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Job boards in the news
Its September so the job board news is coming fast and furious. Here’s a quick roundup.
* Jobs2Careers Ranked #131 in Inc. 500 List of Fastest-Growing Privately-Held Companies. Congrats to Bruce Ge for building a good aggregator in the face of Indeed and SimplyHired. READ ABOUT IT HERE
* NJmarketingjobs is a new hyper-niche job board. It targets a “local niche”. Sites like these have the potential to bring in $1,000 per month if done right and given enough time. SEE IT
* The American Legion signs on with Monster.com’s Military.com READ ABOUT IT HERE
* ZipRecruiter lands $63 million in funding. These guys made job distribution into a huge business opportunity. Kudos to the team at ZR. READ ABOUT IT HERE
* RAllyPoint is a Linkedin for Veterans and helps them get jobs. READ ABOUT THEM HERE
An easy way to improve the effectiveness and share-ability of your job postings (member only)
New wordpress job board theme – WpJobus
The developers emailed me recently and since I’m a sucker for new job board technology I was glad to mention it here on Job Board Secrets.
Here’s what they claim about the new theme;
This theme is completely made in WordPress so you can run it just like any other blog. We probably shouldn’t brag, but we seriously think that it is the most complete and easiest to use job board out there. You can register your company, post jobs, curriculums and many other amazing things. One of our favorite details about this theme though is that it lets you hide the menu bar. This makes your company profile and you resumé even more professional. And all this for a microstock file price. You can purchase it on ThemeForest and within a couple of clicks your website is ready to rock!
Sell your domains on Freemarket
The folks behind Freelancer.com have launched a competitor to Flippa and Godaddy auctions. Its called Freemarket.com. The best part is that its free and only charges 5% if a successful deal is made. Might be a better alternative to paying those pesky fees from the other sites I mentioned. So if you have some extra domains or used sites you want to sell check it out.
Freemarket will let people post websites or domains for sale, either at auction basis or with a fixed-price eBay-style ‘But-It-Now’ option. A search on the keyword ‘job’ shows 23 sites related to job boards for sale.
Improving your apply ratio for employers (member only)
Job boards in the news
Some job boards and new tech in the news for the job search market.
1. PhysEmp.com, one of the nations first physician job boards and mobile app innovators, recently launched Job Search by PhysEmp.coma new mobile app that helps doctors search for jobs on the go. This is the 5th generation of the app and offers enhanced features for job-seeking physicians.
The importance of having an app for any job board cannot be overstated because of the growth of mobile traffic. In our case,the mobile traffic is overwhelmingly on the iPhone and iPad,” said Robert Truog, CEO of PhysEmp.com.”We have more than ten thousand physicians searching for jobs on our site, and its our job to ensure that they have access to our 20,000 listings throughout the day, wherever they are.”
@chrisrussell: I think eventually every job board will need an app to be relevant.
2. Quadjobs.com is odd jobs for college student linking to families.
@chrisrussell: another job search startup from Connecticut! I think they have a great domain name and are starting out correctly by targeting their local colleges first.
3. Purzue.com is a new online resume host. Link
@chrisrussell: They pinged me on Linkedin. Looks cool but how will it make money?
Minimalist heaven: Governmentjobs.com
A relative of mine was job hunting and came across Governmentjobs.com and showed it to me. I was immediately struck by the simplicity of the design. Its a minimalist’s dream design.
I love the placement of the Employer callout, cant miss it. The simple flat design is clean and familiar. According the the company info page the site has been around since 1998 and was born out of an ATS called NEOGOV for states and cities.
The search results page is equally clean with only Adsense ads on the top and bottom of results. As I look at the site it almost seems TOO clean and devoid of more design elements. But it is a rather inviting look and feel that the rest of us can learn from.
Wanted Analytics opens up its API to job boards
Want more jobs on your job board? Well Wanted Analytics, the company which collects jobs from across the web and analyzes trends has announced that it is publishing an API so that job boards can tap into its more than 5 million listings. The story appeared on Recruiter.com.
I’m not totally sure where they get all their listings but it appears from the little information there is that they crawl corporate career sites. But if they truly have 5 million jobs thats an attractive tool for anyone who wants to aggregate listings on their site. Here’s the link on their site but it doesn’t have much other info on the API. Guess you’ll have to contact them.
UPDATE: there is a $ charge for using their API
I was on vacation last week. Generally I take off the first week of august which reminds me of the traffic levels for any job board. If you run any kind of website you know that traffic ebbs and flows each month. In my past experience running job boards, August was always the 2nd slowest month next to December (this affects sales too). So its likely most established job boards are seeing a downturn in traffic as vacation season takes over.
I’d recommend slowing down any content marketing this month too by saving more of it for September when people get back into job search mode. Plus taking it slow this month helps you recharge and strategize. So put on those flip flops and take it easy this month.