Transforming Exchange-based Job boards into Lasting Career Communities

Elfi Ettinger, Celeste Wilderom, Rolf van Dick

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    In this paper, we use a qualitative approach to explore which design aspects an erecruiting platform requires so as to achieve active long-term participation of its users. Our study is based on a case study of an e-recruiting platform for Austrian engineers. We use interviews and ethnographic methods. Although, e-recruiting trends point towards niche erecruiting and career community approaches, our results show that a mere niche approach is not enough to maintain an actively participating user base. Our findings suggest that users are more inclined to re-use the same e-recruiting platform throughout their career if the userbase is comprised of many other users who share a similar social identity and who had already developed offline ties with each other before registration. Hence, integrated online community and social network applications for specified user segments will enable users to maintain and transform their existing offline contacts for career purposes. The paper concludes with recommendations for e-recruiting research and practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBIS 2008 Workshops proceedings
    Subtitle of host publication11th Conference on Business Information systems (BIS 2008) : Innsbruck, Austria, 6-7 may 2008
    EditorsDominik Fleitjer
    ISBN (Print)978-83-916842-5-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event11th Conference on Business Information Systems, BIS 2008 - Innsbruck, Austria
    Duration: 6 May 20087 May 2008
    Conference number: 11


    Conference11th Conference on Business Information Systems, BIS 2008
    Abbreviated titleBIS


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