The key advantage to Web-based recruiting services is that they revolve around proprietary databases of job seekers and/or job postings. Those that focus on job-seeker databases enable employers to search databases with specified criteria, often including skill, experience, location, academic background, and other factors.

The benefit for employers is that, for a fee, these searches yield substantial lists of potential applicants, all of whom have gone to the trouble to list their information with a service. Contacting the applicants and selecting from among them is still the employer’s burden, although some of the more sophisticated services offer resources to help with this process. Most of the services that allow employers to ...

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