One of the many types of email that manages to clog up my inbox is the regular stream of recruiters looking for good engineers. Occasionally they're interested in recruiting me, but all of the time they'd appreciate it if I could pass the word on to others I know.
Unfortunately, that doesn't scale well.
And this has been going on for a long time now. A few times, partly out of desperation, and partly to see if they'd take the bait I've responded with something like this:
Honestly, I probably do know folks who are qualified and even interested in the position. The trouble is getting to them in a way that's not spammy or tiresome (I can't do it every time someone asks). And it'd be rude of me to just give you their email addresses. But if you're willing to pay $xxx, I'd be glad to post it on my blog...
I'd then go on the describe the readership and traffic characteristics of my blog and hope and pray that they'd say "no thanks."
Because I had no infrastructure in place for taking money, putting the listings up, and so on. It would have all been manual work and I was already too busy.
But I was curious. It felt like there might be demand... and opportunities for someone.
It was around the time that Paul Stamatiou wrote The Job Boards Boom that I sent out an exasperated email to a list of people that I figured would know if anyone had cracked that nut--someone who had built a simple self-serve system that solves exactly the problem I was having.
Amazingly, I quickly learned that there was at least one service already up and running. There are at least two more in late stages of development or testing.
So I've decided to start trying them out. You'll see technology job listings appearing on the right side of my individual blog posts (in the sidebar).
I'll write more about each service in future posts, including the one I'm using now. But I just wanted to point out that it's there so that nobody is surprised. And, if you're looking to hire, feel free to post a job. :-)
Posted by jzawodn at November 13, 2006 09:39 PM