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Online Recruitment – State-Of-The-Art Job Search Strategies

Posted on July 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

History of Job Search

Online recruitment started almost the same time in the USA and in England in the early 90’s with providers like Monster.com in the USA, Jobserve.com in the UK and Allstarjobs.ca (started in 1997). A job bank at that time merely had a few thousand of open job positions and the chance of putting employers in touch with jobseekers was quite remote.

Since those early days, we have seen an explosion of job search sites and the technology has improved a lot for the benefit of both, recruiters and jobseekers. Nowadays, typing “Job Search” in search fields of Google or Yahoo, you get millions of pages dealing with this subject.

Now we have a new problem: how not to get lost in this jungle of ultimate Career and Job Search Services (of which many require an inscription fee). What do we really want? Using the Internet in first place has the advantage of speed and the possibility to look in any geographical area for the required job that the candidate is qualified for, or aspires to. With the Internet installed at home, it is possible to investigate the potential employers, ask questions and apply for the position, without even taking off your pajamas.

How do we explain the recent evolution in online recruitment technology? Even if you feel relatively satisfied with the current search offerings of top job search engines like Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com or Hotjobs.com, there are still many doors open for improvements and a lot of research is going on in the field of vertical engines, meaning-based search, intent-driven search, new clustering methods, and much more.

All-in-One Job Search Engines

A recent trend in job search engines is the emergence of all-in-one or metasearch engines (sometimes also referred as vertical job search engines), allowing jobseekers to search across multiple websites. Among the most popular engines are Indeed (in the USA), Wowjobs (in Canada) and Trovit (in the UK).

Probably the most powerful of all is Indeed, which was founded by Paul Forster and his partner Rony Kahan in the year 2004 to cover the US job market. According to Hitwise data, Indeed saw its market share increase by 302% in the year 2006 and this was only the beginning. The success of Indeed and other metasearch or all-in-one search engines is the fact that job seekers can go to one place to find all jobs, overcoming the limitation of the job boards, which have a finite number of listings. A simple comparison of mayor job search engines reveals that there is no need any more to look in all the individual engines to find the best fits for the job you are looking for. There are more job sites than you can count, ranging from the top job sites like Monster and CareerBuilder to small, niche sites in just about every career field you can imagine. Meta job search engines like Indeed or Wowjobs are searching in more than 1200 engines at a time and brings you the result in seconds on your screen. With a couple of clicks of your mouse, you search the major job sites, company sites, associations, and other online job sites by keyword and location to get job listings that match the criteria you selected. With it’s high-tech search strategy, Indeed clearly leaves behind other so-called meta-job search engines like Jobster and SimpyHired. With Wowjobs and Trovit, metasearch engines focused on the Canadian and UK job market respectively, the situation is very similar.

Posting your resume in Recruitment Services

A developing trend with both jobs search engines and jobs boards is that many now encourage users to post their resume or CV together with contact details. The fact is, it`s proven that posting your resume in a proactive way in the mayor resume distribution systems will put it on the desk of hundreds of recruiters and can more than double the chance of getting a job!

The advantages of Resume Posting are:

– You more than double your chance of getting “discovered” by a recruiter who is looking for a person with exactly your experience and abilities.

– You put your resume in the hands of hundreds of recruiters, almost instantly!

– You are sending your resume only to recruiters focusing on your specific industry or job categories.

– You save a lot of time and money and you get an instant edge – with only little effort from your part!

– Your resume is passing a pre-selection system and when it comes on the desk of hiring managers they will read it very carefully.

Resume posting has become an attractive business for the recruitment companies as they sell the access to their resume bank to headhunters and recruiting managers. Anyhow, jobseekers should be aware of the risks of uploading personal information to the Internet since they have no control over what will happen with their data and their resume might be seen by their current employer or even by “identity thefts”.

Take a breath and slow down
The question is still if all the improvements in search technology also improved the overall performance of recruitment efforts. Finding a job still is hard work. It is very helpful to slow down, take time, and analyze if you are happy with your current situation and what career is really right for you. In our modern world, the best job success is earning good money with work that gives you a sense of purpose, expresses your talents and passions, and is consistent with your values. A lack of many Job Search Sites is that they do not assist the jobseekers in finding their best career fit and even confusing people in trying to evaluate their current situation. Job searching is a short-term pursuit of a position that matches your financial and career goals. Career planning is a long, progressive process of choosing education, training, and jobs that fit your interests and skills. This planning process also includes the evaluation of career change or self-employment opportunities. Deciding what type of work you want to pursue requires knowledge and understanding of your interests, your values, your motivation, and the skills you enjoy using the most. This is helpful whether you are choosing a career for the first time or changing careers for the twenty-first time.

One aspect that even the most powerful Job Search engine cannot cover is the fact that probably the majority of job vacancies are never posted in journals, newspapers or on-line and you only find them using the right contacts or your Network.

This “hidden job market” only can be exploited by keeping focus on people who have experiences, and contacts that might be interesting for you.

Good possibilities to build up your Network, are for example job fairs or similar events where you meet hiring managers, job lead sources and other valuable contacts.

Conclusions
Using state-of-the art job search engines, online recruitment has become a powerful tool for a fast, efficient and economical job search and the performance is improving constantly. But every jobseeker should be aware of the fact that even the most powerful job search engine should be considered only as a single tool in the Job Search Strategy and that still most jobs are found using personal Networks. Finding a job is all about people, the people you know, and people you meet who have the job information and who will inevitably help you get a job. Online Job Search using all-in-one or metasearch engines definitely makes life much easier but should not be overestimated.

Resources

1) Two-Approach Job Search Guide – 2ajobguide.com
2) David Hurst,Chairman – ORMC, 2004
3) Joel Cheesman’s Blog, “Craigslist puts smackdown on verticals”, October 19, 2006.
4) INTERNET Inc, “Job Search Verticals – The List”, October 5, 2006.
5) Read/WriteWeb, “Search 2.0 – What’s Next?”, December 13, 2006.

History, the Arts and Joy of Life – Why a Trip to the 4th Arrondissement of Paris is a Must!

Posted on July 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

Whilst investigating a trip to Paris, I came across the ‘Hotel-de-Ville’ area of Paris and discovered that it was what I consider Paris to be all about – a mix of history, the arts and joy of life!

The area is located on the Right Bank of the River Seine and contains some of the most popular tourist sites in Paris but also some that you may not have heard of. The ambience is one of lively bars, restaurants, galleries, boutiques and large open squares, not including the narrow medieval streets of the Marais district. This was once a royal residential area but fell into disrepair when it was abandoned during the Revolution. However, in the 1960’s it was rediscovered and soon became a fashionable address – more commonly know now as the ‘Gay’ Quarter.

The diverse mix of artists, Jewish and gay communities make for a truly cosmopolitan character. Add into the mix the Pompidou Centre, Place de l’hôtel de Ville and The Notre-Dame Cathedral, and you have a unique hotchpotch of styles and attractions to experience.

The Pompidou centre located in Place George Pompidou is a work of art in its own right. Built in the 1970s, the architects literally “turned the architectural world upside down” with its exposed skeleton and functional pipes and escalators on the outside of the building. 4o years on and it is still as dramatic and conceptual as it was then – maybe even more of an attraction than the art inside! The streets around the Square are littered with cafés and bars and make a great meeting point.

And of course no trip to Paris would be complete without visiting Notre Dame Cathedral. This famous gothic Cathedral, famous for its fictional hunchback, is dramatic and imposing. Its beautiful Rose windows, stone carvings and gargoyles make for an impressive exterior but it’s the history inside that is why people flock there. It is witnessed so much French history – the coronations and weddings of Kings and Emperors and the Revolution when it was ransacked.

Notre Dame is also a great location to start a walk along the River Seine. Head west and you will come across The Louvre, The Tuileries Gardens, Musée d’Orsay and The Eiffel Tower. A walk along the Seine is not just for lovers as you pass some of Paris most famous tourist attractions and you get to watch Parisian life on either side of the River without all the traffic pollution of the main streets.

This area of Paris is truly beautiful and very desirable, so staying there on your trip could be very expensive. I would advise that if you don’t have a massive budget that you should stay in one of the outer arrondissements and take the efficient and cheap Metro into the centre.

Enjoy your stay!

Landscaping in the Outer Banks – Protecting Your Property From Extreme Weather in Coastal NC

Posted on July 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

The Outer Banks of NC are a small group of islands rich with history. This is the site of the first attempt of colonization by England and it is here that the Wright Brothers took flight in Kitty Hawk with their gravity defying aviation. Now, the area is a National Seashore in an attempt to preserve its fragile sea environment. With such a protected and fragile area, it is no wonder that the Outer Banks needs a specialized landscaper that can tend to the needs of such a treasured place. Your landscaping company needs to satisfy specific needs of a coastal region like this.

Companies that operate within the entire Outer Banks work from Corolla and Duck to Manteo and Nags Head. Their Landscaping services specialize in the type of land so that all the plants and other landscaping is suitable to the land and will stand up against the salt, moisture and sand. What would be a landscaping nightmare in many places is their strong specialty.

With their landscaping services, they stabilize your beach grass, sea oats, love grass and sand fence. They also specialize in sea tolerant trees, shrubs and grasses. Artful design is a major point in an area known for its beautiful vacation homes. Extra attention should be paid to your irrigation, work with your water pumps or wells and stabilize your pool or grounds with rock stabilization.

In an area such as the OBX (how the locals refer to it), where the ground is mostly made of sand, erosion is an unfortunate problem that happens often. Sand is not a very stable ground so often times, it needs to be reinforced so that your house doesn’t crumble down to the sea below or you don’t end up getting your shrubs eaten by the ground. Your landscaping expert should completely safeguard your house.

With such an area where most of the land is protected, the grounds need to look perfect. Trust a company that understands the land and the plants that will last there. Make your property another attraction in the landscape of this historical area.

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