Computerwork.com is Fast Becoming an Alternative for Tech Candidates Lost in Online Job Market

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Computerwork.com, a 10-year old technology niche job board, is thriving as an antidote to candidate-harvesting and other 'big board' horror stories. Its targeted resume bank now totals 350,000.

As hiring nationwide begins to intensify and employers and candidates alike toss their resumes and postings into the online market, they’re finding it increasingly difficult to get noticed on major job boards. Or get a response. Or get results.

These are the stories being told by technology candidates who are hit hardest by the fierce competition of today’s environment, reports Computerwork, a niche job board that focuses solely on the IT industry. By matching only technical candidates with technology employers, Computerwork.com has established a targeted resume bank of 350,000 screened, qualified candidates with no 3rd party recruiters, and is currently receiving more than 100,000 monthly visits from IT candidates.

“Just getting any response has been the biggest challenge, especially from the big boards,” says Blayne Leonard, an IT professional based in Lathrup Village, MI.

Tech candidates are also feeling the effects of candidate harvesting, a disturbing trend that has emerged among companies using larger job boards. David Webb, vice president of the information technology services firm Hurff-Webb, Inc., has noticed that larger staffing companies use major boards to stockpile specific skill sets.

“While it seems like a great idea from the recruiting side,” he explains, “what you actually experience is a candidate looking for a job ‘now,’ who is upset after they go through interviews only to find out they are queued for a non-existent job that may, or may not, ever open up. Hurff-Webb uses ‘just-in-time’ recruiting, and niche boards help us to do that effectively by managing our clients’ expectations with the “ready to go” job seeker market.”

“Boards like Computerwork.com are the best for proactively searching to fill a requirement,” adds Webb, who has 10 years of experience in both creating and using online job boards. “The overall value and experience is better with a lower-cost niche board . . . it’s like looking for a needle in a stack of needles, rather than a needle in a haystack.”

“The advantage to me of using a smaller, more focused niche board has been that it's easier to find jobs specific to my skill set,” agrees Leonard, who recently landed a 10-week assignment as a PC technician through the niche board.

Now in its 10th year of service, Computerwork.com has developed a loyal following of both candidates and employers in the IT industry, explains founder Jim Ingham.

“Rather than spreading into every market and being all things to all candidates, we’ve established a targeted and loyal resume pool that can’t be found elsewhere,” Ingham says. “Candidates have a real alternative in niche boards that provides personal service and an ideal audience for their specific skills, but it’s not so large that they get lost in all the sheer volume of job-seekers.”

About Computerwork.com

Now in its 10th year of service, Computerwork.com blends personalized service, resume matching and filtering technology, and a clear focus on the IT industry to connect candidates with employers. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, the company runs a primary national site as well as more than 70 city, regional, and skill-set specific sites such as denver.computerwork.com and ohio.computerwork.com. It has established a targeted resume bank of 350,000 screened, qualified candidates with no third party recruiters, and receives more than 100,000 monthly visits from IT candidates.

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