Live from HR Florida 2009: What is… and are Job Boards Dead?

Greetings from Orlando, Florida where Kris and I are in town for the 2009 HR Florida Conference & Expo… the annual 3831954891_5b103559a8_o Florida state SHRM shindig. Monday, we served on a panel session for the conference focused on HR and blogging, and whether the two can coexist peacefully along with some of our blogging pals, Michael, Michael and Laurie (pictured right… Kris, Michael V., Michael L., Laurie and moi from left to right). Can you imagine? All five of us at the same table talking social media and HR? The session flew by faster than you'd believe but I'm hopeful that our audience took away some positive, practical tidbits on how blogging and other social media tools can make you a better HR pro or recruiter.

So, beyond our panel session, this is a conference which means of course, there's all the normal junk swag that vendors are giving away in the exhibitor hall – which is jam packed with all sorts of HR service and product providers ranging from folks from the insurance, recognition, training, HR consulting, and technology space. Notably absent in the exhibitor space though? None of the big job boards are present… meaning CareerBuilder or Interesting yeah? Which of course begs the question that many others are asking… are job boards dying?

We did stumble upon though. Kind of a job board, kind of a way for employers to help brand themselves in easy manner and kind of a way to jump into social media for recruiting… but it's all based on the local market. Make sense? Yeah, we're not entirely sure either but tune in below (email subscribers, click through to watch the interview) to learn a bit more about Watch the video though for a bit of a chat with the folks at Jobing, and then weigh in – are job boards dead? And are any of you using Jobing locally?

FOT + jobing interview @ SHRM Florida 2009 from Fistful of Talent on Vimeo.

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  1. Jerry Hathaway says:

    I think that job boards are the new newspaper classifieds. No one likes to use them and everyone is always looking for something better. Recruiters will continue to use the major job boards becuase they do work.
    I remember Jobing as a really neat, up and coming local job board. They used to have billboards and drive their cars all over town. I thought they where gone since I haven’t seen them advertising. I guess they are not a job board anymore and like everyone in this economic climate they are trying to be all things to all people. They should figure out what they want to be when they grow up and stick to it. It’s a shame since they used to have really good customer service, great local job fairs and a good local job site. I don’t think we need another Social Media site for recruiting and there are way too many Social media experts and consultants.

  2. Chris Knight says:

    I think a recent ERE article about the demise of SnapTalent says it best. CEO Sumon Sadhu said:
    “Recruitment spend is bloated, so as the cost of transmitting information to connect companies and candidates comes down, the trend is for companies to use free tools which help amplify that spread. The companies that will win in the recruitment space therefore are all working on solutions which take away from job advertising spending; search engine optimization, social networking, referral hiring, improving social media presence.”
    One of the comments says:
    As an entrepreneur, I know that when when customers do not buy my product, it’s my fault for either not addressing their needs or for not communicating effectively how I can do so – not theirs for “not getting it.”
    I put the question to you: Was Jobing’s message clear enough for you to buy? If not, they need to ask themselves some tough questions. They cannot be all for one and one for all.

  3. Job boards are NOT dead. The big 3 have “peaked” but will be around for a while. Niche & local job boards are still viable, efficient and effective places to recruit talent. They will remain part of the recruiter toolbox for years to come.

  4. I agree wholeheartedly that job boards are definitely not dead. There are a number of niche boards out there taking market share from the big boards, as well as the damage that social media has been doing. Ultimately, at least one or two of the large boards will probably adapt and start buying up social/business networking sites to broaden their offerings and to add true value to their boards to keep them viable. In the meantime, niche/vertical job boards will likely continue to offer the most value, if not the most eyeballs.

  5. Mitch Taylor says:

    Job Boards dying…NO probably not, this Job I would have to say yes! Their CFO walked out last week and they are being evicted from at least one of their offices. As of June 30th the Hillsborough County Clerk has issued a eviction summons notice to to vacate their Tampa office space. It is pretty simple, with a CEO who is average at best and can’t stand having anyone around him who is smarter then he. And a website that is 10 years behind in technology it is just a matter of time before this one is Purple Cow Road Kill.

  6. Mitch Taylor says:

    P.S. Jobing may think that by getting out in front of this Social Media boom that they will be able to weather this economic storm, but the truth of the matter is that no one is talking about them. Creating hundreds of Twitter accounts and NOW finally creating facebook pages won’t really matter. Their job tweets are just short of spam & their only fans on facebook are current employees. Twitter is littered with CGM about the arena, but nothing about their job board. The execs are in denial, they believe they do no wrong or ever admit when they make bad decisions. Moving people around, revamping the site or shall I say cheap template, and social media is nothing more then putting lipstick on this no longer purple barn yard animal.

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