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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


Afringa, Elpha, and more: some interesting sites for you
It’s time to take a look at some interesting (and new to me) sites and services out there. The last time I looked was a while back, and this being a growing industry, there are of course plenty more. So without further ado, let’s see what we’ve got: 10x Ascend: Yes, that is really their name – and although I can intellectually understand why they picked it, it’s maybe not the best choice for marketing. Anway: 10x Ascend helps software development, cybersecurity...
Tue, 07/23/2019 - 08:30


Programmatic gets some respect
Programmatic ads have been around for a while in the consumer space. If you’ve been in a deep dark cave for the past 5 years (and if that’s the case, why are you reading this post?), a quick definition: programmatic simply means using software – aka algorithms – to buy advertising. In other words, machines buying ads. As with much else, computers can buy ads more quickly and efficiently than humans can – but they are limited by what their algorithms tell them to do,...
Tue, 07/16/2019 - 08:30


Appcast, Appcast, Appcast!: News of the recruitment marketing industry
There is – as always – plenty of news this month. But as you perhaps can guess from the title, the big news is Stepstone’s majority stake in Appcast. More in a minute. Just remember – big news can drop at any time in our industry, whether it is the dead of winter or the broiling heat of summer. It’s funny how a good heating and cooling system can help. All right, let’s get to it!: Stepstone takes majority stake in Appcast: The StepStone group acquired 85 percent...
Tue, 07/09/2019 - 08:30


Diversity and growth: what I saw and heard in Denver
It’s interesting how 90 degrees feels even hotter when you’re 5,280 feet above sea level – at least that was my conclusion after spending a few days in Denver last month! The occasion was Jobg8’s 2019 Job Board Summit, and the consensus seemed to be that both the speakers and the food were great. And (perhaps in honor of Chad Sowash’s attendance) Jobg8 included a can of Colorado beer in each attendee bag – that was a first! A few of the sessions really stood...
Tue, 07/02/2019 - 08:30


Listening to the recruiting superpowers – and thriving
Note: The Doctor is in Denver at the Jobg8 Summit, so here is a post from earlier this year. Enjoy! Let’s face it – most of us in the industry are NOT LinkedIn, Google, Facebook, or Indeed. We just aren’t. Perhaps we’re on the road to getting much bigger (looking at you, ZipRecruiter) or perhaps we hope we’ll be acquired by one of the big guys. But the reality is that we live in a world where our businesses – big, small, or microscopic – will be compared...
Tue, 06/25/2019 - 08:30


LinkedIn’s cautious but steady experimentation
When you’re a huge business like LinkedIn, part of an even bigger business – Microsoft, and as much a part of most recruiters’ days as Facebook is for the masses, you really have to work on experimenting. Why? Because every layer of middle management, every eagle-eyed Head of Accounting, every outside stock adviser is pushing you to play it safe. With a revenue of $5.3 billion in FY 2018, you are pushed to grow the revenue but don’t do anything stupid – as in, don’t...
Tue, 06/18/2019 - 08:30


Fizbiz, AllyO, and Karat: news of the recruitment marketing industry
Flooding, storms, wind, and bugs – and that’s just within a few miles of my house! Yes, welcome to summer. Our industry is just as lively, with numerous companies landing funding, others launching new services, and a few acquisitions here and there. All this activity is a good sign, I think – so let’s take a look at what’s going on: Recruit revenue up:  Recruit Holdings reported revenue rose 4.3% to ¥580.3 billion (US$5.2 billion) in its fiscal fourth quarter ended...
Tue, 06/11/2019 - 08:30


Elms to ashes – and a few beetles, too
As I’m a (job board) doctor, I thought it was time for a quick biology lesson – and don’t fret, it does indeed have something to do with our industry! Here in the midwestern states of the U.S., elms were once the dominant tree in most towns and cities. They did well in the temperate climate (as they did in Europe) – at least until 1928, when Dutch elm disease came to North America, courtesy of a shipment of infected logs from the Netherlands. By 1989, about 75% of the continent’s...
Tue, 06/04/2019 - 08:30





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