by Mike Masnick

Internet Job Boards Losing Their Usefulness?

from the too-many-users dept

Back in the 90s, if you were looking for a job, it certainly helped to go online to look over job listings on websites and to use some of the brand name job boards. However, as more and more people got online, the benefits of using online job boards have dwindled. The problem, for most companies, appears to be that they're inundated with resumes. The popularity of searching for a job online has made it so people find out about more jobs - but it doesn't necessarily mean that it does a better job of setting up people with relevant jobs. I also wonder how much the simplicity with which people found jobs in the late 90s has played into this. Learning how to properly apply for a job in the late 90s wasn't a skill that anyone needed. Companies were so desperate, they were just looking to hire anyone who bothered to contact them. So, these days, when it actually takes some skills to apply for a job, people are still sending in terrible cover letter emails and badly done resumes.

Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1. identicon
    Resume Ralph, Aug 14th, 2003 @ 1:38pm

    Resume Writing

    Hooked on Phonics - Werkt 4 mee !

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Aug 14th, 2003 @ 2:57pm

    Standards never were lower

    At least in the field I was in (Unix Administration), the good employers I applied for, I don't think employers ever lowered their standards in the 90s. If anything, there was less sympathy for people who looked for their next job.

    There were simply more scumbag recruiters, e.g. the housewife from Kansas who knows nothing about computers, who would snatch your resume off the net and fax it to companies all over the country. They just wanted the money.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3. identicon
    e g, Aug 14th, 2003 @ 3:20pm

    sorry if

    this is redundant.

    But we need to teach people to CREATE jobs.

    Export products instead of import.

    Also people need to learn to buy from socially responsible companies.

    If all this were done then we wouldn't be in this mess.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4. identicon
    Steve, Aug 14th, 2003 @ 3:46pm

    good riddance

    I hope the first to go is and their accomplices Those jackasses have been spamming me for weeks.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.