Chris Russell's Blog (102)

The Banner Ad Recruiter

For the past few months one banner ad has caught my attention as I visit my favorite websites. It's a banner ad for Harry Joiner the eCommerce headhunter. I see it a lot on sites like BusinessInsider, TechCrunch and HuffPost.


And I love it. He is personalizing his business by adding his picture and the giant phone number is a clear call to action. The banner links to his current…


Added by Chris Russell on April 14, 2011 at 11:40am — 2 Comments

Helping recruiters get leads

I created an app recently that tracks new job announcements of companies that are hiring and expanding. It's an app that links to a database of articles by state. Smart job seekers use it to stay on top of their job market. But it occurred to me recently that the app (called "Hidden Jobs App") is also a great way for recruiters across the country to find leads. The app is currently available for…


Added by Chris Russell on April 8, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

32 site niche job board network for sale

I build sites in order to sell them. 

Today I am putting up ALL 32 niche sites I have started in recent years as one giant niche job board network. Combined these sites have over 20,000 uniques per month generating more than 50,000 monthly page views (and growing). They generate approximately $1,000 per month between postings, backfill revenue and Adsense. All are hosted on Jobamatic. Two of the…


Added by Chris Russell on March 7, 2011 at 11:53am — 4 Comments

New iphone app tracks more than 300,000 hidden jobs

I think apps are the new websites. As mobile devices become more prevalent it will be important to offer these users of smartphones and tablets a good user experience. The best way to do that is through an app. An app gives your users easy access to your site/content.....On Monday I launched my first app for sale in the itunes app store.


Its called the ‘hidden jobs app’ and it tracks hidden job announcements across the U.S. in a simple…


Added by Chris Russell on March 4, 2011 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Where job board peeps meet

Join Chris Russell and other job board execs at the Spring IAEWS event in San Diego held alongside the ERE Conference & Expo.

There are plenty of good reasons to attend the IAEWS Spring Member Congress (and bring a delegation of your coworkers, as well). As always, there will be one-of-a-kind opportunities for networking, deal…


Added by Chris Russell on March 3, 2011 at 8:52am — No Comments

Job hunter activity trends

I hereby declare the opening of the 2011 job hunting season!


The next 5 months will be the busiest time of year for job seekers as they begin looking for a new job. It starts in earnest today. My job board network has released our first ever job seeker activity stats from last year. It shows the busiest times of year when job hunting occurs. 


As you can see from the chart below, Jan - May is the busiest time of…


Added by Chris Russell on January 3, 2011 at 11:28am — No Comments

5 Ways to Maximize Your Use of Job Boards

As the owner of more than 30 job boards, I know a thing or two about using them to recruit. Here are my five best ideas to help you get the most…

Added by Chris Russell on December 8, 2010 at 8:19am — 1 Comment

Whats your job seeker pet peeve?

There is something really bugging me about a certain job seeker behavior. Learn what it is in this short podcast (4 min)… Continue

Added by Chris Russell on November 8, 2010 at 10:18am — 2 Comments

Job Titles 101

In my daily travels as a job board owner, I see job titles by the dozen. They list the typical and sometimes strange positions: Sales Rep, Administrative Assistant, Marketing Director and even one for Beer Pong Marketing Manager. But too many of them fail to describe the job and entice the reader.

So here's a few tips to jazz up your job…

Added by Chris Russell on November 1, 2010 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

4 tips for using job boards

There seems to be a slew of articles this week about job boards so I thought I'd add something to the conversation.

Having run job boards for several years, I have learned a few things about maximizing your ROI when it comes to posting jobs.

Employers need job sites to promote their openings, and that will never change. Employers aren't good at marketing, job boards are.

So what can you do to make your…

Added by Chris Russell on October 28, 2010 at 12:23pm — 1 Comment

The Sorry State of RSS Feeds in ATS

For the past 6 months I have been scouring the web looking for RSS feeds to index on my green job search engine, GreenJobSpider. What I have seen shocks and dismays me.

As I troll targeted company career pages in search of the elusive feeds, two things strike me as lacking in the world of applicant tracking systems (ATS).

1. Most ATS simply dont even provide an…

Added by Chris Russell on September 8, 2010 at 8:26am — No Comments

5 free sites to promote your press release

I spend a lot of time on content marketing. The web is full of various ways to promote your site or business. For recruiters or others in the online job search space, promotion is key to success. So with that in mind here are six free places to post your news items or press releases.

You may be familiar with some of these but I'll bet a few will be new to you.

1. Job Boarders: a companion site to…

Added by Chris Russell on July 22, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

When do job hunters job hunt?

The other day I got a call from a client who wanted to post a job on a friday afternoon in 'anticipation' of a weekend rush by job seekers. The problem with her theory however is that it's completely wrong. That thinking may have been prevalent in the age of the newspaper, but in the age of online job sites the stats tell a different story.

The figure below suggests that Mondays are actually the best day of the week to post a job. I did a screen shot of my web…

Added by Chris Russell on April 14, 2010 at 6:15pm — 3 Comments

Does your recruiting tell a story?

They say every picture tells a story. Well, I think the same is true for new media (podcast/video/blogs) when it comes to recruiting the next generation of talent. Take a look at at what 2 innovative companies are doing with their new media initiatives.

One is Sodexo which recently launched its own career podcast show called the Sodexo CareerCast…


Added by Chris Russell on April 5, 2010 at 7:16pm — No Comments

Twitter Job Search Guide (podcast)

This groundbreaking guide from three leading career experts will show you how Twitter can energize your job search and advance your career in just 15 minutes a day. Join millions of users who in few characters than a standard text message have exponentially increased the size of their personal and professional networks by changing ideas, demonstrating… Continue

Added by Chris Russell on March 29, 2010 at 8:10am — No Comments

Is green the next opportunity for recruiters?

Unless you've been living under a rock lately you've probably heard talk of green/cleantech energy as the linchpin of the 21st century economy.

Over the past year and a half I have started a number of green job boards to take advantage of this trend. After seeing first hand, the number and types of jobs being created I am convinced more than ever of this industry's potential. I've also…

Added by Chris Russell on March 4, 2010 at 10:54am — 1 Comment

7 Signs of a Good Niche Job Board

Recently I was on the Recruiting Animal show when the topic of how to spot a good job board came up. As a staunch defender of niche job sites, here are my top ten signs of a good job board. Look for these when considering posting your jobs...

1. They advertise: any good job board worth its salt will do some advertising to attract traffic. Make sure you see some google ads or ads on related content sites. Also be sure…

Added by Chris Russell on February 8, 2010 at 10:28am — No Comments

Tips for producing your recruiting video

Creating a recruiting video for your company is one of the new ways to tap new media to recruit. Its main goal should be as an employment branding tool that showcases your employees and give a sense of whats its like to work there. That is something we do well at my company Jobs in Pods. But any company can create a video, its cheap and easy to do.…


Added by Chris Russell on February 1, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

How to Syndicate Your Recruiting Videos

Jobs in Pods, the audio jobcast company, is proud to announce the launch of their new Recruitment Video Distribution Service (RViDS) for employers. Traditionally, recruiting videos have just been accessible on the company career page but this new syndication service will distribute it across the internet on the top video sharing sites and podcast directories.

“Employers are increasingly looking to get their media into the hands of passive candidates for branding and… Continue

Added by Chris Russell on January 20, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Hear all your favorite recruiter shows on RECRUITER RADIO.COM

I got tired of the slow servers on blogtalk radio so I created my own version with all your favorite recruiters shows. Its called Recruiter Radio, powered by the Ning platform. Think of it as a "dashboard" for all the popular shows targeted towards recruiters and HR folks.

Hopefully I added all of the shows that are currently… Continue

Added by Chris Russell on January 12, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments


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