Should you recruit employees on the Internet? Most experts in the burgeoning online recruiting field say the answer has a lot to do with who you're looking for. Finding professionals to fill technical jobs are the ones that work best online. Engineers, for example, are right at home on the Internet as are many other high-tech types.
There are hundreds of job sites to help businesses out. Some are free, while others charge a fee. Some, such as Monster.com, offer a free 10-day listing, then charge by the month thereafter. (See box for a report on NationJob, a top-rated service available through the Detroit Regional Chamber).
A top recruiting tool One of the best Internet recruiting tools is available through the Detroit Regional Chamber. The Chamber has partnered with Nation Job Inc. to offer an online recruiting service that is cost-effective, technologically advanced and customer service oriented. Nation Job's value-added services include a network of specialty sites promoting jobs in specific employment categories through custom jobs pages and community pages for individual companies and communities, cross-postings to other sites on the Web and P.J. Scout, one of the best-known and most successful uses of push technology in the employment industry. For more information, contact Christian Moskal at (313) 596-0392 or e-mail: email@example.com. One thing is certain: online recruiting is here to stay. In fact, a report on the staffing industry from Merrill Lynch confirms that Internet recruiting is on its way to becoming the dominant hiring and job-finding tool. Merrill Lynch estimates that spending on Internet recruiting will grow from $205 million in 1999 to $5.1 billion in 2003.
The American Management Association reports that in 1998, 70 percent of large and mid-sized companies in the United States actively used the Internet to advertise jobs and recruit employees, up from 51 percent in 1997. It's virtually certain the percentage has...