Let’s Get Ready to Rumblllle!

Behind the Front Lines (EMA, 2000): A Daily Journal of the Talent Warriors The Employment Management Association Conference in Orlando took an interesting turn behind the scenes this morning when CareerPath.com answered a Monster challenge to its newest product, Resume Scout. The storm clouds appeared last Thursday when Monster.com sent a memo to “All Recruitment Advertising Agencies” requesting that they “please advise (their) clients that Monster.com holds the right to shut down without refund any client who uses this type of software on the Monster.com website.” Monster.com’s memo claimed that Resume Scout software is a spider and that Monster.com’s terms of use specifically exclude spiders (and actually anything else but Netscape or Explorer when you get right down to it.) Fast forward to this morning and 800+ attendees woke up to find a custom printed envelope under their door with the headline “What’s Making Monster Roaring Mad” printed on the outside. Inside, a detailed brochure described Resume Scout as a recruiter productivity tool which accesses 80 Web based resume databases with a single search. (CareerPath.com had earlier in the week issued a press release asserting that “Resume Scout is not a spider as claimed by Monster.com. Rather (it) is a type of Browser that eliminates the extra steps recruiters would otherwise use to search databases one at a time.”) CareerPath.com’s answer was to turn Monster’s charge into a 2-week free trial offer so recruiters could find out for themselves what Monster is roaring about and it seemed to us that CareerPath’s booth was a little crowded today. Employers who subscribe to multiple free and fee based resume databases will inevitably seek out and compare products that claim to make their searches more productive and more efficient. The implications of this wrestling match will be closely watched by the entire industry. There are more folks in the front row on this one than you might imagine. If you are missing EMA, there is still time to get to Kennedy’s e-Cruiting Conference in Las Vegas, IDG’s Technical Recruiter Conference in Orlando, SHRM’s mega conference in Vegas (as well as several others). Good hunting!

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Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler are co-authors of CareerXroads and are internationally recognized as educators, consultants and practitioners. Learn more at www.careerxroads.com

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