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Job boards and applicant tracking systems

The appeal of applicant tracking systems (ATS) for employers is obvious: they promise to bring order to the often disordered process of managing job applicants. An ATS can theoretically drive all job applicants into a single pipeline, massage their unruly…

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Why job boards need branding

Branding often gets a bad rap - as if there is something inherently bad in trying to create a unique, persuasive persona for your job board. Nothing could be further from the truth. Think about it: most of the truly…

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Job boards as economic indicators

As I was sorting through the usual spate of 'job boards are dead' articles, I noticed other more interesting types of articles: pieces that point to job board postings as indicators of the state of the economy. (Monster has published…

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Can job boards truly be ‘Web 2.0’?

At their core, most job boards are series of one-way communications: employer posts a job; job seeker responds to employer; employer does (or doesn't) respond to job seeker. Each communication is distinct and separated by both time and method -…

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Pay per posting vs. pay per response

For the past 15 years, the job board industry has been dominated by the 'pay per posting' revenue model: an employer purchases a job posting (and sometimes resume access or other add ons). Yet there's another model that has been…

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What is the value of job seeker registration?

Is job seeker registration good or bad? And if you require registration, how much is too much? And...how much value should you attach to these registered users? Personally, I think a little friction is a good thing (as does Seth…

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Reference: job board software

Due to popular demand (i.e., you!), I've just added a page to Job Board Doctor that lists the currently available job board software. I've tried to make it comprehensive, but I'm sure I missed someone. Tell me!  This reference area…

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Should job boards have resume databases?

In the beginning was the job post - a classified ad on the internet. Then came the resume database - a collection of job seeker wit and wisdom, long and short, awful and awesome. Employers and recruiters saw the resume…

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