This Week's Herman Trend Alert

in Normal 2.0


  The Herman Trend Alert

March 2, 2005

Niche Job Boards Filling a Need

With the increasing use of the Internet for purposes of job-seeking---and by employers searching for just the right candidates, there is a growing trend toward the use of niche job boards. The relative popularity of these services, particularly compared to the more general job boards, is fueling expansion of Internet use in the re-energized employment market.

Examining shopping trends and the popularity of boutique clothing stores, it's easy to understand why these boutique job boards are attracting so much attention----and will continue to do so.

Recent research revealed that niche sites that specialize by career field or industry, and those that specialize by geographic focus, are favored by 78 percent of corporate employment specialists. Only 17 percent of the respondents preferred general job boards like or, and only 3% selected their organization's own website.

On the job-seeker side of the picture, studies indicate that more candidates get jobs through niche sites than through comprehensive job boards. Candidates prefer to use niche sites catering to their region or work discipline to avoid wasting time exploring opportunities that don't fit who they are or what they're looking for.

Employers can selectively target specific job advertisements to their identified candidate audiences. With online advertising costs on comprehensive job boards becoming increasingly expensive, human resource executives want to gain a stronger return on their marketing investment.

Some niche sites enable employers to find a particular type of candidate. For instance, recruiters seeking military veterans and people who are anticipating leaving active duty use VetJobs, the largest military related job board. Other sites specialize in the senior executive levelpositions: and ExecuNet for senior executives. Looking for retirees or seniors who want to keep working? Visit Retired Brains.

Some niche sites operate with career focus, too. For building trades, go to People interested in sales use, SalesJobs.comand IT-related jobs are found at,, and

People who speak Spanish or Portuguese link with employers at For a comprehensive listing, see the WEDDLE's

© Copyright 1998- by The Herman Group, Inc. -- reproduction for publication is encouraged, with the following attribution: From "The Herman Trend Alert," by Joyce Gioia, Strategic Business Futurist. 336-210-3548 or To sign up, visit The Herman Trend Alert is a trademark of The Herman Group, Inc."

Excellent translation services from English, French, or German into Spanish. Especially well-versed in medicine/pharma and automobile industries. 5-year Bachelor Degree in Translation. Also editing and proofreading of all kinds of Spanish language documents. Flexible rates, depending on number of words, degree of difficulty/technicality, and turnaround. For an instant quote email Mariana Campora Lesti at or contact her on SKYPE at marianacampora.

Each week, Joyce and Ira will address some aspect of the future on Ahead of the Curve in Normal 2.0. It's fun and informative and you can join here. Subscribe and you will be notified when we are live.

Our author Joyce gets quoted in TIME Magazine, FORBES, and other national media on a regular basis. You can, too! Sign up for You will be found by the news media and in Google search: 1. Through your personal search-engine-optimized press room by 39 topics you choose; 2. By news releases pushed out 10 ways including Google News; 3. Be found in the 2020 printed Yearbook of Experts, Authorities & Spokespersons. Save 15% when you register by November 10th @

To read this Herman Trend Alert on the web:

Herman Trend Alerts are produced by the Herman Group, strategic business futurists, Certified Management Consultants, authors, and professional speakers.

New subscribers are always welcome. There is no charge for this public service. The Herman Trend Alert is read by over 30,000 people in 90 countries, including other websites and printed periodicals. Click here to sign up for the Herman Trend Alert.

Do you enjoy receiving this weekly e-mail update? Contact us about our co-branded Herman Trend Alert service.

Subscribe or Unsubscribe to weekly Herman Trend Alert
View this week's Herman Trend Alert
Archived Weekly Herman Trend Alerts


[ Home About Products Resources Media ]


7112 Viridian Lane
Austin, TX 78739
Voice: 336-210-3548
Toll Free in US & Canada: 800-227-3566

  © The Herman Group. All rights reserved.

Web site design by WebEditor Design Services, Inc.