By Joel Elveson – Independent Executive Recruiter – Headhunter
No small part of the internet recruiting revolution today is the job boards known affectionately as “the boards.” From the original big three (Monster, Careerbuilder & Hot Jobs) only Monster & Careerbuilder continue to survive having become a beloved tool on the part of external and internal recruiters alike. Lesser known but still widely used “boards” include dice.com, efinancialcareers.com, along with the much maligned Craigslist.
Job seekers turn to the above in time of needing to find a new job or wanting to find a new job. Using this tool they post their “resume” formed in their minds as a open display of what they have done or in some cases think they have done. The attraction is ease of use with no verification of their possibly over hyped history. With so many jobs categories to browse through each containing an enticing variety of jobs to apply to it is a very attractive place to do your “job shopping.”
Before you post your “I Am On Sale Now” advertisement you may want to take into consideration your current employer may not be overly thrilled with your now public efforts to replace them as your professional home to the point where your job is now being posted on the same board as your resume.
For the frazzled internal recruiter who has to come up with candidates for multiple positions within a short period of time this is a dream come true. After writing an inviting job description with some purposely toned down hiring requirements they can fill their inboxes with candidates who are eager to interview. Undoubtedly the recruiter will be anxious to show off their results having begged to be given access to as many job boards as possible.
Many Executive Recruiting Firms patrol the boards daily hoping to find candidates that will satisfy the needs of their client. The mindset of these “recruiters” is that they can do very little work and get paid a handsome fee for their services. Solicit job advertisers to give them the job order while promising to send them passive candidates (in reality there is no such thing as a passive candidate as if the price is right and the opportunity is right out the door they go) only to turn around and download resumes and ship them off to the client.
Who else is on board with the boards? The boards are on board with the boards with the money they charge to post a job that only stays visible for 30 days or so before it must be reposted for which another fee must be paid. There is the revenue they collect from advertisers who will happily pay a handsome fee for the chance to entice both the hiring company, candidate or both to use their service or purchase their product.
To get benefit from using this service you have to know where the best place to post your ad is. In other words you fish where the fish are. If you are looking for IT Jobs or IT candidates Dice should be your choice.
If you are looking to fill jobs in the financial sector you will want to use efinancialcareers.com. There are specialty boards for mortgage and insurance that are separate from the above. Overall the quality of jobs and talent is much greater than the big two.
We also have job boards who claim not to be job boards but in fact that is exactly what they are. For limited budgets you have Craigslist where $25 for one posting for one day under one category may bring you some bang for your bucks.
There are free job boards, social media job boards, and soon to come Facebook job boards. Keep the name Naymz in mind as it is a job board genre combined with social media content. You can link it to Facebook, and LinkedIn at the same time.
Twitter is now starting to get in the job board game as well with Tweeted Jobs. This service sends a “tweet” to your followers in addition to candidates. The once cloud with Twitter is that many investors are very wary or do not see Twitter as staying around.
So, are you on board with the boards yet? So many are already on with more yet to “get on board” the boards. Which ones work best for job seekers and which ones works best for employers and recruiters? If you have no experience with any of them get as much feedback on the ones you are considering using before you take the credit card out of your wallet.
The job board train is pulling into your station with many cars for you to get on. Do you wish to board the board train or let it pull out of the station opting instead for another or better way?
Joel Elveson is an Independent Executive Recruiter – Headhunter with Independent Executive Recruiting By Joel, which is a firm, Joel started under the guise there is a more “user friendly” way to go about the staffing & recruiting process.
As a “veteran” of the insurance & mortgage industries Joel always strove to find the best solutions for his clients while providing his employers with “value added” service.
From those vantage points, Joel became keenly aware of what separated a bad employee from a good employee. In addition to the above, Joel learned the intricacies of each business and what made each “tick.”
Joel Elveson took his love of insurance, mortgage banking and lending and translated it into a more meaningful way to do business.
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