The Problem with Job Boards

The Ladders has released a brief new white paper by the Aberdeen Group called Challenges in Sourcing Six-Figure Talent. (It is a .pdf download).

In it, they share their research on how partnering with an online provider to source resumes is more effective than just posting on job boards. It is an interesting read and presents many problems and challenges that still could be solved in the employment vertical space.

Job boards can increase the reach of recruiters and hiring managers into otherwise difficult-to-access talent pools, but 70 percent of survey respondents said that reach can make things worse by delivering unqualified candidates, most of whom are unqualified for the advertised position. In addition, 59 percent said the volume of applicants funneled through job boards strains the resources of hiring companies and recruiters, making them less effective at identifying and vetting candidates who are actually qualified.

Additionally, 61 percent of respondents said they spend too much time looking for the right candidates for these jobs and 45 percent don’t see value in paying for job postings on these sites and job boards.

Read Sharon Florentine’s article here: The Problem with Job Boards.

RC Laser sailing in Alabama

Remote Control Laser

I checked my RC Laser on my Delta flight last Friday night and sailed it for the past 3 days on Lay Lake in Alabama. Winds on Saturday were very light, giving me a first chance to get the hang of all of the controls and rigging on the boat.

On Chrismas day, winds were in the low 20’s with gusts to 30. The flattened “C” rig did great! The effects of the sail trim seemed more pronounced with the small sail and big wind. What fun!

Now I just have to figure out how NOT to turn the boat into a submarine going downwind in that heavy air!

Management superpowers

Sean Michael Kerner writes about Mike Shaver, co-founder of the Mozilla project, who recently presented on the topic of how people contribute to open source projects.

Here are two quotes that could be broadly applied to management in general:

To an employee (sic): “Think about what is the thing that you do best. Whatever it is, that’s your X factor, your superpower. Think about how you can you use that.”

On being the manager: “I help people match those things up. That’s my call to action.”