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Silly mistakes
3:25pm Friday 07 September 2012
Tags: job ads online recruitment skilled jobs.nsw ugl

It's always a good idea to preview the job ad before posting it live. read more...


QR Codes in Print Job Ads
3:33pm Monday 27 August 2012
Tags: mycareer mobile recruitment qr codes job ads

I'm not sure why I still read Saturday’s edition of MyCareer (probably waiting for the souvenir last edition). But I found 2 job ads with QR codes! read more...


I don't care that you have more LinkedIn connections than me. You can buy them for $5
3:23pm Monday 16 April 2012
Tags: recruitment job seekers fiverr.com resume services background checks linkedin linkedin connections linkedin recommendations

How much would you pay to increase your Linkedin connections, recommendations as well as search ranking? Guess what? It's worth $5 read more...


More jobs than SEEK?
2:53pm Friday 06 April 2012
Tags: expired ads careerone reinvent your career jobg8 aussierecruitment uworkin scraping job aggregation job board seek job ad recruit.net indeed jobseeker.com.au

I have to give credit to new players entering the market. But basing success on a questionable metric is not a smartest move. Are job aggregators, job boards? read more...


Fail Whale. Phishing link love
1:26pm Friday 06 April 2012
Tags: myrecruitonline adecco recruitment phishing security twitter spam

Hey recruitment industry.... Time to change your passwords. Here are 2 of the 100 or so message I have had over the past week. read more...


if(candidate.experience.contains(it)) ++bonusPoints
3:46pm Monday 20 February 2012
Tags: ihub frontlinesms marketing it job ad funny job ads innovation it developer java code

It's great to showcase an innovative job ad from Kenya formatted in code.If you are having trouble reading the job ad, Frontline SMS (a non-profit organisation in Kenya) is looking for a Software Developer to join their team http://dev.frontlinesms.com/jobs/ read more...


For bonus points, apply using the API
2:09pm Friday 03 February 2012
Tags: job board api marketing application process parse.com

I nearly wet myself seeing this innovative way of applying for a job. For those IT professionals, this will interest you. Well done Parse. read more...


"Attaging" with QR Codes - The security threat for mobile recruitment
9:21pm Tuesday 04 October 2011
Tags: attack tagging attaging mobile marketing virus security qr code reader android mobile recruitment qr codes

I love all the hype around mobile recruitment. Apparently, QR codes are all the rage at the moment. Hands up those who have a QR code reader on their phone. Most likely the answer is QR what? read more...


SMS "Apply" to...
7:23pm Tuesday 04 October 2011
Tags: 2 way sms sms marketing in recruitment victoria police protective service officers recruitment marketing mobile recruitment sms

Victoria Police is currently recruiting for over 900 Protective Service Officers to be stationed across our public transport network. read more...


Typo squatting and the doppelganger domain threat
2:20pm Tuesday 04 October 2011
Tags: subdomains domain names doppelganger domains recruitment security man in the middle security

What could you do with 20GB of your competitors sensitive email correspondence without anyone even noticing? A report released by security researchers analysing the effect of doppelganger domain traffic belonging to Fortune 500 companies was able to collect 20GB of misaddressed email over a 6 month period. read more...


PayCheck Plus
1:29pm Monday 05 September 2011
Tags: paycheck payroll online recruitment pay rates modern awards fair work ombudsman job titles wage rates salary rates

The Fair Work Ombudsman has released an online web application which helps you automatically calculate pay and penalty rate entitlements under modern awards. read more...


Is it time to say farewell to 3rd party application forms?
11:30am Tuesday 19 July 2011
Tags: user experience recruitment systems job board candidate experience application tracking systems ddos multiposter ats linkout application form jobadder seek

At last! SEEK's new application export function (or as I like to call it "job application webservice") is live and ready to go. Kudos to Jobadder for being the first to implement this new function for their clients. read more...


XSS is a serious problem
7:00am Tuesday 19 July 2011
Tags: owasp xss job board software job boards recruitment software security hacking javascript

I've written about XSS (cross-site scripting) numerous times on this blog. If you run a job board, or manage your recruitment website take note... XSS is a very serious problem! read more...


How much do I charge candidates for work experience?
12:11pm Wednesday 08 June 2011
Tags: terms and conditions work experience rouge recruiters work experience charging candidates recruitment terms and conditions

Oh boy, what another shit storm this will turn out to be. Recruiters charging candidates "work experience placement" fees. What I love most are the terms and conditions. Great reading. read more...


Applying for jobs using your mobile phone
7:30am Monday 30 May 2011
Tags: log in with linkedin iphone job search seek mobile application form linkedin profile seek mobile linkedin mobile application form mobile job search adlogic mobile job search mobile recruitment

Mobile job sites are so hot right now. But one of the problems that we all identified in the early stages of designing mobile job sites, was how the job seeker could apply for jobs? read more...


RIP TheBigChair, MyCareer Head Hunter
7:00am Tuesday 10 May 2011
Tags: resume database linkedin seek fairfax online recruitment job boards rip thebigchair mycareer jobfox

Thank you for visiting TheBigChair - unfortunately we’ve shut down! It's no surprise there was no mention of the future of TheBigChair or MyCareer Head Hunter in last years Fairfax investors presentation. Both sites will now be laid to rest in the ever increasing job board cemetery. read more...


CareerOne and the cookie monster
7:30am Friday 25 March 2011
Tags: candidate application process do not track behavioural tracking recruitment metrics tracking cookie careerone ad network can monster careerone metrics analytics post impression tracking

CareerOne has finally launched a local version of the Monster Career Ad Network (CAN) called CareerOne Ad Network. This would have to be one of the products I am most excited about. I remember being blown away by the technology during a Monster CAN product demo in 2008. read more...


5 tips to stop your recruitment database walking out the door
8:41am Thursday 24 March 2011
Tags: recruitment security database management recruitment database database logs data leakage prevention

How many times have I heard stories of Recruitment Consultants walking out the door with a database of client or candidate records. I doubt you would even know if it has happened to you! read more...


What should you build first - mobile website or native app?
7:57am Thursday 24 March 2011
Tags: recruitment websites cross platform mobile job search job search native apps iphone apps mycareer seek careerone mobile job sites mobile recruitment mobile career sites

All 3 major job boards here in Australia are dabbling in mobile, and there are 2 distinct strategies adopted. Only 1 site has won. It should be a no brainer, but should you be building a mobile optimised website or native application for your recruitment website? read more...


Online Recruitment 101
7:54pm Sunday 27 February 2011
Tags: online recruitment video job boards applicant tracking system

Short video about online recruitment for anyone new to the industry. Stick men are cool. read more...


Online Recruitment - UK Draft Code of Practice
7:30am Wednesday 23 February 2011
Tags: online recruitment code of practice recruitment websites online recruitment systems ats job board resume candidate cv online recruitment code of practice

A draft British standard for online recruitment has been released. As per the document, the standard gives recommendations for online recruitment and is applicable to all methods of candidate attraction, screening, storage and selection using internet-based technology up to the point of acceptance of offer. The standard codifies good practice for delivery of online recruitment (direct or outsourced) and identifies the roles and responsibilities of those involved. The standard seeks to encourage increased transparency and improvement of the candidate experience. read more...


Robert Walters Salary Survey iPhone App
10:17pm Sunday 13 February 2011
Tags: robert walters salary survey iphone app iphone salary survey

Robert Walters have released a nifty salary survey iPhone app for users to quickly compare contract/permanent salaries for the past 3 years. The app is basically a searchable "digital" edition of the PDF edition. Set your country and you are ready to go. read more...


Monkey Business
9:17pm Sunday 13 February 2011
Tags: careerbuilder superbowl 2011 theladders using video in recruitment tv ads funny ads

It's that time of the year again when US brands spend sh*tloads on TV commercials during the Super Bowl. This year CareerBuilder was the only jobs/employment related brand advertising. If you think CareerBuilder ads are all monkey business, have a look at the new video for TheLadders... err um. You be the judge! read more...


Adlogic Mobile
7:00pm Thursday 27 January 2011
Tags: thomas shaw recruitment directory android iphone mobile job sites mobile recruitment mobile recruiting rcsa adlogic mobile postjobsonce adlogic anwar khalil

I am pleased to announce a partnership between adlogic and Recruitment Directory. We will be providing a range of mobile job site software for all of adlogic/PostJobsOnce (RCSA Members) clients. This partnership will give every adlogic client access to our advanced mobile job site software. It doesn’t matter if another vendor is currently powering your website. This mobile product is linked directly to your adlogic account. read more...


Push Notifications for Mobile Recruitment/HR Apps
8:00am Monday 17 January 2011
Tags: hr technology push notifications for recruitment mobile recruiting mobile applications mobile recruitment push notification messages sms

The whole push notification environment is quite interesting to get your head around. It doesn't matter if the mobile application is designed for iOS (iPhone), Android or Windows 7 operating systems - the overall architecture is much the same. Push notifications should not be seen as a SMS or Email replacement, but as a complement to existing notification services. read more...


2011 - Year of the free resume
10:00am Sunday 16 January 2011
Tags: recruitment system free resumes security online recruitment seo

It's only 2 weeks into the New Year, and it comes as no surprise to anyone who works in the online recruitment industry that the lack of security around resumes allows anyone with basic boolean knowledge to find resumes. Wouldn't it be great if one of your competitors has all their candidate resumes online? read more...


CareerOne iPhone App
8:30am Tuesday 21 December 2010
Tags: mobile job board candidate profile job board careerone mobile recruiting iphone app careerone iphone app geolocation

CareerOne has finally released the first part of their mobile arsenal. The CareerOne iPhone App was released last night allowing job seekers to search, shortlist and apply for jobs. read more...


MyCareer's LinkedIn integration
7:30am Tuesday 21 December 2010
Tags: job matching job search linkedin integration single signon job board linkedin mycareer social networking

MyCareer has quietly integrated a number of LinkedIn features onto their job board. Users can use their existing LinkedIn profile as a "single sign on" to MyCareer instead of using the Fairfax registration process. read more...


All I want for Christmas are some funny job ads
7:30am Monday 13 December 2010
Tags: christmas job ads funny job ads

Tis the silly season for Christmas job ads. If you have seen any worth sharing, let me know. read more...


OWASP Top 10 and your Recruitment Website - Part 2
4:37pm Thursday 09 December 2010
Tags: sql injections cross-site request forgery xss insecure direct object references hacking security dmitry kulshitsky owasp job boards recruitment websites recruitment security csrf

In part 1 of this series we started a conversation about the OWASP Top 10 most prevalent security vulnerabilities and how relevant these issues were to a typical recruitment web site. In the 2nd part we will review the next 2 items from this list. read more...


So you want to run a job board...
11:41am Thursday 09 December 2010
Tags: recruitment technology job board traffic job board software job ads job board sales job board

Do you have what it takes to run a successful (and profitable) new job board in Australia? Chances are no. read more...


Australian Job Board Statistics - November 2010
9:43am Monday 06 December 2010
Tags: job board statistics job board report october 2010 careerone mycareer job board seek nielsen netratings

Australian Job Board Statistics measuring the total unique browsers during November 2010. Data source - Nielsen NetRatings. SEEK 4.245m, CareerOne 1.717m, MyCareer 1.383m read more...


TradeMe Jobs API
11:20am Monday 29 November 2010
Tags: api xml job ads job board trademe jobs api trademejobs oauth developer.trademe.co.nz

It seems everyone is releasing APIs at the moment. TradeMe's public API has been out for a few weeks now and I have finally managed to get around to building some examples. The TradeMe API is built on a simple RESTful standard. It uses HTTP request methods to GET/POST data via XML/JSON. read more...


SEEK adds LinkedIn profile import tool
7:00am Monday 29 November 2010
Tags: candidate profile resume database job board job board linkedin integration linkedin api seek linkedin

SEEK has finally released the new job seeker resume database. Registered job seekers will now be able to parse their existing resume (using FAST Search) OR import their existing LinkedIn profile to the new SEEK job seeker database. SEEK's LinkedIn integration is very simple for job seekers to use and it's modeled on the same processed I have discussed previously. read more...


MyCareer, TradeMe, jobs.com.au & TheBigChair?? What is happening down in Fairfax land
8:00am Wednesday 24 November 2010
Tags: job ad yields niche job board online strategy online recruitment job boards fairfax media trademe jobs jobs.com.au thebigchair mycareer

Yesterday, Fairfax Media released an important announcement (PDF) as a result of a long winding review of its entire business operations. There were a few strategic announcements made about the future of MyCareer and the new use for jobs.com.au read more...


Facebook Messages: Are employers ready for unified communications?
9:59pm Tuesday 23 November 2010
Tags: facebook using facebook for recruitment google wave communication sms email facebook chat

Google Wave bought us new ways on how people communicate with each other. The idea was great, but did it users going back for more? I resisted writing about Google Wave. It was a good idea; great mind built an amazing product. Now, I love new gadgets and toys. Usually I am the first one to put my hand up to try something new, but I can't really write about Facebook Messages without trying it first. read more...


Oakley's Minister for Fun
6:39pm Tuesday 23 November 2010
Tags: video job applications video interviews competition the ultimate job oakley

There has been a plethora of job competitions over the past 12 months; you could forgive all media publications for not mentioning them ever again. Queensland's Best Job in the World was a mighty success, but on the flip side much can be said about Drake's The Ultimate Job comp. read more...


Australian Job Board Statistics - October 2010
9:00am Monday 01 November 2010
Tags: job board mycareer careerone october 2010 job board report job board statistics seek nielsen netratings

Australian Job Board Statistics measuring the total unique browsers during October 2010. Data source - Nielsen NetRatings. SEEK 4.295m, CareerOne 1.625m, MyCareer 1.379m read more...


Adlogic Webservice API
7:30am Monday 01 November 2010
Tags: recruitment website adlogic webservice api soap api job board xml adlogic webservice job ads adlogic.com.au

Adlogic has released a webservice API which has opened up their internal system for 3rd party developers to build websites and applications from. They have also released a number of pre-built scripts allowing recruiters/employers to easily integrate their job board with the new webservice API. read more...


CareerOne Power Search
9:24pm Sunday 31 October 2010
Tags: job board job search 6sense power resume search monster careerone semantic search job keywords power search

CareerOne has quietly switched on PowerSearch across the public job search function and the resume database. Behind PowerSearch, is a product called 6Sense which has been awarded multiple patents for its semantic search technology. read more...


SEEK mobile
5:47pm Sunday 31 October 2010
Tags: job board iphone app m.seek.com.au mobile job search mobile recruitment seek mobile seek mobile job site mobile recruiting

In what is shaping up to be a "battle for the mobile job seeker". SEEK has finally released the first stage of its mobile arsenal. The new SEEK mobile website is a very simple site that automatically detects and then redirects users who view the main site to the mobile version http://m.seek.com.au/ read more...


How to make job searching cool
11:37am Wednesday 13 October 2010
Tags: mycareer lube funny videos tv commercials mgmt seek mycareer careerone job boards funny job ads indigenous jobs australia

Add 2 cups of creativity, a message, a few "below the line" suggestions and target the correct audience. Don't you just love the creativity of marketing agencies? Some people may find them a bit weird while others marvel at the creativity. Below are some of my other favourite job search videos (besides the Monster/CareerBuilder Superbowl ads). I can't remember this TV campaign from MyCareer ever going to air. Do you? read more...


Android. What you need to know
8:00am Monday 11 October 2010
Tags: iphone mobile websites recruitment websites android job search app android applications mobile operating systems google android mobile recruitment android market

I've been working on a few different Android Apps for clients over the past week and it's been quite interesting to learn how powerful the OS has become. You will be surprised to know that Google's Android mobile operating system is now the most popular OS among those who bought a new smartphone in the United States. read more...


Australian Job Board Statistics - September 2010
1:16pm Monday 04 October 2010
Tags: job board statistics job board report september 2010 careerone mycareer job board seek nielsen netratings

Australian Job Board Statistics measuring the total unique browsers during September 2010. Data source - Nielsen NetRatings. SEEK 4.128m, CareerOne 1.591m, MyCareer 1.323m read more...


It's becoming harder to find appropriate candidates
9:00am Tuesday 28 September 2010
Tags: rcsa quarterly business manager survey rcsa.com.au rcsa recruitment industry statistics recruitment statistics statistics

The latest RCSA Quarterly Business Manager Survey (Apr - Jun 2010) focused on a number of on-hire and contract employment questions. The survey notes that both business confidence and expectations of growth have eased since April. Growth has dropped from its historic high 1 point to 72.5 while members expect next quarter’s business volumes to drop to 7.9% compared with last round's level of 8.9%. read more...


JobServe's Mobile Resume Search
7:00am Tuesday 28 September 2010
Tags: mobile resume database mobile job search jobserve mobile mobile recruitment jobserve headhunter jobserve

October is set to be a ripper of a month with a number of BIG mobile product set to be released across the industry from a number of job boards and technology providers. I've been following the evolution of Jobserve mobile offerings for the past 12 months and the latest release is a mobile version of it's Resume Search service dubbed Jobserve Connect Headhunter. read more...


Carey Eaton talking about "The Marketplace"
10:51pm Monday 27 September 2010
Tags: recruitment technology cio carey eaton robert half seek interview

Robert Half recently interviewed Carey Eaton, CIO at SEEK on the role (and career path) of a CIO. It's quite interesting to hear why SEEK is not a technology company and his views on the marketplace. read more...


IE9 Jump Lists
1:24pm Tuesday 21 September 2010
Tags: mycareer online recruitment taskbar pinning job search apps html5 jump lists ie9 internet explorer 9 recent searches

Last week, Microsoft released a beta version of the new Internet Explorer called IE9. I am not a big fan of IE, but I actually can't contain my excitement over some of the new features. read more...


I love RSS
3:19pm Wednesday 15 September 2010
Tags: rss xml rss feeds social media social recruiting rss job feeds

I really do love RSS feeds. We have written about the use of using RSS feeds in job searches and also creating your own RSS feed previously. RSS feeds save you TIME and increases PRODUCTIVITY. This presentation by David Swinney sums it all up. read more...


2010 Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle
2:34pm Wednesday 15 September 2010
Tags: gartner mobile recruiting recruitment technology emerging technologies hype cycle gartner hype cycle 2010

Technology is moving at a rapid rate. Working out what will be the next big thing is a challenge for most. Should we invest now or wait for the technology to mature. Gartner's Hype Cycle Special Report for 2010 (PDF) consists of 75 individual Hype Cycle reports, each of which gives a snapshot perspective of a key area of IT or business. read more...



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