Job Boards as a Source of Hire - Growth since 2001

Job Boards / Sites have been growing on a steady clip in the last 5 years — I’ve been putting together some of the numbers from CareerXRoads - who seem to be one of the only sites online that compile year to year statistics of Job Source of Hire statistics (anyone know any other statistic sources?). Very interesting - over the last 5 years, not much has really changed in terms of the distribution of where jobs are sourced from.

Source of Hire (External Hires)

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

Referalls

25.6

27.1

31.7

28.5

26.6

Company Website

20.7

12.2

15.8

20.6

15.5

12.76

Job Boards

12.3

12.6

15.8

10.3

11.5

7.7

Print/Media

6.9

4.6

5.5

3.8

4.8

Direct Sourcing

6.4

7.4

6

2.6

Re-hires

5.2

3rd Party Agencies

4.8

5.2

3.2

1.2

College

3.8

8

5.6

2.4

Career Fairs

2.7

5.2

3.2

2.8

3.2

Temp-To-Hire

2.3

3.2

Search Engine Advertising

2

Walk-ins

0.5

4.2

Other

7

10.5

15.2

26.9

38.4

total

100.2

100.2

102

99.1

100

I think what will really push the needle (for job boards to become a bigger player) is to build a tool that will connect and match recruiters and employers to higher quality job seekers. Ideally a computer agent that sorts through the marketplace of jobs and job seekers and brings together the relevent parties. We’re hoping to do this.

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