Blogswap – Tuning In To the Younger Job Seekers

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Fifteen years ago this month the World Wide Web was officially introduced to the world by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. You can see some of the highlights from the last fifteen years on this BBC web page.

A few highlights include:

August 1991 Tim Berners-Lee launches World Wide Web software

February 1994 Yahoo! launches

July 1995 Amazon launches

August 1995 18,957 web sites online

September 1995 eBay launches

July 1996 Hotmail launches

August 1996 342,081 web sites online

September 1998 Google launches

August 2000 Almost 20 million web sites online

April 2003 iTunes music download service launches
February 2005 launches

August 2006 92,615,362 web sites online

From a recruiting perspective some of early job boards were (launched in the UK during 1993) and (launched in 1994). Although the technology behind the many thousands of job boards has changed over the years it is still a basic process of advertising a job, alerting job seekers that a job has been posted, and inviting them to apply online.

Looking for a job before 1993 typically didn’t include the web. But for children at school today, and for current students and graduates, they probably won’t think about many other ways of looking for a job as they have been brought up with the web as a core part of their daily lives. However, they are used to far more interactive experiences online (e.g. myspace, youtube, iTunes) than the usual static job descriptions.

College Recruiter recently announced a partnership with Wetjello (an online video solutions company) which brings more interactivity to job hunting through the use of videos. This is in addition to the interactive blogs and audio podcasts they offer via the College Recruiter web site.

Other job boards may follow the College Recruiter example soon, but of course the same applies to company careers web sites. When was the last time you looked at your careers web site from a younger job seekers point of view? The chances are that the information is mainly delivered by static text, just as it was fifteen years ago when the World Wide Web started! Is your careers site in tune with the younger job seekers?


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Written by Mike Taylor from Mike previously worked in HR as a Corporate Recruiter (IBM & Nokia) and has experience of working as an independent Online Recruitment Consultant helping companies with their online recruitment strategies. Mike’s expertise also includes how emerging technologies can benefit both job seekers and recruiters using online recruitment.

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