Two themes that have featured quite heavily on The Whiteboard this year have been online Job Boards and Recruitment Industry Awards. Job Boards are an obvious source of interest to us in recruitment. 96% of Australian and New Zealand recruitment firms post jobs on job boards with 40.2% of talent hired or placed by recruiters being sourced through that channel. Awards are also an important feature for an industry largely misunderstood by the wider business community and often overlooked as the prominent professional services offering that it is.
So today I’m happy to announce the joyous coming together of these two areas of interest for our industry. For the first time the Destination Talent Job Board Awards will be featuring a New Zealand category, providing an award that will be sweet jam between the chunky slices of job board and industry awards bread…Ok that’s not one of my better analogies but I have a packed day ahead and really need to get this down!
Destination Talent is a hugely respected Australian resource centre for everything to do with recruitment and sourcing of talent. Earlier this year Philip Tusing of Destination Talent published the Job Board Report 2010 which you can download here. For those that like to Tweet, you can follow @JobBoardAwards @DTalent and @PhilipTusing for further insights.
Other awards for New Zealand include Best Innovation, Best Recruitment Agency Website and Best Employer Career Site. These are great awards that I encourage you all to get behind. The face and direction of recruitment is changing quickly. Of course the essential elements of relationship building, influencing, negotiating and closing will remain the same, but the methods of reaching those stages are undergoing dramatic transformations. I know of at least five household recruitment brands that have invested heavily in new websites this year and I am also seeing exciting developments coming from the internal recruitment sector by tying their career sites into social media and focussing more on employer branding techniques.
You can easily vote for your favourite job board here with only a couple of mandatory fields to fill in. And you can go here to nominate your firm or company for best website / career site, as well as nominate for best innovation of 2010.
Australia has its own panel of judges for their awards but here in New Zealand Philip has assembled a crack panel of recruitment industry experts to sift through all of the nominations and decide on the eventual overall winners. Jonny Wyles from Haines Attract, Kate Billing from Blacksmith and Richard Westney from KPMG will be joined by…*ahem*… me. So come on you lot, let’s get behind these awards big time and make them a prize to be proud of.
Job Board voting ends on 23rd January 2011 and entries for the Best Recruitment Website and Best Employer Careers Site close on 16th January 2011.
Happy voting and good luck.