For Techies Only

Techies.com and ZDNet have announced the creation of a co-branded site in hopes of fulfilling IT recruiters’ dreams. Techies.com currently has thousands of resumes from Technology professionals and ZDNet is the most trafficked technology site on the Net. Sounds like a golden opportunity. So much so, that techies.com expects to more than triple their number of resumes to more than 350,000 by year’s end. The idea behind the joint venture is two-fold: technology Professionals will have free and confidential access to job listings in all the cities covered by techies.com and recruiters, ostensibly, will have their job listings exposed to a huge new tech-savvy audience. When you subscribe to techies.com, you get a multi-page recruiting site that sits on their server and within their site. You can include graphics, corporate philosophy, mission, etc. as well as pages and pages of jobs. While visitors to the site must register in order to view the job postings, anyone can browse the posted companies… not a bad way to get a bit more publicity and name awareness. The subscription price includes use of their Career Agent, Which automatically finds member candidates with qualifications matching your job requirements. Once a match is found, the agent notifies the candidate and gives them the URL of your postings page. If the candidate is interested, he or she contacts you. Is it worth it? If your requirements are in the major cities listed and you need a candidate pool fast, it very well could be worth your while. There are lots of resumes there. For instance, in the Boston area alone, there are more than 8,600 resumes; 4,100 in the Raleigh-Durham area; and in Denver there are more than 13,000. I couldn’t find subscription price information on any of the techie.com sites, of which there are several – one for employers, one for hunters, one for each major metro area… But from what I was told, pricing depends on the area and market penetration. Keep your eye on the site, which is scheduled to launch on October 15, to see how useful it might be for you.

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Jennifer Hicks, a seasoned Internet researcher who writes extensively on the use of the Internet for job hunters and recruiters, is a contributor to AIRS research. The AIRS Search Guide acts as your personal trainer, guiding you through our Advanced Internet Recruitment Strategies (AIRS) in a highly illustrated offline magazine. Each issue is full of new sourcing strategies, search examples, step-by-step procedures, and AIRS latest research for finding high-value passive candidates on the Internet. Contact AIRS at searchguide@airsproducts.com

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