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IAEWS Takes Over

IAEWS Takes Over

Last week, the IAEWS announced that it has assumed management of, a leading portal for online employment service professionals. The site will operate in its current form for a month or two as upgrades and changes are planned and implemented.

The goal is to reset the site as a Center of Excellence for the people working in the online employment services industry – a place where you can find the latest information, research and ideas as well as connections to your peers in the industry.

Membership in Jobboarders is free and global. It is open to anyone working for an employment Web-site or for a vendor that offers products or services to such sites.

The new will feature daily columns composed of new content by thought leaders in our field. Already, we have secured commitments from the following individuals and expect to announce others shortly:

  • Ethan Bloomfield, SVP
  • Dean Da Costa, the “Tool Guy”
  • Chris Forman , CEO StartWire
  • Jeff Dickey-Chasins, the Job Board Doctor
  • Manuel Francisci, CEO jobWings Careers
  • Tony Lee, CAO Adicio
  • Ken Levinson, CEO Consult & Connect
  • Joe Stubblebine, VP
  • Kara Yarnot, CEO Meritage Talent Solutions.

Their goal will be to challenge and inform the members of and to help stimulate a healthy discussion of key ideas, innovations, disruptors and opportunities in online employment services.

In addition, the site will continue to provide a forum for individual blogs by its members as well as new features and revamped versions of certain current features, including:

  • A job board for employment sites seeking to fill staff positions,
  • A classifieds section that will list both job boards for sale and products and services designed for job boards,
  • A bookstore for books related to employment site operation and service delivery,
  • Discussion groups dedicated to individual employment sites ala LinkedIn groups, and
  • The opportunity for the members of Jobboarders to sponsor certain areas and features on the site.

Stay tuned for more updates as developments unfold.

A Binocular Vision for Employment Sites

There has been considerable attention paid to the Candidate Experience of late. Indeed, employers are now convinced – and they’re clearly correct – that they must optimize that experience in order to attract the best talent.

That new focus has led to countless conference presentations, blog posts and over the last three years, the establishment of the Candidate Experience Awards. These awards have now become the standard by which employers judge their own efforts to provide a positive and support environment for candidates during the recruitment process.

Employers, however, are lucky. They only have to worry about that one customer set, candidates. Employment sites, in contrast, must attend to two such sets and that requires a binocular vision. They must provide a positive and supportive environment for recruiters as well as candidates.

To that end, the IAEWS has recently launched the Recruiting Service Innovation Awards (the ReSIs). These awards recognize groundbreaking products or services that optimize the recruiter’s experience.

A blue ribbon Selection Committee composed of Talent Acquisition executives from Hewlett Packard, Hyatt, New Belgium Brewing Company, Outerwall, Inc, and Meritage Talent Solutions will select a Winner and Runner-Up in each of the following five categories:

External Sourcing

  • Candidate identification & communication
  • Candidate credential presentation
  • Recruitment marketing platforms
  • Employment branding

Internal Sourcing

  • Employee referral program management
  • Talent community development/management
  • Internal mobility


  • Interviewing
  • Interview scheduling & management
  • Assessment

Candidate Management/Selection

  • Applicant tracking
  • Background checking
  • Compliance

Wild Card

  • Outside the box innovations

Participation in the ReSIs competition is open to any organization in the online employment services industry. To request a nomination form for your organization, please contact Peter Weddle at

Be At Your Best With the Best Tools

Customers often ask employment sites either to recommend additional tools they can use for sourcing and recruiting or for the sites to provide them with additional sourcing and recruiting support. What’s the best way to answer these questions? Recommend or use WEDDLE’s Books – the only resources published specifically for the online employment services industry.

WEDDLE’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet. This is the 11th edition of the Guide the American Staffing Association called the “Zagat” of job boards and social media sites.

The Talent Sourcing & Recruitment Handbook. This is Shally Steckerl’s tell-all guide to his sourcing secrets and cybersleuthing for hard-to-find talent.

WEDDLE’s Guide to Association Web Sites. This book details the recruiting resources and capabilities that are available at the Web-sites of over 3,000 professional and technical associations.

Finding Needles in a Haystack. This one-of-a-kind guide lists over 25,000 keywords and keyword phrases, across 5,400 job and position titles in 28 industries and professions.

New Employment Site Channel is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new channel of information and resources designed specifically for employment sites.

Here’s what you’ll find on the site:

    Books & Tools for improving site operations and the bottom line
  • Site Success Resources including webinars and an unique industry award program
  • Plus much more!

There’s something there for everyone, whether your site is a startup or a seasoned veteran of the online employment services industry, whether it’s a niche job board or a general purpose sourcing and recruitment site.

So, drop by and check it out. Visit today!

The Online Employment Services Market

Put 10 consultants or research companies in a room and ask them to size the online employment services marketplace, and you’ll likely get 10 different answers. That said, it’s obviously important to know just how big our business target actually is.

To that end, we are providing estimates made by research company IDC way back in 2011. Given the slow but steady improvement in the global economy, the actual figures are likely to be even larger.

According to IDC:

  • The global market for talent acquisition and recruitment is $120 billion – that’s right, billion with a B.
  • The 2015 market in the U.S. is projected to be $55 billion, representing a 5.5 percent combined annual growth rate since 2010.
  • Of the $55 billion, staffing services and executive search are projected to capture 63 percent of the market, online recruiting just 15 percent. (Classifieds and outplacement make up the

remaining 22 percent.)

As we see it, those numbers represent a double dose of good news. Not only is the marketplace huge – both in individual countries and globally – but the upside potential to take market share from staffing services is equally as great. And, that makes prospects for 2014 pretty darn good!