Although several services exist to help you search newsgroups, DejaNews is perhaps the most complete and easy to use. It’s a fact that DejaNews finds resumes posted to resume-specific newsgroups. But, it also gives you a way to search for passive candidates through its search interface and its Interest Finder. DejaNews bills itself as “the” source for Internet discussion groups. It is. DejaNews has over 100 million articles from newsgroups dating back to March 1995. In total, they have over 380,000 resumes archived. A search through their standard archive, containing postings from the last 6 months, reveals 14,000+ resumes. On the other hand, Alta Vista has over 25,000 resumes – but they go back 10 months and are not indexed from newest to oldest. Consider their “Interest Finder”. From the search interface, you can key in what you’re interested in to find appropriate newsgroups. For instance searching for groups on “computers” results in 14 newsgrouups. Searching for “accounting,” though brings up 33-which helps point out the need to search well. One reason there are so many groups related to “accounting” is because of the recent political movement requesting an accountant from the Senate and the President on certain matters. Unless you’re looking for a government official or an ex-intern, these particular groups won’t necessarily help you find a brilliant accountant. And a simple search for “resume” can’t help much either, since if it’s pronounced differently but spelled the same, it no longer means a C.V.-type posting, but rather “to go back to.” Use the search filters to narrow your search by author, subject, newsgroup, or date. If you want to find accountants looking for jobs, go down to the subject line and type “resume & accountant.” Click on “Create Filter.” You’ll find several hundred resumes. Once you’ve done this, you can refine it further. Next week: Pre-screening Candidates with Usenet
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