Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Comparing Recruiting Websites in the Public and Private Sectors

This study compares forty-three private-sector recruiting websites to forty-seven state recruiting websites. Every private-sector employer allowed online job applications, whereas nineteen states required applications to be mailed or faxed. The private-sector recruiting websites were more likely to have clearly visible links found from their home pages, to explain why they were desirable employers, to allow candidates to upload their resumes, and to provide prompt feedback. It averaged ten less minutes to apply for a job at a private-sector recruiting website. The only advantage of the public-sector recruiting websites was that they were more likely to provide information about available jobs.