Skip to comments.Launch of .jobs Web sites shakes up employment advertising industry
Posted on 01/23/2011 8:43:52 AM PST by SeekAndFind
A massive network of employment Web sites - where any company can list job openings for free - launched this week over the protests of newspapers and online recruitment companies, who fear billions of dollars in lost revenue.
The 40,000 sites, with Web addresses that all end in ".jobs," have the potential to upend companies such as Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com, which just a decade ago set up for-profit jobs classifieds online that roiled the media companies that printed the listings on paper. The initiative is being backed by nearly 600 hundred industry titans such as Google, American Express, IBM, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.
Finding jobs on the sites is simple: A nurse looking for work need only type in www.nurse.jobs. For someone looking for a job in the District, there's www.washingtondc.jobs. It works for scores of professions, and in every state, any U.S. city with more than 5,000 people, and 126 countries. Later this year, suburbs and small towns will be tossed in, too, and the network is expected to grow to 100,000 Web sites.
The new sites are operated by a nagging rival to Monster: the Indianapolis-based nonprofit DirectEmployers Association, whose executive director is Bill Warren, 69, a former Monster president whom Monster sued unsuccessfully after he left in 2000, he said.
In an interview, Warren pointed out what he views as hypocrisy by the online recruiters who fought the existence of his new venture: "Back in the 1990s, when we put the first employment site on the Internet, some of the people who are now protesting - Monster and CareerBuilder - were very happy and dancing on the graves of newspapers. But now, something like this is going to have an impact on them, and obviously, they're not so happy. This is an evolution of Internet recruiting."
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
The .jobs internet extension is not new. It’s been there for a few years now.
All this potential upheaval was made possible by a nonprofit called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN for short), which was created during the Clinton administration to run the Internet’s address naming system.
The .jobs domain was approved five years ago, but only for corporate names such as IBM.jobs or LockheedMartin.jobs. Last month, ICANN gave final approval to DirectEmployers Association to add a twist: search-friendly professions and geographic locations. The new flexibility caters more directly to how users search for jobs online.
This is idiotic. The costs for 100k domains must be insane, whereas Monster has ONE domain with ALL these jobs. I don’t see what the hubub is about.
There's a site that is specifically for applying for new Apple CEO, www.steve.jobs.
That site is non-existent. You might want to reserve it before someone thinks of that idea ( be sure Steve doesn’t sue for using his name :)
...And what exactly would we type for jobs that blow?
blow was taken but greatblow is available.
Expensive, but not necessarily insane. Bulk domain name registration, especially at that volume level, should allow the price per domain name to be significantly less than what you or I would ordinarily pay.
“caters more directly to how users search for jobs online”
Correction: caters to how ‘search engines’ search online. That could change if there’s money to be made...
Like the author notes, it's pretty ironic that the dot-coms who thought that the demise of the print classifieds was so gosh darn funny are now protesting at the OBVIOUS rise of FREE online employment listings.
Cyber BILLIONAIRES are so predictably b-o-r-i-n-g....
When I was looking for work a few years back, I used Monster.com, and I found that most of the "job" listings were imaginary ones created by recruiters so that they could build up their inventory of resumes. Finally got a job through a friend having a friend being a manager needing a new guy.
THAT practice should be illegal. One of our parents found a part-time job by keeping an eye out on snagajob.com - and one of my neighbors found a position on craigslist -- both are free for jobhunters.
But it's quite possible that MANY online websites are deceptive in the manner you depict. That's just horrible, and I wonder how common it was with the old newspaper want ads.
Newspaper want ads cost money. Online job listing in most instances do not.
If anyone is looking for a job, I personnally found these two “aggregators” to be the most helpful when I had to shut my company down and go job hunting in 2008:
It is true that there are numerous ads that never lead to interviews or even acknowledging receipt of your resumé. In the end, it was an industry acquaintance, a former customer actually, that led to my current employment. If you’re having difficulties finding opportunities, wrack your brain for people who might be able to help, who know you and would be willing to give you at least a fair hearing and possibly a job.
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