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A brief history of job boards (infographic)

This isn’t complete by any means, but thanks to John Sumser, Eric Shannon, Wikipedia, Chris Russell, and others, it covers the basics (I hope!). Amazing how far we’ve come in 22 years!

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  • Doyle

    December 4, 2012, 10:57 am

    Nice work on this Jeff!

    In August 1994, three job boards launched on the web: OCC, CareerMosaic and e-span.com (which I helped build). We had fun for years arguing over who was first. I may have screenshots of all three from that era.

    Monster appeared later in 94, and bought OCC by the end of 95 in the first wave of consolidation.

    I believe the 1993 instances from NetStart and OCC were *gopher* sites, since the www was not quite a thing yet. They ran those sites plus pushed searchable data to places like AOL, Compuserv and Prodigy. (God, I’m old.)

    OCC became Monster’s acquired platform by ~97. E-span became JobOptions.com around ~98, then became nothing a few years after that.

  • Job Board Doctor

    December 4, 2012, 11:05 am

    Doyle, I just had an email from someone who said that Jobserve was first, in ’93. So…I don’t know! I’d love to see the screenshots – Jeff

  • Steven Rothberg CollegeRecruiter.com

    December 4, 2012, 6:07 pm

    Another minor tweak would be related to MonsterTRAK. Monster did not create college job board network MonsterTRAK but instead purchased and re-branded JobTRAK.

  • Jessi Linh

    December 10, 2012, 1:26 am

    Nice post Jeff,
    Surely there so so much changes in 22 years. Really thank for your quick review.

  • Jemma Taylor

    December 21, 2012, 5:33 am

    Its not a job-board in the traditional sense, but there are loads of jobs on it, and its the biggest thing to effect recruiting in decades, so I think it warrants inclusion!