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Cash, IPOs, and purchases: news of the recruitment marketing industry
As we slip (drift? fall?) into fall, the recruitment marketing industry continues to grow and develop. Speaking of – have you taken the 2017-18 Recruiting Trends survey? No? Do it now! Ok, let’s get on to the news: Recruit is doing stuff: Recruit, parent company of Indeed (and lots of other sites) saw its revenue rise 20% during its fiscal Q1. It has also just invested $3M in 51Job, the Chinese staffing and job board company. The forecast for Q2 is – unsurprisingly –...
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Four stents
Note: This post – unlike 97%+ of my posts – does not deal with recruiting. So you may want to skip it. But if not, please read on: 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 began to ache as well. I attributed...
Tue, 09/12/2017 - 08:30


Take the 2017-2018 Recruiting Trends survey!
Hey everyone! It’s that time – time for the 2017-18 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 job boards and recruiting sites are doing (and planning to do), we’ve included questions about other important industry issues. Whether you are a job board, recruitment platform, aggregator, staffing agency, or something completely new, please participate! And don’t worry –...
Tue, 09/05/2017 - 08:30


Market complexity is your friend
abstract technology background There is a tendency – in every industry, not just our own – to look for the ‘next big thing’. We’re talking about ground-shaking, market-changing stuff – like maybe Monster, LinkedIn, Indeed, or (even) Google. Each one of these has changed some aspect of the recruitment marketing world, and – depending on how you look at it – they’ve also changed the way the rest of us do (or did) business. So yeah – they...
Tue, 08/29/2017 - 08:30


Technology, recruiting, and skepticism
Note: The Doctor is taking a day off, so enjoy this post from last year – before Monster was sold to Randstad: Before I began this post, I had to pull my jaw off the ground. Yes, I had just learned that Monster paid $12.5M for Jobr. That’s right. An app that Monster actually spec’d out to build at $250K. So why did they do it? An unhealthy obsession with technology. I think they were willing to throw money at anything that would make them hip and relevant and new. Why? Because...
Tue, 08/22/2017 - 08:30


The eternal question: what is a job board, really?
What exactly is a job board? Nowadays there are many sites that run from that description – after all, it’s quite unfashionable. Yet many HR and recruiting industry professional continue to use the term, so it seems worth exploring (notwithstanding my own moniker!). In the beginning – say, in the mid-90s – a job board was simply an online version of newspaper classifieds, albeit with unlimited ad length and some method for online job application. Even today you will run...
Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:30


Dice and RealMatch, Indeed!: news of the recruitment marketing world
In order to break my habit of writing about Google Jobs, I decided it was time for another news roundup (plus the fact that it’s been a month since the last one). Not surprisingly, things have been happening. Apparently the concept of ‘summer vacation’ doesn’t apply to the recruitment marketing industry! At any rate, let’s take a look: Indeed keeps growing: Apparently oblivious to the looming Google threat, Indeed announced that it was adding 500 news jobs in Stamford,...
Tue, 08/08/2017 - 08:30


Google Jobs is already changing our industry
I’m in the process of finishing the latest version of the Job Board Software Buyer’s Guide (out hopefully next week). In between the time I first sent out surveys to the vendors and the time I started writing up the results, the official launch of Google Jobs happened – or I should say, the Google ‘job search experience’, which I call Google’s job posting markup, and the Google Cloud Jobs API. So I failed to include questions in the survey asking about how the...
Tue, 08/01/2017 - 08:30


Compared to what?: the values (and dangers) of employer rating sites
Way back in 1996, Vault launched. It was the granddaddy of all employer comparison sites. Then Glassdoor  launched in 2008 (along with the help of about $3M in pre-launch financing). By 2015, it had a valuation of roughly $1B (along with a total of $160M in investment), and was said to be pre-IPO (which it is to this day). Vault’s and Glassdoor’s innovation? Crowdsourced, anonymous reviews of employers, supplemented by salary information, photos, and – yes, indeed –...
Tue, 07/25/2017 - 08:30


Candidates and employers: two sides moving in a fog
A fundamental challenge for our industry is discovery: how do candidates and employers discover each other? You can argue that job boards – and newspapers before them – tried to solve this problem: they tried to make it easier for candidates to find open positions. But – as with many things in life – one step forward, two steps back. The proliferation of job boards, and then aggregators, and then social media, and so on, has made it ever more confusing for candidates and...
Tue, 07/18/2017 - 08:30


Buy, Sell, and Raise: news of the job board and recruitment marketing world
OK, so I finally got tired of writing about Google! Plus an amazing amount of stuff has been happening in our corner of the world economy. So it’s time to take a look at the wheelings and dealings of our industry: Babajob is sold: Online classifieds site Quikr India Pvt. Ltd has acquired blue collar jobs listing company Babajob in a mostly-stock deal. Neither company provided details on the terms of the merger, but it is widely seen as a distress deal since Babajob had been struggling...
Tue, 07/11/2017 - 08:30


Google Jobs again: the sky is falling edition
Last week I walked through the Google Jobs initiative, which is comprised of a specific way of marking up job ads (and letting Google know you did), and the Cloud Jobs API, which addresses job search. There is a third piece – the Google Hire project, which is essentially (at this point) a lightweight and free ATS for employers. Put all of this together, and you may ask yourself, “Why would employers continue to use job boards?“, or “Should I as a job board/recruiting operator...
Mon, 07/03/2017 - 08:30


Google Jobs deja vu: it’s as big as you think it is
I just spent a pleasant few days in New Orleans for the Jobg8 Job Board Summit, dodging a hurricane and eating crawfish etouffee. I also had a chance to listen to Tarquin Clark of Google and Scott Helmes of CareerBuilder talk about the Google Cloud Jobs API initiative, and implementation of said service, respectively. There were, as you might guess, many questions. Tarquin was kind enough to spend some time during the conference for one-on-ones with many folks, including myself. I walked away...
Tue, 06/27/2017 - 08:30


New names, more money, and some M&A: news of the recruitment marketing world
Summer continues, conferences happen – and the job board and recruitment marketing biz is bubbling along. Our Amazon/Whole Foods equivalent? Probably the Google Jobs/Hire news. But there are plenty of other things going on, including some interesting funding. Let’s take a look: CareerBuilder finds a buyer…again?: After a close miss on a sale a few months back, private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC is in advanced talks to acquire CareerBuilder. GTCR Ltd was in the...
Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:43


Candidates are what employers want
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, and more words. But if you step back for a minute, one fundamental remains: candidates. They are ultimately what employers...
Tue, 06/13/2017 - 08:30


Recruiting apps, matching, and more: another roundup of new recruiting sites
Despite the recent hoopla about Google Jobs, the job board and recruiting site world continues to see a steady stream of new sites and services. One size obviously doesn’t fit all, and (to add to my cliches) there is always someone building what they believe to be a better mouse trap. My last look at new sites was almost 3 months ago, so it’s certainly time for an update! Let’s see what we have: Rake: Rake is an Apple-only app that allows job seekers to save jobs from multiple...
Tue, 06/06/2017 - 08:30





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