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What lies beyond the search box? Maybe better solutions....

Last week Jakub Zavrel posted a fascinating piece on asking the eternal question: Are Job Boards Still Relevant for the Future of Recruiting?  I strongly encourage you to read it (and definitely check out the comments – Steven Rothberg has some pertinent thoughts, too!).

In a nutshell, Zavrel…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on May 21, 2013 at 8:35am — 2 Comments

Results are in from the 2013 Online Recruiting and Job Board Trends surveys

The results are in from the 2013 Online Recruiting and Job Board Trends surveys. Here are some interesting tidbits:

  • Most respondents are planning to increase spending on their company career site, mobile recruiting, and referral programs
  • Referrals, niche job boards, and LinkedIn are most frequently cited as producing high quality candidates
  • Only half of the respondents track the cost per application
  • Over…

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on April 30, 2013 at 8:45am — No Comments

Godzilla vs. Mothra: competitive innovation from LinkedIn and CareerBuilder?

It seems that Monster is continuing its long, slow fade as the ‘big dog’ in the job board world (funny how long-term lack of leadership can do that to you). But there are plenty of services vying for the leadership role:Indeed, CareerBuilder, and LinkedIn come…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on April 16, 2013 at 8:37am — No Comments

Simple vs. complex: why the former wins

Have you tried applying for a job lately? If the employer is of any size, you will probably be directed into an applicant tracking system (ATS), where you will fill out many pages of questions. It can be a time-consuming process – and this is prior to actually applying for the specific job.

It is complex, and it is a pain.

What happened to the wonderful old days when you submitted your resume and cover letter, and called it…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on April 9, 2013 at 8:56am — No Comments

Is it time for job boards to get a new name?

Last May I wrote a post about  the concept of a ‘job board’, in which I asked the eternal questions, “Is LinkedIn a job board?” and “Is Indeed a job board?” It was one of the more…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on March 12, 2013 at 8:40am — No Comments

Is there a truly social job search service out there?

So perhaps you saw that LinkedIn has updated/upgraded its job search functionality? They sent me an email inviting me to give it a whirl, so I did – and it got me to thinking about social stuff and job search.

First, LinkedIn: the job search is nice, and it’s something that they should have done a while ago – but better late than never. You can search, easily see who is related to or in the companies you discover, follow companies, save jobs and…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on February 26, 2013 at 8:50am — 3 Comments

A roundup of some new, interesting, and unusual recruitment and job board sites

It’s been a while since I looked at the newest crop of recruitment and job board sites, so I thought that we could take a trip down StartUpLane and see what we discover:…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on February 12, 2013 at 8:40am — No Comments

Take the 2013 Online Recruiting Industry Trends survey!

A lot has happened since the 2012 Online Recruiting Industry survey - Indeed, JobFox, and JobCircle were sold, Facebook (sorta) launched their own job offering, and Monster didn’t sell itself. So it’s time to take the temperature of the industry again – and I…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on February 5, 2013 at 8:37am — 2 Comments

Brand-new News from the online recruiting world – LinkedIn, Social Resume, and more

Hey, it’s a new year, which means – well, I don’t know! But some stuff did happen in the past 30-40 days, so let’s take

 a look at how the industry is faring:


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on January 29, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

The eternal truths of online recruiting

Maybe it come from having been in the industry for a while, but some things just keep recurring: Bill Warren, John Sumser, Joel Cheesman, and job matching sites, to name a few. Seriously, though – although much has changed since the mid 90s, some things really haven’t. Ignore them at your own peril. For instance:

  • Resumes rule: Despite repeated attempts to kill, eliminate, or otherwise obliterate them, resumes continue to be the…

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on January 8, 2013 at 9:06am — 2 Comments

10 earth-shattering things that happened in online recruiting in 2012

Hey, it’s the end of the year (almost) and time to take a look at what happened in 2012. Did anything? Well, actually, yes – quite a bit. Apart from an election, a (slowly) recovering economy, and a snazzy James Bond film, it did seem like 2012 was a busy year for online recruiting. Here are my picks for the most notable:…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on December 18, 2012 at 9:23am — 1 Comment

All the news that fits, starting with Facebook's (ahem!) new job board

Ok, the election is in the rearview mirror, winter is looming, and I bet you haven’t gotten all of your Christmas presents yet! Nevertheless, things keep happening in the job board and online recruiting world. For example:


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on December 11, 2012 at 9:08am — No Comments

A brief history of job boards (infographic)

This isn’t complete by any means, but thanks to John Sumser, Eric Shannon, Wikipedia, Chris Russell, and others, it covers the basics (I hope!). Amazing how far we’ve come in 22 years!…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on December 4, 2012 at 9:52am — 8 Comments

A half-baked job board turkey from Facebook

Facebook launched its long-rumored job board offering last week. It was a bit rocky:

  • “ It’s buggy and kind of janky looking.” – FB userMike Chapman (and thank you, Mike, for…

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on November 20, 2012 at 8:23am — 2 Comments

It's true - job boards are evolving before our eyes!

For years I’ve been writing about what I see as the evolution of job boards – away from the traditional ‘job postings and resume’ model, and toward something more social, interactive, flexible, and useful to both candidates and employers. Many factors are …


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on November 13, 2012 at 9:15am — 3 Comments

Is LinkedIn the future of job boards? Maybe…or maybe not

The folks at LinkedIn have been busy lately, rolling outnew features, connecting with their users at the LI conference, and busily expanding their empire in all directions. Some pundits are proclaiming that…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on October 23, 2012 at 9:12am — 32 Comments

What’s ahead: why I’m attending HR Tech next week

Being a full time consultant is wonderful – I have the opportunity to work with hundreds of interesting clients, tackle unusual and cutting edge projects, and yes, get paid for it. But there is a drawback – although I’m in contact with dozens of people every week via phone, email, Skype, and Twitter, I don’t actually see them. I’m here in Iowa, and they’re…well, all over the world.

Conferences are a great way to see your colleagues and…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on October 2, 2012 at 9:06am — 1 Comment

Should job boards and employment sites have these features? Just wondering...

As noted in previous posts, I’ve been thinking lately about what makes a job board good – or not. Below are a few questions to that effect – and yes, some employment sites have these features, but most do not. Maybe there absent features you’ve wondered about?

  • Voice input for search: Hey, if you’re…

Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on September 18, 2012 at 9:08am — 3 Comments

OMG: new job sites, everywhere you look

Are these really the dog days of summer? Maybe not, judging from the number of new job sites I’m seeing. Granted, some of these have been around in alpha or beta for a while, some have been flying under the radar, and some are simply new to me – but there seems to be no letup in the volume of start-ups in the online recruiting sector.

This is great, in my opinion. Startups force established players to rethink how they do business. They…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on August 21, 2012 at 9:14am — 6 Comments

What kind of a threat does LinkedIn pose to job boards? And what should they do about it?

A few weeks back I posed the question“What is a job board?”. In the process of trying to answer that question, I mentioned LinkedIn as a prime example of something thatlooks like a job boardacts like a job board, butclaims not to be a job…


Added by Jeff Dickey-Chasins on June 19, 2012 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

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