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Two Niche Job Boards Making HeadlinesBy chrisr2 on January 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Two Niche Job Boards Making Headlines
Over the past few weeks I had the chance to interview two niche job boards that are doing good things in today’s job market. The MOM Project helps moms re-enter the the workforce and 70MillionJobs helps those with criminal histories to get hired. These sites are great examples of filling a niche while having a noble mission. In the case of the MOM Project that mission led to a recent round of capital amounting to $8 million bucks.
So check out these recent interviews and learn about how these job boards make it happen.
THE MOM PROJECT
Tech Job Board AcquiredBy chrisr2 on January 28, 2019 | Comments Off on Tech Job Board Acquired
Technical Integrity announced today that it has acquired Find My Flock, a tech focused job board out of Colorado.
Technical Integrity was founded by CEO Dave Mayer in 2010 to turn the recruiting industry on its head. “In 2010 we set out to build a new paradigm. We lead an ethical revolution in recruiting with a transparent, culture-first approach to building engineering teams, and we’re proud to be one of the most trusted recruiting partners in the Colorado startup ecosystem,” said Mayer. “By fostering more diverse, collaborative and inclusive startup communities, we are able to attract and retain top talent from across the country.”
“For nine years, Technical Integrity has been a champion of inclusivity and diversity in the Colorado tech community. This is directly aligned with their mission to better the community for all members,” said Andrew Hyde, Founder of Startup Week and Weekend, a series of events that bring together startup communities in cities around the world to meet, learn, and celebrate entrepreneurship.
Find My Flock, originally founded as a non-profit organization that matched women in tech with mentors, gradually evolved into a placement service and job search engine for technology professionals. The two companies often worked together to service clients in the Colorado tech community and Mayer stepped into a role of mentoring Find My Flock founder, Kate Catlin.
“I started Find My Flock to help underrepresented developers like myself find fulfilling and welcoming workplaces. Partnering with Technical Integrity was an excellent fit from the very beginning, as both organizations are dedicated to improving an often-frustrating hiring process for developers and we are all driven by a desire to make the world a better place,” said Catlin. “The experienced Technical Integrity team showed us the ropes in the hiring world and helped us succeed. I’m confident our customers will be in excellent hands with them.”
While the recruiting practice will be acquired by Technical Integrity, the Find My Flock job board technology will be purchased by Denver’s Turing School of Software & Design.
“With a similar ethos to Technical Integrity and Find My Flock, at Turing we pride ourselves in training a diverse and inclusive student body to succeed in technical careers. When Technical Integrity brought us into the fold, we jumped at the chance to have this helpful resource for our students and alumni,” said Jeff Casimir, Executive Director at Turing.
“The team at Find My Flock built an amazing organization that has matched qualified persons in tech with companies that will provide them a positive, highly fulfilling work experience. The future is bright for all of us as we continue serving the Colorado and national tech communities in this way,” continued Mayer.
For more information about Technical Integrity and its unique philosophy in serving the tech community and its members visit https://technicalintegrity.com/.
A Warning to Job Board Software VendorsBy chrisr2 on January 21, 2019 | Comments Off on A Warning to Job Board Software Vendors
In case you haven’t noticed the world of online recruiting is a vastly different one from whence job boards first emerged.
The sheer amount of ways to recruit online, from sourcing tools to aggregators, has created a vast ocean of choices for employers to find talent. This means that if your recruiting tool, whatever purpose it serves, does not evolve to serve these employers it will slowly fade away.
Job boards have been facing this threat for many years and you have all seen what it has done to the likes of Monster, CareerBuilder and others. They have faded and now are forced to play catch up.
The same is true for the software vendors that serve our industry.
It is time for you ALL to revitalize your product offerings to stay ahead of the curve. The status quo is not good enough to survive the future.
If I were running a job board software company today, here are the features and tools I would be building into my product to help job boards not only survive, but thrive in this new world of digital recruiting.
- Foster More Community. I believe today’s online job markets need to be a community, not just a place to post/search for job listings. This means allowing for things like user generated content, friending and close integration with popular social media channels. Let job seekers talk to one another. Aggregate industry news. There are lots of ways to let a community interact. I remember the early days of platforms like Ning.com which were social networks in a box. If they only had a job board attached I would have put all my boards on it! As a job seeker I’d love to see a newsfeed of whats happening on the site and be able to comment/like/share.
- Social Profiles. Most job boards allow seekers to upload a resume but do a poor job of letting them connect their social media accounts. A seeker is more than a resume. Their public social media accounts are great for personal branding. Let them connect if desired. It could be something as simple as a clone of an about.me page.
- Texting. Where are all the job board vendors when it comes to integrating texting? The chatbot vendors have learned that text recruiting is the future. Heck even big players like Indeed have surprisingly been missing out on this trend. Job seekers should be able to get text reminders for jobs they visit like what Emissary.ai is doing. They should be able to get a text alert when a company on their favorites list posts a job.
- Better Marketing Tools. Job boards are internet marketing businesses and need the tools to promote themselves. There should be tight integration with social media so that a full RSS feed of “activity” can be broadcast. When a job seeker joins and posts a resume I want to see that message pop up in the twitter account. “Nice! John just posted a resume. Welcome aboard” it might say. Perhaps the ability to offer “push” notifications to users so they can get those handy desktop notifications.
- More Backfill Options. There are at least 10 different aggregators to get backfill from. Some pay better than others. I’d like to see more options to choose from to help boost the bottom line. Backfill is an important asset to offer especially in the first year of a new job board and vendors aren’t doing enough to maximize this revenue.
- Email. We need built in email marketing functionality to communicate more often with both seeker and employer. This means more automatic emails, drip reminders and automation to help drive traffic back to the jobs. I give credit to Kyle from Jobarto for building a platform with an email first perspective and see that he now offer SMS too. Email is a critical channel for job boards.
- Data sharing. There are several thousand niche job sites that have lots of resume data hidden behind a silo. Imaging if they let the new breed of sourcing tools such as Entelo, Hiretual, HiringSolved and others see that data and help recruiters uncover new candidates. The data could be anonymized and the recruiter sent to the job board to pay for access to the contact info. Thats an revenue stream waiting to be tapped.
- Employer Branding. Employers on any job board should be allowed to maximize their profiles by doing what Glassdoor allows, uploading of pics, posting of short updates, etc. The employer profile page needs a visual upgrade in most cases. Indeed recently revamped their employer pages, so should the rest of you.
- Streamlined E-commerce. We need better checkout functionality overall. Posting and paying for a job should be a quick and painless as possible. And we need more types of product beyond the typical job posting feee. We need monthly subscription models and even the ability to charge job seekers for more things (reverse job board).
I could probably go on but if you are a software vendor I hope you read this and take the advice seriously. Need help sketching it out? Hire me.
Profitable Job Distribution Platform Looking for Buyer
From time to time I get alerted to some very profitable business in the online recruiting space which are available to purchase. This is one of the better opportunities to come across my desk.
I cannot reveal the name of the business but let me give you some of the facts to pique your interest.
- It has been online for 10 years
- It enjoys some of the best SEO I have ever seen
- It enjoys profit margins around 50%
- It enjoys year over year traffic growth of 30%
- It enjoys organic traffic of 63k/mo
- It’s main client base centers around restaurant, retail and hospitality
This stable business has sales of nearly $900k per year and according to owner all of that revenue is driven by the organic SEO. The business is a combination small business ATS and job distribution platform with a proprietary job board in place.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more and being connected with the owner please email firstname.lastname@example.org
SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY!
New Survey Shows Job Seeker’s Use of Job BoardsBy chrisr2 on January 14, 2019 | Comments Off on New Survey Shows Job Seeker’s Use of Job Boards
Here are some good stats to share with your employer clients. A new study shows job boards are the most popular way to look for work according to B2B research firm Clutch.
More than 40% of job seekers secure new roles through online job boards, the survey found. This includes general job boards such as Indeed and Monster (33%) and industry-specific job boards such as MediaBistro and USAJOBS (8%).
Experts say the current job market is tipped in candidates’ favor due to the low unemployment rate, increasing the likelihood that candidates will secure a new job after conducting an initial search using online job boards.
“Going to a general job board may be the first step,” said Jenna Filipkowski, head of research at Human Capital Institute. “If they find what they’re looking for there, they don’t necessarily need to take the deeper dive.”
Online job boards are especially effective for women. Forty-four percent of women surveyed found a job using an online job board, compared to 33% of men.
Most job boards offer automatic job alerts based on candidates’ search history. These automatic job suggestions are influential, with nearly two-thirds of job seekers (61%) finding them helpful.
Clutch’s 2019 Recruiting Survey included 507 full-time employees who started a new job in the past 6 months.
Read the full report here: https://clutch.co/hr/recruiting/resources/how-people-find-jobs
Job Board News: .Jobs, HiringThing, VeganJobs, Monster, IndeedBy chrisr2 on January 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Job Board News: .Jobs, HiringThing, VeganJobs, Monster, Indeed
There was an interesting discussion with one of the original investors of Indeed, Brad Burnham from Union Square Ventures had on a recent episode of This Week in Startups. In it, he attributed their success partly due to the founds Rony Kahan and Paul Forster. He used the word “ruthless” while describing Forster’s business savvy. The mere $5 million investment USV made in Indeed resulted in a unicorn style sale of over 1 billion. One of their greatest investments ever.
According to the Chad&Cheese podcast the domain jobster.com, a former dot com darling has been sold for $200k. It now redirects to the JobBird job site based in the Netherlands.
A piece on ERE by Joel Cheesman reveals Monsters plan for the new year which include video resumes. Monster launched Monster Studios in the fall, a tool for recruiters to add video to job postings. It has been such a success that the company expects to add video resumes to the mix next year.
HiringThing, a developer of online recruiting and applicant tracking systems (ATS) announced a new partnership with .Jobs, a leading job site network.
The pairing of HiringThing’s ATS with .Jobs’ network of more than 35,000 job sites will give employers greater applicant exposure, as well as increased candidate relevancy. When employers post jobs through .Jobs’ network, their postings will be automatically distributed to all relevant .Jobs career sites. In addition, new benefits to HiringThing customers include:
- A refined talent pool: Through .Jobs’ extensive network, employers can accurately target job seekers.
- Greater exposure: Positions posted with .Jobs are distributed through thousands of relevant job sites, allowing employers to receive concise candidate pools.
- A seamless workflow: Employers don’t have to manage relationships with dozens of niche job sites. .Jobs makes it easy to distribute opportunities to the right target audiences.
HiringThing’s ATS streamlines every aspect of the recruiting process, including ad placement and syndication, candidate communication, interview scheduling, onboarding, and sourcing. The company focuses on delivering Hiring Happiness™ to each customer, simplifying the process of finding the perfect hire.
“We’re building the job sites we wish we had when we were looking for jobs. HiringThing provides the ability to post jobs and manage candidates in a beautiful platform. An integration between our two organizations was a perfect fit. Together we are connecting job seekers to more relevant opportunities,” said Daniel Kraciun, .Jobs’ chief marketing officer.
UK’s first fully functioning job board for vegan candidates and recruiters www.VeganJobs.online will launch on 21st January 2019.
VeganJobs is managed by an HR Consultancy firm specialised in finding vegan candidates for vegan businesses and is already working with leading vegan British businesses.
Tailored professional HR service is available for employers and they can also expect promotions and further support.
Candidates can list their skills and CV, search for their perfect vegan job, and be notified of new vegan jobs in their desired area, while they can also receive tips to help their job search.
Another Job Board Software Platform Has LaunchedBy chrisr2 on December 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Another Job Board Software Platform Has Launched
A few weeks ago I wrote about JobBoardFire and now comes news of another platform for the job board world. Job Board Kit is based out of the UK and is now open for business. They are also my latest sidebar advertiser.
All of a sudden the job board software market is heating up. I attribute a lot of this to Google getting into our space. Do we need more platforms? That is debatable, but a little competition now and then is a healthy thing.
JBK offers a 14 day free trial and pricing varies according to the number of jobs hosted. They also just added a plan called Startup which is only £7.99 per month for up to 100 active listings.
The design examples they list are fairly straightforward looking. Features include Stripe for ecommerce, Indeed for backfill and several responsive templates to choose from.
Setting up an account was quite easy, just enter a few details and it will create the site in a few minutes. Here’s a look at the backend which allows you to do things like adding pages and setting your backfill query.
Q&A with MarketGrabberBy chrisr2 on December 18, 2018 | Comments Off on Q&A with MarketGrabber
MarketGrabber is a longtime provider of job board software. I did a Q&A with Laura Barry, VP of Sales & Marketing over email recently.
- How long has MG been around? Who is company founder?
Our company AlphaPlex, Inc. has been in business since 1997 and is located in Colorado Springs, CO.
We began as a custom web development company specializing in database driven websites. We launched MarketGrabber in 2005 with our Classifieds and Directory software. We launched our Job Board Software not long after ane originally called our Employment Edition.
The company was founded by Edward Barry (my husband), a software engineer who formerly worked for Digital and MCI.
- How many sites do you power today?
MarketGrabber powers over 1,000 websites with approx. 500 hosted with us at this time. Of those, we have sold several hundred job boards.
- Who are some of your flagship clients boards? (name a few)
- Is your software hosted or just sell licenses or both?
Both. We provide our software with a full source code license. Our customers have the option to use our hosting/support service or use their own servers.
- What is your pricing?
- Our Basic Job Board is $699 with add-on such as ZipRecruiter, Job Import, Applicant Tracking, SSL etc. which brings the average sale to approx. $1200.00
- Hosting is separate from the cost of the software and runs $29.95 – $49.95 per month.
- We also offer design and customization services.
- Is your platform Google Jobs ready?
- What are the 3 best features of your software?
- Customizable white label solution,
- Google jobs ready,
- Job import and wrapping Capability with additional Backfill options.
- In addition: As a company we offer design and customization services and are located in the US.
- Whats your best tip for job board success?
I believe the niche job boards are the most successful, specifically within a niche Industry rather than geographic location. It’s best for the site owner to know their market and use email and/ or social media campaigns to get their brand recognized. With our current tight labor market, job candidates don’t want to spend the time and energy sifting through generic job boards and aggregators, give them the jobs they are looking for and this is a win/win/win for job board owners, candidates and employers.
Our Job Board Software is only one of the products we currently offer but we have seen an increase in sales and inquiries since our latest update in the summer.
70MillionJobs Seeks CTOBy chrisr2 on December 17, 2018 | Comments Off on 70MillionJobs Seeks CTO
70 Million Jobs is the first national, for-profit marketplace for 70 million Americans (1 in 3 adults) with criminal records. We’ve created a 2-sided marketplace which looks a lot like a job board (from off-the-shelf technology), and are seeing great growth in both jobs facilitated and revenue.
In the past we’ve worked with a dev shop in San Diego that manages lots of job boards. But we know we can be doing much more. Our small team of 4 is not particularly technical, so we need someone to come in and take ownership of this part of our business. We’d probably need a new job board designed, and we’d like to include certain new HR tech (AI, etc), plus lots of needs regarding data, tracking of applicants, etc. Someone with experience with ATS’s would be helpful, as well as someone very attentive to UX (our applicant users pose certain unique challenges).
We are a company seeking double bottom line returns: do massive social good and make a lot of money. We’re starting to work with a number of marquee VC’s. Literally everyone loves our mission–this is a chance to build something that truly makes a difference. Our goal is to eradicate recidivism by facilitating the employment of one million deserving men and women. If you’re ready to discover real meaning in your work, we might be a good fit. PS-we’re planning a move from SF to LA beginning of 2019.
Do you sponsor visas?
$100,000 – $150,000
5.00% – 15.00%