Thanks to Jason Whitman from Recruitment Technology: Beyond the ATS for alerting me to the news that Original Signal which is known for its aggregation of the 15 most popular web 2.0 weblogs has rolled out a Job Search 2.0 aggregator. Original Signal takes the RSS feeds and aggregates the jobs on one page. Steve Rubel of Micropersuasion recently said of Original Signal:
Original Signal continues to roll out “singlegators” (single topic aggregators) at a rapid clip. Three new additions include one following memes/blog buzz, a second tracking Web 2.0 jobs and a third on tech news. These join sites transmitting Web 2.0, digg and gadget feeds.
I am totally loving these sites. They’re all so good that I can’t decide which one to make my home page (jobs excluded). The good news is I don’t have to. I can keep my home page the way it is because every single one of these sites has an RSS feed.
You can see the screen shot of the jobs aggregation to the right. I’ve written some of my developing thoughts about how job search is being turned on its head recently.
I believe that the recent proliferation of Blog job boards points to a developing trend where top talent will be alerted to new job opportunities within the online communities where they dwell.
I agree with Jason – tools like JobThread Groups, make it VERY easy to set up a targeted job board. EXCELER8ion thought about putting one up for Recruitment Marketing Communication professionals (’cause GOD KNOWS THAT is a niche) – but decided against it.
Regardless, future job search may be driven by these highly successful blogs / online communities that will encourage readers to take a look at these jobs that are to their interests and needs. Original Signal is apparently tracking click-thrus and reporting on most-popular jobs. That’s great. The only question that I have about the Original Signal’s page is that they proclaim to aggregate the 15 most popular blog job sites. Included in this list are site like Jobster and Salon. Now please correct me if I am wrong, but Salon and Jobster are NOT blogs. Salon is an online magazine – not a blog. I find this a bit confusing. If Jobster’s CEO, Jason Goldberg, decided to add a ‘Company CEO’ or ‘Recruiters’ job board to his blog – then THAT would qualify. But adding a feed from Jobster’s main feed – doesn’t seem to meet the highly targeted, passive audience that we are talking about when we discuss Blog job boards. Regardless – an interesting development.
FYI – Original Signal was inspired by the VERY SIMILAR Popurls and the Web 2.0 Workgroup. Original Signal is a publication from Stillpoint Media, a Dutch webpublisher which is based in Amsterdam. Hey JULES… want to go to AMSTERDAM? 🙂
[tags]Original Signal, Blog Job Boards, Job Search 2.0, GigaOM, Jobster, Job Boards[/tags]