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    (March 05, 1998) Classifieds 2000 (C2K), the broad reach classified advertising database and distribution service has made its move. In an alliance with Junglee, the folks at C2K have positioned themselves as a very major player in the recruitment advertising marketplace. The Featured Employer Program automatically distributes unlimited job listings from participating companies to Classifieds2000.com and over 100 other high-traffic and specialty partner Web sites, with no effort from the employers. Charter employers include such high-profile companies as Amdahl Corp., AT&T Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., CNET, Hewlett-Packard Co., International Data Group (IDG), Millennia III, Stanford University and WebTV Networks Inc.

    With a single agreement, you can have your job postings collected and distributed broadly around the net. This one's a winner of significant proportion. Coupled with a new resume database service and a variation on C2K's successful classified advertising notifier, the rules of the job posting end of the game have really changed.

    The niches get tighter and more interesting. Take a look at HVAC Job Online. The Job Board and resume database are devoted exclusively to listings for contractors, wholesalers, manufactures, and building owners and managers serving both hiring authorities and job seekers in the HVAC refrigeration and energy management controls industries. With 180 paying customers and a monthly growth rate of about 15%, the team at HVAC Job Online is busily proving the value of services in tightly constrained niches.

    Comparing these two services, you can begin to appreciate the divergence that's happening in our industry. In the world of job "postings" the options at both the broad and deep ends are rapidly expanding.

    In an interesting play, Jobvertise offers a simple interface for adding job listings to your website. No cost or contact information is provided on their site, however. It's an interesting and straightforward idea. We imagine that they'll mature into a fully functional business and spawn a couple of competitors.

    We got an interesting and somewhat grumpy note from a reader chastising our review of the Interim sites. While it wasn't clear in the article, our praise in the third party industry tends to be for efforts that stand out against the broad sea of mediocrity (and worse). Interim hardly has all of the pieces in place. But, they appear to be headed in the right direction.


    (March 03, 1998) We're getting to be permanently impressed with Interim. On the road, their ads seem to reach us directly. (They advertise regularly on CNN Business segments in critical markets.) Their evolving web strategy emphasizes the full featured geographic and specialty niche plays. That's how you build a solid national presence...one niche at a time.

    According to our research, their domain name expansion program includes:

    • INTM.COM
    By leaps and bounds, we were most impressed with Upstate Jobs, "Upstate South Carolina's Online Employment Resource: Sponsored as a free service of Interim Personnel". The site clearly and effectively targets a narrow geographic job market while politely funneling traffic to the parent company. This sort of targeted outreach, coupled with relevant links and jobs in the database, takes recruiting to its most practical level.

    Rather than a fumbling attempt to move their brochure online, Interim seems to be leading the pack towards web based service for specific markets and targets.

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    The "Big Players"

    (March 02, 1998) In a fit of curiosity, we decided to take a look at the progress of the large Executive Recruiting operations. We wanted to get a grip on the plans and strategies of Korn-Ferry, Heidrik & Struggles and Christian and Timbers. The high end of Recruiting is where the opportunities of the web have been almost completely missed. We were looking for evidence that someone has gotten a clue.

    The sad thing about this end of the business is that it's the only place where web demographics are actually decaying. If you want to find a time when the target population was perfect for high end executive recruiting, you have to look backwards. Networking, the strategy behind high end recruiting, is a natural tactic online. It seems like the big boys have yet to figure this out.

    The Christian and Timbers site opens with a very brief report on Hot/Not Hot jobs. All well and good, but the tie to candidates or clients is elusive. Their out year plans include using the following domain names:

    The Korn-Ferry Site centers around the notion of "building leadership capital" and includes a report on hiring trends during the third quarter of 1997. Bloated graphics and shoddy design do little to position the company as a leader. Their registered domain names include:
    Finally, the Heidrik & Struggles site, with design and graphics that nearly equal Korn-Ferry, features The Art of Taking Charge, repurposed material from an internal quarterly magazine. While their domain expansion plans are broader than the competition, they contain the same limited sense of possibilities:
    • H-S.COM
    For companies that specialize in what is arguably the most critical end of the staffing industry, the efforts of all of these operations border on completely embarassing. At a time when the management of large enterprises requires creativity and persistent attention to a rapidly changing environment, they seem to be following rather than leading. We think it demonstrates a solid market opportunity for entrepreneurial competitors on the web and off.

    Tomorrow, we'll take a look at Interim. While the company has its roots in markets well outside of the Executive Placement industry, they appear to be using the web (and other electronic media) to full advantage. The big players in the Executive business would do well to understand their strategy.

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