Jobbörsen-Dominanz trotz XING und LinkedIn

Wenn es nach dem Medienhype ginge, wären Jobbörsen, Stellenanzeigen und Bewerbungsanschreiben schon lange tot – oder zumindest an den Rand der Bedeutungslosigkeit gedrängt worden. Digitale Vodoo-Priester, Gurus, Evangelisten und selbst ernannte Experten werden nicht müde, Arbeitgeber und Bewerber zu überzeugen, dass die Recruiting-Vergangenheit endgültig gekommen ist und alle Beteiligten – bitte schön – endlich in der „Brave New Work World“ ankommen möchten. Dieses Mantra zieht sich wie ein roter Faden durch die Recruiting-Konferenzen landauf, landab. „It’s the Zukunft, stupid!“ lautet die Versprechung – wer will sich da noch durch die Niederungen der Gegenwart mühen? Monotonie der Stellenanzeigen-Texte, Medienbrüche bei Mobile Recruiting, Marketing-Einerlei im Employer Branding – über all diese Kleinigkeiten setzen sich die Evangelisten gerne hinweg. Jobbörsen leiden unter diesem Hype-Entzug, obwohl sie in der Recruiting-Welt nicht wegzudenken sind. „Die Erde ist eine Scheibe“: Schon einmal wurden die Menschen im Mittelalter vom Hype  beeinflusst, bis das Dogma der Realität weichen musste.

Dynamik des Jobbörsen-Markts

Jobbörsen sind nach wie vor ein wichtiger Recruiting-Kanal. Der Markt zeichnet sich durch eine dynamische Entwicklung ab:

  • Zur Zeit gibt es 1.041 aktive Jobbörsen in Deutschland – Tendenz steigend
  • Jedoch sind in den letzten Jahren 947 Jobbörsen außer Betrieb gegangen
  • Die Gesamtzahl der monatlich durch Generalisten, Spezialisten und Jobsuchmaschinen publizierten Stellenanzeigen beträgt 65  Millionen
  • Monatlich verzeichnen die Jobbörsen-Betreiber über 102 Millionen Besuche (Quelle: SimilarWeb, Crosswater Job Guide)

In einem lesenswerten Beitrag schildert Tony Restell, Gründer von, weshalb in den USA, in einem der größten Arbeitsmärkte, die Bedeutung von Jobbörsen nahezu ungebrochen ist.

Von Tony Restell, 

Why You Still Need Job Boards in the Era of LinkedIn

With the media furor over the rise of LinkedIn, you could be forgiven for thinking that job boards are now defunct and consigned to the graveyard. The reality is rather different – and for small business owners in particular, there are some very compelling reasons to turn to job boards whenever you’re making your next hires.

LinkedIn’s strongest suit has been to offer companies a means of finding and approaching their ideal hires. It allows companies to tap into the “passive” candidate market, rather than being limited to the “active” candidate market that job boards have typically reached.

This has transformed the recruitment departments of large corporates, the majority of whom have now set up dedicated in-house “headhunting” teams to fully exploit this method of recruiting. But this approach also has some major drawbacks – particularly for SME businesses whose hiring needs are only a tiny fraction of their corporate counterparts.

Against that backdrop, here are three key reasons why SME businesses should ensure they continue to work with job boards:

1. Job boards reach more active candidates

LinkedIn was initially designed to be a social platform for professional networking – and while recruitment is a form of professional networking, LinkedIn is not solely a recruitment tool. As a result, employees don’t usually turn to LinkedIn first for their job search. It’s used more as a source of informative content and to build their profile and connections, generate leads, and promote their current business. Active jobseekers are far more likely to start a search on Google and find themselves directed to job boards, where they will then register their resume or apply directly to advertised vacancies.
For SMEs, LinkedIn’s strength is also its weakness. Enabling recruiters to approach passive candidates is a big USP for LinkedIn. But it’s also hit and miss – and therefore time consuming – because most of the people a recruiter approaches on LinkedIn aren’t actually considering a career change. So it can become quite a costly exercise to generate enough candidate interest from people who are actually open to a move. That’s a cost that large corporate recruiters are happy to shoulder, particularly when recruiting for business-critical positions or in areas of extreme talent shortage. But that’s equally a cost that many SMEs simply cannot afford to incur. Plus LinkedIn’s membership means the site is skewed towards being able to fill professional and executive roles, whereas in a lot of SMEs the recruiting focus may be of lower skilled and blue collar roles.

2. LinkedIn has a steep learning curve

Overall I’m a fan of LinkedIn and what it’s enabled modern day recruiters to do. But it’s also true that there is a lot to master to become an expert recruiter on LinkedIn. Figuring out how to search the site takes time and expert training. Having a profile that makes candidates warm to you doesn’t just happen – it takes creativity, expertise, and time. That’s before we talk about reaching out to candidates on the platform, which is an art in itself.

Once you’ve identified the candidates you want to approach on LinkedIn, there’s a huge difference in success rates amongst recruiters. Whether your messages to candidates elicit a positive response or not can make or break the hiring economics of LinkedIn. The trouble is, for SMEs that’s a steep learning curve – the costs of which are borne by the small business. Contrast that with the relative simplicity of posting a vacancy onto a job board and it’s easy to see why lots of small businesses might favour the certainty of response that a job board brings.

Whilst it’s true that one area of the LinkedIn site is a job board, LinkedIn is like newspaper websites in that the jobs section isn’t the primary reason that people visit the site. It’s not a pure job board and its traffic isn’t primarily the active job seeker variety that you’d find on a job board. So overall its function is primarily that of a candidate sourcing tool.

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Tony Restell

Contributing Author

Tony Restell  is the Founder of Social Hire, a specialist social media agency whose focus is on using social media for recruiting. Previously Tony built and sold a successful job board business in the UK. He’s a guest speaker at leading MBA schools across Europe and a published author.

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