How can job boards even continue to exist? Because they connect job seekers and those who want to employ them. If a job board doesn’t do this simple task successfully, it eventually goes out of business.
But as any hiring manager, HR director, or recruiter knows, job boards are not the only solution. Why? Because the employment market is incredibly….random.
Think about it. If you’re a job seeker, you’re expected to know about the relevant job boards for your industry, the top recruiters specializing in your sector, the best social networks, the right Twitter feeds, the best company career sites to track, and you have to monitor these every day. That’s a lot of information to pull together in order to execute a comprehensive, focused job search.
On the other side of the fence, if you’re an employer, you have the reverse problem: which of the dozens of recruiting tools should you use? The best recruiters live in their job seekers’ world – they know where these folks hang out, where they look when they’re looking, which technique brings the highest return. But many companies don’t have the luxury of such recruiters. They rely on whatever they did last time around, or whatever sounds interesting.
Thus…randomness. Each new technology (social networks? Twitter?) or tool or service promises to bring order to the random nature of the employment world. Some even do. (I believe that niche job boards and social networks are huge boons to effective recruiting, for example). But nothing is the one and only answer. Even now there is a great, perfectly qualified and motivate job seeker looking for a job. And there’s an employer with a challenging postion that needs that particular person.
I’m betting they don’t find each other. But I’ll continue to work to change that.
How about you?