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(August 08, 1997): Our sister publication, 1st Steps in the Hunt is a labor of love. Each month, we see about 50% of the job hunter traffic that sites like Career Mosaic or MonsterBoard encounter. We run the site to stay in touch with job hunters and their needs as a component of our ongoing investigation of the recruiting marketplace.

Yesterday, we had a nice discovery. Point (now a component of Lycos) was kind enough to notice our work. 1st Steps in the Hunt was rated #1 in content of career sites on the web (#6 overall and #8 in Lycos' own ratings).

We're flattered.

(August 07, 1997): The high tech labor shortage is offset by a sizable number of international workers. Without them, the problem would spiral out of control. This means that recruiters need more than a passing familiarity with Immigration law.

Siskind's Immigration Bulletin is a very useful monthly email newsletter that addresses the area. Published by the law firm of Siskind, Susser, Haas & Chang, it's very easy to subscribe. Simply send an email to:
visalaw-request@listserv.telalink.net with the words
"subscribe your email address"
(subscribe jrsumser@interbiznet.com for example)
in the body of the message.

This month, Immigration law hits the front burner because the current allocations of some types of visas are about to be filled. As a result, no additional workers in those categories will be available until next fiscal year.

From the current newsletter:

The American Immigration Lawyers Association reports that the H-1B visa category, which has an annual cap of 65,000, was nearing the limit with more than two months to go before the next fiscal year begins. As of July 19, 1997, 57,258 visas had been issued, according to AILA. The INS is estimating that the cap will be met sometime between August 15 and August 31st. Last year, the INS drastically reduced its count of H-1B visas after it was revealed that persons who had changed jobs or applied for extensions were being counted as new applications. The INS told AILA that this year, no overcount has been made. However, some confusion remains over whether the count has been done properly. At the AILA Board of Governors meeting in San Francisco on August 1st, a leading AILA member reported that INS sources informed him that a different counting method was being used and the cap may not, in fact be hit. What did become clear at the meeting was that the INS does not have an accurate system for determining the exact number of new H-1B visa holders each year and that it is becoming increasingly likely that litigation will be instituted in order to clear up the question.
Wall Street Journal
(August 06, 1997): Unlike all of its other offerings, the Wall Street Journal's Career Section is free. And, it's very impressive. (Advertising Details available). With the solid resources of the WSJ editorial team at its disposal, the site offers a powerful opportunity to reach white collar professionals.

The site is well laid out, easy to navigate (though the Java has a few bugs) and full of powerful content for job hunters.

Unfortunately, the company seems stuck on the notion that recruitment advertising must grow out of existing resources. This is the struggle that most newspapers face in their moves to the online universe.

The additional bad news....as the labor shortage intensifies (those of you who have been to the seminars know the demographics), Recruitment advertising is bound to become increasingly irrelevant. It's a shame, really, that they were not able to tie recruiting to their incredibly strong archives of professional news.

All things considered, the site is a standout amongst print periodicals who are trying to migrate their recruitment activities to the web.

You might want to take a look at Larry Chase's:

Computemp Job Fair

(August 05, 1997): High-tech job seekers nation wide can learn about market trends or apply for work from the comfort of their living rooms when Computemp hosts the virtual job fair with chat rooms. Whether entry or executive level, connecting to www.computemp-jobfair.com from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm PST on August 5th could be the beginning of a new trend in the way people find work.

After connecting to the Computemp web site, job seekers will be asked to register. They can then choose between three rooms (Windows NT, Help Desk, and Internet) and chat with a technical recruiter or log onto a job, salary range and other information pertinent to finding employment. Job seekers may then submit an application and, if there is a fit, request an interview.

Computemp representatives will man the online job fair from six cities including Seattle, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, and Irving. Online users can link to their room choice where they can ask questions regarding all aspects of information technology.

Computemp is a franchise company based in Boca Raton, FL. The six franchise companies participating in the Virtual Job Fair are owned by the Pelican Group. Computemp is a staffing company specializing in information technology, placing job seekers in short-term, long-term, and contract to permanent positions.

ESpan Keeps On Doing It

(August 05, 1997): ESpan has announced two new recruiting tools:
  • Model Employment Ads is a collection of more than 200 professionally-written recruiting ads designed for the Internet. Employers/recruiters simply adapt the ads to fit their needs.
  • Descriptions Now! provides ADA-compliant, professional job descriptions right online. Clients can choose from thousands of job descriptions, answer a few questions, and get a customized, detailed job description within minutes.

ESpan is also working with Caliper, the internationally known developer of a comprehensive personality assessment program, to introduce later this year a pre-screening test for applicants to use right online!

Alta Vista Personal Extension

(August 04, 1997): AltaVista comes through with another powerful development. Their Personal Search Extension is a available as a free download. In theory, you pay a license fee after a trial period.

The Personal Search Extension indexes your hard drive so that you can search it using the AltaVista Search engine. When you go to AltaVista, your hard drive becomes one of the search options.

We get tons of resumes as email attachments. They are in a variety of forms and formats. Now, using the Personal search extension, we just search our hard drive. No more trying to figure out how to get it all in the database. Very cool.

Alta Vista also offers an interesting new article by our old friend Richard Seltzer. Titled Finding Jobs and Applicants , the article is a solid introduction to the use of the search engine in your research efforts.

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