Contact: Dr. Randall S. Hansen
February 8, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Summary: A major paradigm shift in online job-searching moves closer to the mainstream as Web 2.0 social networking sites and second generation job boards gain traction with employers and job-seekers.
(QUINTESSENTIAL CAREERS: DeLand, FL) ‘ Online job boards will be gone within a decade or sooner. That’s the assertion of a new report and e-book on the state of Internet job-hunting from a leading career Website. Taking their place, a wave of new social-media-driven job-search sites and tools is arriving online and expected to dramatically change how job-seekers and employers find each other in the future.
“Just as the major job boards revolutionized how job-seekers searched, applied, and found jobs more than a decade ago, a new crop of Websites are arriving that will once again change the job-search landscape,” says Katharine Hansen, Ph.D., creative director for Quintessential Careers and author of the report titled, The Long, Slow Death March of Job Boards ‘– and What Will Replace Them, as well as co-author of the accompanying no-cost e-book, Job Search 2.0: Advancing Your Career Through Online Social Media.
“While traditional job boards will still play a role in how job-seekers find jobs over the next few years, social-networking sites and second-generation job boards are quickly gaining inroads, and we can expect these and other emerging job-search sites to replace the big job boards within a decade,” Hansen states.
“One other element at the heart of this paradigm shift is the empowerment of job-seekers to create and manage their online career persona, what we refer to as their digital presence,” Hansen says. “As job boards diminish in importance and effectiveness, and hiring decision-makers shift their approaches to connecting with talent through online searches, a digital presence becomes a must.”
The 2009 report, the sixth in a series of annual reports published by Quintessential Careers covering the major trends in online job-search, includes these findings about how employers and job-seekers are connecting with each other online:
- Job boards will be gone in 10 years or sooner.
- Digital presence, “findability,” and search-engine optimization (SEO) increasingly are standard operating tools for jobseekers.
- Social-networking, people-finding, and micro-blogging participation are becoming critical to the job search.
- Blogging is seen as a both a way to demonstrate expertise and learn more about and connect with employers.
- Integrating multimedia into the job search — a controversial trend — is one to watch.
Readers can find more details here:
- 2009 Online Job-Hunting Report:The Long, Slow Death March of Job Boards ‘– and What Will Replace Them. URL: https://www.livecareer.com/quintessential/job-board-death-march.html
- No-cost e-book (ISBN-10: 1-934689-08-4): The Quintessential Guide to Job Search 2.0: Advancing Your Career Through Online Social Media. URL: https://www.livecareer.com/quintessential/Quintessential-Careers-Press/Job-Search/
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