dd value in this space however if they are going to have an association job site, they need to be sure to dedicate the time, money and effort to making it a valuable offering. I think for many the perception of setting up a job site, is that it is cheap and easy which is far from the reality. Like anything done properly it requires planning, dedication and a lot of work.
I would love to see more job sites prospering in Australia, other than the large three players. This will only happen if two things occur with Advertisers:
1) They stop measuring the success of a job ad on the volume of applications they receive and instead look at the quality of talent they can use now and in the future.
2) They make a real commitment to trying something new. This does not mean trying one or two job ads or a hard to fill job on a new job site.
Rather selecting relevant sites to partner with and commit to is the answer, which is what we have seen from our Advertisers who have been open to change and who have made a commitment to a niche site that meets a segment of their target hiring market.
Six Figures, www.sixfigures.com.au…
er not me. :)
As a grad, I wanted to get into HR (silly me). It took me a while to get my first role, receiving more rejection letters than I would care to mention (remember actual letters on letter headed paper!?). I eventually responded to a line add in the paper (remember those?) for an HR Coordinator. *FAIL*, well I got the gig, however it was a little misleading, as my role eventually became a Resourcer/general SH#~ kicker for the office.
After initial disappointment, I decided to play the cards i was dealt and make a go of this career. I worked my way through to a Senior Consultant looking after some national accounts. Fun for a bit, but really repetitive, and less than rewarding margins. With a little change of scenery (and a redundancy after a poor job change choice) I decided to set up for myself in 2002, the height of the tech wreck, I put up my own shingle and started my own business.
This was OK, actually liberating, and I worked half as hard, and made twice as much as I had in the agency. The only problem was that I couldn't look my wife in the eye and say I'd make $x amount every month. As we'd started thinking of starting a family we needed this assurance.
I took the time to decide what I really wanted to do, what i enjoyed Recruitment part of the Recruiters job, I disliked the hard core sales, I was OK at it, but I always had a feeling of dislike (not personally) but for what I did, from candidates and from clients. Even with the money, there was no job satisfaction there. I decided internal, in house was the way to go.
I targetted a couple of companies which really fitted me, and began my push to get hired. My timing was good. My current company was just about to hire someone in my now role. Obviously, from my initial call, well the rest is history. I am still here almost 7 years on.
Glamourous world of corporate recruiting? hmmmmm, it took a while to shake that "agency" tag, which I wore with pride until I figured out it wasn't a term of endearment.
The constant education, and immediate value ad I was able to provide, which was visible as I was the first person who looked at hiring as the only focus of my job. I was able to hire enough people so that we grew by 40% in headcount in my first year. Unfortunately I did the math of what I would have charged as a TPR, and told my CEO how much he would have paid externally for that. Funnily enough, whilst he grinned, he didn't offer to make up the difference.
That said, i have been lucky, and have been looked after, we have evolved the Recruiting function, to seperate from HR and I now have my own seat at the National Management team. It was a good choice for me.…
recruiter inquiries from job boards ALL THE TIME, yet I seem unable to get any interest from recruiters via social media sites like this one. I joined this blog to find out why.
Job boards have gotten a bad reputation: partly due to their own pathetic business model and partly due to the numbers game. Job boards like Monster and CareerBuilder market to job seekers as a path to their next career. But nothing in their business model marries them to an individual job seeker's success. They earn revenues on the employer recruiter side and use some of those funds to attract job seekers to view ads or enter their data into the resume database. This is the basic problem. As a result, anyone can apply to a job, whether they are qualified or not via a job board (some exceptions : pre-employment q's) or post a resume that is basically a lie with no penalty. The job board doesn't know and doesn't care other than posting some content that say's don't commit resume fraud or charge a resume critique fee to the job seeker with no guarantee. In the end, the data quality of job boards is poor and unreliable. However, one can make them work for you. Here's how.
1. Write a resume to a job ad.
2. Track the searches/views clicks of a resume in a database. If they aren't increasing, the resume needs more information. ( I call this resume tracking or testing "crowdsourcing a resume." I use YOU the recruiters to tell me if the resume is of interest based upon the aggregate searches and views. I have taken an 2-year unemployed job seeker and rebooted her campaign with a job offer in 8 weeks based upon my crowdsourcing technique.
3. Be as detailed as possible when posting a resume to a job board. Manually input the information instead of uploading the resume.
A couple of comments about Job boards:
CareerBuilder is very branded and popular but job seekers get crap from it. Too many contract jobs. Too ma ny scam jobs. Too many ridiculous inquiries. Too easy to apply to a job. Poor quality control.
Monster is very branded for sure but if you spend the 90 minutes filling in the profile IN DETAIL, you get good recruiter inquiries. My inside tip for Monster is in the section called career goals, it asks for the job title of the job you want. Well, you can add 15 job titles. So, go to indeed.com and search for all the iterations of the job you want. Take all the iterations and post them into Monster. It drives up job seeker visibility.
Market niche boards are the best. Less competition, best data quality, good results.
Director, FS5 Consulting