Every once in a while, I like to go through the motions of finding a job just to see what that world looks like to be a job seeker, and so I’ll run a search on Google and few other places, something like “sql job mn” or “internet marketer.”
The result I get back is an infestation of listings duplicated and “cross-pollinated” by job aggregators like Indeed, Simply Hired and Job Central, whose VP Josh Sowash just did this entertaining podcast on this same subject with Joel Cheesman.
The irony runs thick among the aggregators, with each one indignant about its jobs being aggregated by the other. The poor hiring manager has his job first aggregated by Job Central, who in turn gets aggregated by Indeed, who then gets aggregated by dozens of others. The pot calls the kettle black and vice-a-versa and so on.
This mess leaves a huge opportunity on the local level and may provide a picture for the future of the staffing industry. The ability to marshal through all this noise and provide job candidates and hiring manager the right signal gets more valuable each day.