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Feature: Introducing WEDDLE’s 2005 Books

This is my last newsletter of the year and, by tradition, I take time out from my regular column to introduce the new books that we at WEDDLE’s will be releasing in January. As always, these resources are designed to help make you successful.

We all know that effective online recruiting requires both skill and accurate, up-to-date information. The skill, of course, encompasses the Best Practices of Web-based sourcing and selling-those are the topics of my newsletter. The information identifies where those skills should be applied in order for you to optimize your reach into the candidate population and, ultimately, your yield of top quality hires.

To put it another way, the best recruiters know exactly where to find the superior talent they need on the Web. They have trusted sources that enable them to identify the right sites with the best prospects right away. No dead-ends. No disappointing results. No unhappy hiring managers or clients.

Our mission at WEDDLE’s is to be that information source for you. The one that you count on. Every time. All of the time. That’s why we publish annual editions of our employment Guides and Directory and bi-weekly updates to them.

The newest edition of the books-those for 2005-will be coming off press in a matter of weeks. They are:

  • WEDDLE’s Guide to Employment Web Sites Called the “consumer’s report” of job boards, this Guide selects 350 of the top employment sites and provides detailed information about their services, features and fees. Over 40% of the sites in the 2005 Guide are new, and 100% of the site information has been updated.
  • WEDDLE’s Directory of Employment-Related Internet Sites Called the “address book” of job boards, the Directory lists over 8,000 sites and organizes them by career field, industry and geographic focus. This year’s Directory includes four new categories of sites (e.g., Defense, Energy, Mature/Senior Workers, Security-Building & Business), binging the total number of categories to over ninety-five. If you’re looking for the “hidden talent market” online, this book is for you.
  • WEDDLE’s Guide to Association Web Sites Some of the best talent online hangs out at the Web-site of their professional association. This Guide makes sure you can identify those sites and evaluate the recruitment resources they offer. Hundreds of new associations have been added to this year’s Guide, and all of the information has been updated.
  • The Catalog on our Web-site still lists the 2004 books, and our 2005 titles will not be in bookstores until March. We are pleased, however, to offer our newsletter subscribers a secret advance purchasing option. Place your order now, and we’ll ship your books to you in mid-to-late January. A queue is already forming, so place your order right away.

  • Just call 203.964.1888, or
  • Use the online order form at www.weddles.com (which still lists the 2004 editions). Just add 2005 after your last name in the appropriate box on the order form and we’ll ship you the new books as soon as they come off press.
  • I am also pleased to announce a new title for 2005: It’s called The Hollow Enterprise: Why Investors in America’s Companies Should Fear It/Why the Leaders of America’s Companies Must Fix It. The most important workers in America today -those with rare skills and the capacity for superior performance-are fed up with the values of many corporate executives, and they have the freedom to do something about it. They’re steadily taking their skills and knowledge elsewhere and, in the process, hollowing out the American corporation. This silent revolution produces an enterprise that often appears to be healthy, but beneath the surface, is hemorrhaging the human spirit necessary for sustained financial success. This must-read book will be off press in March, but you can order your copy now. Just call WEDDLE’s at 203.964.1888.

    Finally, I want to thank each and all of you for your kind words, your suggestions and, most of all, for your support over the past year. All of us here at WEDDLE’s sincerely appreciate your interest in our work. We send you our best wishes for a wondrous Holiday season and for a successful and rewarding 2005.

    Thanks for reading,

    Peter

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    Section Two: Site News You Can Use

    CollegeGrad.com announced the results of a survey of information sources used by soon-to-be-graduated students seeking their first job. According to the majority of respondents (58%), the number one source is the Internet. That’s no surprise, but what is astonishing is that better than four-out-of-ten of these Web-savvy job seekers pointed to other sources. They included job fairs (15%), the campus career center (14%), classmates (8%), professors (4%) and associations/clubs (3%). What’s that mean for recruiters? While the Internet is definitely effective in reaching today’s college students, relying exclusively on that medium could hurt the quantity and quality of your yield.

    HomelandSecurityJobs.us launched its Web-site. The job board connects candidates with both the appropriate security skills and U.S. government security clearances to local governments, government contractors and U.S. Government agencies with openings to fill.

    TrueCareers, a division of student loan provider Sallie Mae and a job board for college educated candidates, released the results of its recent survey on employee benefits. It found that 75% of the respondents would consider a job with lower pay if an employer offered a generous benefits package. What’s generous? According to respondents, health and dental insurance is #1, tuition assistance is #2 and working at home or telecommuting is #3. Unfortunately, their intense interest in benefits notwithstanding, 60% of the respondents reported that their employer had decreased the value of its benefits package in the last 6-12 months. While that may save money in the short term, it can (and likely will) influence retention negatively and thus add to costs in the mid-to-longer term. Hence, what’s most important is the life cycle costs of any benefits decision. To help your CEO better understand that factor, show them the trailing or follow-on implications of each course of action they are considering.

    Watson Wyatt Worldwide found that 43% of employees believe their supervisor does not provide the guidance they need to improve their performance. How can this lapse in leadership be corrected? Evaluating subordinates’ performance and delivering constructive feedback is a “reluctantly acquired skill” for most people. That means supervisors must be both trained to do it well and encouraged to do it regularly. The former can be accomplished through classroom or online instruction and role playing; the latter can only be done through their own performance appraisals. Managers and supervisors have to hone their ability to provide constructive guidance and counsel to subordinates and be rewarded for doing so (or punished for not) as a integral part of their job.

    WorkMinistry.com launched its Web-site. The portal provides faith-based organizations with a national network of job postings, training and mentoring for their leaders, and career self-management resources for the members of the job support groups sponsored by such organizations.


    Section Three: Site Profiles

    Site Insite … how well do you know the Web’s 40,000+ job boards?

    1. Your insurance company needs a seasoned salesperson fast. Which of the following sites would increase the risk of your not finding qualified candidates?

  • InsurnaceWorkforce.com
  • InsuranceSalesJobs.com
  • InsuranceSales.com
  • BrokerHunter.com
  • 2. Your restaurant is reserved to capacity for the Holidays and your wine steward has just quit. Which of the following sites would provide a finely nuanced, yet robust set of candidates?

  • iHireHospitalityServices.com
  • SommelierJobs.com
  • StarChefsJobFinder.com
  • WineBusiness.com
  • 3. Your company needs a machinist for it manufacturing facility in the Midwest. Which of the following sites would throw a monkey wrench into your search?

  • BlueCollarJobs.com
  • ManufacturingJobs.com
  • JobsinManufacturing.com
  • Mjobs.com
  • (answers below)

    Site Spotlite … from the pages of WEDDLE’s 2004 Guides and Directories

    Workopolis.com

    www.workopolis.com

    A WEDDLE’s 2004 User’s Choice Award Winner

    Post full time jobs: Yes

    Post part time, contract or consulting jobs: Yes – All

    Distribution of jobs: National – Canada

    Fee to post a job: $301+/posting

    Posting period: 21 days

    Can posting be linked to your site: Yes

    Resume database: Yes

    Number of resumes: 1,800,000

    Source of resumes: Direct from candidates

    Top occupations among resumes: Administration, Engineering, Finance & Accounting, Information Technology, Sales & Marketing

    Other services for employers: None

    Answers to Site Insite

    1. InsuranceSales.com, the site of an Internet Service Provider.

    2. All of them.

    3. Mjobs.com, the site of a vending machine company.


    This Issue’s Sponsor: Yahoo! HotJobs

    This issue of WEDDLE’s newsletter is brought to you through the generous support of Yahoo! HotJobs.

    Get the resource that helps you recruit smarter – the Guidebook to Online Recruiting. It’s yours FREE, courtesy of Yahoo! HotJobs.

    The Guidebook to Online Recruiting can help you:

  • Target qualified candidates
  • Maximize your recruiting dollar
  • Evaluate online vs. newspaper job advertising
  • Write effective online job descriptions
  • This comprehensive resource provides information a business needs to make recruiting more cost effective, targeted and efficient.

    Click here to get your free Guidebook.