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Top 10 in 2006 (V6)

(December 22, 2006)   We hope you're enjoying the views of our guests as they summarize the important trends and events of 2006. We're headed off for the winter holidays and wish you the best. We'll be back on Tuesday.

Thanks for making us a part of your day.

Today, Tim Driver, CEO of RetirementJobs.com, offers his 10 in 2006. Tim, as many of you know, founded RetirementJobs after long, successful stints at Salary.com, AOL and CNN. He did the research first, believed the data he found and went ahead and started the company: a job site for people who are leaving the workforce.

We were among the early skeptics. It is clear today, however, that Tim's move was visionary. The VCs are lining up and the company has real sales momentum. Tim is this year's most successful entrepreneur in our industry. Here's his list:

  • Employers "Got" the Efficiency of Niche Job Sites
    Now employers understand, too.  If you're a corporate recruiter making 30 hires, do you wade through 10,000 resumes from a general site or select from among 100 collected from a targeted site.  With more sophisticated tracking and another year of experience under their belts, employers changed their behavior more this year than ever before, looking farther afield for quality niche sites.  The news here is that employers learned for themselves something many in the recruiting industry have been saying, and seeking to prove, for a long time.

  • The Importance of Employment Ad Agencies Grew
    Forget about disintermediation.  With employers demanding a "flight to quality" as well as a larger portfolio of job boards, the stock of employment ad agencies grew in 2006.  If an employer needs to look farther afield, who better than the agencies to research the best options out there, and identify new, compelling entrants worthy of a try.  Agencies also save their clients time, a precious commodity these days.
  • TMP Was Spun Off
    Independence day had agency employees dancing in the aisles.  The number #1 sales objection ("how can you be objective if you're owned by the number #1 job board?") was removed.  
  • Employers Reacted to Aging Workforce Issues
    Employers stepped up efforts to make their workplaces age friendly, and spent record sums to attract workers over age 50.  They allocated funds to researching their exposure and developed relationships with career sites dedicated to this demographic. 
  • The Government Got Out of the Job Board Business
    The government decided to shut operations of its job board, America's Job Bank. 
  • Referral Recruiting Businesses Developed Traction
    Jobster and H3.com took the lead in creating web solutions for this recruiting category.
  • India to Indiana
    Faced with a backlash from customers, U.S. companies repatriated large swaths of jobs it had outsourced to countries such as India.  Most notable among these was customer service jobs.
  • Newspaper Companies' Online Units Became Strategic
    Talk about a reversal.  Now, industry bigs are upselling their offline properties, not the other way around.  Why?  No surprise, that's where the growth is.  Now, the online division heads are driving the bus.
  • Careerbuilder Delivered
    Once again, the management team known for its ability to execute, executed.  Winning is usually about doing what you say you're going to do, and then some.  Quite a bit of "and then some" emanating out of Chicago these days.  CB became #1 in U.S. revenues among job boards.
  • Recruiting 2.0.
    With a sense of optimism returned to the industry after a few years, many of the industry's old guards are back.  Rested and brimming with energy, these individuals are passionate, experienced and they're creating Recruiting 2.0.

 The series so far:

2006 in Review

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