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Jeff Dickey-Chasins

Jeff Dickey-Chasins is a veteran of the job board, publishing, and e-learning industries. Jeff was the original marketing director for Dice.com, growing it from $7 million to $65+ million in three years. He has worked with numerous job boards and HR-related sites over the past 20 years. His site can be found at JobBoardDoctor.

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What Would Happen if Monster Vanished? A Speculation

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Jeff Dickey-Chasins
Jun 26, 2012, 8:33 am ET
These are exciting times for the online recruiting industry: acquisitions (Jobs2Web, Bullhorn), IPOs (LinkedIn), and flame-outs (BranchOut). The majority of job boards I talk with are experiencing very strong business (and revenues), despite a frustratingly slow recovery. But there’s been a fly in the ointment (well, more than one, but I’ll leave those for another time).

Monster is having problems. A slumping stock price. Confusion in the boardroom. A publicly stated desire to sell itself. All this despite the fact that the company has an impressive client list, continues to launch new products and services (BeKnown, 6Sense, SeeMore), and employs many bright and capable people.

So the other day, I began wondering: what might happen if Monster vanished? No sale, no resurgence in health — just an ever-increasing death spiral that left the company bankrupt and unable to compete. Yes, I realize this is extremely unlikely. b=But it’s interesting to contemplate, nonetheless. keep reading…

Job Boards and the Name Game

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Jeff Dickey-Chasins
Apr 10, 2012, 6:40 am ET

Almost every week I see a blog post or tweet claiming that job boards are dead or dying.

We’re talking about the top source for hiring outside of employee referrals here. A tool that almost every employer uses to locate some or all of their job candidates. A fixture on the recruiting scene for more than 15 years.

So what’s with the bad rep? Well, given my business name, you would expect me to give you a biased answer — and after reading the rest of this blog, you may think I did. But based on conversations with recruiters and HR professionals (and several years of survey data), I actually believe there are some factors that have nothing to do with the actual performance of job boards that drive the “ooh! job boards!” movement. Let’s take a look: keep reading…

10 Earth-shattering, Mind-blowing Things That Happened in Online Recruiting During 2011

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Jeff Dickey-Chasins
Dec 20, 2011, 5:11 am ET

As another year draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the year that 2011 was (man, that was truly an awkward construction, eh?).

As usual, there was much sturm und drang about social media, the lingering recession, and the Iowa caucuses — no, wait, that’s another post.

At any rate, here are the things I thought were most notable: keep reading…

A Job Description Is Not a Job Ad

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Jeff Dickey-Chasins
Aug 10, 2011, 12:42 pm ET

We all know that a job description is not a job ad.

So why do we see so many boring, long, and legalistic job ads — postings that are really just job descriptions? I suspect it boils down to a few things:

  • No time
  • Not enough of the right kind of information about the job
  • Outside pressures (from the hiring manager, other departments, etc.)
  • A less-than-clear understanding of how to create an effective job ad

In a session at ERE’s fall conference, I’ll be tackling the challenge of creating compelling, enticing, and effective job ads. I’ll be looking at some of the best examples — and examining why the bad ones are so awful. I’ll talk about how a great job ad lowers your cost per hire and drives up the quality of your candidates. And I’ll cover why the art of creating a great job ad transcends any technological changes — be they social media, job boards, or ATSs.

Most importantly, I’ll break apart the different parts of a job ad and show you how they work, how to build them, and how to improve your recruiting results as you do so.

I encourage you to join me in “Job ads That Deliver Results,” Friday, September 9, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Why NOT Do Your Job Ads Right?

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Jeff Dickey-Chasins
Apr 13, 2011, 5:20 am ET

You see them everywhere: job ads that are little more than corporate gobbledygook, pulled from a job description more interested in covering legal points than communicating with humans.

Ask yourself: as a recruiter, is this really the best you can do?

I would suggest that, in fact, you can do better — and that doing better will bring you great rewards.

In the fall session of ERE’s conference, we will be tackling the challenge of creating compelling, enticing, and effective job ads. We’ll be looking at some of the best examples — and examining why the bad ones are so awful. We’ll talk about why the art of creating a great job ad transcends any technological changes, be they social media, job boards, or ATSs, and how a great job ad lowers your cost per hire and drives up the quality of your candidates.

But September is a long time from now, and I really want to get started — so I’m making an open call for the best and worst job ads you’ve seen (or even created yourself). keep reading…

Is ‘Free’ the Wave of the Future for Job Boards?

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Jeff Dickey-Chasins
Sep 8, 2009, 1:53 pm ET

There’s been an explosion of ‘free’ out there — free social media, free long distance, and yes, free job boards. What is a free job board? For most recruiters and employers, it’s a place where you can post jobs (and sometimes search resumes) without paying a dime. Ever.

How can a free job board survive? Some make money from advertising (think Google AdWords). Some charge the job seekers for access. And many boards, I suspect, simply don’t make money.

So what gives?

keep reading…

Do Some Job Boards Drive You Crazy? A modest proposal

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Jeff Dickey-Chasins
Apr 14, 2009, 5:33 am ET

Even in this brave new age of Twitter and LinkedIn, job boards are a fact of life for most recruiters. But how many times have you thought, “This job board sucks! Why don’t they just <insert your brilliant idea>?” Every day?

Well, I’ve taken the liberty of creating a list you can send to your favorite career site or job board vendor (and if these requests seem foreign to you, then please tell me who you’re using! I’ll switch!) keep reading…