SeekThe search for the ever-elusive perfect candidate continues …

And just how many articles on finding the perfect candidate are there, anyway? Silkroad took a new tack, asking: where are the job seekers looking? That’s a good point: how can recruiters possibly find candidates if they aren’t searching in the right places? Craigslist, LinkedIn, Indeed, CareerBuilder, and Glassdoor ranked as the top five job boards where candidates start their searches. Not too many surprises on that list, but let’s dig a little deeper.

Craigslist: Start Global Growth Here

Established in 1995, this board of online classified ads is the ideal place to look for candidates to build the company globally. It is available in 570 cities across 50 different countries, with an average of 1 million monthly job postings. The candidate search doesn’t get much more global than that. A majority of the candidates who frequent Craigslist are male and don’t have college degrees. Recently, Will Staney, head of talent acquisition at Glassdoor, posted his source of hire and Craigslist was there — with a small percentage, but still there. This no-frills job board has serious staying power — and you could get a free sofa or meet a missed connection on there, too!

LinkedIn: Where Entry-Level Hopefuls Plant Their Roots

Since 2002, LinkedIn has functioned as an online platform for resume information. Users on LinkedIn are almost overwhelmingly male — 65 percent — and are generally between the ages of 35 and 44. There are 100 million LinkedIn users in the United States alone; globally, it’s 3 billion. That’s nearly half of the global population. With two new LinkedIn members signing up every second, recruiters are bound to find someone perfect for the job — or in the very least, perfect enough with the right amount of training. While LinkedIn for Recruiters is a paid solution, the groups, message boards, and company profiles are all free, smart ways to use the big blue behemoth.

Indeed: College Degrees Aplenty

What a place to start your search for your dream candidate! There are 2.5 million resumes on Indeed. Forty-three percent of users have bachelor’s degrees, 23 percent are between the ages of 25 and 34, and another 23 percent are between 35 and 44 years old. On Indeed, recruiters can find a plethora of mid-level management candidates. In the United States, 72 percent of job seekers visit Indeed each month. Because it’s the leader in job boards in the U.S., Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and South Africa, it makes sense that it’s the No. 1  job site worldwide. Indded is a classic aggregator, so if you post a job, chances are it will land there. Make sure your job details stand out in a big ocean like this.

CareerBuilder: Fortune 1000 company? Start Here

Predominantly female, 39 percent of CareerBuilder users have no college education, 46 percent have a bachelor’s degree, and 14 percent have a master’s degree. The site works with over 300,000 employers, so recruiters have good chances of finding a candidate here. Eighty-seven percent of the users on CareerBuilder come from the United States, so it might not be the best for global talent acquisition just yet. However, it’s perfect for hiring from across the country. The board has expanded from, well, a board, to a full-service hiring platform — but not many people know that yet.

Glassdoor – Oldest Site to Find Mid-Level Managers

Last, but not least, is Glassdoor. A typical user is a 25-34-year-old female with a college degree making up to $50,000 per year. Glassdoor gives potential candidates a well-rounded picture of the companies they are applying for. Insider views from employees are published on Glassdoor. Reviews on companies provide candidates with information about the company culture. This allows candidates to opt out of positions if they feel they won’t fit into the company culture.

At the core of a recruiter’s job is the ability to attract the best candidates. They can only do this if they are looking in the right places. These are only a few of the job boards available to recruiters and candidates alike. Niche boards and other community sites also provide great candidate fodder if you’re looking for candidates with a distinct skill sets. Use job boards wisely and be efficient. If you know what you’re looking for before you start your search, the quest will be much easier.

“When you’re in a startup, the first ten people will determine whether the company succeeds or not. Each is 10 percent of the company. So why wouldn’t you take as much time as necessary to find all the A players? If three were not so great, why would you want a company where 30 percent of your people are not so great? A small company depends on great people much more than a big company does.” – Steve Jobs

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