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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

It’s all about the job seeker: job boards, social media, and relevance

Last week I read a post about how social media killed job boards (yes, again!). Whether or not you agree with the argument (and as you can surmise, I don’t), the piece inadvertently brings up a larger issue: are job boards still relevant to job seekers? After all, this is all about the job seeker, right? Many social media evangelists would have you…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on November 8, 2011 at 9:41am — No Comments

What HR and recruiting pros are doing to find candidates: Fall 2011 Survey results

Per this week’s survey results from job boards, we’ve seen some changes over the past 12 months – not the least of which is increased optimism. Perhaps part of that is based on what HR and recruiting professionals are actually doing to find candidates. This installment of the …

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on November 3, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments

Job boards don’t create jobs – employers do

I’ve worked with dozens of job boards over the years, and I often take a look at what the job seekers are saying to them. Since the onset of the recession (and honestly, before), it goes something like this:

“Why don’t you have any jobs in my area?”

“I’ve had my resume posted on your site for months and you haven’t called me.”

“I’ve been working in my field for twenty years but you don’t have a single job for me??”

 

There are lots…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on October 18, 2011 at 9:32am — 2 Comments

Take the online recruiting survey!

It’s that time of the year – leaves are falling, frost is threatening our gardens….and I’m knocking on your door about the online recruiting survey. I'm trying to include everyone in the online recruiting industry: HR and recruiting prosjob…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on October 4, 2011 at 9:11am — No Comments

What's the buzz? News from the online recruiting world

What exactly is happening in the job board and online recruiting world? Well, to paraphrase Neil Young, ‘job boards never sleep’ (okay, yes, that was awful!), so here’s a quick roundup of some industry tidbits:

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on September 27, 2011 at 9:06am — 1 Comment

What's next for job boards? Devolution? Revolution? Evolution?

“You say you want a revolution, well, you know, we’re all doing what we can.” – The Beatles

“We’re pinheads all, jocko homo.” -DEVO

 

These lyrics really get to the two extremes of what recruiters, employers, and job seekers think might happen with job boards. On the one hand, there are those who think job boards are on the way out, ‘devolving’ into lowest common denominator sites that carry fake jobs and offer little…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on September 20, 2011 at 9:11am — 3 Comments

On the beach: what I heard and saw at IAEWS and ERE 2011

One problem with the internet in general and social media in particular is that you have fewer reasons to leave the office. After all, if I’m swapping Tweets with @Animal or @HRMargo all day, do I really want to spend ‘real’ time with them?

Well, actually, yes. It’s fun to meet the living, breathing version of these virtual friends. And what’s even more fun is to learn new stuff and hear interesting news and gossip.

That’s where the …

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on September 13, 2011 at 9:44am — 3 Comments

Mobile apps for job boards: a scorecard for job seekers

Note to recruiters: I wrote this for job seekers, but I think you'll find it interesting.

 

If you’re part of the 97% of the US population with a cell phone, you most likely use it for more than phoning. And if you’re part of the burgeoning subset with an iPhone, Android, or other smartphone, I can guarantee that you use it for all sorts of serious (and silly) stuff.

Looking for work (or keeping your fingers on your neck of the employment market) is possible on a smart…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on August 15, 2011 at 9:09am — No Comments

“Job boards are broken”: thus saith TheLadders

My favorite weather site is WeatherUnderground. For some obscure, probably cookie-driven reason, I tend to see a lot of HR-related ads there. A few SHRM and iCIMS ads, for example.

The other day I noticed a corporate blue banner that said “Job Boards Are Broken”. It led to TheLadders.

This had me scratching my head, because: a) TheLadders is a job board. Really.; and b) I…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on August 2, 2011 at 9:16am — 11 Comments

2011 Online Recruiting Survey Results: Change…and no change

The more things change, the more they stay the same – except when they don’t. Now how’s that for equivocation?

The results are in for the 2011 Online Recruiting Survey, and they are intriguing. We had a record 323 completed responses (a 15% increase from Fall 2010!), from three categories: HR and recruitment professionals, job board operators and employees, and job seekers.  We used many…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on June 1, 2011 at 9:06am — 1 Comment

Using greed to find candidates: an all American solution

Any job board operator will tell you that one of the toughest things about keeping your site running well is ensuring that you have a steady flow of the right kind of candidates. What exactly is the ‘right kind of candidate’? Well, this would a candidate that is qualified for a particular job AND responds to that job. If you have enough of these candidates, your employers will be happy and they will pay to use your site.

Problem is, finding these candidates is easier…

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Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on May 17, 2011 at 9:28am — 3 Comments

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