• http://community.ere.net/blogs/the-careerxroads-annex/ Gerry Crispin

    Thanks John. Nice summary. This year we tried to dig a little deeper into the impact social media has on hires attributed to other sources. I’m pleased with what was reported and hope we can extend that analysis even further next year.

  • Keith Halperin

    @Gerry: Thank you for your report- I always look forward to it. A couple of questions:
    1) Does the report distinguish between “Job Board” hires of candidates who apply to board-posted positions candidates who are found through board-databases of resumes?

    2) Do you have any information how these figures might apply to SMB as opposed to these 36 large companies?



  • Bill Gallop


    Well done, excellent information.
    I would also be interested in a break down of applicants from job boards verses candidates found on job board databases.

    QUESTION… Where does Social Media like Linked In and Facebook come into play here? Neither are Job Boards (per say) and both can be used in Referrals.


  • http://superecruiter.blogspot.com/ Morgan Hoogvelt

    John – excellent information and thanks for the report. Very interesting to know as the norm is that everyone keeps preaching that job boards are dead.

  • http://www.jobboarddoctor.com Jeff DickeyChasins

    Seems that job boards are acting in two primary roles for employers: creating visibility for the employer in general (and thus referrals to the employer career site), and generating applications for specific job postings.

    It would be interesting to see how those job boards who have expanded into social media are doing vis-a-vis those who haven’t as far as producing results for employers.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/gingergraham Ginger Graham

    Cannot pass up the opportunity to quote Monty Python here (which actually works well with the study):

    The Dead Collector: Bring out yer dead.
    [a man puts a body on the cart]
    Large Man with Dead Body: Here’s one.
    The Dead Collector: That’ll be ninepence.
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I’m not dead.
    The Dead Collector: What?
    Large Man with Dead Body: Nothing. There’s your ninepence.
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I’m not dead.
    The Dead Collector: ‘Ere, he says he’s not dead.
    Large Man with Dead Body: Yes he is.
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I’m not.
    The Dead Collector: He isn’t.
    Large Man with Dead Body: Well, he will be soon, he’s very ill.
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I’m getting better.
    Large Man with Dead Body: No you’re not, you’ll be stone dead in a moment.
    The Dead Collector: Well, I can’t take him like that. It’s against regulations.
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I don’t want to go on the cart.
    Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, don’t be such a baby.
    The Dead Collector: I can’t take him.
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I feel fine.
    Large Man with Dead Body: Oh, do me a favor.
    The Dead Collector: I can’t.
    Large Man with Dead Body: Well, can you hang around for a couple of minutes? He won’t be long.
    The Dead Collector: I promised I’d be at the Robinsons’. They’ve lost nine today.
    Large Man with Dead Body: Well, when’s your next round?
    The Dead Collector: Thursday.
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I think I’ll go for a walk.
    Large Man with Dead Body: You’re not fooling anyone, you know. Isn’t there anything you could do?
    The Dead Body That Claims It Isn’t: I feel happy. I feel happy.
    [the Dead Collector glances up and down the street furtively, then silences the Body with his a whack of his club]
    Large Man with Dead Body: Ah, thank you very much.
    The Dead Collector: Not at all. See you on Thursday.
    Large Man with Dead Body: Right.

  • http://www.aftercollege.com Roberto Angulo

    Gerry, great data. This jives with what we’re hearing from the other side, the job seekers, and in our case, from college students and recent grads. Based on 1,500 responses so far, job boards are the most effective in searching for a job, followed by employee referrals (e.g. “speaking to people…”, “speaking to friends and family”) although if you combine these two choices, they come out on top. We’re still not done with the survey, but I wanted to share preliminary data: http://www.aftercollege.com/content/images/uploads/EffectiveJobSearching.png

    Glad we’re on the right path and while your survey is already robust, this only lends more support to it from the other side of the coin.

    Happy Friday.

  • Keith Halperin

    @Gerry: I would also be interested in some more granular data:
    1) Are these 36 large companies a representative subset (industies, goeography, etc.) of say the Fortune 50?
    2) Is there any information as to the types of hires made with each segment? Perhaps most of the hires made through referrals are mid-level, most of the website hires are low-level, and most of the 3PR hires are high-level.
    (This is just a hypothetical example- I do not know if this is the case). If there are clear trends here, the community may be able to extrapolate which would be the best uses of their recruiting dollars with this information.



  • http://www.bajobs.com Mitch Kocen

    It’s become very “hip” right now to trumpet the death of job boards. It’s something controversial to say and it gets people talking. It’s the equivalent of the music journalists who shout that the record labels are dying; Job Boards are a monolith in the recruiting world and it’s shocking to hear that they may go away.

    But as you can see, the evidence doesn’t support those claims. Most of the articles I’ve seen quote people who have a vested interest in the job board’s death. When you have networking consultants, headhunters or representatives of a certain “professional social network” site saying that the job board is dead, that isn’t a prediction; it’s a marketing tactic.

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  • Keith Halperin

    @Gerry and John: I learned a great deal and answered some of my own questions by reading the actual report (http://www.careerxroads.com/news/SourcesOfHire11.pdf), and recommend our community does so as well.

    Happy Weekend,


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  • http://www.monster.com Jay Bartlett

    were sites like Indeed mentioned on this report anywhere?

  • http://info.monster.com/solutions/healthcare.asp Alex A

    Excellent article. I hear from customers all the time that the Monster is getting them the most quality hires. As job boards continue to evolve and work with companies like Linked In, my feeling is that they will only get stronger. Social recruiting results have yet to be proven. Monster now offers our customers a way to track the direct and indirect applies. Its amazing to see how much traffic is driven to career sites from Monster. In my opinion, I think that the company career site stat is scewed.

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  • karl deitz

    Great article John.

    Although Linkedin and other social media are growing in use by recruiters, job boards are far from dead.

    What is dead is recruiters ability to put more effort and time into their job ads – our research has found that most recruiters just do a cut ‘n’ copy of the job description and use parts of a similar ad they have recently written.

    Poor ads will ALWAYS attract poor candidates.

    We’re trying to rectify this with http://www.myrecruitmate.com – giving recruiters tools, copywriting techniques and guides on how to only write ads that will attract the best candidates and deter the rest – It’s a skill, but one that most recruiters are capable of learning – their inbox will thank them for it!

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  • http://bloomfieldsearch.com Jamie Bloomfield

    First time in a while I’ve seen a graph like this. Very interesting to see the breakdowns of where hires come from.

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  • karl deitz

    and so interesting to continue to read articles on the doom and gloom around Job Boards Are dead, no they’re not, people just write dead boring job ads – we hope to revive them, if only slightly. Combined with social media, professional networks and know key movers and shakers in the sector they all work together – there is no silver bullet.