When was the last time you asked your job board customers what they want? Not just a one-off question to a few clients – but an systematic, organized survey of everyone who uses your site? Employers and job seekers?
A recurrent theme in the ‘job boards are dying’ blog posts that I see is a feeling by recruiters, employers, and job seekers that the ‘big boards’ are out of touch. In other words, they don’t know what their customers want. Now, I’m guessing that they would argue with… Continue
Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on November 17, 2009 at 9:09am —
The appeal of applicant tracking systems (ATS) for employers is obvious: they promise to bring order to the often disordered process of managing job applicants. An ATS can theoretically drive all job applicants into a single pipeline, massage their unruly information into neatly ordered database fields set up exactly as the employer desires, and allow HR to actually manage the interactions with applicants.
Sometimes the ATS works well – and sometimes (like all software) it doesn’t.… Continue
Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on November 10, 2009 at 9:05am —
I've found that having a niche board and name that sells itself is critical. Can anyone explain the first few steps however to move from a beta site to a full board, such as what kind of developers and typical cost one should spend? I've seen quotes off market place boards such as Elance for about $4K. The name of my job site is simple and geared
specifically at MBAs that want to live and work in major citys. I'm not going to put the name up here, as this blog is… Continue
Added by Ben Philip on November 9, 2009 at 6:56pm —
As I was sorting through the usual spate of ‘job boards are dead’ articles, I noticed other more interesting types of articles: pieces that point to job board postings as indicators of the state of the economy. (Monster has published their Employment Index
Makes sense, doesn’t it? If job boards are posting more… Continue
Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on October 27, 2009 at 10:31am —
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Added by Richard on October 27, 2009 at 7:30am —
At their core, most job boards are series of one-way communications: employer posts a job; job seeker responds to employer; employer does (or doesn’t) respond to job seeker. Each communication is distinct and separated by both time and method – some might even say fragmented.
Compare to a blog, social networking site, or Twitter: you send out a communication – and built into your communication are methods for readers to respond, as well as the expectation they will; readers DO… Continue
Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on October 19, 2009 at 9:35am —
This is probably the most difficult decision for job boarders, to pick a job board software. There are many out there yet there doesn't seem to be enough information on their pros and cons. Have tried a company in the past but was prone to attacks and had to give up and been wary of trying others...
Would like to hear your experiences (good and bad), particularly who are the Best Value Providers of Job Board Software. Appreciate your comments.
Added by Suresh R on October 18, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Once upon a time, if you visited a job board, you knew what you would get: whatever jobs the board had on that day. These were jobs that the board’s sales force had convinced employers to post, on that job board. If you clicked on a job, you went straight to that job posting. And if you applied for it, you did so through that particular job board.
Well, those days are long gone. Since the advent of job board aggregators such as Indeed and Simply Hired, it’s become so easy for a job… Continue
Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on October 13, 2009 at 9:02am —
For the past 15 years, the job board industry has been dominated by the ‘pay per posting‘ revenue model: an employer purchases a job posting (and sometimes resume access or other add ons).
Yet there’s another model that has been around a while: ‘pay per response‘. In other words, you post your job, and when job seekers apply to your job, you pay for each application.
On the surface, it seems that pay per response would be more attractive to most employers – after all, if… Continue
Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on October 6, 2009 at 9:32am —
In the late 90's job boards were a necessity, if you wanted to recruit online. Why? Because many companies didn't have websites let alone career sites. So if recruiting was to be done online it could only be facilitated through the job board, which started a cycle of dependency.
How did it become a cycle based on dependency?
Dependency was inherent in the process where companies would pay to ship their candidates to a community… Continue
Added by Chad Sowash on October 1, 2009 at 9:00am —
Is job seeker registration good or bad? And if you require registration, how much is too much? And…how much value should you attach to these registered users?
Personally, I think a little friction is a good thing (as does Seth Godin, apparently). If a job seeker wants to land a job, why shouldn’t he (or she) give up something? After all, your site is delivering something of value, correct?…
Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on September 30, 2009 at 9:35am —
Most job boards offer screener (aka killer) questions that allow the recruiter to create a question and specify the required answer (typically yes/no). This allows recruiters to filter out inappropriate candidates.
Numerous recruiters & employers have told me that they are struggling to cope with the sheer volume of applications they get, particularly in today's economy.
Putting 2 and 2 together, you might expect recruiters to be using this functionality extensively on… Continue
Added by Harry Brignull on September 29, 2009 at 11:29am —
For the small-to-medium sized job board, pre-built software can be extremely useful. Despite outward appearances, a good job board is actually fairly complex, and for most of us, there’s no reason to reinvent the wheel.
Below is a listing of job board software offerings. I’ve made it as comprehensive as possible, but I’m sure I’m missing a few – so let me know! I have not included pricing, as that changes frequently – please consult the vendor’s website.… Continue
Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on September 29, 2009 at 10:30am —
Sometimes it really is all about the numbers. For instance, you know that your customers (and competitors) will probably use Alexa, Compete, or QuantCast to evaluate your site’s traffic.
Never mind that any of these can be grossly inaccurate – you have to live with their numbers (unless, of course, you’re willing to open up your Google Analytics account to pretty much everyone).…
Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on September 24, 2009 at 9:04am —
Twitter is growing exponentially. Employer’s are using Twitter and other social sites
to research job applicants. But still, few job seekers have no idea how to use Twitter for a job search.
One of the primary drivers of twitter growth has been the ability to share and find… Continue
Added by Jonathan Duarte on September 23, 2009 at 2:53pm —
In the beginning was the job post – a classified ad on the internet.
Then came the resume database – a collection of job seeker wit and wisdom, long and short, awful and awesome.
Employers and recruiters saw the resume database and liked it. They flourished.
Jump to now. I’m guessing that at least one-third of the job boards launched during the past year lack a resume database. What gives?…
Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on September 16, 2009 at 9:14am —
A rule of marketing (which I learned through hard experience was in fact true) is that a prospective customer must be exposed to your message 3 to 5 times before the message is ‘received’. Why? Because they’re bombarded by thousands of other messages, and it takes that many exposures to make an impression. (This rule, by the way, should probably be updated to 6 to 9 times, given the fragmentation of traditional media).
So how does your job site keep its visibility high?…
Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on September 9, 2009 at 9:05am —
Negotiation of strategic partnerships. That’s how I spend a considerable amount of my days and evenings. To be an effective negotiator in my field, it is important that I create situations where at least three separate parties, all with unique desires, goals, and levels of engagement, all feel good about the realized results. The primary active parties are my company and the partner I’m negotiating with, both of whom wish to drive revenue or enhance their value in some manner. This is a normal… Continue
Added by Jason C. Blais on September 3, 2009 at 10:28pm —
You can’t cough these days without bumping into a ‘free’ job board, i.e., a job board where employers can post their jobs at no charge. Free job site, free Tweets, free everything. Now, there have always been a few of these boards around, but in the past year or so, it seems like they’ve been reproducing like the proverbial rabbits.
What gives? Some would argue that Free, by Chris Anderson, put a voice to a burgeoning movment: “In a marketplace with low marginal costs and many… Continue
Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on September 1, 2009 at 8:46am —
Grab ads, news or any other info from your website and post to Twitter automatically via Post-To-Twitter.com web service.
I.e. automated job posting to Twitter:
Posting to multiple Twitter accounts
Advertise selected ads on location, category or brand-specific Twitter accounts.
Spider only selected ads
Twitter posting tool utilizes spider to download… Continue
Added by Inez on September 1, 2009 at 8:21am —