A guide to books and Web sites devoted to helping you find the right employees.
Finding the right people these days is like searching for the Holy Grail. But there are some new tools available to aid you in your quest--thanks mostly to the Internet. One insider estimates that there are anywhere from 250,000 to 1 million World Wide Web sites that list job openings. That's pretty daunting. But here's a selection of on-line recruiting resources that will help guide you to some sites worth visiting. We've rated each item on a scale ranging from five stars (we love it) to zero stars (we hate it).
The Internet Recruiting Edge This book (from Lingstar, 732-563-1464, www.barbaraling.com, 1998, $149) is a terrific resource. Author Barbara Ling has produced a well-written and realistic overview of Internet recruiting. Her loose-leaf volume is good on the basics yet also contains useful specifics for Internet veterans. Ling plans to sell periodic updates for an additional $50 a year. (At press time, those were not available for review.) In an especially smart move, Ling has included a disk with "bookmarks" that connect to recruiting-related Web sites, saving the reader mucho labor. The package is pricey but on the whole worth the money. *****
www.interbiznet.com This is a sort of self-proclaimed Web hub for on-line recruiting, produced by Interbiznet out of Mill Valley, Calif., and it's one of the best we've seen. Founder and CEO John Sumser has compiled an easy-to-navigate site that, in addition to rating the top job-listing sites, also provides regular newsletters about recruiting on-line. But we couldn't find a search function for the Interbiznet site--or ratings for all of the biggest sites. However, this is a great starting point as you begin to recruit on-line. ****
CareerXRoads Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler coauthored this handy tome (from MMC Group, 732-821-6652, 1998, $22.95). CareerXRoads contains useful articles as well as lists of industry-specific sites, free sites, and sites that use the new "push" technology, which basically sends E-mail notification to recruiters and job seekers when the site has found a match. The authors also say they will provide free E-mail updates. The book gives general descriptions of the sites, with some qualitative judgments woven in. A more specific rating system would make the book a lot easier to use, however. *** 1/2
www.dbm.com/jobguide Known as the Riley Guide, this is a no-frills primer on using the Internet for job searching. Site producer Margaret F. Dikel (formerly Riley) gears most of the information toward the job seeker but also offers a section that focuses specifically on recruiting on-line. Her work is especially good if you're looking for a free basic guide to using the Internet in your recruiting process. ***
www.recruitersnetwork.com Check out this Web site and sign up for Recruiting on the Web, a free monthly E-mail newsletter with fairly useful information about Internet recruiting trends, job boards, and related topics. The service also includes "Quick Tips" that offer simple Web recruiting techniques. ***
Weddle's Wildly Useful, Up-to-the-Minute Newsletter about Internet Resources for Successful Recruiting & HR Management
The content of this newsletter is OK, but at $325 a year, you can get better value elsewhere. Author Peter Weddle also reviews job-recruiting Web sites for the National Business Employment Weekly, which provides a pretty good free on-line listing of such sites. **
Recruiters' Internet Survival Guide
Should you happen to visit interbiznet.com, you might come across an offer for John Sumser's Recruiters' Internet Survival Guide (Interbiznet, 800-358-2278, 1996, $89.50). Save your money. At approximately 50¢ a page, this book not only is a bad value but is also two years out of date--an on-line eternity. So stick to the Web site. *