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  • Adding video screening to your job board
    By on June 25, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    In case you havent noticed video interviewing is in the early stages of going mainstream. There are now 25+ video interviewing companies such as HireVue and Wowzer. But when will job boards get into the mix? I think video could be useful as a “pre-screening tool” for your employer clients as part of a jobb board backend.

    Aleksandra Czajka runs VideoInterviewPractice.com and she wants to partner with job boards. She has some pretty cool video interviewing software and wants to create an api for job boards to plugin. I asked her to describe how it might work in a pre-screening function. She writes;

    Video screenings, (recruiting techniques where candidates are asked to record answers to questions on video before they are brought in for in-person interviews), are increasing coming into popularity among recruiters and internal HR teams. Many companies are taking the initiative to build out their own technology for performing video screening within their internal platforms, which is time consuming. A quicker alternative would be to integrate a video screening programming library already developed by a another service. This is exactly what I am building; an Application Programming Interface (API) for video screenings.

    The video screening API will be HTML/JQuery based and offer easy integration for job boards, applicant tracking systems and any web service that wants to integrate video screening into their platform. It will allow the interviewer to ask the interviewee questions by either 1. written text, 2. spoken questions through our cartoon interview bot, or 3. questions recorded by the interviewer themselves. The API will allow the interviewer to send out a unique link to each candidate they would like to screen and have them record themselves on video answering each question. Judging by the video responses, the interviewer will be able to decide on the candidates he/she wants to continue with for the rest of the hiring process.


    To contact Aleksandra just email her aleksczajka at gmail or via her site.

  • Job board thoughts from SHRM Chicago
    By on June 24, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    I spent 48 hours in Chicago last week to attend the latest SHRM conference/expo. I got a chance to walk the expo floor, hang out with some of my recruiter/blogger pals and talk shop. And of course there are the parties, the best one being thrown by Glassdoor.com at the House of Blues.

    The SHRM expo is generally filled with low level HR people looking for swag so its not a very good conference to buy a booth at. But those who did got a chance to get in front of over 14,000 people. Traffic around the expo hall was very brisk on both days I was there. I even got pulled into a panel session with Jim Stroud and Johnnie Campbell from Social Talent where we waxed poetic about the myth of passive candidates. The session turned into more of a social recruiting strategy session but dont worry I pumped up the audience about using niche job boards!


    A number of job boards had a presence and here’s a few pics and some random thoughts…

    Career builder is still kicking, they had the biggest booth it seemed like.


    Monster was not there. If I was CareerBuilder, I’d be happy about that.

    Beyond.com and Snagajob had sizable booths. Linkup, the upstart aggregator was there as usual.

    Dice was a big sponsor of the hive and blogger lounge. I thought that was smart money cause they were really pushing their open web product. And their logo seemed to be everywhere.

    Jobtarget had a booth as well as Jobs in Logistics.

    Indeed had small booth, for first time in many shows I didn’t recognize a single sales person, they have lots of new faces. I wonder how many people have left after their acquisition.

    SimplyHired was there giving out free orange cotton candy to match their new logo. They finally launched an ad center to compete with Indeed and they are hiring sales reps in Canada from what I hear. I was hoping to talk to their new CEO but he wasn’t in attendance.


  • Does job board software come with sales help? (member only)
    By on June 19, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

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  • SimplyHired gets a new logo
    By on June 17, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    It looks as though SimplyHired, the number two aggregator behind Indeed, is starting to refresh itself.

    UPDATE: SimplyHired Launches Self Serve Ad Platform for Employers


    I’m guessing their new CEO wanted to change a few things. I think the dots represent ‘SH’ though its kinda hard to tell.

    What really intrigues me is if they will ever open up their resume database like Indeed has. Indeed is getting 2 million new resumes per month added to their site which are all publicly viewable. I wonder if SH will follow?

  • Job board news and notes
    By on June 11, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    Mike Jolley just created a new wordpress job board plugin called WP Job Manager. You can read about it here;


    At CareerCloud we just launched Jobs With Friends. Its a new way to ask your Facebook friends and Linkedin connections for a referral to their company.


    Tech training site launches its own job board. Another example of a community site launching jobs. ($99 job postings)


    I moved Jobs in Social Media to the Jobboard.io platform. Check out the new site. Pretty easy to setup.

    Professional associations are job boards in disguise. Just about ever industry has them and they are defintely a threat to traditional job sites. I read about them every week. Here’s another;


  • Go Niche or Go Home (from the archives)
    By on June 6, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    ‘Go niche or go home’ was a popular video way back in 2010 when i recorded this. I wanted to revisit it since it still has just as much relevance today as it did 3 years ago. Note how I mention JobFox which has since gone out of business as another failed attempt at creating a national job board. Find a niche and stick to it. My most recent niche play is the UAVjobbank (launched in April 2013) which is doing well in attracting search traffic. I started it because I saw a trend in the job market. Look for hot new industries to get your foot in the door when its early.

  • Using twitter to drive traffic to your board (member only)
    By on June 4, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

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  • Quick domain tip for job boards (member only)
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  • Job board news & notes
    By on May 28, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    Just a little roundup of some job board stuff of interest.

    WP Job Board the wordpress job board plugin has a new version coming out.


    Chattyjobs.com launches as a site to talk to employers.


    Hiredaily.com is a new site that lets you submit job, hr, recruiting related articles and blog posts.


    eHarmony might be getting into job matching…yeah good luck with that.


    the First Twitter job ad and apply system