Jeff Dickey-Chasins's Blog (152)

Too much friction? Not enough?

In my experience, I’ve found that programmers often expect people to act linearly – going from point A to point B, logically and inexorably marching forward, until they reach their goal.

People don’t usually act that way. They use nutty search terms. They randomly click on ads. They open new browser windows and forget what they were originally looking for. They fail to notice some buttons and features, yet become fixated on others.…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on October 19, 2010 at 9:12am — No Comments

Results of the Job Board Future survey are here!

In August, I began gathering data from job seekers, HR professionals, recruiters, and job board employees and operators on the future of job boards and the methods for finding jobs and candidates. Now, 275 responses later, we have some results.

Each survey respondent identified him or herself as a job seeker, a HR or recruiting professional, or a job board employee or operator. Based on their response to that question, they then answered a series of questions specific to…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on October 5, 2010 at 9:25am — 3 Comments

Job boards must evolve or die

Over a year ago, I wrote about the changes in the job board world. I also promised myself I wouldn’t write about job boards ‘dying’ for at least a year. Well, time’s up!

Are some job boards dying? Well, of course they are. All industries have some companies that are dying – and some that are growing. So,…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on September 21, 2010 at 9:15am — 10 Comments

Social media, recruiting, and job boards: which way are we going?

If you follow my Twitter stream, you no doubt noticed I spent last week at #truManchester. It was a great experience – I listened to many recruiters and HR pros talk about how they use social media in their recruiting (or hope to), and what they think about job boards. (I also learned that the British have switches on their power outlets, are extremely hospitable, and don’t open their pubs until noon).

A few observations:

  • Company attempts to outlaw or…

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on September 14, 2010 at 9:25am — No Comments

Will job matching ever take off?

Job matching is the AI of the job board world.

It’s like this: for decades AI has been held out to computer geeks and normal folks alike as something that was ‘just around the corner’. Even the definition of AI has changed – sure, Big Blue could beat a chess master but that wasn’t really intelligence, right? Since 1950, the Turing test has been the gold standard for AI…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on September 1, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Building and using job boards are two different things

I’m building a marimba. I’ve been a musician for years (although not a marimba player) but have never – until now – built an instrument. Believe me, building is different from playing. It helps to be a musician if you are creating an instrument – but the mindset is quite different. You’re worried about the ‘how’ – i.e., how high does that key need to be above the resonator to amplify without…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on August 24, 2010 at 9:13am — No Comments

Everyone writes about job boards – well, a lot of people do

There are some very articulate, smart folks out there covering developments in the job board world – and I thought it was time to point you in their direction. Each

of these articles is worth your time – take a look:


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on August 18, 2010 at 9:11am — No Comments

Technology, innovation, and procrastination

When you’re in the midst of working, it’s hard to stop. The work can be both addictive and rote – a deadly combination if what you really need is an hour or two of quiet contemplation. Thus, the three words in the title above can often work at cross-purposes, even though each has its place.

Specifically: technology is not necessarily the same as innovation. Let’s say that your job board is popular and well liked…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on August 10, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Being social isn't enough

Sorry to tell you this – but job boards are businesses. They make money. They produce results.…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on July 20, 2010 at 9:09am — No Comments

Fundamental changes…or tempests in teapots?

People get bored. This is the number one reason that anything ‘new and shiny’ captures our attention. We get frustrated that what we’re doing is, well, kind of repetitive and doesn’t work the way

we imagined it would. Then something new comes along

and we think: Maybe this time things will be different! Maybe

that software will really work. Maybe this really is the

magic bullet

Or, maybe…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on June 7, 2010 at 9:08am — No Comments

Results from the 2010 job board industry survey

A few weeks back I asked you to help with a job board industry survey – and you did! You answered questions about the effect of the recession on your job sites, threats to your business – and your thoughts about the future of the industry. So first and foremost, thanks!

I received 94 completed responses – which gives me considerable confidence in the results. A wide range of job sites participated, ranging in revenues from less than $500,000 to more than $10 million. Each size… Continue

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on May 10, 2010 at 9:09am — No Comments

Why (some) recruiters hate job boards

Oh, to be the new kid on the block! Twitter, Facebook, and the rest of social media are experiencing that thrill – they’re new, exciting, and can do no wrong.

A while back, job boards were the new kids. No more messy newsprint, no more limits on ad length, immediate results – what was not to like? Recruiters flocked to job boards and, in the process,

made many boards very profitable.

But things have changed. Job boards are old news, like those ugly,…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on May 4, 2010 at 9:00am — 18 Comments

The future of job boards is…

The future is alluring – nothing bad has happened yet, you haven’t made any dumb mistakes yet, and anything could happen. In fact, the future is so much fun to write about that I am going to write about it (with my job board industry goggles on, that is).

So, let us finish the following phrase in as many interesting and contentious ways as we can, shall we?

The future of job boards is…

1.… Continue

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on April 27, 2010 at 9:09am — No Comments

Know a site that needs an extreme job board makeover?

The formula for the extremely popular reality series “Extreme Home Makeover” is simple and compelling: find a family (or sometimes an individual) who have done good works in their community but have been beaten up by bad luck luck; add the Extreme Home Makeover crew and local supporters; create a new home for the family. All in the space of 7 days.

So why can’t we apply that to the job board world? Well, in fact, we can. I don’t have the resources (or sex appeal) of Ty, but I do know… Continue

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on April 20, 2010 at 9:06am — No Comments

The problem of duplicate job postings

You know what gets a job seeker truly steamed? Clicking on a link for a job posting – and discovering that it’s exactly the same job he looked at a few seconds earlier. Same job, different listings = unhappy job seeker.

How does this happen? Well, any job board that allows 3rd party recruiters to post their open positions runs the risk of duplicate postings. Let’s say that ABC Company has an listing for a mechanical engineer. The HR person posts it on their company site and also… Continue

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on April 6, 2010 at 2:23pm — 12 Comments

5 ways to screw up a job board

I’ve observed that approximately 90% of the music put out at any given time is just not very good. Much is mediocre, and some is simply appalling. Well, folks, this is true of many industries, and it’s true of the job board industry.

Why? Well, honestly, job boards are more complex than they seem, both in design and operation. Add to this the never-ending winds of change and competition, and you can see how a job board operator might hit a few false notes.

So in the spirit… Continue

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on March 16, 2010 at 9:15am — No Comments

Confessions of a job board doctor

It’s been a year since I started blogging – a year filled with both good things and not-so-good things. But the best thing? I’m still blogging, you’re still reading, and we’re all still learning.

I rarely (well, actually, never) write about my personal life. Why? Because I’ve always assumed that: a) it’s pretty boring; b) you have better things to do; and c) why would you be reading the Job Board Doctor’s blog, if not to learn about job boards?

That being said, I’m going a… Continue

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on March 2, 2010 at 9:13am — No Comments

Job clouds, job boards, and the job seeker

Matt Alder published a fascinating piece last week about ‘job clouds’ and why he thought Twitter could be the future of job boards. It was one of those “I wish I had written that!” moments for me, to be honest.

In brief, he posits the creation of a ‘job cloud’ created by multiple employer Twitter feeds of their jobs. This cloud would be much larger than any individual existing… Continue

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on February 16, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Is your job site positioned to grow?

Doostang just announced that they’ve landed $1.25 million in new funding. That’s not a huge investment compared to the boom years, but it is a signal that our industry may have reached bottom and is beginning to rebound.

So you’ve survived the worst. Now what are you going to do?

Do you have a plan for growth? If not, now is a good time to start – because if you don’t, your competitors will. The job board industry is like any other; you can grow, or you can fade away.… Continue

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on February 9, 2010 at 8:53am — No Comments

JobDeck and its implications for job boards

By now you’ve probably heard of JobDeck, a modified version of the popular Twitter search application, TweetDeck. A collaboration between TwitJobSearch and TweetDeck, JobDeck has a permanent, specialized search that focuses on jobs. These are sourced from the Twittersphere, based on employment-related keywords, plus additional content from LinkedIn.

Well, it’s gotten the New York Times… Continue

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on February 2, 2010 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

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