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10 earth-shattering things that happened in online recruiting in 2012

Hey, it’s the end of the year (almost) and time to take a look at what happened in 2012. Did anything? Well, actually, yes – quite a bit. Apart from an election, a (slowly) recovering economy, and a snazzy James Bond film, it did seem like 2012 was a busy year for online recruiting. Here are my picks for the most notable:…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on December 18, 2012 at 9:23am — 1 Comment

All the news that fits, starting with Facebook's (ahem!) new job board

Ok, the election is in the rearview mirror, winter is looming, and I bet you haven’t gotten all of your Christmas presents yet! Nevertheless, things keep happening in the job board and online recruiting world. For example:

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on December 11, 2012 at 9:08am — No Comments

A brief history of job boards (infographic)

This isn’t complete by any means, but thanks to John Sumser, Eric Shannon, Wikipedia, Chris Russell, and others, it covers the basics (I hope!). Amazing how far we’ve come in 22 years!…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on December 4, 2012 at 9:52am — 8 Comments

A half-baked job board turkey from Facebook

Facebook launched its long-rumored job board offering last week. It was a bit rocky:

  • “ It’s buggy and kind of janky looking.” – FB userMike Chapman (and thank you, Mike, for…
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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on November 20, 2012 at 8:23am — 2 Comments

It's true - job boards are evolving before our eyes!

For years I’ve been writing about what I see as the evolution of job boards – away from the traditional ‘job postings and resume’ model, and toward something more social, interactive, flexible, and useful to both candidates and employers. Many factors are …

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on November 13, 2012 at 9:15am — 3 Comments

Is LinkedIn the future of job boards? Maybe…or maybe not

The folks at LinkedIn have been busy lately, rolling outnew features, connecting with their users at the LI conference, and busily expanding their empire in all directions. Some pundits are proclaiming that…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on October 23, 2012 at 9:12am — 32 Comments

What’s ahead: why I’m attending HR Tech next week

Being a full time consultant is wonderful – I have the opportunity to work with hundreds of interesting clients, tackle unusual and cutting edge projects, and yes, get paid for it. But there is a drawback – although I’m in contact with dozens of people every week via phone, email, Skype, and Twitter, I don’t actually see them. I’m here in Iowa, and they’re…well, all over the world.

Conferences are a great way to see your colleagues and…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on October 2, 2012 at 9:06am — 1 Comment

Should job boards and employment sites have these features? Just wondering...

As noted in previous posts, I’ve been thinking lately about what makes a job board good – or not. Below are a few questions to that effect – and yes, some employment sites have these features, but most do not. Maybe there absent features you’ve wondered about?

  • Voice input for search: Hey, if you’re…
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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on September 18, 2012 at 9:08am — 3 Comments

OMG: new job sites, everywhere you look

Are these really the dog days of summer? Maybe not, judging from the number of new job sites I’m seeing. Granted, some of these have been around in alpha or beta for a while, some have been flying under the radar, and some are simply new to me – but there seems to be no letup in the volume of start-ups in the online recruiting sector.

This is great, in my opinion. Startups force established players to rethink how they do business. They…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on August 21, 2012 at 9:14am — 6 Comments

What kind of a threat does LinkedIn pose to job boards? And what should they do about it?

A few weeks back I posed the question“What is a job board?”. In the process of trying to answer that question, I mentioned LinkedIn as a prime example of something thatlooks like a job boardacts like a job board, butclaims not to be a job…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on June 19, 2012 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Good ideas: how job seekers would make job boards better

I recently had the privilege of hosting #HFChat – the HireFriday Tweet-fest organized by @HRMargo and @CyndyTrivella.  HireFriday is all about helping job seekers find work. Recruiters, HR professionals, and the occasional job board doctor pose and answer common questions about the job hunt. It’s a wonderful event for all involved.

My subject – surprisingly enough! – was “Making job boards work for you”. The conversation ranged from the basics (setting up job alerts, using job boards…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on June 5, 2012 at 9:12am — No Comments

What exactly do you mean when you say "job board"? And, is this question even worth answering?

Almost every week I see another blog post or story about a trend, product, or development that will doom job boards. Let’s be honest – writing about the death of any institution, especially one used by millions of people worldwide, is a great way to gather eyeballs and readers.

But as I was considering my latest snarky…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on May 30, 2012 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Results are in from the 2012 HR and Recruiting survey

In a recent presentation with Dr. Charles Handler, I discovered that although both he and I focused on the ‘quality of candidates’ – as does anyone involved in recruiting – we weren’t able to find much data on exactly which recruiting techniques delivered the best quality candidates, according to HR and recruiting professionals. As I was preparing the annual Online Recruiting…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on April 19, 2012 at 9:20am — No Comments

Interesting new results from the 2012 Job Board industry survey

As I mentioned last week, the results are in from the 2012 Job Board Industry Survey. With over 190 responses from every category of site, including aggregators, general sites, niche boards, and networks, I believe that there is  useful information for all. If you participated, you should…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on April 2, 2012 at 9:19am — No Comments

Help me out - take the 2012 online recruiting survey

I need your help. I'm surveying recruiting and HR professionals (like you) to learn what they're using in online recruiting these days - and how they use it. This survey is short - only 4 minutes - and I will happily send you the complete results when they're done.

So how about it? Click…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on March 27, 2012 at 9:40am — 2 Comments

Selling the candidate: how recruiters, job boards, and (gasp!) social recruiting make money

I don’t know if it’s inevitable that age and experience brings cynicism, but theongoing discussion about social recruiting certainly brings out the skeptic in me. Social recruitment is about the…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on March 20, 2012 at 9:10am — 4 Comments

Rumblings in the hiring ecosystem: what we can learn from the Source of Hire data

Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler have been conducting the landmark CareerXRoads Source of Hire survey for over a decade. In my mind, that’s useful data. They’ve just come out with the 2012 edition, and it’s absolutely worth a look. The top four sources of hire include referrals (28%), job…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on February 21, 2012 at 9:58am — No Comments

What do you know?: the rise of skills testing sites

If you hire people, at some point you will have to hire for a position about which you know absolutely nothing.  Perhaps you’re hiring a chief technology officer, but your background is marketing and sales. Or you’re hiring a new accountant, and you only understand coding.

What do you do? Perhaps you turn to friends and colleagues who are more knowledgeable than you about a particular skill set. Or you figure out which certifications a ‘perfect’…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on January 24, 2012 at 9:20am — No Comments

The latest, greatest news from the job board world - what's goin' on?

It’s that time of the month – time to glance back and see if anything really happened in the past 4 weeks. Surprisingly enough, it did. Here’s what I noticed:

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on December 6, 2011 at 9:17am — No Comments

Only job seekers can kill job boards (not pundits)

Another week, another ‘job boards are dying’ blog post. If I had a dollar for every post like this, I’d be a (moderately) rich man. Truly.

I try to avoid the ‘job boards are dying’ discussion because (a) it’s a flamer’s game (not unlike arguing with those who disbelieve climate change), and (b) those of us in the biz know it…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on November 15, 2011 at 9:11am — 1 Comment

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