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A Seldom Celebrated Cache of Passive Talent

The conventional explanation for spending so much time and money on social media sites is that they are the best sources of passive, high caliber prospects. If, however, you’re looking for diversity in your candidate pool and for talent that is likely to be less expensive to access, you should consider a different and seldom celebrated cache of passive talent.

While social media has put tens of millions of candidate profiles on display, such sites are often challenged when it comes to diversity. For example, according to the Boolean Black Belt, Glen Cathey, writing in a July post on LinkedIn Traffic Statistics and User Demographics 2013, “…African Americans and Hispanics are underrepresented on LinkedIn when compared to Internet averages….” While the situation is apparently improving, this shortcoming could pose a risk for employers recruiting today.

Similarly, social media sites are often Wall Street challenged. Whether they have already gone public or are still planning to do so, they are under intense pressure to find ever larger streams of revenue and profit. For example, in 2012 The Associated Press wrote, “Once Facebook goes public, Wall Street will surely demand more. That means the social network will almost certainly have to attract a lot more users or be more aggressive with its advertising….” As such sites troll for ever more money, the cost to employers and recruiters will inevitably go up.

Which raises the question: While social media is all the rage among employers and recruiters these days, are there other sources of passive talent that are more diverse or less expensive or both? The answer, happily, is yes. And, you need look no further than the seldom celebrated resume and profile databases of job boards to find one.

Getting Outside the Fad Box

According to the 2013 Global Benchmark Survey conducted by the International Association of Employment Web Sites, job boards are a rich source of passive talent. Excluding the huge databases at and,

  • 40% of all job boards hold between 100,001 and 2,000,000 resumes or profiles in their online databases;
  • Another 31% hold between 20,001 and 100,000 resumes or profiles; and
  • a significant percentage of those resume or profiles have been in the databases for five years or more!

Those “old records” mean that many of the people who posted their resumes or profiles in those databases are now likely employed. In effect, they are the quintessential passive prospect.

But wait, you say; many of those resumes and profiles are probably out-of-date and their contact information is likely no longer current. Well, according to Shally Steckerl, one of the leading gurus of online sourcing, many of the profiles on LinkedIn are also incomplete. And while finding contact information can still be a challenge, personal Web-pages and other individual references accessible with a simple browser search have made it much less so.

Equally as important, the diversity of these prospects is recognized by both recruiters and regulatory officials. According to my annual Source of Employment Survey of almost 200 large, mid-sized and small businesses:

  • 24.3% rated the diversity of candidates sourced from a job board as Excellent;
  • 31.4% rated it Above Average;
  • And just 7.6% rated it as Below Average or Poor.

In fact, during government audits of employers, screen shots of recruiters’ resume/profile database searches on job boards are often used to determine compliance with EEO/AA regulations.

Am I suggesting that you should ignore the talent on social media? Absolutely not. I’m simply pointing out that social media is not the silver bullet in recruitment and that the seldom celebrated caches of passive talent found on job boards deserve a look as well.

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WEDDLE’s New Guide Now at Amazon

The eleventh edition of WEDDLE’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet – the book the American Staffing Association called the “Zagat” of the online employment services field – is now available at

This edition is completely updated, so if you have the 2011/12 Guide or an even earlier edition, you need this all-new classic right now!

The book features:

  • The Top 100 – WEDDLE’s pick of the 100 best employment sites on the Web. Each site is described with a full-page description of its features, services and fees.
  • The Best & the Rest – A directory of over 9,000 sites organized by career field, industry, geographic focus and other factors. It’s the most complete guide to the Web’s sourcing and recruiting resources, period.

Click here to get your copy of Weddle’s Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet today.

Recruiters Have Careers Too

Recruiters have careers too. And, in today’s economy, they need to protect them! Even the best of recruiters have found themselves laid off by their employer or at a dead end in their organization.

How can you protect yourself?

Get Peter Weddle’s new guide, The Career Fitness Workbook. It’s available at

The book has a number of special features:

  • Organized just like a physical fitness regimen, the book tells you what to do to improve the health of your career, how to do it and – unique to the Career Fitness program – how often in order to maximize the employment benefits you derive from your efforts.
  • From ancillary skill development and work pacing to soul work and gathering career intelligence, the book introduces a powerful blend of the best traditional practices and state-of-the-art techniques for effective job search and career self-management in today’s uncertain times.
  • Filled with worksheets and exercises, the book is a complete self-study program that delivers the knowledge and skills required for BOTH job search and career success.

So, get your career in shape. Get The Career Fitness Workbook today!

The Best Online Recruitment Tool Ever

WEDDLE’s Directory of Employment Web Sites is a one-of-a-kind database of job boards, social media sites, career portals, aggregators, employment-related search engines, job ad distribution companies, recruitment blogs and other recruiter resources. Its 9,000+ entries are organized by occupational field, industry, geographic focus and other specializations (e.g., diversity, veterans).

If you want to:

  • Develop a pinpoint targeting strategy for your recruitment advertising,
  • Identify the best social media sites for connecting with top talent,
  • Improve the quality of the applicants you source online,
  • Sell products and services to job boards and other employment Web-sites

then the WEDDLE’s Directory is for you!

The database is delivered to users online and is both internally searchable and suitable for downloading into a CRM system.

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