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Google’s algorithm still sucks for job searches
I dont think Google does a very good job at giving the right results when it comes to job searches. Do a search for ‘jobs in charlotte’ (link)
The #11 listing on page 2 is for a local job board, or so you think. In fact is an empty shell of a site.
If you run a local or niche job board these days Google is squeezing out those sites in favor of bigger sites like Indeed. I have seen some results where Indeed gets the top 3-5 results! Thats crazy and does a huge disservice to job seekers who cant find the other job boards that can help them find the right jobs. Google should reconfigure their algorithm to include more job boards.
This is yet another reason that job boards need to get better at creating content because the big G isn’t doing you any favors when it comes to free web traffic.
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Jobs boards are becoming ATS’s
Don’t look now but the big job boards are turning into ATS (applicant tracking systems) and the ATS is becoming a job board. Yes they are all morphing into the same thing right before our eyes. As my evidence I’m going to use 2 popular sites: ZipRecruiter and Indeed.com.
Indeed started out as an aggregator, then slowly ran ads against part of the jobs they scraped then added full blown job descriptions. And of course when you offer job postings you need a way to manage responses. Their employer dashboard is taking on more ATS like features every week it seems.
If you look at the above screenshot of a candidate submission ( i protected his identity) you can see that I can email him, categorize him, schedule him, reject him, etc. All these features are part of an ATS. Now its no surprise to me that this is happening. If Indeed can incentive recruiters to stay in its dashboard for longer they will get more postings and make more money. A “simple” ATS like this is perfectly fine for most small companies anyway. I would expect Indeed to keep innovating on this side of its business.
Next stop is ZipRecruiter. I think they have always publicly displayed their clients jobs (they are a job distributor/ATS) but they really took their jobs section and made it into a full fledged job board as you can see below. Now that they have gained traction on the employer side they can offer more value, get more resumes and count on their own traffic with a job board like this.
In the past other companies like job board software maker Adicio launched CareerCast.com to offer a single point of entry to all the newspaper sites its powered. It was a smart idea and one that will gain momentum going forward.
I predict companies like Linkedin will buy or launch their own ATS so they can own and control more of the recruiting pipeline in the future. So don’t be surprised if the other big player in online recruitment take a similar path. They all want a bigger piece of the pie.
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RecruiterBox is looking for a Head of Sales
I don’t usually post job openings on my blog but after meeting the CEO of RecruiterBox and striking up a friendship with him I felt strongly about helping him recruit.
So when he asked if I knew any good sales people within the online recruitment industry I figured this site would be a good place to start. Its a great product and chance to get in on the ground floor of an up and coming recruiting tech company based in San Francisco.
Here’s the details according to Raj Sheth, their CEO:
Recruiterbox is a recruiting software for companies under 500 employees. We have acquired 650 customers through only online marketing and a DIY product, but starting now – we are looking to put together a sales team here in SF.
I am looking for someone to lead all outbound sales efforts – you’d be joining incredibly early, setting up your own process, and have the incredible financial upside of a growing startup without many of the risks:
– Work directly with founders that have bootstrapped to more than a $1MM in revenue
– Best of both worlds: salary and equity (very competitive market salary)
– Self funded: not beholden to outside interests
– Build experiences that help small and big teams actually hire faster
– Work with a team who REALLY loves the product they’re building
– Build your own sales team
So if you are interested contact raj@recruiterbox dot com
There’s a new backfill option in town
And its name is EmployIQ.
The founder Bri Holt, recently emailed me about the new project. If you want to incorporate full job postings onto your site it looks like a good option. I asked him where the jobs come from:
The jobs come from an array of primary sources – ATSs, primary job boards, primary search engines – we’ve got about 100 right now, but we’re keeping the exact list private for now (it actually took quite a bit of time to find and vet good job sources).
My dream is (1) that we accurately find and categorize all the world’s jobs and bring some order to the tangled web that is job searching, and then (2) that we can openly share that data with others. If we can achieve those things, then I’m sure we can figure out a way to make some money.
1. It’s a free, publicly available feed. You can see the documentation
2. We’re getting about 4,000 new jobs per day from several hundred quality job sources. The jobs link straight to the actually job source, so no junk re-re-re-post links. You can see the types of jobs we’re getting our site (which mirrors our feed).
3. The feed includes full job description text so you pull the text into your site and get the SEO value.
4. When we pull in the new jobs, we automatically and smartly categorize them, and we allow you to filter the feed based on category. For example, incoming jobs titled “Software Developer” and “Software Engineer” and “PHP Architect” are all categorized under the “Programming” category – this saves a lot of headaches in getting the right backfill jobs for a given niche. We offer about 100 categories from as broad as “IT” to as specific as “Anesthesiology.”
5. We do NOT require any HTML links back to EmployIQ, the feed is free to use however you like.
6. You CAN mix our jobs with any other backfill providers you like.
7. The jobs come in JSON format, so they are easily parse-able and integrate-able in any job board software in any language.
This job board just added video to the mix
CNCJobs.net has launched a job board and resume search engine with support for video (view site). In contrast to text-only job search engines, the website supports both photos and video to help employers and potential employees find the right match. According to the site, these unconventional features will help save employers money while shortening the hiring process.
Job seekers can upload a pre-screen video profile for employers to view prior to select a candidate for an interview. Employers can also post video clips about the job or company for applicants. Once a match is made, employers can interview candidates via live streaming technology available through the site. The video job board can be accessed from any PC, tablet or smartphone.
This is yet further proof of the visualization of the job search. Is your job board ready? Whats interesting to note about the CNC site is that CNC machinists aren’t exactly the most web savvy people. They are such a blue collar candidate I wonder how much early adoption they will get? Time will tell…
Heading to HRtech
October is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only are the leaves changing but its time for the HR Technology conference. 4 jam packed days of learning, networking, and expo hall all based around HR/recruiting technology. Not to mention its in Vegas! Its starts tomorrow.
This is by far the most interesting conference to be at since its where all the major players (from job boards to time & attendance software) and startups converge to show off and be seen. The networking is also tremendous as their are tons of parties and nightly events to go to.
I’ll be there all week and hope to bring you my list of cool technology shortly after on this blog. And if you will also be attending lets grab a beer and talk shop. Just ping me on twitter or let me know you’ll be there.
If you do want to go but cant afford the ticket consider getting an expo only pass. It costs $75 if you work as a recruiter or HR person. If you are a vendor in the space its $300.
Internships.com just got bought for $11 million
Breaking News off the wires today. CareerArc, the company that also owns TweetMyJobs has sold off one of its big properties, Internships.com to Chegg for 11 million dollars. Here’s the press release. Makes me wonder if their other properties like TMJ are next…?
Fast growing job boards and their revenue numbers
Inc recently came out with their list of the fastest growing companies. The firms in it have to fill out a survey and submit their revenue numbers. This year a number of job boards made the list. Here they are in order of biggest sales to smallest.