Job boards are significant to both job seekers and recruiters. Job seekers scour big-name job boards, such as Indeed, Monster and CareerBuilder, searching for open positions to apply for while employers utilize job boards to post vacancies. It only makes sense that such a vital aspect of the workforce would have its own special organization dedicated to sustaining it, correct?
Ethan Bloomfield, senior vice president of Business Development at ZipRecruiter (an online job distribution service), can tell you that the answer is yes.
Bloomfield was recently elected to the board of governors for the International Association of Employment Web Sites (IAEWS). Check out his thoughts on the organization, its significance, and all the group has planned for the upcoming year:
1. What is the International Association of Employment Web Sites and why is it important?
IAEWS is the only association which represents the interests of the job board and job board services industry. With literally thousands of job-related sites on the internet today, we represent the needs and interests of small, medium and large companies throughout the world.
Jobs are one of the most important part of a person’s life and our members are in the business of connecting people to jobs. Making sure that we are working together, even when we compete, for the interest of the space is extremely important. Not to mention, this is one of the most fun crowd of business owners and executives I have ever had the privilege of working with.
2. How long have you been affiliated with this organization?
Since 2007 (I think). I have watched this organization grow from an idea and group of job board owners and executives to become a cornerstone in our industry—not only at our annual events but throughout the year as we take on issues that impact our world and yours.
3. What made you desire to be a part of IAEWS?
At the time I was representing the interest of hundreds of job boards; and this seemed like the most important place for me to gather information about best practices, industry trends, and to get new ideas that my partners could use to help grow their businesses. I have continued to participate ever since—both on the Board during previous appointments as well as an active and vocal member. When you are as passionate about what you do as I am, you make sure that you are front and center, both listening and learning and teaching.
4. What do your responsibilities include as a newly elected board member?
Great question! Part 1 is to help provide counsel to Peter Weddle, the association’s Executive Director, and guru in residence.
Part 2 is to evangelize on behalf of the association by encouraging members to be active participants and to encourage those who are not members to come and check us out. In fact, this year we are working on a campaign to encourage non-members to join us at our annual spring member congress. For those who are not yet members, and are in the industry, we will waive the fee. Email director at employmentwebsites.org for more info.
Part 3 is to be a leader in the industry and represent the values of the organization.
5. What will IAEWS be working on this upcoming year?
Secret stuff. …joking of course. Our goals each year are to continue to help our members succeed and evolve. The things we are thinking about this year are mobile, social, government regulation like OFFCP, changes in business models, big data and, of course, driving membership and attendance at events. We are the sum of our parts and the more parts we have the greater we become.
6. Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would really like to encourage members, non-members and former members to consider the Spring Congress being held April 14th at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas (how can you go wrong with an event in Vegas?). This year, we have partnered with SHRM’s Talent Management conference and there are all sorts of benefits to participating in both events as an exhibitor or attendee. I strongly encourage anyone in the industry to join us this year for what looks to be one of our best ever. (Plus there is a rumor ZipRecruiter, my current company, is going to throw a little shindig Sunday… email me ethan at ziprecruiter for more info).