WEDDLE’s Announces 2008 User’s Choice Winners

WEDDLE’s Announces 2008 User’s Choice Winners

WEDDLE’s Announces 2008 User’s Choice Winners

Job boards have changed job search forever. They have made more employment opportunities available to more people than any other medium in history. Are they the only tool a person should use to find a new or better job? Of course not. Today’s job market is too great a challenge-especially if you’re looking for a meaningful and rewarding position-to be conquered with a single resource, no matter how powerful it may be. That said, those who ignore job boards or use them ineffectively are likely to find themselves struggling with a very different kind of test-one simply to stay employed.

Given this critical role, it’s important to remember that job boards are barely more than ten years old. A decade ago, there was a Monster Board, the Online Career Center, CareerMosaic.com and a handful of smaller sites. That’s it. Today, there are more than 50,000 job boards operating in the U.S. alone and an equal number offering their services elsewhere around the world. Which begs the question, “How can you determine which sites will best help you achieve your employment objective?”.

That’s what WEDDLE’s User’s Choice Awards are all about. They celebrate the elite of the job board industry. More importantly, they are the only recognition in that industry in which actual users-job seekers, recruiters and employers-get to select the winners. No pundit picks here, just the opinions of people who have relied on these sites to find the employment opportunities they seek or hire the talent their organizations need.

Since 2005, we at WEDDLE’s have been holding a year-long poll where job board users can come and cast their vote for their favorite sites. At the end of each year, we tally up the ballots and recognize the thirty sites with the most votes as our User’s Choice Award winners-the elite of the job board industry. (To cast your vote, please click here.)

Are there other great job boards out there? Absolutely. The winners, however, have generated enough enthusiasm among their users that those individuals are willing to take the time out of their busy day to visit the WEDDLE’s site and cast a ballot for them. As with the voting for Major League Baseball’s All Star teams, it’s not a scientific process, but it is definitely a measure of the intensity of support that sites have been able to generate among their users.

WEDDLE’s 2008 User’s Choice Awards are generously supported by Bernard Hodes Group. The winners are:

Absolutely Health Care

AllHealthcareJobs.com

BioSpace

CareerBank.com

CareerBuilder.com

CareerJournal.com

CollegeRecruiter.com

ComputerJobs.com

craigslist

Dice

EmploymentGuide

ExecuNet

Hcareers

HealthCareerWeb

HEALTHeCAREERS

Indeed

Job.com

JobCircle

Jobing.com

JobsinLogistics.com

TheLadders

LatPro

Monster

Net-Temps

6FigureJobs

SimplyHired

SnagAJob.com

VetJobs

Workopolis

Yahoo! HotJobs

Shopping for the right job board-the one that will connect you with the best employment opportunities for you-is now a central aspect of any job search campaign, and WEDDLE’s User’s Choice Awards give you a one-of-a-kind filter with which to evaluate alternative sites. We may live in an era of hyperbole, but it is no exaggeration to say that the User’s Choice Award winners are among the very best job boards in the world. That’s not my opinion. It’s the view of tens of thousands of job seekers (and recruiters) worldwide.

Thanks for reading,

Peter

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This Issue’s Sponsor: WEDDLE’s Guides & Directory

This issue of WEDDLE’s newsletter is brought to you through the generous support of WEDDLE’s Guides and Directory, the leading reference books for online job search success.

You can follow the herd and go to the same job boards everyone else is visiting online or you can shop smart and find the job boards that are best suited for you. You can add your application to the hundreds of others being submitted for the jobs everyone else is seeing or you can find the special opportunities posted at lesser known job boards and career portals. The choice is yours.

If you want to take the path less traveled and find a great job online, you’ll need the gold standard of job board guides: WEDDLE’s. WEDDLE’s publications are your road map to the best of the 50,000+ job boards now operating on the Internet. WEDDLE’s books include:

  • WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet. Called the “Zagat of the online employment industry” by the American Staffing Association, it provides full-page profiles of 350 of the best job boards in a range of occupations, industries and locations;
  • WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Directory of Employment Related Internet Sites. The “address book of the online employment industry,” it lists over 9,000 sites and organizes them by the career fields, industries and geographies on which they focus; and
  • WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Guide to Association Web Sites. The key to the “hidden job market” online, it details the employment resources and capabilities that are provided at the Web-sites of over 1,900 associations and societies.
  • These books are a smart investment for the smart professional. They provide a real and important competitive advantage in your search for a great job during a difficult economy. So, don’t delay! Call WEDDLE’s at 317.598.9768 and place your order today.

    Section Two: Site News You Can Use

    Blessing-White, a global consulting firm based in New Jersey, conducted a survey of managers and executives to determine their view of corporate career development programs. While the issue is clearly important to these business leaders, it is central to everyone else’s success in the world of work, as well. How did employers fare? Among the almost 1,000 respondents worldwide, just 29% thought their employer’s programs for career development met their needs. With the demise of the gold watch and the corporate career ladder, individual workers must now deal with more unknowns and more complicated issues if they want to be in charge of their career rather than its victim. And, that reality forces a stark choice. We can either search for an organization which is committed to and competent in helping its employees achieve a satisfying career or we can acquire the knowledge and skill set required for successful career self-management ourselves. Since many employers have now adopted the view that workers are on their own, I think it’s important to take the latter course and become self sufficient in managing your career. That’s true even if the employer for which you’re currently does provide some career development assistance. Why? Because these days, most of us are changing jobs every three-to-five years, so you never know whether you’ll continue to receive the support you deserve … unless you provide it yourself. (Look for my forthcoming book The Career Fitness Self-Fulfillment System; it includes everything you need to achieve and maintain a healthy and rewarding career.)

    I suppose it was inevitable given the culture of the Web, but I admit we were surprised to see the advent of a new employment resource called ISrchNkd.com. This San Diego-based search engine has been in operation for while, but has only recently added job postings to its site. As the founder of the company explains, “A lot of people surf and search for things on the Internet, and they do it in their underwear, pajamas and even naked. So if you are searching for a job, then do it naked.” Now, that’s what I call focusing on natural search results!

    GQ magazine published an article by Cecil Donahue which explores the highly visible but often ignored dangers of e-mail. He presents a Golden Rule of sorts for online messages: “Never send anything you wouldn’t be comfortable hearing read back to you in an entirely different context. Like your boss’s office. Or a courtroom.” He also coined a new word to describe what happens when you violate the rule; an “e-gret” occurs when you send something online that you will later regret. How does he suggest that you avoid such potentially embarrassing and even damaging situations? First, type out your message without inserting the recipient’s address and then read it back to yourself. Nine times out of ten, he says, you’ll feel better for having vented and delete the message without sending it. Alternatively, you can write out the e-blast and send it to yourself rather than to the person you’re roasting. Once you get it back and read it over, your temper is likely to have cooled, and you’ll be better able to make your point without the bile.

    Section Three: Site Profiles

    Site Spotlite … from the pages of WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Guides and Directories

    There are 50,000 job boards now in operation in North America and an equal number operating elsewhere around the world. The key to a successful online job search, therefore, is knowing where to find and how to select the best sites for your specific employment objective. WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Guide identifies 350 of the top sites worldwide and provides the information you need to determine which job boards will deliver the best opportunities for you. For example:

    JobCircle.com

    http://www.jobcircle.com

    Post full time jobs: Yes

    Post part time, contract or consulting jobs: Yes-All

    Distribution of jobs: Regional/USA: NJ, NY, PA, DE, MD, WDC

    Number of jobs: 6,500+

    Salary levels of jobs: Hourly to $250K+/yr

    Offer a job agent: Yes

    Resume database: Yes

    How long are resumes stored: Indefinitely

    Restrictions on who can post: None

    Other services for job seekers: Career information, Links to other sites with job search/career resources

    Member, International Association of Employment Web Sites: Yes

    Please Support Our Sponsor: WEDDLE’s Books

    This issue of WEDDLE’s newsletter is brought to you through the generous support of WEDDLE’s Guides and Directory, the leading reference books for online job search success.

    You can follow the herd and go to the same job boards everyone else is visiting online or you can shop smart and find the job boards that are best suited for you. You can add your application to the hundreds of others being submitted for the jobs everyone else is seeing or you can find the special opportunities posted at lesser known job boards and career portals. The choice is yours.

    If you want to take the path less traveled and find a great job online, you’ll need the gold standard of job board guides: WEDDLE’s. WEDDLE’s publications are your road map to the best of the 50,000+ job boards now operating on the Internet. WEDDLE’s books include:

  • WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Guide to Employment Sites on the Internet. Called the “Zagat of the online employment industry” by the American Staffing Association, it provides full-page profiles of 350 of the best job boards in a range of occupations, industries and locations;
  • WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Directory of Employment Related Internet Sites. The “address book of the online employment industry,” it lists over 9,000 sites and organizes them by the career fields, industries and geographies on which they focus; and
  • WEDDLE’s 2007/8 Guide to Association Web Sites. The key to the “hidden job market” online, it details the employment resources and capabilities that are provided at the Web-sites of over 1,900 associations and societies.
  • These books are a smart investment for the smart professional. They provide a real and important competitive advantage in your search for a great job during a difficult economy. So, don’t delay! Call WEDDLE’s at 317.598.9768 and place your order today.