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Tapping Into The Hidden Job Market

Roundup: Top Posts This Week

Here are the top posts our readers viewed this week:

Yahoo! HotJobs Top 100 Companies Hiring

Disrupt the Status Quo — Avoid The Resume Black Hole

Twitter Job Search

Google Power Job Search Tips

Apply Now: The Black Hole


03/29/2009 Posted by | job search | , | Leave a comment

Paying for Interviews?

Outrageous….So now they think job seekers will PAY for interviews??

From the About Us page: has been launched with the goal of creating a more fun and hip job search tool than other “stuffy” job boards and recruiting solutions that exist out there. We’re providing a new and innovative approach by allowing Job Seekers the ability to bid on interview times through our BiddingOnJobs service, which guarantees them an in-person interview with a company for a small fee (emphasis mine).

Job Seekers can also use our Moneybackjobs service, which allows them to receive a Moneyback bonus of anywhere from 4%-10% of their starting salary for accepting a new job that’s been posted by an Employer on our website!

My advice: Don’t go there. Employers post jobs for free….do they think people will PAY to get an interview with them?? Under their FAQs, they say “Winning interview bids must be paid for with a credit card before your name and contact information will be released to a company.” 

Oh, and by the way, you’re not allowed to post your resume on another job board if you sign up for an extra “moneyback bonus”.

While we typically focus on positive information here at The Job Exchange, we wanted to make sure you were aware of  this…um…opportunity. ‘Nuff said.

03/21/2009 Posted by | job search | , , | 3 Comments

Twitter Job Search

29,646 new jobs in the last 7 days

From the TwitterJobSearch About Us page:

“Until now, search engines for social media sites merely looked for words.  We’re looking at context. We use semantic tools to look at what was said. We then look at what they’ve said before. We then look at who was saying it. “

From The Loan Wolf Librarian: TwitterJobSearch pulls up Tweets that are only job-related and links to the underlying job posting. Most of these seem to link to other job sites such as CareerBuilder or more niche job sites, which all seem to be using Twitter to post their latest openings. But with TwitterJobSearch, you search across all of them, and results are ranked by both relevance and by how recently they’ve been posted.

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03/20/2009 Posted by | job search | , , , | 4 Comments

USAJobs: 16,981 Openings Posted

USAJOBS is the Federal Government’s official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.

If you haven’t yet, take a look and see what’s available. While the application & hiring process can be time-consuming, it might be worthwhile to get one or more applications started.

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03/19/2009 Posted by | job search | , | Leave a comment

13 companies hiring this year


Here are a variety of such strong companies in various industries, which are looking to hire a diverse selection of jobs in 2009, despite the tough economy:

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03/16/2009 Posted by | job search | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Job Search Engine: LinkUp


LinkUp is a job search engine that uncovers hidden jobs from company web sites.

LinkUp monitors thousands of small, mid-sized, and large company career sections in order to connect applicants with unadvertised jobs by listing the jobs on company web sites.

Their claim: LinkUp publishes job openings that are listed on over 11,000 corporate and employer web sites from around the country. As a result, the listings are from real companies; there are no duplicates because they are only pulled from a single source, and they are always current.

Ed. Note: I ran a search for Editor / NJ (without filtering) on LinkUp and Indeed to determine any differences in the results. LinkUp displayed 31 openings and Indeed showed 227. Big difference. I then filtered those results to show only openings at Pearson Education.  Again, a slight gap between the results. LinkUp showed 5 openings, while Indeed showed 16 (and, at the bottom of Indeed’s results was the advisory “We have removed 8 job postings very similar to those already shown…”).  Indeed (no pun intended), there were a few duplicates at


03/13/2009 Posted by | job search, jobs | , , , | 1 Comment

Are Recruiters Becoming Irrelevant?

The Job Search Revolution Shifts to Company Career Sites


Liberally Borrowed From CareerAlley (big hat tip!)


One of the most dramatic changes in the job search process in the last few months has been the shift from recruiters to company career sites.


Recruiters still have jobs, but not as many as they have traditionally had, as some companies need to save recruiting dollars where they can.  Agency recruiters are usually easier and more productive to work with because they represent multiple employers and can send your resume to a wider selection. As well,they are in direct contact with the HR gatekeepers and typically are not constrained by an employer’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS). That said, because employers are cutting costs wherever they can, many no longer rely on agency recruiters to find candidates.


Conversely, applying at individual company sites is a bit more challenging, as you must individually apply at each site. And, of course, you are competing with all of the other resumes that have been submitted there. With an agency recruiter, you will receive feedback fairly quickly as to if you are under consideration for a position.  With a company’s ATS, you will receive an automated response thanking you for your application.


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03/11/2009 Posted by | job search | , , , , | 2 Comments

Is it possible to find legitimate work from home jobs?

I can’t vouch for the legitimacy of the information at this site, but it appears (at first glance) to provide some work-from-home opportunities to investigate.

Free at home jobs (aka free at home work) and legitimate, no fee, work at home and online jobs are hard to come by. We have compiled many free “at home jobs / at home work” opportunities that are scam-free and legitimate. With links to many REAL companies hiring work at home employees and home workers, we have scoured many free at home jobs for you.

Read more at Be sure to also check out the links on the left side of the page.

03/10/2009 Posted by | jobs | , , , | Leave a comment

Top 10 Social Sites for Finding a Job


Some of these sites allow you to craft a resume, while others are networking platforms that contain job listings. By signing up for all ten, you increase your chances of getting a job and decrease the amount of time you’ll spend searching for a new one. Three of the listed sites can be combined with other sites to be more impactful. In addition to joining, creating profiles and searching for jobs, I encourage you to support these sites with either a traditional website or blog, so that you have more to present to employers, in addition to your profile.

LinkedIn is by far the #1 spot for job seekers, those currently employed, marketers who are looking to build lists and salespeople who are seeking out new clients.

Plaxo is a social network that resembles LinkedIn to a certain degree. You’re able to create your own profile with a section about you, your contact information and your “pulse stream,” which is made up of your presence on social media sites such as Twitter.

Twitter is an amazing tool if you can unlock its power. It breaks down communication barriers and lets you talk directly to hiring managers, without having to submit a resume immediately to a machine.

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03/07/2009 Posted by | job search | , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments


CareerOneStop is a U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals to foster talent development in a global economy.

One of the links at this site is called help a job seeker.”  Here you will find quite a number of resources; one in particular that appears to be very useful is the Find Employer Contact Information link. It’s a convenient way to identify local employers and develop an action plan to contact or research opportunities at these firms. (You may also want to refer to your LinkedIn network to see if you have any connections with these companies.)

CareerOneStop offers an array of tools and services, including job search action plans, that can help job seekers to get more organized and develop a job search schedule and action plan.

03/06/2009 Posted by | job search | , , , | 1 Comment