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Smashfly sells and Randstad stumbles: news of the recruitment marketing world
If you’re in South America, South Africa, or southern Australia, it’s spring right now. However, if you’re in Iowa (like me), winter has begun. So what better way to cope with the weather than to check out the latest news in the job board and recruitment marketing industry? Let’s see what’s happened lately: RigUp lands funding: RigUp, an online staffing platform for the energy industry, announced it raised $300 million in a series D funding round. This brings total...
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Names can be useful but misleading things
NOTE: I’m re-upping this post from earlier in the year because: a) it’s still relevant; and b) I asked what job boards called themselves in the latest Recruiting Site Trends Survey. Turns out a lot of them call themselves ‘job boards’ – but a lot don’t! A couple of times a year I do a guest lecture in a college class at my alma mater that focuses on creative and non-traditional careers. It’s always interesting because it puts me in direct contact with...
Tue, 11/05/2019 - 09:30


SEEK’s variable adventure begins
Did you hear? SEEK, the Australian job board giant, is moving from a subscription-based revenue model to variable – or surge – pricing. Um…what’s that, you may ask. Well…it is lining up the price for a job ad with the value it represents to the employer at a given point in time. In other words – no fixed pricing, and instead, pricing dependent on what is delivered. You could call it, um, pay for performance. This move is interesting for a number of reasons....
Tue, 10/29/2019 - 08:30


The results of the 2019-20 Recruiting Site Trends Survey are here!
The results are in – and there are some interesting bits of data. The survey, which included respondents from every area of the globe – from North America to Africa to Australia, and more – has data from job boards big and small, aggregators, recruitment marketing platforms, agencies, content hubs, and more. Here are some of the findings: Quality of applicants is the most important criteria clients use in buying job board services. Economic slowdown is seen as the most significant...
Tue, 10/22/2019 - 08:30


Vimeo, Jobiqo, and Kormo: news of the job board world
Maybe things will slow down in December? Or maybe not. They certainly haven’t thus far, with a rebranding of Prime by Indeed, funding rounds by many different players, and Vimeo’s entrance into the job board world. So without further ado, let’s see what happened in the last 30 days: Prime becomes Seen: Indeed has launched Seen by Indeed, a hiring platform aimed at employers seeking better matchmaking between themselves and technology professionals. The product is based on Indeed...
Tue, 10/15/2019 - 08:30


Path to profitability?: a tale of Uber-idiocy
Uber has the distinction of having its company name enter the English language as both a verb and noun: ‘Let’s uber to the restaurant’, and ‘We’ll grab an Uber’. Like Kleenex and Band-Aid before it, Uber is sliding into the world of the generic. And guess what? It still hasn’t made a profit (unlike Kleenex and Band-Aid, I might add). Investors invest in companies – whether they are ride-hailing ‘platforms’ or job boards – because...
Tue, 10/08/2019 - 08:30


LinkedIn’s new moves
LinkedIn is big – literally. It has more than 15,000 employees in 30+ offices around the world. It has 645 million members in 200 countries. And it’s trying some new moves – because it has to. So what’s going on? Well, back in 2018, the company announced that it had an ATS in development that it called TalentHub. Although LinkedIn already had an ATS for big companies called Recruiter System Connect, the new ATS was designed for medium and small businesses. Now – finally...
Tue, 10/01/2019 - 08:30


Making money with dinosaurs and automobiles
Ok, a question for you: which site can make more money – a job board that gets 80%+ of its revenue from job postings, or a job board that gets 80%+ of its revenue from ‘recruiting solution’ subscriptions? Um…trick question. Sorry! They can both make tons of money.  Now, how can that be? As you know (if you read this blog, at least!), traditional ‘job postings first’ job boards are destined for history’s dustbin. ‘Hybrid’ job boards are where...
Tue, 09/24/2019 - 08:30


Legal woes and lots of growth: news of the job board industry
As summer slips into fall (at least in the Northern hemisphere), the pace of announcements, acquisitions, and fund raising has failed to slacken in our industry. Google Hire is going away, SEEK continues to grow, and LinkedIn loses in the legal realm, at least for now. Let’s take a closer look: Recruit – and Indeed – are up: Recruit reported revenue rose 5.1% in its fiscal first quarter ended June 30 with the fastest revenue growth happening in its “HR Technology” segment...
Tue, 09/17/2019 - 08:30


Help the Doctor! Take the 2019-20 Recruiting Site Trends survey!
You know, even a Doctor needs some help every now and then. Yes, it’s that time of the year – time for the 2019-20 Global Recruiting Site Trends survey! To make it useful, I need your help and input! In addition to the usual valuable info on what recruiting services are doing (or planning to do), I’ve included questions about other important industry issues. Whether you are a job board, recruitment platform, aggregator, sourcing tool, staffing agency, or something completely...
Tue, 09/10/2019 - 08:30


A good anniversary
NOTE: It’s the 2 year anniversary of the Doctor’s heart attack. Yay!  In case you’re wondering, he’s doing fine. But he thinks the post he wrote after the original event is worth a re-read! I almost died on Tuesday. Let me explain. I had just released a post on the latest Recruiting Trends survey and was feeling pretty good. Then I went for my daily 1-mile walk – from my house, to the coffee shop, and back (yes, I live in a small town). As I left, I noticed my arms...
Tue, 09/03/2019 - 08:30


Is offline the new online? Deja vu all over again!
As famed New York Yankee (and St. Louis native) Yogi Berra once said, “It’s deja vu all over again.” While he was talking about baseball, the comment could easily apply to the recruitment marketing business these days – specifically, the resurgence of offline to supplement (or even replace) online hiring. Don’t believe me? Well…”Indeed is introducing a service to organize and promote hiring events so that employers can focus on hiring and not on event management,”...
Tue, 08/27/2019 - 08:30


What if?: an exercise for your business
If you read my monthly news roundup (and if you don’t, you should!), you have probably noticed that a fair amount of the content is on companies getting funding. Why? Well, for one thing, big (or even moderate) money is interesting. Funding can also tell you something about which types of recruiting companies folks outside our industry think have the potential to grow substantially (witness: programmatic). Funding can also serve as a recognition of success (‘that company did great...
Tue, 08/20/2019 - 08:30


Programmatic, money, and yes, programmatic: news of the job board industry
As in last month’s update, the acquisition of programmatic companies continues apace. But there’s also new investment and some quarterly results as well. Let’s see what we’ve got!: DHI announces Q2 results: DHI announced that Dice’s 2nd quarter revenues were $23.2 million, ClearanceJobs’ were $6 million, and eFinancialCareers’ were $8.1 million. EBITDA margins were 23%, and the company continues to convert customers into a pay per view (PPV) revenue...
Tue, 08/13/2019 - 08:30


Want to drive away jobseekers? This is how
Note: The Doctor is offsite this week with a client, so here is a post from 2009 (!!) that is still relevant.  If you’re looking for work, nothing can make you throw up your hands faster than a job board or company career site that sucks (well, ok, maybe a fight with those idiots handling your health insurance, but we’ll save that for another day). This begs the question: why exactly does a job board suck? What constitutes a ‘sucky job board’? Let me propose a few characteristics: 1)...
Tue, 08/06/2019 - 08:30


Transient or ongoing: two different types of candidate experience
For many job boards, the candidate experience is the equivalent of a ‘one night stand‘. The candidate finds – or stumbles upon – the site, looks for a job, and applies for one (or more). Then the candidate goes his or her merry way – until a future time of impending or actual unemployment, where they may or may not remember their ’employment partner’. If the job site is lucky, the candidate comes back, another brief interaction ensues, and so on. There...
Tue, 07/30/2019 - 08:30





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