Job boards

I’m interested in associations or vendors who have had success implementing a job board. What technology did you use? How long do you run ads for? How did you set the price?

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    First off, great blog! Just found out about your site and have added your RSS feed. Great content!

    In terms of job boards, we looked at going the ASP route of Boxwood and Jobtarget, however, the costs didnt make sense. My organization, The Illinois Park and Recreation Association, began using a customized job board back in 2002. While effective, it was seriously outdated and did not allow for job postings to be paid by park and recreation agencies via credit card and was very plain in terms of GUI. Upon releasing our newest version of our site in January of 2005, we upgraded the job board to allow for credit card and PO transactions. In May 2006, we added another feature which allows for applicants to submit a resume which is searchable by employing agencies. As of this date, we have approx. 600 resumes in the system. Not only can employers post a job and search resumes, but applicants with a stored resume can also apply to those jobs online. Not a new idea, but this was done completely in-house. Our costs to post a job are about half what other services offer and target the parks and recreation sector. If you would like more information, just shoot me an email!

    Hey Dean, thanks for your feedback and the compliments on the blog.

    As for the job board, we are very curious about the ROI and user frequency. How did your ROI fair in terms of your initial investment to your first couple years of service. Also, how much activity monthly are you getting on the board (new resumes, new posts, etc…).

    As far as ROI goes, the job board on our website is the most popular and most accessed (yes, I know it should be content!), however, with a large student population and larger IL park districts constantly needing new personnel, the job board is usually the first place to go on the site. To give you some dimensions, we budget over $50k/year in revenue from the job board (non-dues). Its a significant amount of revenue, especially on a budget of 2 million/year. After looking at our analytics last fall, we saw that we needed to leverage our job board to include more interaction and thus added the ability to post a resume. Like I said, we have about 600 resumes in the system (since 5/1/06) which has drawn even more employing agencies to use the job board. We average about 20-50 new job postings a month and about 40-80 resume postings. Employers like the ability to have applicants apply for a job directly online. We have seen quite a few job postings from agencies out of state and employers not in this sector. We dont charge to post a resume and found the ASP route wanted approx. 20% of all job posting revenue. In terms of expenses to do this, we spent approx $10k in time and resources.

    Not a new idea, but this was done completely in-house. Our costs to post a job are about half what other services offer and target the parks and recreation sector.

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