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Jobing Buys Cheezhead And There’s A Little Weirdness Here

Job board Jobing has announced its acquisition of Cheezhead, one of the largest and most-respected HR/recruiting blogs out there.

Founder and leader Joel Cheesman will be joining the company as its senior vice president; he’ll still be blogging, he says, but doing some other duties as well.

The timing of this is a bit odd in light of the Workforce article this week that questioned HR bloggers’ loyalties and transparency.

Cheesman writes in yesterday’s post announcing the sale:

I first met Jobing CEO Aaron Matos in Cleveland while I was with CareerBoard, a locally-focused job board and my former employer. I became quickly impressed with Jobing’s leadership, team and direction. A relationship was born from then on that only strengthened with the visibility garnered by Cheezhead and the paths that continually crossed thereafter. And although it seemed tongue-in-cheek through the years, an inevitability that we would one day work together seemed like a foregone conclusion.

Oh really?

Cheesman’s known for not pulling any punches (though he admitted in a profile that he has mellowed over time). One of the most popular posts on the site uses the headline “Monster[.com] really dumb.”

And then there’s this:

“One of my favorite sites and ongoing success stories in the employment space is Jobing…So, the best kept secret in Internet recruiting ain’t so well-kept anymore. However, in light of some tsunami-sized marketing and growth, the company is continuing its quiet, bite-by-bite progression, coming soon to a local market near you.”

We don’t believe that Cheesman’s coverage of HotJobs and Monster was extraordinarily out of line, but it does look odd in comparison with the overwhelmingly positive coverage of Jobing. Is it just that a company this small can do no wrong, or something else?

Let’s be clear that this is ENTIRELY speculation, but it does seem odd.

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TweetMyJob Talks


With 4,000 follower and over 50,000 job postings, TweetMyob has quickly become an overnight sensation. Today recruiter Joel Cheesman has an interview with TweetMyJob creator Gary Zukowski. Below are some of the highlights of that interview.

What was the genesis for TweetMyJOBS, and what kind of background do you come from?

I am a 21-year technology veteran of corporate America. I have worked as a developer, manager and consultant in IT organizations such as MITRE, GE and SeaLand, and has been following Twitter’s tremendous growth over the last couple years. Having read about Twitter assisting doctors in hospital operating rooms and even being a valuable communication tool during the Mumbai terrorist bombings, I realized that in this down economy there was a great opportunity for yet another creative use of Twitter.

How does the application work?

It is very easy. First, a person signs up for a free Twitter account or uses his or her existing Twitter account. Then, the person goes to and signs up for our free service.

Once the account is established TweetMyJOBS job seekers subscribe to “job channels” for the cities and job types they have an interest. Instantly they can begin receiving text messages when positions become available on the job channels they have signed up for. In less than 4 minutes, a user can be getting new job postings on his or her cell phone. In addition, a job seeker can upload a resume and profile onto TweetMyJOBS, and we will tweet it for potential employers to find.

Why would a job seeker use TweetMyJOBS instead of other job posting services like or Hotjobs?

As opposed to sites like and Hotjobs where people can sign up to receive email notifications for jobs on a daily basis, TweetMyJOBS subscribers receive notification of a posting immediately. In this economy that could be the difference between getting a job or remaining unemployed. Also, we’re a lot more affordable. Our posting prices range from $.99 to $9.99 per job, depending on the duration.

For more from this interview, check out the full interview here.

New Recruiting Software Cuts Down On Resume Review

TalentSpring, Inc. secured $1.6 Million in investment from Second Avenue Partners and private investors in their first round of venture capital funding.

The Seattle based company has created a Software as a Service (SaaS) talent sourcing service that is currently being used by 50 small and medium-sized businesses. Releasing publicly in May of 2009, the software allows recruiters and hiring managers to search social networking sites, job boards, and corporate applicant tracking systems to find candidates.

“It is not uncommon for a recruiter to read 2,000 resumes to actually fill a position,” Bryan Starbuck, CEO and Founder of TalentSpring told blogger Joel Cheesman. “We’re solving a huge problem for recruiters by automating the candidate sourcing process of manually reading and ranking resumes. TalentSpring’s technology will allow every recruiter to become an expert candidate sourcer and will save organizations substantial amounts of money.”

For a demo of the SaaS check out the YouTube video below.

Ways To Stop The Social Media Firings

cisco-fatty.jpgIn this economy everyone is facing the real possibility of unemployment, but losing your job because of infractions on social media sites? Recruiter Joel Cheesman says this has got to stop!

First there was the Cisco Fatty controversy. Grad student Connor Reily tweeted “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.” Then Tim Levad, Channel Partner at Cisco, tweeted back, “Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.”

Now there is controversy over an Eagles employee fired for posting that he was “devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver…Dam Eagles R Retarted!!!” on his Facebook status.

Cheesman’s reaction to all these social media snafu’s: Really?! Really!? Yeah, that’s roughly how we feel too.

I don’t care if you call your boss a moron or if you say that your company is “retarted”. You’re entitled to your opinion&#151no matter how scathing it is…

When an employee is broadcasting displeasure to the world, the majority of the problem doesn’t exist with the employee. Aside from the “Hey, you know, you should really bring these things up internally,” talk, the blame rests squarely on the employer. When someone is telling everybody but the people they work for what’s wrong with their job, that’s the employer’s problem for not listening.

Want to learn how to deal with these new media dilemmas? Follow the story after the jump.

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