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(February 13, 2007) There's a big conversation going on.
the heart of an operation called techcrunch,
has focused his attentions on the development and evolution of job boards for
blogs. When Arrington focuses on an area, stuff happens. TechCrunch is wildly
influential in the technology end of the world.
Read through the comments associated with his
Job Board Bubble. If you're like us, you'll get the distinct impression that
it's amateur night, that the odds of the assembled group of commenters are way
off base and in no danger of doing anything interesting.
Fight the impression. Disruptive competitive
threads are rarely delivered by the incumbents. They tend to come from people
who "don't get it" just enough to actually try something new and different. The
least likely to succeed, from an incumbent's perspective, are the ones who end
up eating your lunch. Change never emerges from the anticipated corner.
We've highlighted some key aspects of the
ongoing conversation below:
- Phil Carpenter
When we first began thinking about the service that launched this morning as
Job-a-matic, we did so with job seekers in mind. "How," we asked ourselves,
"could we bring jobs to them in their own backyards, those spots on the Web
where they spend time each day?"
We didn't believe the industry needed yet
another large job board, even one that was market-specific (Dice and others
have already done this well in the tech sector). We still feel that way.
Instead, we support the "let a hundred
flowers bloom; let a hundred schools of thought contend" idea. from
that of the Web 2.0 crowd, for example). Let a panoply of publishers run
paid job listings on their own sites/blogs. (Tech
- Google to Crush Monster, HotJobs,
Yes. Probably been said a million times before, but what is job hunting?
It's job searching. Who's great at search? Google. And after lots of little
tweaks, the biggest recruiting boards - take your choice - Monster, HotJobs,
etc. - they're all still horrible. Though, I have to admit, Craigslist is
not really horrible, and they have low overhead, and community good will, so
maybe they survive. But they will probably be hurt just the same. (the
art of the possible)
- The Job Board Bubble
The world has changed since I wrote about the need for a decentralized job
board service last August. Just not quite in the way I had hoped. Job Boards
are the product du jour of tech blogs. We have one, and countless others
have sprung up as well. The idea is that the best candidates read these
blogs, and by definition are up to speed on cutting edge tech issues. By
advertising there, you get the benefit of access to those candidates,
without the hundreds of unqualified resumes that come flying in from a
Craigslist or Monster.com listing. (Tech
- Eric Yoon
JobThread (http://www.JobThread.com) does offer the functionality to create
niche networks of sites. This is what we've done with Slashdot (http://jobs.slashdot.org),
Linux.com (http://jobs.linux.com), Freshmeat (http://jobs.freshmeat.net/),
IT Manager's Journal (http://jobs.itmanagersjournal.com/) and Newsforge
(http://jobs.newsforge.com/). They all have their own job board and custom
look-and-feel, but they are all linked, so that a company posting on one
board automatically has their job posted on all of the others in that niche
i'm laughing at your assumption/assertion that the more skilled/better
targeted people are on the tech blogs, and will therefore generate better
resumes/fits for jobs. have you actually looked at the majority of the
posts/replies to the techcrunch postings/forums??? but to the point
regarding job boards. job boards may have their place in the job
placement/hiring process, but they're woefully ineffecient and frankly don't
really work. there really needs to be a better system that ties placements,
applicant tracking systems, distributed reach, open source functionality,
testing, past projects/functions, resource rating/ranking, payment for
access function, etc… for my $0.02 worth, this area can use a great deal or
re-engineering, and thought in a new direction. (TechCrunch)
- The Job Boards Boom
Everywhere you browse online these days, you're bound to find some new job
board. They're ubiquitous; there's GigaOM Jobs, the 37Signals Job Board,
TechCrunch's CrunchBoard, Cameron Moll's Authentic Jobs and countless
others. Regardless of which one you end up browsing or using, the concept
remains the same - pay a $200 or higher fee and list a wanted job. (paulstamatiou.com)
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