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  • How I got started in job boards (episode 3)
    By on August 24, 2009 | Comments Off on How I got started in job boards (episode 3)  Comments

    Here’s an 8 minute video of my history with jobs boards and how I started AllCountyJobs.com.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKxoo-Emj7I[/youtube]

  • Job boards rank 4th in survey for getting hires
    By on August 20, 2009 | Comments Off on Job boards rank 4th in survey for getting hires  Comments

    Think job boards are dying? Think again.

    Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the outplacement firm, just released results from a new survey of HR executives, asking them to rate the effectiveness of various job search methods on a scale of 1 (least effective) to 5 (most effective). The results show that networking both offline and online (on sites such as LinkedIn) were the most effective methods with average ratings of 3.98 and 3.3, respectively. Responding to newspaper classified ads (1.7) and attending job fairs (1.6) were the least effective.

    Those surveyed gave Internet job boards relatively high marks. It averaged a middle-of-the-road rating of 3.0, but 38 percent of respondents gave it a 4.0.

    Here is the ranked list of all the job search methods:

    1 Networking
    2 Using social/professional networking sites
    3 Targeted management recruiting firms
    4 Using online job boards
    5 Applying for jobs via an employer’s website
    6 Cold-calling employers
    7 Sending unsolicited resumes to employers
    8 Responding to newspaper ads
    9 Attending job fairs

    While this ranking represents the effectiveness of job search methods, HR executives likely answered the question based on their experience sourcing candidates.

    So look all you naysayers, job boards are still a very viable tool for recruiting. Anything said to the contrary is hype or misinformation surrounding the real truth.

  • Dice staying relevant
    By on July 21, 2009 | Comments Off on Dice staying relevant  Comments

    Recently IT niche job board Dice.com announced the launch of Dice Learning a search engine for techies to find and complete technical training. I think its a good example of the evolution we’ll be seeing from job sites in the coming years. They need to stay relevant and additional service like Dice’s offering will be key.

    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLPrvtQTZ3w&feature=player_profilepage[/youtube]

  • The future of job boards
    By on July 15, 2009 | Comments Off on The future of job boards  Comments

    Gerry Crispin is an amiable guy. He is one of the gurus of online recruiting and nary a conference goes by that he is not attending or speaking at. I first came to know him from the CareerXroadsconsulting firm that he and his partner run. They used to publish a book of job board listings but gave that up after the explosion in sites prevented them from keeping it up to date.

    [audio:http://jobboardsecrets.em.extrememember.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/gerry-crispin-jobboards.mp3]

    gerry crispin

    Anyway with all the talk about the future of job boards lately his recent comments on Peter Clayton’s Total Picture Radio podcast caught my ears. (click audio above)

    I was able to obtain Peter’s permission to play this clip but you can listen to the entire interview for free right here.

    Gerry says that job boards are ‘dead’ once his example of the future job board comes to fruition. I agree to a point. The boards that should fear this scenario the most are the big three…monster, careerbuilder and hotjobs. Right now those 3 are feeling a lot of heat from sites like LinkedIn which has essentially become the defacto national resume database.

    To survive in this new economy these boards will have to evolve, but right now few are predicting their success.

    I think the concept of job boards as lead generation tools is still a valid one. Companies will always need leads whether for sales or recruiting. Just ask anyone looking to hire engineers or nurses. No one site will EVER fulfill their needs. In the future, niche boards will become more community focused but I will write more about that later.

    The other barrier to the ultimate job site are recruiters themselves. Most of them are still highly reactive when it comes to filling jobs. They get a job req and they post it online. Changing the way they do business will not be easy. I’m willing to bet that ‘reactionary recruiting‘ will always exist. Therefore so will most job boards.

    As for the niche boards their value proposition has always been much different than the big 3, and that is why I dont think they are under such a threat. To me they are the answer he gives in the audio clip. For example accountingjobstoday.com lists most of the accounting jobs and if they included a backfill from Indeed somewhere in the results is that not 85% of all the jobs the seeker searched for? I would argue its very close.

    But Gerry’s vision of the future does hold promise also for us niche guys. Whats to prevent someone from starting a site like newjerseyaccountingjobs.com that lists all the relevant jobs? Nothing, and I would submit to you that a hybrid site like this would be valuable, especially if you had a network of them.

    In terms of the national scene, I’m wondering if this is possible…take one of those hoover databases and mash it with a custom search engine that spiders those company career pages, indexes the jobs and spits out the results. You could call it CompanyHunt: Dont Job Hunt, Company Hunt and perhaps it just might work but good luck trying to access all those ATS systems.

    By the way Companyhunt.com is for sale, the web page says it’ll cost you $649 bucks.

    Who among you will start it?