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  • Likes on job postings dont work
    By on March 19, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    I have been wondering lately if social share butons on job postings are worth it. So I went to arguably the webs most social savvy audience (Mashable) and took a look at their job board. I clicked through the top few pages of recent listings and most jobs had ZERO likes. A few had 1.

    The reason I think is that job listings are inherently not a shareable piece of content. Job seekers are out for themselves and are unlikely to share a job with others.

    So if you want to have social sharing buttons its better to have them on the home page and other parts of your site except the job description itself. I suppose it doesn’t hurt having them on descriptions but why look at a zero if you dont have to?


  • Peek inside one of my consulting reports (member-only)
    By on March 11, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

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  • Why doesn’t this niche job board exist? (member only)
    By on March 7, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

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  • Questions from a young entrepreneur
    By on March 6, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    I got a nice email from an NYU student about being an entreprenuer. I thought I would share since they were great questions.

    Q. I’m toying with the idea of quitting grad-school and going full-time on my 4 month old startup..what is your philosophy on the value of education in school vs education via building a business?

    A. Building a business is always a better learning experience than grad school in my opinion. I guess it depends on how much longer you have to attend. If you are close, might as well finish it. Looking back I am glad i went to grad school because it motivated me to start allcountyjobs. But if you still have a few years left it might not be worth it.

    Q. Do you think it’s possible to build a meaningful business in this modern age of automation without hiring anyone?

    A. Yes I do think its possible. Lean startups are awesome. If you are building a SAAS model you can certainly make a living off it. It will probably be just a lifestyle business in terms of sales. Employees can be a pain to manage but you can do a lot with just 2-3 people these days. Look what Instagram built with just 10 people!

    Q. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done as an entrepreneur?

    A. the hardest thing I had to do was probabaly building up my business again after the financial crisis of 2008. I lost half my revenue and it took almost 4 years to get it back to previous levels. But i did it and was able to sell for a good price.

  • Job boards aint dying
    By on February 27, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    Its time for another one of those posts. Yes every year you see it in the blogs and twittersphere saying that job boards are dead.


    Job boards are alive and well, especially the niche ones. Just look at this recent source of hire study from ATS vendor SilkRoad. For external hires, job boards lead the pack.

    The fact is if you have a niche audience you can monetize with a job board. Just look at two of the leading tech blogs…Techcrunch & Mashable. Both of them have job boards!

    Craigslist is a job board and I dont hear anyone saying they are dying.

    Dont believe all the hype you hear. Job boards aren’t going anywhere, but what is happening is that there are more tools than ever for recruiters to recruit with. In the beginning there was just newspapers, then we added job boards, then we added social media & referral programs and now sourcing from sites like Linkedin are all the rage. So your job board is just one of SEVERAL ways to get talent.

    All this means is you need better marketing to reach potential employers. You need to rise above the noise of everything else.

    Job seekers are trained to use job boards. Thats not changing anytime soon.

  • Metrics matter (member only)
    By on February 25, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

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  • Defender of job boards and other musings (audio)
    By on February 22, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    Check out my interview from earlier today on the HR Examiner Radio show with John Sumser. In it you can hear me talk about social, mobile and of course job boards.

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  • Before you launch (member only)
    By on February 20, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

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  • Job board events
    By on February 18, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    If you are serious about your job board this year I suggest you attend one of two events happening in the industry. The first is the IAEWS Congress being held in Vegas in April alongside the SHRM Staffing event.

    Then the Job Board Summit sponsored by JobG8 is being held in Chicago in June. Details here.

    I dont think I’m attending either one since Im busy with my new startup but I strongly encourage you to get involved in your industry. If you ever want to SELL your job board, its most likely to be bought by someone who KNOWS YOU. So go and meet people in the industry, make connections. It will serve you well in the long run.