The Career Mastery 2017 Job Board Database is the result of an extensive study led by Deniz Sasal, a leading career adviser, which surveyed over 3,000 job boards worldwide. The study aimed to answer the question of what makes a job board valuable for job seekers, exploring several areas in the hopes of providing job seekers with a free resource that saves them hours of frivolous searching.
The power of the brand name, the availability of jobs from renowned employers and the number of applicants visiting the job board were found to be the key factors in what makes a job board valuable.
Sasal says, "It was clear to me that the most useful job board is one with a high supply of job posts for which there was low demand. In other words, there are plenty of quality postings with only a few applicants. Naturally, this triggered my curiosity and I decided to conduct a thorough study to find out which job boards actually produce the most effective results. "
The final outcome of this 1,000 hour study is The Career Mastery 2017 Job Board Database which includes over 700 job boards across all regions and allows any job seeker to prioritize the list based on criteria known as "Opportunity Score".
Opportunity score is a tool that awards job boards with highest supply of jobs against lowest number of applicants. This gives an applicant a great indication of how competitive the platform is.
In order to get the best return for their time investment, job applicants would only want to apply for jobs that are in low demand from applicants but in high supply of available job posts. These job boards that belong to Quadrant A in the graph above give candidates the highest chances of being hired. While one might assume that 'big name' online job boards would produce the best results for applicants, in reality the study demonstrated that most fall under Quadrant D - the worst place possible.