Where should I relo to?

Yesterday, I shared with you a cool tool on Indeed’s website. I was going to write about something totally different today, but thought, nah… let me share one more cool tool of theirs that I like. (I’m such a fan.)

If you are considering relocating to another city to seek job opportunities, but you are clueless as to where to go, I HIGHLY suggest that you check out Indeed’s Job Postings Per Capita map. Why? It has red dots on a USA map. The bigger the dots, the more openings there are in that part of the country. Pretty cool, huh?

And just in case you are geographically challenged, if you scroll down the bottom of the page, you can see a list of the top cities with links to jobs in those cities. Groovy!

Well, I think its groovy, just sayin’…

How to find out how the job market is (really) doing

There are a lot of economic indicators out there to measure where we are in terms of job growth. Well, I am not an economist (nor do I play one on TV), but it seems to me that one way to know for sure that companies are ramping up on hiring is by keeping an eye out on how many recruiter jobs are out there and on the rise. The way I keep an eye on that is by using Indeed’s Job Trends tool.

So, according to this data, the past 2 years has been lackluster for companies hiring recruiters. (No news flash there!) However, between January 2010 and January 2011, the data is trending up, which is to say – Hallelujah!

Its time to interview the recruiters…

In this episode of “The Jim Stroud Show,” Jim interviews recruiters and HR managers and asks them for advice to share with jobseekers. Plus, Jim shares a testimonial from a viewer and shares the advice that spurred a generous donation. ( Scroll down for more jobhunting resources. )


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The Original Social Network was Usenet

Once upon a time, before the days of Facebook, was a series of computer network systems called USENET. Usenet was (more or less) an online forum without frills as all you could do was post text and share files (mostly pictures). It was very low tech by today’s standards, but a LOT of people used them (mostly geeks and academia). Usenet was comprised of several hierarchal group headings. For example, if someone subscribed to a usenet newsgroup called “sci.math” then they knew that “math” was one of the subgroups of the main group – sci (which stood for science). Go figure.

There were all kinds of usenet groups back in the day and many of them are still in existence. Why should you care? Well,  there are a lot of usenet groups focused on jobs and companies (jobboards, really) are still sending content to them.  Chances are that if you survey them, you may find jobs that your jobseeker competitors are overlooking.

“Gee Jim,” you say, “that sounds good, but how do I go about finding them?”

“No problem, mon,” I say in a faux Jamaican accent. “Just go to Google.”

Google indexes most of the usenet newsgroups and makes their content available via Google Groups.  All you have to do is search on a usenet newsgroup name and add your jobtitle and badda-boom, badda-bing, you got yourself some jobs that you would not normally see. Check out the example below…

If you want to play around with this strategy a bit more, base your search on the list of groups below.

General Usenet Jobs Newsgroups

misc.jobs.resumes – This is the original “resume database” of the Internet.


Atlanta, GA (atl.jobs)
Austin, TX (austin.jobs)
Baltimore, MD (balt.jobs)
Chicago, IL (chi.jobs)
Columbus, OH (cmh.jobs)
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX (dfw.jobs)
Houston, TX (houston.jobs.offered)
Huntsville, AL (hsv.jobs)
Ithaca, NY (ithaca.jobs)
Kansas City, MO (kc.jobs)
Las Vegas, NV (vegas.jobs)
Los Angeles, CA (la.jobs)
Long Island, NY (li.jobs)
Memphis, TN (memphis.employment)
Milwaukee, WI (milw.jobs)
New York, NY (nyc.jobs.offered)
New York, NY (nyc.jobs)
Orange County, CA (oc.jobs)
Pittsburgh, PA (pgh.jobs.offered)
Philadelphia, PA (phl.jobs.offered)
Phoenix, AZ (phx.jobs.wanted)
Raleigh/Research Triangle, NC (triangle.jobs)
Portland, OR (portland.jobs)
St. Louis, MO (stl.jobs)
San Diego, CA (sdnet.jobs)
San Francisco Bay Area (ba.jobs)
Seattle, WA (seattle.jobs)
Seattle, WA (Seattle.jobs.offered)
Washington, DC (dc.jobs)


Alabama (alabama.jobs)
Arizona (az.jobs)
California (ca.jobs)
Colorado (co.jobs)
Connecticut (ct.jobs)
Connecticut (conn.jobs.offered)
Delaware (de.jobs)
Florida (fl.jobs)
Georgia (ga.jobs)
Illinois (il.jobs.offered)
Indiana (in.jobs)
Iowa (ia.jobs)
Maine (me.jobs)
Massachusetts (ma.jobs)
Maryland (md.jobs)
Michigan (mi.jobs)
Minnesota (mn.jobs)
Nebraska (nebr.jobs)
Nebraska (ne.jobs)
Nevada (nv.jobs)
New England (ne.jobs)
New Jersey (nj.jobs)
New Mexico (nm.jobs)
New York (ny.jobs)
North Carolina (nc.jobs)
Ohio (oh.jobs)
Oklahoma (ok.jobs)
Oregon (or.jobs)
Pennsylvania (pa.jobs)
South Carolina (sc.jobs)
Texas (tx.jobs)
Tennessee (tnn.jobs)
Utah (ut.jobs)
Virginia (va.jobs)
Washington (wa.jobs)
Wisconsin (wi.jobs)


British Columbia (bc.jobs)
Canada (can.jobs)
Kingston (kingston.jobs)
Montreal (mtl.jobs)
New Brunswick (nb.jobs)
Newfoundland (nf.jobs)
Nova Scotia (ns.jobs)
Ontario (ont.jobs)
Ottawa (ott.jobs)
Quebec (qc.jobs)
Toronto (tor.jobs)


Australia (aus.jobs)
Belgium (be.jobs)
Bermuda (bermuda.jobs.offered)
England (england.jobs.offered)
Europe (euro.jobs)
France (fr.emplois.offres)
Germany (de.markt.spiele)
Hong Kong (hk.jobs.recruit)
Israel (israel.jobs.offered)
Jerusalem (jerusalem.jobs)
Kiev (kiev.job)
UK (uk.jobs.contract)
Uk (uk.jobs.offered)
Singapore (sg.jobs.offer)
South Africa (za.ads.jobs)
United Kingdom (uk.jobs)


Happy Hunting!


When will job boards innovate? (Part 2)

Okay, in my last post, I went on a long rant about job boards not being creative enough (in my humble opinion). In this post, I want to make a few more suggestions. Sure, it may be a “pie in the sky” kind of thought, but hey, you’ll never know if you never ask. What if at the bottom of each job posting were stats that would let the jobseeker know what is going on with the job in real-time?

For example…

We offer a competitive benefit package including health, dental & vision insurance, 401k plan, profit sharing, PTO (paid time off) & holiday pay.​ If you meet the above requirements, please submit your resume for consideration to careers@​somecompany.​com.​

  • This job has been open 12 days.
  • This job has 276 applicants.
  • So far, 3 applicants have been shortlisted.
  • Time until this round closes: 3 days, 6 hours and 42 seconds.

* Sign up for updates on this job by adding your email here: __________________

My thought is that each job could be treated like its own little jobfair. Get it? No? Okay, I’ll go a little deeper into it.

  1. Recruiter posts a job and sets a timer for the job to be “live” for so many days.
  2. During that set number of days, they will accept as many resumes as people can send in.
  3. Of the resumes they receive, they will pick out the applicants that they have an interest in. This is called “shortlisting.”
  4. When the time runs out, recruiter stops accepting resumes and will only consider the applicants they have shortlisted.
  5. If they decide not to hire any of the people that were shortlisted, they re-post the job for another period of time. (Which is why applicants who have found the job after it was closed, can sign up for updates should a new round of resumes is requested.)

So why do it like this?  Simple. The jobseeker knows where he stands and what is going on with the job at any given time. If they were among the “shortlisted” they would be notified by email. If they were not chosen to be shortlisted, then they know that as well.  They also know when a job is closed, so they can go and concentrate on another position somewhere else.

Does that make sense? What are your thoughts?