Push Or Pull
So do Web sites. So do resumes. So do....
So, do you
use a push or a pull technology?
bring you pre-selected "channels" - often news and stock information.
That's good for up to date breaking news and noteworthy industry
moves like layoffs.
the other hand, lets you determine where the information you get
delivered to you comes from. For instance, Flashsite (included on
the CD) lets you tell it which sites to go to to find updated information.
If you use
push, though, you need to take a few steps to control what's being
pushed your way and when it's pushed.
the push client to do it your way. When your channels are downloading,
your machine slows down and leaves you with less computing resources.
So, conserve energy.
setting a download schedule. Instead, tell the pusher to just check
for updates-on a schedule that makes sense to you. You'll be wasting
energy if it updates hourly but you only check it twice a day. So,
be realistic. If you need the info in the morning and the afternoon,
schedule 2 updates, not full downloads. Then, what'll be pushed
your way is just the new information.
using PointCast, perhaps the easiest, most complete and least browser
dependent of the pushers, you can schedule your updates quite easily.
"Personalize" in the channel bar.
"Application Settings" and click the Update tab.
of your hard disk. Each piece of push that comes sits in your hard
disk cache. If you're on a news channel with lots of graphics, your
space will be consumed rapidly. Either forgo these, increase the
size of your cache, or decrease the size of the pusher's cache (which
means you won't get as much information all at once). Also, remember
to delete the files after you've viewed them
that the channels you use are optimized for you. For instance, if
you have a favorite for economic news, make sure you eliminate the
economic section from other pushers.
is a part of an overall strategy. Using Pointcast, we were aware
of the layoffs at Wired relatively early on. Good info to have.
But, with Flashsite we monitor those sites that, in our eyes, merit
constant watching-even if they're not part of the proprietary channels.
Tip: Clarify the Search
looking for resumes and have tried the warehouses, the niches, and
the search for resume.html, try another.
clear about just who it is you're looking for. If it's someone who's
got gobs of experience, a search of phone directories, by company
or division, might help. If it's someone who knows the stuff, but
has less experience, troll the universities and colleges.
search rather than letting it control you.
we decided to look for a COBOL programmer in Massachusetts who also
Vista a search for resume.html +.edu +cobol +ma brings
up 2700 resumes. All fit the search criteria. Not all are hirable.
In fact, at least one of the resumes on the first page is more than
2 years old.
search in the advanced
search tool adding in the not before 1/Oct/97 date, gives us
none--because we forgot to use the correct Boolean operators.
When we changed
the query to resume.html &.edu &cobol &ma, we narrowed the
field of 2700 to 37. At first glance, though, not all results appeared
to be resumes.
for the same in Hot Bot, whose super search we think offers a better
screening tool than Alta Vista's advanced search, came up with only
- Alta Vista has a broader database (100 million vs. Hotbot's 80
million). Also Alta Vista returned pages that weren't resumes but
that had links to resumes-which basically means more work digging
through the results.
Understand just how the search engine you use works. Refer back
to our chart, labeled on the left as #11 under Search Tools.
Even more importantly, know what it is you're looking for before
you search. Be as focused as you can in the search-you can always
return to it and eliminate some of the words.
how the page might be designed. There are lots of resumes out there
that make use of frames to demonstrate how appropriate HTML can
be. Unfortunately, neither Alta Vista nor Hot Bot indexes frames-but
Lycos and Infoseek do. However, this also provides a way for you
to understand ho well your prospect understands the Web, the search
engines, and HTML. Both Alta Vista and Hot Bot will index resumes
that refer you or provide a link to a framed resume.