Job banks, sometimes called job boards, are websites where job seekers can search and apply for job openings online.
Online job banks are a great place to start your search. To get started, take a look at several job banks. Try looking at larger ones that include jobs of all levels, occupations, and locations. Then look at some that specialize in certain kinds of jobs. You can search for "job bank" in any web browser.
What You Can Do On a Job Bank
Most job banks will give you a general introduction to how to use their site. Here are the common tasks you can do at most job banks:
Search and apply for job openings. There are thousands of online job banks, and most work in the same basic way: employers pay to post job openings and job seekers search through the openings and apply for those they are interested in.
Post your resume. Sometimes you can post your resume without applying for a specific job: then you’ll be considered by employers reviewing resumes for positions they haven’t even posted. Follow the specific instructions on each job bank site to post your resume.
Get a feel for job requirements and pay. Job banks can be a good research tool to help you understand what kinds of workers employers are looking for, what kinds of skills they expect, and what kind of pay they're offering.
What to Avoid
You should not have to pay to post your resume or search through job openings on a job bank. However, you may have to register with a user name and password in order to use all the features of a job bank.
If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. Sometimes, job postings on online job banks are scams to try to get you to pay up front or engage in illegal activities. Be wary of job postings that ask you for an "up-front" investment of money for products or instructions. Also be wary of postings that offer commissions or pay thousands of dollars for job duties such as processing checks on behalf of foreign nationals or reshipping goods from your home. Red more about job scams from Consumer.gov.
Never give personal information. A legitimate company won't ask you for your social security or national ID number, credit card number, bank account information, or any other personal details.