THE TECHNACIOUS RECRUITER NEWSLETTER

January 4, 2007   view past issues

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Feature: The 30 Best Job Boards on the Internet

Which job boards are best? It’s a perennial question, but also an odd one. It’s often asked and just as often ignored. We all want to maximize the return on our investment of time, effort and money online, so we are always on the look out for top employment sites. At the same time, however, we all live in the real world where CFO deal-making and inadequate time and resources force us to use the same sites over and over again.

Best practices can and do get trumped by the real world. It happens all the time … unless you have a legitimate alternative that will stand up to the misapplied economics of the CFO and to the time constraints that limit our ability to be good consumers. Providing such an alternative is what the annual WEDDLE’s User’s Choice Awards are all about.

Each year, we invite those who are most expert in job board performance-the corporate and third party recruiters and job seekers who use them-to vote for the best sites on the Web. This year’s poll is our fourth, and it set a record for participation; almost 50,000 people cast their ballots during the year. We select the 30 sites with the most votes and recognize them for what they are: your winners.

This year’s results offer an intriguing perspective on the health and diversity of the online employment services industry. Among the 2007 User’s Choice Awards winners:

  • Almost a third-a total of nine sites-are making their first appearance on this year’s list;
  • Two-thirds are niche or specialty sites providing recruiting support in a specific career field, industry, location or affinity group (e.g., veterans, diversity candidates);
  • One-third are general purpose sites providing recruiting support in a wide range of professions, crafts and trades, industries and geographic locations; and
  • The entire group collectively presents a revealing cross-section of the key organizations and trends in online recruiting today. For example, just one site is operated by a professional association, two specialize in entry level employment for college graduates, three sites serve executives and senior level professionals, three are actually networks of sites providing access to a broader range of talent, six are totally or partially owned by or have established partnerships with newspapers, and eight either operate other job boards or are owned by organizations that do.
  • Which sites were selected? The winners of WEDDLE’s 2007 Users Choice Awards are:

    Absolutely Health Care

    AllRetailJobs.com

    America’s Job Bank

    Best Jobs USA

    CareerBuilder.com

    CareerJournal.com

    CollegeRecruiter.com

    ComputerJobs.com

    craigslist

    Dice

    DiversityInc.com/careers

    EmploymentGuide.com

    ExecuNet

    Experience

    HEALTHeCAREERS Network

    HRJobs (SHRM.org)

    Indeed

    Jobing.com

    JobsintheMoney

    TheLadders

    LatPro

    LocalCareers.com

    MilitaryHire.com

    Monster

    Net-Temps

    USAJOBS

    Vault.com

    VetJobs

    Yahoo! HotJobs

    Are there other good job boards out there on the Web? Of course. What distinguishes this group, however, is that actual users have taken the time to express their support for them. There’s no higher compliment a job board can receive, which is why these sites deserve to be known as the elite of the online employment services industry in 2007.

    Thanks for reading,

    Peter

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    Section Two: Site News You Can Use

    Cytiva Software, Inc. released its 2007 Talent Outlook Survey, and the results will come as no surprise to those of us in the recruiting field. Almost two-thirds of the respondents (62%) said that finding top talent was harder in 2006 than in 2005. Just about the same number (61%) expect that trend to continue in 2007. What are companies doing to prepare? Among respondents, 27% were implementing better retention programs, 20% were upgrading their applicant tracking systems, and 15% were enhancing their employee referral programs. Interestingly, the two strategies that have the most immediate and greatest impact on results, based on our research here at WEDDLE’s, didn’t make the top three. What are these missing strategies? Training recruiters in best practices both online and off and upgrading the career area on organizational Web-sites.

    The Industrial and Labor Relations Review at Cornell published the results of a study that examined the impact of diversity on turnover among retail workers. Among its findings:

  • Diversity, per se, is not a reliable predictor of turnover. According to the study, there was no evidence that turnover was greater as a result of diversity among workers.
  • “Isolation,” on the other hand, is a useful predictor of turnover. When members of any racial group are in the numerical minority, they tend to have higher turnover. That’s not necessarily the case, however, when looking at other categories of diversity such as age and gender. For example, the study found that women have lower turnover rates when the majority of their co-workers are men.
  • As in all things, the devil is in the details. Diversity is a powerful workforce multiplier, if it is implemented effectively. A recent observation will illustrate that point. We at WEDDLE’s have heard some negative feedback over the past year about diversity job boards. In every case, however, the definition of “diversity job boards” has been limited to the same small handful of sites serving a general diversity population. Our 2007/8 Directory of Employment-Related Sites on the Internet, however, counts over 150 diversity sites, all but 25 of which focus on a specific diversity subset (e.g., gender, disability, age, discrete ethnic groups). Successfully sourcing diversity talent online, therefore, involves tapping into the full range of these resources in order to find those that best connect your employer with the talent it seeks to recruit.

    McKinsey & Company reported the results of its survey among executives to identify obstacles to their participation in talent management. As always with such polls, the results are sobering. Indeed, it’s a testimony to the perseverance and talent of workers that most companies have any success at all. According to executives, themselves, 4-in-10 CEOs or senior executive teams don’t have a shared vision for their role in talent management. They all don’t recognize its importance or have a common view of what they must do to give it the priority it deserves. Even worse, 1-out-of-2 line managers also don’t get it. And that, too, is a failing of senior leadership. Even among the 6-in-10 CEOs who do have a clear sense of their role and responsibilities in talent management, most aren’t passing that vision down. As a result, organizations are either crippled at the top, crippled in the middle, or both, at least when it comes to developing the human asset working beneath them.

    The consulting firm Sibson announced the results of its survey of workers’ views of their employment experience. The U.S.-based poll found that satisfaction among employees dropped in all of the key areas examined in 2006: affiliation, compensation, benefits, work content, and career. Barely half of the respondents rated themselves as engaged or highly engaged. Not surprisingly, they also gave their lowest scores to their employers’ support for their careers. In that category, favorable ratings fell to 53%, down from 73% just three years ago. Career satisfaction dropped from 61% in 2003 to 41% in 2006. What does that mean for employers? You can tell workers that it’s up to them to manage their careers, but that doesn’t mean your employer can ignore its workers’ careers. Make real and visible investments in both developmental programs (where your employer will reap the benefit of enhanced skills among workers) and in career self-management resources (which will enable your employees to shoulder the responsibility you’ve given them). You don’t have to do it for them to see better career satisfaction among employees, but you do have to make it possible for them to do it for themselves.

    WEDDLE’s published its list of training programs available for private delivery to corporate and staffing firm recruiting teams. These programs can be delivered on-site in your own facility or in a toll-free audio format. You can select a single 75-minute program, pick two programs for a combined 2-hour seminar, or combine three programs into a half-day workshop. All are delivered by WEDDLE’s Publisher, Peter Weddle. The programs include:

  • A-to-Z in Best Practices for Online Recruitment Advertising
  • Best Practices in Online Recruiting & Sourcing
  • Best Practices in Sourcing Passive Prospects Online
  • Blink Recruiting: Getting to “Yes” Fast With Passive Prospects
  • Building a Corporate Career Site for Top Talent
  • Googling, Blogging & Other Sourcing Techniques for Passive Prospects
  • HR Leadership: the Antidote to Management-by-the-Numbers
  • Optimizing the Candidate Experience: A Mix of Brand & Best Practices
  • Staffing Metrics That Count in the Corner Office
  • The Sum & Substance of a Great Employment Brand
  • Transforming Your Resume Database into a Candidate Gold Mine
  • For more information and to schedule your private, in-house WEDDLE’s training program, please call us at 203.964.1888.


    Section Three: Site Profiles

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

    1. Holidays bills are starting to come due, and your bank needs more loan officers fast. Which of the following sites would earn a high rating for qualified prospects?

  • JobsintheMoney.com
  • LoanOfficer101.net
  • Mortgageboard.com
  • HotJobs.com
  • 2. Lots of Holiday gifts are now being quietly returned, and your parcel delivery company needs additional drivers. Which of the following sites would deliver a full load of qualified applicants?

  • TruckerTrucker.com
  • TruckDrivingJobsGuide.info
  • BubbaJunk.com
  • WheelJobs.com
  • 3. Parties are now being scheduled for the upcoming Super Bowl, and your catering company needs another experienced planner right away. Which of the following sites would likely serve up a feast of qualified candidates?

  • Jobster.com
  • CareerBuilder.com
  • RegionalHelpWanted.com
  • LocalCareers.com
  • (answers below)

    Site Spotlite … from the pages of WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Guides and Directories

    ContractJobHunter

    http://www.cjhunter.com

    Post full time jobs: Yes

    Post part time, contract or consulting jobs: Yes – Contract, Consulting

    Distribution of jobs: International

    Fee to post a job: Less than $100/posting

    Posting period: 7+ days

    Can posting be linked to your site: Yes

    Resume database: Yes

    Number of resumes: 14,000+

    Source of resumes: Direct from individuals

    Top occupations among visitors: Engineer, Programmer, Designer

    Other services for employers: Discussion forum, Resume agent, Banner advertising

    Member, International Association of Employment Web Sites: Yes

    Answers to Site Insite

    1. All but LoanOfficer101.net, the site of a commercial training program for loan officers.

    2. All but WheelJobs.com, the site of a U.K. search firm that specializes in the automotive industry.

    3. All of them.


    Please Support Our Sponsor: Arbita

    This issue of WEDDLE’s newsletter is brought to you through the generous support of Arbita.com.

    Arbita is the leading provider of global jobs cross posting solutions.

    Our flexible integration solutions allow you to combine job-posting capabilities with other applications easily. Our platform independent technologies empower you to deploy our systems in concert with leading ERP, HRIS, and ATS platforms. Our streamlined posting, robust reporting, knowledgeable media consulting and experienced vendor management improve recruiting workflow and results.

    For more information please contact sales1@arbita.net or call us today at (612) 278-0000.