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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 Monster.com down 3.5% for unique site visitors compared to last year?

And why is CareerBuilder.com down 23.8% for unique site visitors?    (Source: http://www.compete.com)

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

Job Hunters Trapped in a Resume Black Hole

From Northjersey.com

Employers: What (or who) is it you need that you can’t find?

When I’m with human resource professionals, I hear — despite the mounting unemployment rate and job eliminations — that they’re having trouble filling current needs.

Apparently, the 7.2 percent of the labor force who are out of work and looking to become re-employed aren’t what employers need.

Or it could be that the old saw reigns: You’ll hear again and again from recruiters that someone is more employable when they’re working than when they’re not.

That’s sand in the wounds of many fine, but currently unemployed, job hunters who lost jobs through no performance fault of their own. Unfortunately, there’s usually a first-glance suspicion that joblessness is the worker’s fault.

Many of the job hunters I meet understand that. They desperately want the opportunity to make their case. But they can’t get that far.

Today’s hiring systems in many of the big companies have become impersonal, computer-based filtering systems.

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04/02/2009 Posted by | job search | , | Leave a comment

Recruiters: How Big Is Your Black Hole?

Readers here may recall our post, “Apply Now: The Black Hole.” In seaching cyberspace today (perhaps for those missing resumes!), I stumbled across this article at ere.net that was written back in the stone ages (2001) that discusses the very problem we are attempting to address here.

As you read this, keep in mind that the audience for this article was recruiters.

From ere.net

Is your organization suffering from “black hole” syndrome? So does having a lot of resumes in your database imply that you have a black hole in your recruiting process?  Let’s look at some symptoms of this syndrome:

Significant and consistent complaints from internal and/or external candidates stating that they submit a resume or on-line application and never hear from the company again.

When the same candidates phone up the company to follow up, it’s difficult or impossible for anyone to verify that their information actually made it into the system and when.

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04/01/2009 Posted by | job search | , , | 3 Comments