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  • My list of the top 15 national job boards
    By on July 22, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Here’s my list of the top 15 National job boards. This list is NOT ranked by traffic, rather by my knowledge of the job board industry, their popularity among job seekers and number of jobs in their respective databases. None of these are niche sites. They contain listings from all industries across the USA.

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    1. Indeed.com – the worlds top job search engine.

    2. Monster.com – the job board we all grew up with.

    3. SimplyHired.com – just like Avis in rental cars, they’re the #2 aggregator so they try harder.

    4. Linkedin – big and getting bigger. Soon to add aggregation.

    5. Glassdoor.com – the new kid on the block with momentum.

    6. CareerBuilder – oldie but goodie.

    7. Craigslist - the cheapest job posting prices by far.

    8. Beyond.com – also operates hundreds of niches job sites.

    9. Juju.com – a solid aggregator more people should check out.

    10. Snagajob.com – kind of like the national site for part time jobs.

    11. Linkup.com – just employer jobs.

    12. Ziprecruiter.com – this job distributor also is a job board.

    13. Jobtarget(job finder) - they power thousands of association job boards.

    14. Bullhornreach.com/jobs – they help staffing firms with jobs that you can also browse/search.

    15. US.jobs – powered by Direct Employers.

  • Sponsor my site
    By on July 14, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Do you have a product or service that targets job boards and other online recruiting sites? Consider sponsoring my site to get your product in front of thousands of visitors each month. I have a highly focused audience of job site owners, product managers and other online recruiting professionals. A simple ad on the right column can be yours for a little as $50/mo.

    Just contact me.

  • Job boards in the news
    By on July 9, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Here’s a look at whats happening in the job board world.

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  • New Twitter job search engine
    By on July 2, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Recently I’ve been fascinated by job seekers using twitter to find jobs. I spoke to one of them on my podcast about how she used it to get a job in Boston. So that got me thinking about better ways to leverage twitter and the job hunt. So my developer and I spent 6 months crafting.tweaking/designing some thing new.

    Allow me to introduce Jobcritters!

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    For job seekers it allows them to connect with more job publishers such as job boards, employers, staffing firms and recruiters. And it lets them create a keyword rich “twesume” that allows recruiters to find them easier. It is totally free.

    Job boards should join in order to be added to a public directory and for the ability to post sponsored job tweets.

    It’s time we organized job related twitter accounts and this site is the first step towards that goal. So head over to Jobcritters.com and add your site for free then add keywords to your profile. When done your twesume should look like the example below. You are allowed up to 10 keywords to describe your site niche plus embed up to 3 links. These keywords will be used for our job publisher directory which will launch in a few months.

    And to be sure your jobs feed is searchable by our job seekers just be sure to include the words job OR hiring when you push out your jobs to twitter. (see example below image)

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    This tweet has job title, location and #job hashtag. It will display on Jobcritters job search results easily.

    So I hope you join and help organize the job-twitt-osphere!

  • My latest job board launch
    By on June 25, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    CONNtechjobs.com is my latest job board launch. After a two year absence its my first local job board. I’m targeting two things – tech jobs in Connecticut. I call this a micro-niche job board. One that targets an industry AND location. Its hosted on Jobboard.io and backfilled with indeed listings. Its been live for about a month and I’ve been promoting on linkedin to attract recruiters. I’m using facebook ads to drive targeted Connecticut traffic to it.
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    I have a long time horizon with the site. The first year will mean free job postings and lots of content. I have to get the blog up and running next. That content will focus on the CT job market.

    So as things progress I’ll give you a peek inside its progress, sharing stats, marketing techniques and other news surrounding its growth.

    Stay tuned…

  • 4 Most common mistakes starting a job board
    By on June 16, 2014 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Once of my recent clients asked me this question and I wanted to put this down “on paper” while its still fresh. Newbies in this industry often underestimate the time and effort required to make a job board sustainable. Starting a job board is easy but maintaining/growing it is the hard part. So here are the 4 biggest mistakes I see people make.

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    1. Not being in it for the long term. Making consistent money in the job board market takes 1-2 years. Too many people give up after 6 months. Thats the wrong move. You need to keep going and push through to see results. Start slow and build your site month by month.

    2. Not investing in design. Dont launch a job board and not invest in good web design. Even if you are using one of the off the shelf software tools you still need a well designed, professional looking logo. Good design helps job seekers and employers “trust” you more.

    3. Not understanding internet marketing. If you don’t know about SEO, Adowrds and other forms of internet marketing than you better get your butt in gear and study up on them. You need to understand how they work and use them to advertise. I recommend starting with Google Adwords and work your way slowly into other channels like facebook and twitter ads after you’ve got a handle on the keyword thing.

    4. Picking the wrong niche. Don’t create a site that has 10 other competitors. Find a niche that hasn’t been tapped or is under served. Then undercut any competition to gain market share.

  • Global job board for sale
    By on June 9, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    One of my readers who runs a global job board for the middle east is selling it and asked me to help him find a buyer. So I had him write a simple intro about their audience and traffic. If you are interested contact me and I’ll put you in touch with the owner.

    www.YesIJob.com is an international job board targeting the following areas:

    - North America
    – Central Europe + Russia
    – South Asia: Singapore, China, Japan, Malaysia…
    – North Africa: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia
    – Africa: Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Angola…
    – Middle-East Gulf countries: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Saudi Arabia…

    The business model of YesIJob relies on a strong connection with the social and professional medias. Especially, We’ve 6 LinkedIn Groups per region of the World with an average size of around 40 000 members per Group. In addition, there are also many other facebook fan pages per region/area (Middle-East with more than 5 000 fans, North Africa with more than 17500 fans…) + 4 Twitter accounts (1 Generalist, 1 for Jobs in France, 1 for Jobs in the Middle East, 1 for jobs in North Africa).

    Thanks to this rich social and media presence, YesIJob is able to source qualified candidates from many regions of the world at an affordable cost for our customers. The use and maintenance of YesIJob.com is easy and friendly thanks to the automation that has been implemented for job listers operations/processes. Job Listers can create an account in seconds and then submit their Jobs in 4 quick steps before being invited to the Payment step where different payment gateways are available besides the most common one: PayPal.

    The average daily traffic is around 2 000 unique visitors; this traffic is 100% free.

    YesIJob is open for Sale for those willing to manage an exciting business on the internet!

  • FOR SALE: premium 6 letter domain name
    By on June 2, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Short memorable domain names are hard to find. I’ve owned CHIMBY.com (pronounced “chim-bee“)for several years now and it has see active service as a number of different sites over time. Since I’m not using it at the moment (just as a redirect) I thought I would put it out there and see who’s interested.

    if you like the domain, make me an offer.

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  • I wish I owned this job board
    By on May 28, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    There is an awesome niche job board that I would love to own. Its an example of a job board done right from start to finish.

    http://www.authenticjobs.com/

    AJ has been around for a few years (since ’05) and I just love how simple it is, how professional it looks and the results it delivers. As niche job boards go, they hit a home run.

    The site appears to be based off a WordPress theme, and if that is the case, they did a great job customizing it to suit their needs. Lets take a look at their home page. It’s got logos for each job posting which give the job results an almost ‘ebay like’ look & feel. The design is very neat and orderly.

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    Notice the location of the Post a Job button. Upper right, simple call to action. The ‘we’re hiring’ image also helps call attention to the area for employers. They use logos of customers as proof for other employers to trust them. Nicely done. The site is global too and attracts postings from the US, Canada, and the UK. And to top it off you get a money back guarantee! What other job boards do you know do that? Plus the owner puts his name and face on it. Personalizing your job board like this will really help employers trust you.

    But I also know it works. The company I recruit for just posted a few jobs and the amount of views the posting is getting is insane. Check out their backend for employers. The first thing you see are the number of job views, applicants and time to expire. Nice metrics! Its only been about a week but the number of views my job has gotten is really good and they even break down where that traffic is coming from.

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    The site is cranking in the revenue too by the looks of the job postings I see being added each day. Full time postings cost $249 each while freelance postings cost just $99. If you want a job board role model, AuthenticJobs is one to look up to.

  • A look inside Indeed’s client services
    By on May 19, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    In honor of small business week the folks at Indeed put out a video which shows some behind the scenes action at the job board juggernaut. They seem to put in a lot of effort in outreach and customer service. You might learn a thing or two for your own team from this short video.

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    The Stamford Connecticut based company is also rolling out their first ever TV commercial in the US/UK. Check it out.

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