Our friends at Recruitics recently published a useful summary of the differences between a job board and a job aggregator.
Simple concepts but similar enough to be easily confused. Hopefully this will shed some light!
Put simply, the difference:
- Job aggregators are like Google search— using feeds from websites (like those we use in our FeedManager product) to find job listings and displaying them in query results.
- Job boards don’t search for jobs being posted to the web on other job sites or business career sites. They post jobs on behalf of companies who wish to advertise them.
Job boards and job aggregators also contrast in the way they operate, for both job seeker and those posting to them:
- Pricing. Normally job boards sell individual job postings or job slots, while job aggregators offer a performance-based job advertising model. With a job board you pay for the job slots, regardless of whether you take any applications. With performance-based advertising, you can stop spending whenever you want.
- Job search optimization. Job aggregators scour the web for new jobs posted to job boards and career sites and often pull more information from the job ads to provide the most accurate results. Job aggregator search will typically search the job title, description, posting date, requirements, location and more to determine if the job fits the query. Job board search often relies on only job titles and location.
- Competition. When advertising jobs online, you’re competing with every other job on the site. On job aggregators, you can expect greater competition, because aggregators normally list more jobs than job boards. Job boards rely on businesses posting directly to their site. An aggregator can seem like a ‘one-stop-shop’ for job seekers and might increase your job visibility, but can also lead to more unqualified applicants. Job boards typically attract fewer job seekers, but they tend to be better qualified. Job boards tend to focus on niche professions attracting better candidates.
What’s not so important is the source of the job — a job on a client website can be used on both a job board OR a job aggregator.