and their needs.