Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New Job Board Resources

This article comes courtesy of the Recruiting Blog Swap.

Article Title: The New World of Job Search Vol 2
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com


Yes, the world of job search has changed. The most dramatic change has been to job search boards (the fathers of which were Monster.com and HotJobs.com). But this change was on the horizon long before the current recession. New innovations and new approaches in an already crowded field (and getting more crowded every day). Some of the mainstays have adjusted their models, look and feel to match (or try to match) some of the "new kids on the block" with limited success. If I had to pick any one characteristic that sets apart the new world sites it would be their simplicity. Rather than trying to be "all things to all job hunters", many of these sites have decided to focus on one aspect and to be outstanding at that one aspect.

Which leads us to the second in a series of reviewing job search boards. No one site does the trick as they all have some aspect that is better or different than the others. Not to say you should be reviewing or registered on the hundreds of job search boards, but you should be picking the 5-10 that best meet your needs.

Pulled from or Linked to Company Career Sites:
  • Hound.com – This is a different type of job search site from what I’ve reviewed in previous posts. Rather than listing jobs from recruiters or from other search sites, hound.com pulls jobs directly from employer career pages (their tag line "Search Jobs Direct from Employer Career Pages"). However, this is not free. Hound.com charges a fee (based on the length of time you subscribe). Due to the fee, I’ve not fully reviewed the site, but there is a free video you can watch on the main page of the site.
  • Job-Hunt – Job-Hunt is a free online search site which offers advice, job search news, and a comprehensive (and quite amazing) list of job search sites (categorized by location, networking, industry/profession, etc.). You could easily spend a few days leveraging the links from this site alone (and maybe you should). Unlike other search sites, it does not appear as if jobs are posted directly to Job-Hunt. Rather, it provides links to other sites which have posted jobs.
Matchmaker Search Boards:
  • Employersjobs.com – This is a free site that claims to link employers and candidates. The set-up is a 3 step process: upload your resume/cv, create your profile (I don’t recommend entering your date of birth) and create email alerts. The password is assigned to you (you will receive it in an email). You can set-up a job alert, but I’ve not been able to find out how to run it. If you try to edit the alert, you get an error. After creating an “advanced” search, specifically indicating the US and NY, it only produced jobs in York (the UK) and other UK locations. Clearly, this is a UK based search site which either needs additional work or should not show locations it can not support.
  • Trovix.com – Trovix, which is in beta (and is free), matches your “dream job” and your resume versus open jobs. It also looks like they are creating a social network (like LinkedIn) at the same time (but you can skip this step). When joining, the site analyzes your resume and some basic information (location and title). After analyzing your resume, the site asks you to confirm some basic information from your resume, then you complete the sign-up process. The site also lists several employers on the main page that are currently hiring. The matching seems to work well and is easy to use.
Job Search Boards by Industry:
  • Casino Careers Online – Yes, there is a job board dedicated to Casino careers and this particular one is celebrating its 10th year! The main page has job search by department (such as food and beverage) or by keyword. You can also select advanced search and add additional criteria. The right side of the page allows login for those who have registered before (or registration for first time visitors). Resume posting is permitted, and the site provides news and additional links.
  • BioSpace.com – This job search board is focused on the Biotech and Pharmaceutical industries. The main page is jam packed with information and tabs and is somewhat confusing. The first set of choices (along the top tabs) are Biotech/Pharma, Medical Device/Diagnostics and Clincial Research, each of which takes you to dedicated pages (which have the same look and feel). A wealth of news, career info and additional resources is listed down the left-hand side of the page. Additional choices include Job Fairs and Career Network. Job search is also available from the main page. I could not find a link to post your resume or register, but applying for a position does take you to additional information request screens (I did not follow them all the way through).
  • BankingBoard.com – The BankingBoard focuses on Banking and Finance. Homepage has job seeker information on the left-hand side and allows login, career resources and resume posting. Featured jobs are shown down the left-hand side of the page and specific industries (such as Escrow and Real Estate) are listed in the middle of the page. The generic job search link is at the top of the page and this takes you to a traditional search page. The site is well organized and easy to follow.
  • Blueline.com – This site is dedicated to law enforcement. The main page lists logos for featured cities/towns recruiting for various law enforcement positions. Left-hand side of the page is divided into Police Jobs, Fire Service Jobs and Civilian Jobs. Career resource links are listed at the top of the page and specific search functions are listed on different parts of the page (such as “by State or Title” on the left-hand side and “Find a Job” on the top). Seems well organized, lots of resources, job leads and information.
Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Career Sites Revisited

Another article from the recruiting blogswap...

Article Title: Job Search Sites Revisited Vol I
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

Search“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. - Albert Einstein

Searching for a job (especially if you are out of work) can sometimes feel as if you are running through a maze. Submitting your resume when there have been countless resumes and too many qualified applicants is frustrating as well. So, not only is the secret to creativity knowing how to hide your sources (as Albert Einstein says above), but it also applies to your job search.

The beauty of the information provided on this website is that most of it is timeless. Advice, links to job search boards, recruiters and company career sites is fairly static (but not always). The sheer volume of data on the web regarding job search is overwhelming to say the least. So now that we've established that you can't look at everything, I can explain the purpose of today's post. This series (and the topic will alternate) is meant to provide a recap of the numerous sites related to job search without the need to do additional research.

What to look for on a Job Search Site:

  • Resume Posting: Many sites allow 1 or more resumes to be posted. Sometimes there are options to build your resume online, upload a Word doc or cut and paste your resume into their form (depending on the site).

  • Privacy: A Privacy option (which allows you to block companies) can be very useful. Blocked companies either be companies that you don’t want to work for or your current employer (the last thing you want is for your name to come up in a search by your current employer!).

  • Job Search: The job search function allows you to narrow your job search to certain criteria (varies from site to site). Some also allow you to save 1 or more searches (with a number of options). This allows you to quickly run searches for specifics (as decided by you).

  • Job Match Notification: Some sites will send an email to you with the results of your searches.

  • Other Stuff: Some sites offer career advise, resume building techniques, samples of resumes, samples of cover letters, etc. Some free, some not.

  • Monster.com -Monster is one of the more popular job search sites. As with most sites today, there is a free version and a premium service. A brief overview.Resume Posting: The free service allows up to 5 resumes to be posted. You can build your resume online, upload a Word doc or cut and paste your resume into their form. Privacy: There is a Privacy option which allows you to block companies. Job Search: The job search function in Monster is very good. You can save up to 5 searches. Email notification is available.

  • Hotjobs.com - Hotjobs is another popular job search site. This one is owned by Yahoo!, so you can use your Yahoo! username/password (if you have one). A brief overview: Resume Posting: This site also allows up resumes to be posted. You can build your resume online, upload a Word doc or cut and paste your resume into their form. Privacy: There is a Privacy option which allows you to block companies. Job Search: The job search (”My Searches”) function in Hotjobs is also very good. You can save searches (can’t easily see if there is a limit). Hotjobs also allows “job alerts” which will send an email based on your criteria.

  • Careerbuilder.com - Careerbuilder is one of the largest online job sites. It has in excess of 30% of jobs posted on the web. Similar to some of the other popular sites, Careerbuilder allows you to create an account, post your resume, search for jobs and receive job alerts. Additionally, there are numerous tools and advice. This is a site that should be on your list. If you haven’t visited this site yet, it should be the next on your list.

  • Jobfox - This site is different than most of the other sites I’ve reviewed. The site tries to match job seekers with potential employers. It includes a number of tools including resume tracking as well as suitability. The site presents the user with jobs that match the user’s profile (rather than the user having to do a search). This site has a unique process and should also be on your short list.

  • Indeed.com - Indeed.com is a job search engine. it aggregates jobs from websites, newspapers, company sites and other sources. As with other sites, you can create a free account which allows you to create specific searches as well as alerts. Another great resource in your job search.

  • Coolworks.com – Coolworks.com is a really different site. This site is about finding a seasonal job (”in some of the greatest places on Earth”). Ski resorts, National Parks, etc. This is great for summer work (college students, etc.) or working in great places for parts of the year. I’m not sure this is the right site for those looking for traditional “9-5″ jobs, but is certainly a great resource for individuals with the flexibility (or sense of adventure) to work when and where they want.

  • Craigslist.org – Who would have thought – certainly not me. Craigslist, which is categorized by city has an impressive list of jobs. If, as an example, you look at Craigslist for NY, it lists jobs by category. Click on a category, and you are presented a list of jobs. Very well done, very easy to use and a great source for job hunting.

  • Realmatch.com – Three easy steps to finding a listing of jobs that match your criteria. Easy interface that quickly allows you to narrow down the list of jobs. You then submit your resume and you are done. You can also add a profile with username and password.

  • Simplyhired.com – “Job search made simple” – Allows key word search or searching by category by location. Very easy to use and a very quick interface. You can search with or without joining, although there are advantages to joining (for free) as there are with most sites (saved jobs and searches).

  • USAjobs.gov – This is the official job search site for the US Government. If you are looking for a government job (numerous industry backgrounds are available), this is the site for you.

Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Unlisted Jobs

There's a pretty good post up at the Career Rocketeer about finding and acquiring jobs that are never listed on job boards. I think that the advice is generally good, but I sometimes wonder if we are reaching a point where there are fewer unlisted jobs than before.

Before the internet, companies relied on the newspaper classifieds if they needed to advertise a job, and many jobs went unlisted because of the expense in advertising. Headhunters were fat and happy. As the internet developed, things didn't change much because it still cost hundreds of dollars to advertise a job on a major job board.

Now, it is still expensive to advertise a job on Monster ($395 or so), but almost every company has a careers section on their website (which is free), and many if not most of those jobs get picked up by Indeed and/or SimplyHired. Additionally, most OFCCP programs require posting to certain state employment and/or diversity sites to remain compliant.

So the question is: How many jobs are filled with an external candidate without ever being posted to a readily available internet source. I'd venture that the answer 4-5 years ago was well over 50%, but that today, the answer is probably closer to 25-30%. I can't find any sources that have actually studied this, but I'm fairly confident that the trend is correct.

Networking will always be important, and even 25-30% is a lot of jobs, and these are generally jobs at small, growing companies that offer a lot of opportunity. But the takeaway is that you need a strategy to address posted jobs in a similar way to rise above the heap.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Over/Under Qualified Candidates

ERE.net has a good post about what to do with overqualified candidates who apply for positions. This is a fairly unique phenomenon to recessionary periods. The article is written from the perspective of the corporate recruiter and hiring manager, but it got me thinking about it from the candidate's perspectives for both over and under-qualified candidates.

When you are unemployed and actively looking for a job, there is a strong inclination to apply to any job that is close to being a fit, no matter what a stretch it is (in either direction). The thinking goes, "I have nothing to lose!" That is absolutely true in one sense, but needs to be considered in the appropriate context.

Generally, if you are over or under-qualified for a job in this economic climate, you are not going to get it. I hate to say it, but with so many people available, companies can choose to be picky. Blasting your resume to everything hoping that something will stick is not going to do you any favors. Obviously, this is pretty common advice, but if you read through the archives, my advice holds true especially in this circumstance.

If you are on either end of the qualification spectrum rather than being a perfect fit, prefacing your resume with a call is vitally important. The old adage that HR spends no more than 30-60 seconds on a resume will doom you if you aren't a perfect fit.* What you are hoping for in applying for positions that are not a perfect fit is either 1) Somebody will see my resume and think of me for another, unadvertised position, or 2) Somebody will see my resume and think "You know, this person isn't quite what we were looking for, but they might be better for the position anyway."

*I'm stealing a "Pozterisk" here from Joe Posnanski, one of my favorite baseball bloggers. Remember that for HR and sometimes hiring manager, a perfect fit means that you are currently or most recently in the same role as the one to which you are applying as well as meeting the education and experience requirements. If you are applying to a Cost Accountant position, but your last job was "G/L Accountant," you may very well be able to do a cost accountant position, but you are not a perfect fit. You MUST explain this.

First, you need to make it entirely clear to the prospective employer that you understand that you are either over or under-qualified for the position at hand. You have to decide whether you are taking tack 1 or 2 from above. Finally, call the hiring manager and introduce yourself with something along the lines of:
"Hello, my name is Jane Smith. I saw you were looking to hire a Jr. Software Engineer. I have 10 years of Embedded C development in aerospace which probably doesn't make me the right fit for that opening, but I wanted to introduce myself to you anyway to see if you had any current or upcoming needs for somebody at my experience level."
If you are taking tack 2, your script might be something like:
"Hello, my name is Jane Smith. I saw you were looking to hire a Jr. Software Engineer. I have 10 years of Embedded C development in aerospace. I realize that this is more experience than you call for in your job description, so I wanted to introduce myself to you and get a better idea of your needs and we can see if my experience might still be a good fit."
As in the previous post about not sending a resume, your goal is first and foremost to give your resume the highest chance of being reviewed at all. Since you know that you are either over or under-qualified for the position (for the sake of this discussion), taking this approach will also give your resume a better chance of being reviewed in the right context. So the resume reviewer won't say "why did this person send a resume, they are clearly over-qualified," but rather "Oh, this person said they were over-qualified, let's just have a look because they left such a nice voicemail." Obviously we prefer to get people on the phone, but a voicemail followed by an e-mail often has the same effect as far as your resume is concerned.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Job Search Resources

I've been meaning to write a quick post about some great job search resources that I've found recently to find employment opportunities. I have written previously about using RSS feeds from Indeed and Simply Hired, which typically capture most of the jobs posted on the paid job boards, but often miss many jobs posted directly on company websites.

The best combination I've found so far is Employment Crossing. This site has the best assortment of Career & Job Opportunities. There is a monthly fee, but for people looking for work (and recruiters looking for potential clients), there is not a better resource out there. They offer a 7-Day Free Trial that gives you access to all of the different sites (recruitercrossing, hrcrossing, etc.).

This company also runs Hound which only has postings from company websites and seems to be a decent resource - I don't know how much overlap there is between the opportunities posted on the two sites.

There is great value in uncovering opportunities that are not posted on the paid job boards because they typically have less competition. This is a great resource to find those all in one place.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The End of the Easy Internet Prospecting?

I have been wondering if agency recruiters are now past the "Golden Age" for using the internet to prospect for clients. Allow me to explain.

In the days before the internet, candidates and recruiters alike found out that a certain company was hiring either through the newspaper or other print media, or through a connection. Recruiters had to work to find the right people in an organization to get their job orders and so forth, as did candidates for that matter (certainly sending a resume via mail or fax sometimes led to a job, but it just seems so primitive in hindsight!).

Then the internet came and along came e-mail and job boards. Suddenly it was a lot easier and cheaper for companies to advertise their positions, and easier for recruiters and candidates to find those positions. The flip side of this was that it suddenly became a lot easier to identify the hiring contacts because everybody put their e-mail address on their job postings to receive resumes.

I worked briefly for a recruiting company in the early 2000's that capitalized on this by developing software that dug out e-mail addresses from job postings and sent blast prospecting e-mails. Most would get rejected, but even a very low response rate led to numerous job orders with almost no work.

For the last several years, companies have gone away from receiving resumes at direct e-mail addresses and gone to anything from a "careers@company.com" e-mail address to applicant tracking systems which avoid e-mail all together. The result is that we are largely back to where we were before the internet! Candidates submit their resumes to a website just like they sent it via e-mail, and hope that somebody looks at it. Recruiters can see the jobs posted, but have to go back to old-fashioned prospecting to find the right contacts to turn those postings into Job Orders.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

RSS Job Feeds

Most job seekers are familiar by now with the job sites that aggregate postings from other sources (Indeed, SimplyHired, et. al). The benefits of these sites are clear, they provide job listings from hundreds of sites (paid like Monster and Careerbuilder, but also corporate websites and free websites). They don't get all the jobs, but they find enough of them to be a useful tool.

Where the tool becomes most interesting, however, is if you use their RSS feeds. This can be an incredibly useful tool for the job seeker, and a powerful tool for the agency recruiter. If you are already an RSS addict like me, it can fit job hunting or prospecting into your existing daily routine without having to do any extra work. Here is what you do:

1. Set up a Google Reader (or other RSS reader) account.

2. Go to Indeed and figure out a search string that effectively finds the type of positions in which you are most interested. It's important to play around with it, because you don't want a search that is too broad (you will waste time with irrelevant jobs) or too narrow.

3. At the top of the search results you will see a message "Save this search as an email job alert or RSS feed." Click the RSS link, choose Google Reader, and then watch as the jobs come in.

The main advantage of this is that the jobs will automatically come into your reader so you don't need to run the same searches over and over. This will leave you in a better position to pursue the opportunities (again, as a recruiter or a job-seeker).

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