.Jobs Call Now Set For Thursday

The SHRM .jobs council conference call, proposed for today, has now been scheduled for Thursday.

Today’s call was moved to Thursday after scheduling issues were raised, I’ve been told. I sent the council’s manager, Gary Rubin, an email seeking to confirm that, but have not yet heard for sure. Rubin is SHRM’s chief publishing, e-media, and business development officer, and point man for its .jobs affairs.

If you’ve been following this story, then you know the issue. There’s plenty of background available here in the ERE archive. Briefly, the nine-member council was appointed by SHRM to review a proposal to allow non-company names to be used in conjunction with the .jobs Internet extension.

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The request for a change to the rules was made by Employ Media, after it had already joined forces with DirectEmployers Association in launching dozens of new job boards with names like Nursing.jobs and Atlanta.jobs. These sites have now been taken off line.

The Society of Human Resource Management is involved because it is a sponsor of the .jobs address extension (technically referred to as a domain or a TLD).

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.


3 Comments on “.Jobs Call Now Set For Thursday

  1. Some thoughts concerning .Jobs. I spoke with a number of people about it at the ERE Conference in San Diego. Those who were for it were adamant about it. Others simply dismissed it saying it would not be get to the point of relevance.

    Myself, I believe that it would take an enormous amount of marketing and education to convince consumers that .Jobs not only exist but is an important standard for jobseeker job searches. Because of that, I am skeptical about its future.

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