Understanding the Different Types of Job Boards

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If your company has a job vacancy you may need to pay to post the advert on relevant job sites. You will then have to filter through all the online job sites available and spend time researching which site will give you the best results. This can all be measured in terms of money, resources, and time. With all of this in mind and to help you save time and money, we have put together a list of the different types of job boards.

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Professional Career Sites

There are a number of career sites in South Africa that have been around for years. For the recruiter or company, they offer a portal to advertise their job vacancies online, download candidate cvs and other useful recruitment tools. These online recruitment services are not free and you may need to sign up for an annual contract at a premium rate.

Apart from access to online job ads these sites also contain blogs, forums, and career resources with suggestions regarding writing CVs and resumes, articles on performing well in interviews, and other subjects of interest to employers.

There are some job boards that act primarily as a reverse job board. In a reverse job board, the main focus is on the candidate profile and resume rather than job advertising. Linkedin is an example of a reverse job board. Jobseeker details are partially displayed to viewers of the site. If companies or recruiters want the contact details of candidates, they need to pay for resume search access.

The average price to post a job on a professional website is around R 900* for 1 job ad. If you are headhunting, you can expect to pay around R100.00* to download 1 cv. You can opt-in for a recruitment package for between R 3500 – R 5000* per month (or more), but then you will be tied into a contract.

Job Aggregator Sites

These sites are essentially search engines for job ads. They gather job postings from various job boards and company sites and consolidate them into a single searchable platform. Think of a job aggregator as you think of Google, but only for online job postings.

With each job posting, job aggregators will include information pertaining to the vacancy. They will provide the job description and application method. If the candidate needs to apply online via the company website, they will be directed to that application page.

These Job aggregator sites make their money by charging the company or recruiter a cost per click (CPC). This means that each time a candidate clicks on that vacancy, the recruiter is charged for that click. The average cost per click for South Africa can be anything between 0.20c – R 2.00* (or more) depending on the platform and the competition.

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Data Collector

These sites act as job aggregator sites and pull through job vacancies from various sources on the internet. They do not charge a CPC and most often their main aim is to collect data from individuals. This data is then passed on and used for marketing. This data can then be used to target individuals and attempt to sell them products or services.

When the candidate clicks on an “Apply” button, they will be instructed to provide their email address. That is where it ends. The candidate is not directed to the correct application page and thinks that he/she has applied for the position.

We feel that luring job seekers with job posts in exchange for their personal data is unethical, and against everything that free recruit stands for. It is very important to avoid these types of sites as they will waste your time and you will not see any applications.

Company Recruitment Site

Companies can set up their own recruitment site. They can post company jobs and applicants can directly apply for the job post. All leading companies have a career page and job seekers can view a list of open jobs. Candidates can register and submit their cv online to the company site itself.

Companies can implement recruitment software that can help to source, manage, market and place more qualified candidates in less time. Some of these software platforms do give you the added advantage of broadcasting your job post to their third-party business partners.

There are a number of things to consider when implementing your company recruitment site, such as:

  • Do you have the resources/skills to build and manage the recruitment site?
  • Would you need to outsource?
  • What are the costs involved?
  • Will your site generate enough traffic?

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The Mix

Freerecruit is a job board that acts as a job aggregator site but also gives you all the recruitment tools that you could expect from a career site. We gather job postings from various job boards and company sites and consolidate them into a single searchable platform. As a job seeker, you can find all the best jobs in one place. We offer a free recruitment platform for companies to post jobs online for free and for job seekers to find jobs.

At freerecruit.co.za, we are driven by the extremely high unemployment rate within South Africa. Our aim is to help curb this by bridging the gap between companies and job seekers. Freerecruit provides useful information and resources for job seekers.

Our mission is to assist job seekers to find work and also to help small businesses find staff for free.

As a recruiter, you can register on our free online job posting site. Companies can post their latest job vacancies online for free. You will not be charged to use our free recruitment platform and you may download/view as many CV’s as you wish. Some other features you can expect as an employer are:

  1. Easy to use and manage job postings. Sleek design with built-in features to assist you in finding your perfect candidate. Companies / Recruiters can post jobs for free.
  2. Search for candidates. Download resumes and apply filters such as skills, salary/rate, geo-location to narrow down your search. Companies / Recruiters can search cvs for free.
  3. Applications management. Submitted applications are visible and can be easily managed. Job applications can be given private notes, ratings, and organised by status. If you prefer candidates to directly apply via email or your own career site, they can do so.
  4. Bookmarks. As a recruiter, you often need a quick way to manage your lists. With bookmarks, you can. As an employer, you can add bookmarks to candidates’ resumes and never lose track again.
  5. Private Messaging.  Our platform comes with a smart private messaging system wherein employers can contact candidates directly.
  6. Job boards and aggregators. We have partnered with a number of job aggregator sites, including Google and other search engines. This ensures that your job postings will capitalize on our website traffic and appear in search results.

The success of the Job Board lies in connecting the gap between employers and jobseekers.

Employers can make use of all of our online tools for free. This affords many small companies an opportunity that they wouldn’t otherwise have had. Freerecruit.co.za cover costs through banner advertising, which is not always enough but we are passionate about what we do and stand for. Unlike data collectors, we do not collect your information and pass this on to be used for marketing. If you would like some additional information please do not hesitate to contact us or to get started go to our website and create your employer account today.

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*Prices were accurate at time of print