2008 SHRM Conference: Job Sites Everywhere!

It has been two days since the annual SHRM conference in Chicago ended, and we’re still sorting through the mountains of free booty we accumulated. On the surface, the show seemed like any other: professional, informative, full of free pens. But what really caught our eye was the growing number of booths representing job search websites.

The big 3 were there, Yahoo! Hotjobs, Monster.com, and CareerBuilder. CareerBuilder sponsored a lot of the event, made obvious by the tell-tale big block letters, used in most CareerBuilder ads, that adorned the tops of many of the shows information and registration booths. It also had arguably the largest booth, clearly visible from anywhere in the expansive showroom at McCormick Place . Monster was a close second though, handing out, in our opinion, the most fun give-a-ways. We got T-shirts, bucket hats, a rolling, light-up Monster.com bag. Pretty nifty. Yahoo! Hotjobs probably had the most workers, though, all young, good-looking and energetic. In other words, you could tell who had the most money.

But then we visited booths of job search sites we had never heard of, Jobing.com and Snagajob.com to name a couple. For being relatively unknown, they both had impressive booths and young, good-looking, energetic workers. We’ll review the Jobing.com website now, based solely on the site – not on the booth or any literature.

Jobing boasts job search services in 28 markets throughout 8 states, Arizona , California , Colorado , Florida , Nevada , New Mexico , Texas and Wisconsin . Florida has the most markets with seven, three more than the next biggest states Wisconsin and California , each with four. Upon visiting the site, you are immediately asked for a zip code. However, if it’s outside any of these 28 cities, you are directed to a page to select from one of their established markets.

The home page also has a lot of intriguing buzz words – Companies, Jobs, Blogs, Videos, Events – but no links, so you’re stuck with just entering a zip code or clicking “Go Local” which directs you to the same page full of markets.

Once you’ve actually entered a market, it includes a number of useful and interesting job tools. They have blog entries from different community and professional organizations, job resources, local networking events and job fairs, and featured videos. .

The job search function is easy to use. You can search by industry or job type and once you’ve created an account, you can easily apply online.

It still has a way to go to compete with giants like Monster and CareerBuilder, as you can only search in certain areas. However, as it expands, it will be an ideal site for seeking a new position.

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