‘The Demise of the Job Board’ seems to have become something of a ‘cause celeb’ in recruitment media circles. Just type ‘Job Boards are Dead’ into Google and you’ll get a wide variety of comments and articles on the subject. But why? The recent Zappos blog, “What? No Job Postings?!?” seems to sum up the issue: Thought-provoking headline, lots of PR and comments but…so what?
Aggregation is not new. We first saw early job aggregators around 1999 and in recent years we have seen a huge growth in job aggregators globally but, what is surprising people is the value being put on such and this was certainly the case last year when Indeed.com was acquired for $1.250bn.
The Jobg8 Summits both in Europe and our recent June event in North America have enjoyed huge support from the aggregators and I’ve had the opportunity to meet and discuss “aggregation” with the founders of a number of leading sites.