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All hail the lowly job alert!

Not long after job boards were unleashed on an unsuspecting world, the folks managing these sites noticed an interesting phenomenon: job seekers would spend a considerable amount of time on the site during their first visit - but then very little…

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A tale of two – er, many – aggregators

A quick heads up - you may be interested in a guest post I did for Felix Wetzel's blog. It's on job board aggregators. In it, I talk about the history of aggregators, some of the competitive issues surrounding their…

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Reading tea leaves in the job site world

It's been an interesting several months in the job site world. To wit: Indeed surpasses Monster: Yep, for the first time a job site aggregator's traffic surpassed the 'monster' of our industry. RealMatch lands some serious VC dollars: Remember my…

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Is social recruiting a symptom – or a solution?

Is social recruiting a symptom of larger problems in the world of recruitment - or is it a solution to recruitment woes? Let me argue both sides of this question: Symptom: def. "something that indicates the existence of something else"…

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Ready or not, here comes mobile!

It’s been estimated that as much as 40% of the current desktop-based recruitment searching will migrate to mobile devices by 2014. I suspect the change may occur even more quickly – but the end result is the same: no job…

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Talking about job boards and online recruiting

There is a lot of great writing out there covering the job board and online recruiting industries - in fact, it's easy to overlook good material. So I've rounded up some of the most interesting pieces from the past months…

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What works in job boards

It's fun bashing job boards (ok, it's fun bashing any category of web sites, but we're talking job boards here). They're like pop music - lots of not-so-good with occasional gems. But how about focusing on the good ones for…

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Trends in the North American job board market

Just a heads-up - you may be interested in a guest blog post I wrote for People, Brands, and Random Thoughts on trends in the North American job board market.  Although hardly exhaustive, I've tried to touch on some of…

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Too much friction? Not enough?

In my experience, I've found that programmers often expect people to act linearly - going from point A to point B, logically and inexorably marching forward, until they reach their goal. People don't usually act that way. They use nutty…

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