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Job-search & recruiting humor - weekly caption contest (win $50)

We just announced the first winner in our weekly cartoon caption contest - every week we awarded $50 Amazon certificate.

Here's one of the two cartoons we produced from our first contest:

It's free to use our cartoons in your blog or website - just see the …


Added by Eric Shannon on April 26, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

No, Cheezhead is not back...

We started publishing daily about three weeks ago at and redesigned the site last week. And no, we won't replace Cheezhead -- but

invite you to subscribe to our RSS anyway.

Some small tweaks still to come... The… Continue

Added by Eric Shannon on September 2, 2010 at 11:08am — 3 Comments

Where did that hire come from, anyway? And who cares?

A long time ago – say, in the early 1990s – employers had a very good

idea where their job candidates originated. Most came from ‘word of

mouth’ and the rest via newspaper ads.

Not so today. In a world where candidates can discover jobs via Twitter, job

, social

,… Continue

Added by Eric Shannon on April 5, 2010 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Everyone says job boards are dying – so it must be true, right?

A recurrent theme in blog posts and Tweets is that job boards are dying. Usually this is coupled with a prediction that they’ll be replaced by social media or Google. The popularity of this subject, in turn, spawns two questions:

  1. Why is this such a popular topic?

  2. Are job boards really dying?

Why is this such a popular topic?…

Added by Eric Shannon on March 11, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

February's online recruiting news

February's online recruiting news roundup is live.

I'd say the biggest news this time is not in print. The big news is that job boards are getting busier and our revenue is stable or growing. Usually, we have a better sense for where the economy is going than the economists, so I'd say look for positive news coming out in the next couple months.

Added by Eric Shannon on February 2, 2010 at 6:33pm — No Comments

Does social media eliminate the need for job boards?

Does social media eliminate the need for job boards?

For the past 15 years, job boards have been a standard part of the job seeker and employer ‘tool kit’. And why not?: job boards have proved to be an efficient way for job seekers to locate hiring companies, apply for jobs, and get a resume in front of potential employers.

But now the onset of… Continue

Added by Eric Shannon on January 26, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

seeing the future of the job search business

i just saw a great science fiction movie about a guy who can see just two minutes into the future. it got me fired up again about looking five years into the future. because seeing the future, changes it.

here's what I see coming - what do you see changing in your future?

Added by Eric Shannon on January 5, 2010 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Job search 2010 -- prove it!

As devastating as this recession has been for the laid-off and unemployed, it has also been a gut wrenching experience for many small business owners (recruiters) including the author. American entrepreneurs have learned some hard lessons that won't be forgotten. When I say the entire American business landscape has changed, it's because small business is not actually small. Just have a look at these… Continue

Added by Eric Shannon on December 14, 2009 at 11:58am — No Comments

Should job seekers pay to search?

We took on the subject of paid job sites this month at

From the start of job boards in the mid 1990s until now, the vast majority of job and career sites have worked on a simple economic model: job seekers don’t pay, employers do. In fact, the concept

of free access to a job site’s listings was so ingrained that…


Added by Eric Shannon on December 8, 2009 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Employers to go jobboard-free?

An HR blogger said something interesting in a recent job boards-are-dying type post: "We will be job board free in 2 years." In a follow-up post to explain how this would occur, this anonymous blogger says (problem areas in red):

"When you need something, you go to Google, so why not use it to find a job? Simply enter your criteria, say sales…

Added by Eric Shannon on November 25, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Warning: long-term side effects of recession may include…

by Jeff Dickey-Chasins for

As the recession begins to wane, it’s a good time to assess what effects it has had on the relationship between employers and employees. Why? These changes will continue to reverberate over the coming years and affect how recruiting and hiring is conducted, what technologies and approaches are… Continue

Added by Eric Shannon on November 19, 2009 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Job search 2010 -- small is in

We've just been through a brutal economic storm. If you were sheltered, great - good for you. But pay attention anyway, because this storm wreaked havoc on many of the people you'll meet in the next stages of your career. You are going to meet and work with a lot of people who've been burned. So many that the American business landscape is never going to look the same again.

At the height of the crisis, large companies fired thousands of employees to preserve profits. In many… Continue

Added by Eric Shannon on November 12, 2009 at 12:45pm — 1 Comment

October online recruiting news summary

October was slow for sales but booming with news. With the help of some fellow job board operators, we put together a summary of October's online recruiting news for you.

Some of the highlights include:

• First of thousands .jobs sites launched by JobCentral

• Taleo job board launched in partnership with SimplyHired

• and quarterly… Continue

Added by Eric Shannon on November 2, 2009 at 8:18am — No Comments

online recruiting launch

A year ago, I launched as a job board directory and invited job boards to join and post news. It was an interesting experiment but didn't really move me. So, I'm remaking the website with a new purpose and a new domain. So will be a coop of 50 dues paying job boards who want to increase their visibility. Whether or not you want to become a coop member, you'll still be welcome to… Continue

Added by Eric Shannon on October 27, 2009 at 12:52pm — No Comments adds partnership to Job Distribution Network

Plantation, FL - North Chelmsford, MA - July 21, 2009 – Net-Temps, the leading job board for temporary, temp-to-perm and full time employment in the staffing industry has implemented a partnership to distribute its customers' jobs to the family of job search engines.

“Net-Temps goes to great lengths to make sure the jobs of our clients are widely distributed”… Continue

Added by Eric Shannon on July 21, 2009 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Resource links on for recruiters?

seo advice from Einstein I spend the first 45 minutes of every day reading blogs and forum. It's healthy to read lots of different viewpoints and have a good picture of what's happening around us. But, it's also easy to learn the wrong things from the "experts". Years ago, there seem to be a consensus that reciprocal links no longer worked.

As a result, we abandoned the practice. The real lesson we should have learned was this -- reciprocal links became less effective, but so what? They were still a…


Added by Eric Shannon on June 29, 2009 at 11:58am — No Comments

dealing with job anxiety

Anxiety is a natural consequence of everything happening around us today. But is anxiety or fear helpful? If they are on display in your next job interview or for your team at work, they are likely to cause you to stumble badly.

How do you keep it from hurting your performance?

Here's what I've learned about anxiety and how to make it work for me instead of fighting it.

Added by Eric Shannon on March 3, 2009 at 5:19pm — No Comments is a top-ranked free job board - interview with CEO Gary Upah

Founded in 1998, SalesTrax caught my attention with its December '07 announcement that job postings would henceforth be free -- unusual for a top-ranked job board. You can find their job posting policies and pricing here. SalesTrax is based in the Kansas City area and offers "a comprehensive array of Internet services, nationwide career fairs, and direct placement services". I wanted to find out from Gary how offering free job postings has worked out and I think you will… Continue

Added by Eric Shannon on July 28, 2008 at 6:06pm — No Comments

publicly traded job board companies

are there any other publicly traded job board companies that I can add to this list?

* - nyse: DHX
* - nasdaq: YHOO
* - nasdaq: JUPM
* - nasdaq: MNST

Added by Eric Shannon on July 24, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Microsoft launches job board

Our two 800-pound gorillas are not the only ones launching job boards. It seems everyone and their brother has one now. Even Microsoft is at it with, a marketplace for buyers and suppliers of business services (under $500).

Added by Eric Shannon on July 21, 2008 at 10:03am — 1 Comment


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