Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) July 19, 2005
As hiring nationwide begins to intensify and employers and candidates alike toss their resumes and postings into the online market, theyÂre 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 todayÂs 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.
ÂJust getting any response has been the biggest challenge, especially from the big boards,Â 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.
ÂWhile it seems like a great idea from the recruiting side,Â he explains, Âwhat you actually experience is a candidate looking for a job Ânow,Â 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 Âjust-in-timeÂ recruiting, and niche boards help us to do that effectively by managing our clientsÂ expectations with the Âready to goÂ job seeker market.Â
ÂBoards like Computerwork.com are the best for proactively searching to fill a requirement,Â adds Webb, who has 10 years of experience in both creating and using online job boards. ÂThe overall value and experience is better with a lower-cost niche board . . . itÂs like looking for a needle in a stack of needles, rather than a needle in a haystack.Â
ÂThe 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,Â 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.
ÂRather than spreading into every market and being all things to all candidates, weÂve established a targeted and loyal resume pool that canÂt be found elsewhere,Â Ingham says. ÂCandidates have a real alternative in niche boards that provides personal service and an ideal audience for their specific skills, but itÂs not so large that they get lost in all the sheer volume of job-seekers.Â
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.