With the .jobs expansion moving forward, it’s time to think beyond the niche.jobs domain that you might or might not (probably not) obtain. At some point, there are going to be hundreds of new extensions including things like .resume, .engineer, .software, .microsoft and so on.
The costs of defensive registrations and trademark infringement related lawsuits and processes like UDRP will be enormous. But, ICANN revenue will explode and the organization will grow (the real bottom line).
What can job board operators do about it all? If you have a few hundred thousand dollars, you might start your own registry – maybe you’ll get .resume or .recruiting. If that’s not for you, then the other good options are — provide more value, do more marketing and do more branding. In one word, compete!