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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


Google-text-depth: random advice from the Doctor
I always thought it would be fun to be a personal advice columnist, like ‘Dear Abby’. The only problem was, I knew my answers would never get published in a general audience paper. ‘Dear Jeff, my significant other is having an affair but I still love them’. ‘Dear person, dump this fool, get a dog, and move to Tahiti.’ Nope, that was never going to work. But I do like to give advice to those in the recruitment marketing industry, sometimes because I’m...
Tue, 08/21/2018 - 08:30


The death of job boards and a few other rants
I am by nature a skeptic and contrarian. In general, these tendencies have served me well in my various careers. But they also can result in situations where I am surrounded by folks who are making big claims, and who then get unhappy if I ask questions or act less than enthused. Perhaps you yourself have been in similar circumstances? Now, don’t get me wrong – I am hardly infallible. In fact, when Facebook launched, I remember saying to a colleague that it was one of the most idiotic...
Tue, 08/14/2018 - 08:30


What I saw and heard at Jobg8 Summit Nashville
To paraphrase a well-known movie/book, conferences are like a box of chocolates – you don’t know what you’ll get until you try one. Or something like that. The Jobg8 Summit last week in Nashville was a nice mix of old and new faces, networking, and provocative sessions. I thought I knew what I’d get (since I had put most of the agenda together) – but I still had a few (pleasant) surprises. Perhaps the best part of any conference are the conversations that are sparked...
Tue, 08/07/2018 - 08:30


MeetFrank, Bruce, and Snag: news of the recruitment marketing industry
There’s been no shortage of news over the past few weeks from companies big (Google) and not so big (Adzuna). Toss in a few industry conferences and you have a pretty interesting summer! Let’s see what’s happened lately: MeetFrank lands funding:  MeetFrank, aka a ‘secret’ recruitment app that uses machine learning plus a chatbot wrapper to take the strain out of passive job hunting and talent-to-vacancy matching, has closed a €1 million (~$1.1M) seed funding round to...
Tue, 07/31/2018 - 07:16


Heading to Nashville for the Jobg8 Summit!
Note: The Doctor is heading off to Jobg8’s Summit in Nashville this week – and thus thought a repost of this would be a good idea. Enjoy! Hey folks, in a few months days I am heading off to the Jobg8 Job Board Summit, July 26-27, in Nashville. Why? Well, they invited me to put together the agenda and speaker list – so I kind of thought I should also show up! I think it’s a pretty good line-up – but of course, I would, wouldn’t I? Anyway, judge for yourself: Matt...
Tue, 07/24/2018 - 08:30


Today’s ‘new’ becomes tomorrow’s ‘wallpaper’
Remember a few years back, when social media recruiting was all the rage? It was going to change the face of recruiting. Revolutionize how recruiting was done. Make old methods of recruiting obsolete. Social media recruiting was the hot new thing. And then, it wasn’t. It had become ‘wallpaper’ – just part of the recruiting landscape. I’m not saying that social media recruiting isn’t used – or useful. But after its turn in the spotlight, it simply settled...
Tue, 07/17/2018 - 08:30


Finding candidates through advertising: it’s still relevant, folks
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 they helped differentiate the site from all the other...
Tue, 07/10/2018 - 08:30


Lawsuits, voice search, and money: news of the recruitment marketing industry
The dog days of summer are a misnomer in our industry. Some of the most interesting developments happen when it gets hot (Microsoft buys Github? LinkedIn adds assessments? you get the picture). This cycle is no different – lots of news! So without further ado, let’s get to it: ZipRecruiter gets bigger: ZipRecruiter has moved into new headquarters. The Silicon Beach company, which previously occupied two offices in Santa Monica, has moved into a 45,000-square-foot space at 604 Arizona...
Tue, 07/03/2018 - 08:30





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