Bye Bye Job Boards

Posted by Bernie Reifkind on July 19, 2012

If I were working for Monster, Career Builder or any of the major or minor job boards, I”d be sweating bullets right about now.  Want to know why? 

Posting advertisements on a job board is a dying breed.

Linkedin and Facebook are free networking sites, so let’s not confuse them with job boards. They are not job boards.  Although advertising is available on these sites, advertising on these sights are useless.

Back to the job boards.

The numbers of resumes uploaded into job boards are dwindling rapidly.  How do I know?  I here it from candidates themselves, not from the Rand Corporation.

The model doesn’t work unless a real human being is actively sifting through resumes posted and doing the heavy lifting of sorting out appropriate fits.  It can be a waste of time and company resources.

In years past, Premier Search has invested considerable monies in varies job boards in which to find the absolute stellar best available candidates.  We considered these candidates to be leads that might refer us to the candidates that we could actually use.

Those days are over.  Our clients want to hire candidates from professional headhunters that have the skills to deliver the best available talent.  Our clients want candidates that are not necessarily looking for another job, but they’re smart enoght to know that something better might exist. 

Finding  this kind of talent is a skill and you cannnot get there by job advertising.

The job boards are just like newspaper advertisements except that they are leveraged to a broader audience over the Internet.  Resumes come in by the dozens after running an ad on a job board.  So what?

Does HR or anyone in your operation really have the time to sift through resumes from honest candidates that are simply looking for a job, whether or not they have the correct background? 

Of course not.

If an employer is dead serious in hiring the very best candidates than the job board may be a start but that’s about it.  It’s a tool.  But so is a hammer, when building a new home. 

Bye Bye job boards, your time has come.  After my search firm’s contract has expired in the next few months, we are not going to renew our job board agreements and that’s the sentiment of many of my colleagues.

Think about how cool the fax machine used to be.  And it was, but it is practically useless as of this writing.  So are job boards.  You have read it here first.

The job boards are passé.  Have they been useful tools?  A lot of the times yes , but not enough to justify the costs.

If you really want to learn how to recruit passive candidates, feel free to reach out to me. 

I am Bernie Reifkind, CEO and founder of Premier Search, Inc.  I can be reached at 1 (800) 801-1400 or email at  I welcome your phone call.

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