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2018: the year in recruitment marketing
In 2018, I tracked 28 purchases/acquisitions/mergers, lots of money raised, some layoffs, some hiring, and a continued influx of startups into the recruitment marketing industry. In other words, a pretty good year. Let’s take a closer look: January: DHI continued to devolve by selling HealtheCareers; ShiftGig laid off 75 employees; Indeed said ‘yes’ to subscriptions for employers using its resume database; and ZipRecruiter bought the job board software provider Jobboard.io. February:...
Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:30


What is Facebook doing? And why?
The past 12 months have been busy for those at Facebook who are working on their hiring offerings. The company is huge, of course, and I don’t have a clear sense of how many staff are attached to the hiring services initiative – but given the rate of announcements that have appeared during the past year, there must be a reasonable number. So what is Facebook doing in the jobs space? Let’s take a look at some of the developments: Facebook Community Boost: About a year ago, Facebook...
Tue, 12/04/2018 - 09:30


Ads are the new black: why recruiting sites are advertising
Note: This is a re-up of a post from this summer. Enjoy! Job boards – both traditional and non-traditional – have historically had one primary purpose in life: to bring candidates and employers together. For the traditional boards, that meant advertising – lots of it. Think Monster’s Superbowl ads – or (more currently) Indeed’s omnipresent ads on radio. Those ads did several things: they made candidates aware of the site; they drove traffic to the site; and...
Tue, 11/27/2018 - 09:46


Girlboss, SEEK, and more: news of the recruitment marketing industry
It’s that time again – time to see what’s been happening in recruitment marketing around the globe (because, as you know, this is definitely a global business). We heard from DHI last week; what’s going with everyone else? Let’s see: Adzuna buys Work in Startups: Adzuna used some of its recently acquired VC dollars to purchase Work In Startups. Terms of deal aren’t being disclosed. However, it will see Adzuna  take over operation of the Work In Startups website...
Tue, 11/20/2018 - 09:30


The Muse: employer branding can be lucrative
Seven years ago a job site for female millennials launched. It was called The Daily Muse. Fast forward to now – there was a name change (The Muse), an injection of $30 million dollars, massive growth, and voila!: the site now employs 120 people and attracts 75 million users. Oh, and it’s not just for women now – it’s for all young professionals. The site was founded by ex-McKinsey analysts Kathryn Minshew, Alexandra Cavoulacos and Melissa McCreery, and from the beginning...
Tue, 11/13/2018 - 09:30


New faces at DHI: same old, same old, or a new beginning?
Full disclosure: I worked at Dice (now DHI) from 1997 through 2000. I don’t hold DHI stock, and have only fleeting contact with DHI personnel. Also, I’m not too excited about the DHI logo. So DHI, parent company of Dice, ClearanceJobs, and eFinancialCareers, has a new-ish (6 mos.) president, Art Zeile. They also have a new sales director, Chief Product Officer, and Chief Marketing Officer. In other words, they’ve flipped the page. Turned over a new leaf. Etcetera and so on. Why...
Tue, 11/06/2018 - 09:30


The results of the 2018-19 Recruiting Site Trends survey are here!
The results are in! Nearly 200 job boards, recruitment marketing companies, and related businesses responded to this year’s survey. As always, I think you’ll find their answers interesting and useful. Here are a few of the findings: Lack of candidates is the biggest threat for all respondents. 62% of respondents saw their revenue increase during the past 12 months. Duration-based job postings account for 68% of the revenue for respondents during the past 12 months, vs. 14% for cost...
Tue, 10/30/2018 - 08:30


Jobiak launches and Indeed booms: news of the recruitment marketing industry
It’s been an interesting few weeks in the recruitment marketing industry – LinkedIn has been making moves, ZipRecruiter found some new funding, and…yes, there’s more. Something about AI. Let’s take a closer look: pymetrics raises $40M:  pymetrics, an enterprise SaaS company that uses neuroscience and AI to make the recruitment process more effective, accurate, and unbiased, announced that it closed a $40 million Series B funding round led by General Atlantic, a...
Tue, 10/23/2018 - 08:30


The other big player: LinkedIn
Although most of the attention in recruitment marketing these days is on Google, Facebook, and Indeed, there is another big player: LinkedIn. In fact, long before we were shaking in our (virtual) boots over Google’s or Indeed’s latest moves, LinkedIn was creating upheaval in our industry. As the original ‘professional network’, LinkedIn has maintained its position through the recession and the long, slow recovery. Its acquisition by Microsoft has, if anything, accelerated...
Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:30


Yudu, Eightfold, and more: some pretty interesting recruiting sites
It’s been a while – but not too long – since I’ve looked at new sites and services in the recruitment marketing world. New ones roll out all the time, so I thought it was worth a look at some of the more interesting ones. No particular order – just what I’ve stumbled upon! Yudu: We all know about career hubs – they’ve been around since the dawn of the industry and continue to be quite popular. But what about a site where the candidate chooses which...
Tue, 10/09/2018 - 08:30


Trends in the noise – if you listen hard enough
Abstract music inspired graphic equalizer background with rainbow colours If you are like me, you sift through 150 or so articles a day about the HR and recruiting industry, looking for the ones that seem most relevant to our corner of it. Who got funding? What new product was launched? Who bought who? There is a high level of ‘noise’ – news that seems important or striking at first glance, but that ends up being just another thing that didn’t mean much. But over time,...
Tue, 10/02/2018 - 08:30


Facebook gets sued, Bayt gets AI, and more: news of the recruitment marketing industry
So it’s the end of the summer and not much is going on in recruitment marketing, except a new CEO at CareerBuilder and an UpWork IPO and…well, maybe there are a few things going on! Let’s take a look at the latest: Bayt gets AI: Middle East job board Bayt.com has launched a series of AI-based features and enhancements for the Mena region. One of these features is an AI-powered, three-tier system for job recommendations. Another feature is collaborative job recommendations,...
Tue, 09/25/2018 - 08:30


I need your help – please take the 2018-2019 Recruiting Trends survey!
Hey everyone! It’s that time of the year – time for the 2018-19 Global Recruiting Site Trends survey! As always, I need your help  to get it off the ground. In addition to the usual valuable info on what recruiting sites are doing (and 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 new under the recruiting sun, please participate! And...
Tue, 09/18/2018 - 08:30


Candidates are the key
Note: The Doctor is on a much-needed vacation this week. So enjoy this post from 2017 – and get ready for fall!   Since the beginning of the year there have been dozens of recruiting startups, mergers, and acquisitions. Google is making a new foray into the jobs world. Indeed is trying to become a brand. Programmatic is taking more recruiting dollars, social isn’t, and another report says job boards are the #2 hire source (behind company career sites). In other words, words, trends,...
Tue, 09/11/2018 - 08:30


A brush with mortality
NOTE: A year ago the Doctor was on the verge of heading to the hospital. Afterwards, he wrote this. Today, he’s doing fine. But he thinks the post 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 were aching, and as I walked, my chest...
Tue, 09/04/2018 - 08:30


Google, Maimai, and Appcast: news of the recruitment marketing industry
News this month from players big and small. Every time I think the recruitment marketing industry is starting to slow down, it gets busy again. I guess I should just get used to it! At any rate, let’s take a look at the latest news: Google goes military: Google’s Cloud Talent Solution (formerly Cloud Job Discovery) now has a new feature that allows users to search by U.S. military occupational speciality code (MOS, AFSC, or NEC). Military job seekers can input their code and Cloud...
Tue, 08/28/2018 - 08:30





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