I was recently talking with a friend about the evolution of job boards online. She had a lot more experience than me but has been out of the game for a few years so she asked me what’s changed. As I thought about it, the challenge with most online job boards is that they get filled with a lot of jobs that aren’t interesting to job seekers. I like the concept of signal and noise. Most job boards have too much noise and not enough signal.
This doesn’t have to be the case anymore and the internet makes it all possible. Thanks to the power of the internet, you can connect with a community of like-minded individuals in a way that was never possible before. The same is true for job boards. You don’t need to waste your time with many job boards that list a bunch of jobs for which you’re not interested. The niche job board is available for almost every niche on the internet. That means you should get a lot of signal and less noise.
We’ve seen that to be the case at Healthcare IT Central. If you’re not from the healthcare IT industry, then looking through the Healthcare IT Central job board is like reading Chinese. It likely doesn’t make any sense to you. However, if you’re from healthcare IT, then searching through the healthcare IT jobs that are listed makes you feel like you’re home.
What’s even more exciting is that we’ve been able to extend the community started on Healthcare IT Central into the broader Healthcare Scene community. A job board is great but doesn’t provide a great way for candidates and employers to really interact and engage outside of the hiring process. They can do this on the various Healthcare Scene blogs where various content attracts both audiences.
There’s a real power in communities. It’s amazing how the internet has brought together almost every community imaginable (both good and bad). That’s a powerful concept when you think about it in the context of your own career.