Managing Usenet Newsgroups

Each day hundreds of resumes are posted in Usenet newsgroups. And while that’s great news for many of us, finding them isn’t so fun. They’re mixed in with the more than 300,000 other daily postings and can be in any one (or several) of the more than 50,000 groups. Manually searching for the resume you need is time-consuming and frustrating. Often you get little in return except an abundance of spam and competitors’ job postings. A number of programs are available that can help you sort through all the newsgroups to get directly to the information you need. One such program is NewsMonger from TechSmith Corporation. It lets you specify what you’re looking for and then automatically conducts your searches. Use it to:

  1. Find the exact resume you need
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  3. Discover what job hunters are saying about you and your corporation
  4. Keep track of your competition

A wizard program helps you set up your search – which can be fine-tuned to exclude certain keywords, subject headings and particular newsgroups. Your search can be as advanced as you want, making it more likely that the results returned are worth your while. You can even schedule it to search at particular times and have it notify you by e-mail when the results – with no duplicate postings – are found. It works with AltaVista’s search engine for Usenet Groups bringing back the same results you’d expect in an AltaVista search. But NewsMonger automates the process and makes it simple to save your results and your searches. You can read more about NewsMonger and download a 45-day fully functional trial version; if you like what it does, it’s available for $39.95. So the next time you want to conduct a Usenet search, delegate the task to NewsMonger. While you’re closing with one candidate, NewsMonger will scour through the newsgroups and deliver a new list of candidates for you to contact.

Jennifer Hicks, a seasoned Internet researcher who writes extensively on the use of the Internet for job hunters and recruiters, is a contributor to AIRS research. The AIRS Search Guide acts as your personal trainer, guiding you through our Advanced Internet Recruitment Strategies (AIRS) in a highly illustrated offline magazine. Each issue is full of new sourcing strategies, search examples, step-by-step procedures, and AIRS latest research for finding high-value passive candidates on the Internet. Contact AIRS at searchguide@airsproducts.com

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