The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences has selected the IEEE Job Site as one of its Webby Awards Honorees for 2008. The awards from the 10-year-old organization honor “the outstanding work that is setting the standards for the Internet.”
"The IEEE Job Site’s Official Honoree selection is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators,” says David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards program.
The honor was likely due to a series of upgrades made to the site last year that were aimed at making it more visually appealing and easier to use for those looking for a job, according to Michael Buryk, business development manager for IEEE Media Recruitment Services in New York City, which manages the site.
“These improvements have translated into more traffic to the site—a winning situation for employers who are seeking candidates in the professional niche served by the IEEE,” Buryk says. Last year, 6500 new job seekers uploaded their profiles to the site, bringing the total to nearly 53 600, nearly a 14 percent increase over 2006. And close to 3400 new paid job postings—a 30 percent increase—were added by employers in 2007, for a year-end total of 14 800.
In addition to providing a whole new look and feel, more job-search features have been added to improve the site’s usefulness, according to Ilia Rodriguez, recruitment marketing manager for IEEE Media. She notes that anyone can browse job listings, but only IEEE members can submit an application from the job site.
TIME SAVERS For the first time, job seekers can define their job searches geographically as broadly or narrowly as they wish. Previously, job hunters had to reenter their search criteria for each country, but now they can save time by looking for job openings throughout, say, the European Union or South America with a single search. And unless a company specifically requests that candidates apply at its site, the job seeker can use the IEEE Job Site’s new universal application form to apply to multiple job postings without repeatedly having to key in information for each company.
EMPLOYER FOCUS The redesign is also helping employers. The new electronic templates that make it easy for job hunters to create, customize, or upload résumés and cover letters—and even store multiple versions online—benefit employers by giving them the capability to match a position’s criteria with qualified job seekers who have made their résumés public. Job seekers can also check how many times an employer viewed their résumé in order to gauge its effectiveness.
Companies are also taking advantage of the IEEE Job Site’s video capability by posting brief commercials about themselves. The videos, which open in a separate browser window, are accompanied by links to the companies’ Web sites or pages displaying their current job openings. Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are some of the organizations using videos.
Before the upgrades, the IEEE Job Site was a plain vanilla job board—a place to see who was hiring. But now it’s also a career-information center. The site includes links to career-related news from the Wall Street Journal’s CareerJournal.com and Going Global—a worldwide career and employment subscription database containing information on work permit/visa regulations, résumé writing guidelines, employment trends, salary ranges, networking groups, and cultural advice. There are also monthly interactive polls on career- and industry-related topics, IEEE.tv programs like “What’s Out There: Careers for Electrical Engineers and Computer Scientists,” and the IEEE-USA Salary Service, which lets members find out what their skills and experience are worth relative to their peers, based on IEEE-USA’s annual Salary and Fringe Benefit Survey.
STUDENT FOCUS, TOO Student members also can find internship positions on the site. The IEEE Job Site offers free 30-day job posts to employers looking to fill internship or co-op positions with undergrads. And for the first time, IEEE Media has partnered with IEEE student branches to sponsor career fairs in conjunction with branch conferences. Coming up are the IEEE Canada Career Fair in May during the Region 1 Conference in Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada, and the IEEE GOLD (for Graduates Of the Last Decade) Career Fair in September during the Region 8 Student Congress in London.
And in response to a request from members in Region 10 (which covers Asia and the Pacific), IEEE Media is working on a soon-to-be-available page called the IEEE GOLD Academic Professional Portal, which will be aimed at recent graduates looking for jobs in academia.
Check out the improved IEEE Job Site at http://www.ieee.org/jobs.