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Job Boards Are Obsolete

To those who use job boards, whether as a recruiter or job seeker, the statement that job boards are obsolete should not come as a surprise.

To their credit, sites like Monster and CareerBuilder revolutionized the process of bringing candidates and employers together. Downstream, they spawned entire new industries and businesses. At their inception, the concept of Internet-based recruiting and job searching was, to say the least, earth-moving.

Some of us here grudgingly admit being around before these sites were hatched. Before the Internet was a reality and personal computers were mass-produced (and affordable), we vividly remember TYPING resumes (on an IBM Selectric or word processor), and bringing them to print shops for volume copying on heavy-weight, wheat-colored paper. And no, we didn’t forget the matching envelopes!

Each day, we would search the NEWSPAPERS (yes, dear readers, hard copy) for job listings and circle the ones for which we wished to apply. The last part of the “application” process was TYPING a cover letter for each application, getting it in the (snail) mail, and waiting for a call to come in. One important distinction, though, was that each resume was sent to a REAL PERSON. After a few days, a job seeker actually had the ability to CALL and SPEAK to that person to follow up on the resume.

What a concept.

Imagine a world today where you see a job, apply for it, and make contact with a real person. Back then, in the space of a few days, a job seeker knew the outcome of a job application. Today…well, they never really know, do they?

So why, compared with last year, is down 3.5% for unique site visitors compared to last year?

And why is down 23.8% for unique site visitors?    (Source:

Visits are down because job boards, as we know them, are bursting at the seams with job postings that, quite frankly, read like any other. Other than a glitzy posting or link to a company’s career site, there is no longer anything innovative or helpful for an employer. Lots of static, no signal. As a result, they have become highly ineffective–for both parties. Continue reading


04/09/2009 Posted by | job search, recruiting | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who’s Hiring from the “Best Companies”


Generally speaking, while all company-posted positions found on the job boards will be found on a company’s career site, not all opportunities on company career sites will be found on job boards. For that reason, you need to review company career sites as a regular part of your job search plan. First up is another resource for researching and creating your company list, followed by some company career sites.

  • Best Companies – This resource, provided by, provides a “list of lists” of best companies. This is as good a place as any to start (or continue) your research regarding the best companies to work for.
  • FedEx – Included on the “America’s Most Admired Companies” list, FedEx’s career site leads with a tab for Job Search, followed by tabs for My Job Agent, Job Cart, Areas of Talent (a list of the company’s departments), Locations and a list of the various FedEx companies. The site also has background information on the company. The Job Search function allows you to paste your resume, against which the search engine will try to align job opportunities. A quick search returned 56 jobs for both FedEx and Kinkos.
  • Procter and Gamble (P&G) – Included on the “America’s Most Admired Companies” list, P&G’s career site starts with “Find a Job and Apply”. The center of the page focuses on company information.  Their site had over 1,000 jobs globally; you can refine the search not only by location, but also by Experienced Hires, College Grads, Internships and Student Programs. You can register on the site and post your resume.
  • Google – Included on both the “America’s Most Admired Companies” list and the “100 Best Companies to Work for”, Google’s Jobs page looks very much like what you would expect from Google. A very clean interface and uncluttered main page, you can Browse openings from the center of the page (categorized by locations and departments) or select from Life at Google, Getting into Google and Student Jobs. You can create a jobs cart as well.
  • REMINDER: before submitting a resume, please refer to yesterday’s postApply Now: The Black Hole.”

    03/11/2009 Posted by | job search | , , , , | Leave a comment

    Apply Now: The Black Hole

    The definition of a black hole is “a region of space in which the gravitational field is so powerful that nothing…can escape its pull after having fallen past its event horizon.”  (

    In relation to job hunting, the term ‘black hole’ has now taken on a new meaning—and reality—for job seekers using the ‘Apply Now’ button on job boards or company websites. How many resumes have you submitted recently? How many times have you heard back from a real person?? As you can see from the postings on this site, there ARE companies out there that are hiring, and one of the things we are attempting to achieve at The Job Exchange is to not only suggest alternatives to traditional job search techniques, but to begin to instill the concept of successfully using those techniques. One of those techniques, which will be addressed in a future posting, will discuss how to find—and use—the actual name and contact information of corporate recruiters and hiring managers.

    Despite corporate recruiters’ lament that they can’t find qualified people to fill their most pressing openings, many—if not most—rely on the automated responses spit out of their Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to notify applicants that their resume has been received. Not reviewed, just received. This response is typically the only one an applicant will ever receive from a company. Most of us simply shrug our shoulders and accept the fact that no other communication will be forthcoming. Remember how Albert Einstein defined insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Continue reading

    03/10/2009 Posted by | job search | , , , | 26 Comments

    Indeed: Where The Jobs Are

    From, the Google-like job search engine, launched a new product called Industry Trends. This nifty report shows the job postings by industry category and the change in postings in that category year-over-year.  It also shows other stats, like the number of clicks on those jobs, the top searches in each category, and the top regional areas for jobs in that category.

    It’s a great tool and can show you which areas have been impacted less than others in the recent downturn.  It also gives you some insight in to the interest in the space vs. the number of available jobs.

    For people working in rapidly declining industries, it will help them identify industries in better shape to which they can try to transition.

    You can click on any industry to get more detail. For instance, in the IT industry, while job postings have decreased 43 percent, clicks on job postings have increased 84 percent to 9.8 million. The most clicks are coming from New York City (San Francisco is No. 7 in terms of clicks). Some of the most sought after jobs, as measured by the top keyword searches are project manager, business analyst, engineer, and graphic design.

    Ed. Note: Click on any industry category and Indeed will display all jobs within that category.

    03/09/2009 Posted by | jobs | , , , | Leave a comment

    Jobs Resources in the U.S. by State


    There are dozens of job and career resources on these pages. Click on a state’s link and you will see an amazing list of sites — some known, some not — including a link I found for 101 Job Boards at Go and explore!

    Select your state from the listing here to go to the page that lists Web sites that offer employment or networking opportunities in a state. Paste this into your browser if the link doesn’t work

    03/03/2009 Posted by | General, job search | , , | 3 Comments

    The Online Job Search Myth


    The myth of online job searching is that the speed and ease of sending off a resume – or of posting an open position, for that matter – makes the overall online job-posting and job-hunting process painless. Would that it were so. Ten years ago, online job searching was all the rage. It still is – in terms of the hours job-seekers spend sending resumes to employers via Monster, CareerBuilder, HotJobs and the other mega career sites. But something significant has changed.

    Job-seekers have figured out that in many cases, your chance of getting a job by zipping off a bunch of resumes online is about the same as your chance of being recruited for Major League Baseball. Recruiters have figured out that the time and expense of screening hundreds of resumes makes the big job websites far less appealing than they might be. Both job-seekers and recruiters are looking for alternatives, and they’re finding them. In fact, job-seekers can waste countless hours carefully composing cover letters to send in response to jobs posted online, only to finally deduce the truth: most resumes sent electronically via career sites never get read. How could they be read? Corporate recruiters can’t keep up with the volume of resumes they receive. The process of sending off a resume, so easy on the job-seeker side, makes the recruiter’s task all the more difficult. Thus job websites have the unintended effect of depressing job-seekers’ spirits by making them feel that even sending 100 resumes out into cyberspace won’t net them a single response. And often, it doesn’t


    02/28/2009 Posted by | hiring, job search | , , , , , | 7 Comments