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  • Awesome new job board software platform
    By on April 2, 2013 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Job board software hasn’t been too exciting lately. The vendors have pretty much stayed staus quo over the past few years since the industry is a mature one. But Jobboard.io is on the scence with an affordable hosted solution that is mobile ready, integrates with backfill and has a great design/user interface.

    jobboardio

    According to their site they were frustrated by current technologies so they built their own:

    We’ve been running niche job boards via 3rd party platforms for years – but quickly grew tired of watching our time and revenue go out the door. Other “free” solutions can get you up and running, but take 50% (or more!) of all your job posting revenue. That just didn’t seem right to us. So we built our own platform focusing on the features that matter most. With fixed monthly pricing, you get to keep the rewards of the effort you put in, and are able to understand and predict your monthly costs.

    I took a look at some of the sites they power like bigdatajobs.com and hackernest.com. Notice the big red POST A JOB buttons. I have been advocating those for years and somebody finally built them into the product. And their other features are spot on, custom themes, international payment support, flexible pricing (incl. free), seo friendly, responsive design, a simple backend admin, applicant tracking, custom domains.

    Although I havent tested it yet I cant wait to try. The company appears to be based out of New York City.

  • Upcoming blog posts
    By on March 27, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    Just a quick note to tell you what I have coming to the blog next week.

    1) How To Use Content Marketing to Drive Traffic to your board
    2) New job board software. I discovered a brand new software provider that youre going to love…

    Stay tuned….

  • The Recruitment Technology Landscape map
    By on March 26, 2013 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    My friends at Headhunter Labs in NYC put together this handy map of the online recruiting industry. Download it here as pdf.

    Talent Acquisition Technology Ecosystem (.pdf)

    Use it as a handy guide to see who the players are in all phases of the hiring process from video interviewing to ATS to resume builders. Its free and shareable.

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  • Whats new in online recruiting
    By on March 25, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    The CareerXroads sources of hire study is out and once again job boards place in the top 3 behind referrals and company career sites. Job board market-share dropped off a little as more and more tools come on the scene to find talent. I didnt see any major trends in the study so its pretty much status quo. Download the whole report right here, its an interesting read.

    CareerXraods sources of hire stats

    So what new job boards/technology are coming on to the recruiting landscape? Well here are some that caught my eye recently.

    * Collegefeed.com is a social platform to help students follow employers. [story on techcrunch]

    * Strangely named Gozaik will launch soon as some kind of online resume platform.

    * Visual job ads? Pinthejob.com hopes so.

    * This aint your fathers job fair. Check out the Uncubed job fair [story on Pandodaily]

    NOTE: thinking of starting your own job board? Try and evolve that idea into something new like the businesses above. Like all online businesses, job boards must evolve or risk being minimized by employers.

  • 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.

    Phooey!

    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.

  • 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.

    Listen to internet radio with HRExaminer Radio on Blog Talk Radio
  • 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.

  • New event search engine
    By on February 11, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    99events.com is my first foray into something other than jobs. Its an event search engine. Kind of like an ‘indeed for events’. I came up with the idea in November, hired a freelance developer and built and launched it in December. It took about four weeks to do it. It works off the API’s of the major event sites like Meetup & Eventbrite.

    I built because because I wanted to maximize my networking opportunities. As someone who likes to attend networking events I realized that most of them were either through Meetup or Eventbrite. So I said to myself why cant I search these sites all at once? I found some other sites to tap into as well such as Eventful, Ticketleap and even Facebook events.

    So check it out and spread the word. Just enter your city/st to see whats happening around you. There’s even a ‘career’ category on the left to see career events in your region. The site only has an Adsense revenue model but i plan on adding some premium features.

    And actually it does have a use for job seekers. You can search for things like career events in New York City.

  • Mobile friendly
    By on February 9, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    It was long overdue but I finally had a WordPress developer create a mobile friendly version of Job Board Secrets.

    the mobile friendly version is here!

    the mobile friendly version is here!