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Introduction to Deja
You can use Deja News to
find jobs, resumes and potential candidates. Deja News bills itself
as "the" source for internet discussion groups. It is.
There are 20,000 free and
active internet discussion groups (IDG) that together create a huge
community inhabited by more than 24 million users around the world.
Among the active groups there are thousands of IDGs focused on business
and technical topics, where users can exchange information with
colleagues and find answers to questions.
Deja News allows you to
search, read, and participate in these groups.
Search Deja News
There is a search box on the main page. Type in a phrase for what
you want to find. For instance, if you were looking for accounting
candidates , you could type in accounting candidates. You'd
get 4,000+ responses. To narrow it you could type accounting
& jobs wanted, and you'd one search returned. (Search language
To find out where you are
most likely to find prospects interested in a job you're recruiting
for, use the Interest
Again, a search box will
be available. Type in accounting and you'll notice nine discussion
groups which have postings about accounting. Browse through each
of the groups to get a feel for which ones are appropriate for you
to post your notice in.
Usenet groups are arranged by topic and within topic, in a hierarchy.
For instance, biz is a top level grouping. Top level groups
are then divided into more specific topic areas. One of the next
level groupings is biz.com which is then broken into 7 sub-categories.
Some of those sub-categories are further divided. Browsing is a
time consuming task, but does give you a good idea of which Usenet
groups are doing what.
Simply click on the one that interests you. If you've narrowed your
search, chances are that you'll find the posting is germane to your
needs. Once you click on it, you're monitor transforms into a news
reader and you can follow a thread in the discussion, read additional
postings, or post to the list.
Post a Note
Once you've found a newsgroup you're interested in, it's easy to
post. Simply read one of the messages. At the top of the screen
you'll see a menu. If you click on post a message, you're
brought to a registration page. Fill out the pertinent info, and
include your post.
Time Saving, Advanced
Search filters help you narrow your search by author, subject, newsgroup
or date. Click on
search filters. If you want to find accountants looking for
jobs, go down to the subject line and type resume & accountant.
Click on create filter. You'll find several hundred resumes.
A new search box is brought
up, allowing you to further refine your search. It lets you search
within posted accounting resumes for something in particular. For
instance, let's say you needed a cost accountant. Type in cost.
This will bring up the resumes posted by accountants looking for
Author profiling is a great way to see who has said what. It's a
statistical summary of articles originating from a particularly
identified person. This helps you decide whether postings are from
reliable sources. It's a multi-step process.
For instance, let's say
you found a resume for John Sumser. You could then create a new
filter for authors and type in sumser*. This would give you
a listing of all the posts made by anyone who has sumser in their
You could then read what
the person had posted and where. But, to save time, click on one
of the postings. At the bottom of the screen you'll find a link
to author profiling. Clicking on it will give you the number of
postings the person has made and where they were made. This can
be used as a first line screening tool.
Fake Email Addresses
As always, there are some caveats. Not everyone uses a real email
address, particularly with the advent of free email accounts.
How to Determine Fake Email is an updated (6/22/97) version
of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). It helps you find out where
a fake post or e-mail originated from.
For additional Info, read
the Article on Posting