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  • Another Freelance Job Market Set to Enter U.S.
    By on November 20, 2018 | No Comments  Comments

    WorkGenius, an AI-based freelancing platform that enables enterprise clients to staff projects around the globe, has just extended its series A funding to a total of $10M. The company is set to enter the U.S. freelance market joining the ranks of Upwork which just went public.

    The additional funding will be used to grow the US presence and develop the product further. WorkGenius predominantly serves eCommerce, Media & Publishing, as well as high growth technology companies.

    The team counts 55 people and is set to grow to 100 by the end of 2019. It was founded in Hamburg, Germany.

    Freelance job sites are a hot commodity these days because of the widespread growth of the industry. It will be interesting to see how fast these new players can gain traction in the market with several such sites now in existence.

  • Google Jobs TV Spot
    By on November 19, 2018 | No Comments  Comments

    I caught this ad on TV for Veterans Day last week. Google is promoting their job search feature for veterans. I wonder if this means that Google will be entering the TV recruiting wars alongside Indeed and Ziprecruiter as they try to build the Google Jobs brand?

  • Q& A with RussMedia Solutions – European Job Board Software Provider
    By on November 12, 2018 | No Comments  Comments

    RussMedia Solutions is an international company that offers job software services for online businesses. From what I can tell they seem to offer a good value and they tell me they are flexible when it comes to customizing packages and platforms to their clients’ needs. They are not a big player yet, but may be worth your while to give them a look.

    Job boards are their strong point, but they do just as well with other verticals like real-estate, cars or general. Their portfolio includes even a horses classifieds portal.

    They tell me that since they are early adopters of a “microservice architecture” approach, they give their clients more flexibility which help saves money on support hours needed.

    I conducted an email Q&A with Adrian Daniel, their Chief Revenues Officer. Find them online at russmediasolutions.com.

    1. Who is Russmedia?

    RussMedia Solutions is an international company that offers software services for online businesses. Our solutions include Job Board Software and other specific solutions for Real Estate Platforms, Car Portals and other online classifieds. We apply a structured approach to development, supported by dedicated project managers and product owners. Today our expertise includes digital marketing, user experience, SEO and conversion rate optimization.

    Some of our key features include: semantic search, matching and classification based on machine learning, artificial intelligence, great filtering capabilities, user alerts plus very powerful analytics.

    Why us? We offer some of the best value in the industry, we have leading technology that deliver unmatched services and great products and services

    2. When was it started? 

    RussMedia, our parent company is almost 100 years old and has activity in the online media for decades, RussMedia Solutions began it’s activity in 2005 as the software development department of InformMedia. the digital media department at the time. It started with only 3 developers based in Oradea, Romania. We started to develop online portal solutions as our first project came to be – We took on the development and maintenance of news, job, car and real estate portals, all developed in .NET frameworks for our news brands. Today our software powers over 100 digital brands. While for our news platform we continue to develop WordPress as solution, Symfony powers our recruitment platform. Our team consists of more than 30 dedicated developers. We apply a structured approach to development, supported by dedicated project managers and product owners. Today our expertise includes digital marketing, user experience, SEO and conversion rate optimization.

    3. What sites do you power?

    • Cvonline.hu
    • Laendlejob.at
    • Jobs.tt.com
    • Jobs.gehaltsreporter.de
    • Topjob.hu
    • Topjob.li
    • Vorarlberglehre.at

    4. Major features of the platform?

    We have many features available for our platforms, just to name a few relevant for the job boards we have semantic search smart apply, powerful analytics, job alerts, advanced filtering capabilities plus many other microservices.

    Semantic search – Features like semantic search will help your users generate better search results and more relevant. This feature will search the correct form of a word even if your users type it wrong. In other words, it’s also typo tolerance and this is great!

    Smart apply – Sometimes we need a little bit of help when it comes to digital creation. In this case, smart apply is the best tool for a user who is not familiar with how to write a CV. This feature will help your users to automatically convert documents or different types of information into digital CV-s.

    Powerful Analytics – Keeping track of where you are is one of the most important things. With our analytics tools your clients will be able to see how they are performing and most importantly, they will see which are those job posts that perform the best.

    Job Alerts – Exactly as in social media, alerts are a big part of a persons’ experience. Having job alerts will keep your users tuned to your job board and will help them keeping track of the most interested job posts the are present on your platform.

    Filtering – Filtering is great. Having the possibility to see only the things you want to see is key to every successful business. Instead of having all these kinds of the information your users can now filter their searches, so they can have a better look to what they’re interested in.

    Many more incredible features – Get a list of all the great features of our job boards by scheduling a demo with this. This will give you clarity of everything what we can do for you.

    5. Can you breakdown your pricing options?

    We have fixed set-up fee that starts at 6000 euros, depending on the size of the project and then we have a monthly fee starting with 1000, again depending on the size of the portal: users, content, traffic.

    6. What type of support do you provide?

    We offer chat support, phone and email support to our clients. Our primary tool is our ticketing system that helps us manage all the tasks and create a community feel for our client base. 24/7 dedicated team – dedicated account manager for each client

    7. What advice do you have for new job board owners to help them succeed?

    Planning for at least 30% plus of what you expect in traffic and users, so you can scale easily and make sure you will be sustainable over time. Also try use the microservices architecture model instead of the monolithic approach to make sure management and transition will be easier to handle. We have some really good feed-back from our existing customers on this new approach and the main gain is less time and money spent on development. This, at least for us, leaves more time for innovation and research. Take data driven decisions. Develop and/or implement features based on data intelligence, testing.

  • Next Gen Job Boards Getting Funding
    By on November 6, 2018 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    There are a variety of what I would call ‘next generation’ type job boards getting funded across the globe. Many of them are built around matching technology and other features for helping candidates find the right fit.

    Below is a roundup of the latest tools receiving funding, many of which are coming from other countries.

    BoostMe360 – South Africa $1.35 Million

    When job seekers register on BoostMe360.com, they complete a personalized profile, including a short video or audio clip introducing themselves to prospective employers. Employers are able to customise the filters to match the required skills and interests of the job posting. Potential candidates receive an SMS, email and profile notification to be interviewed or hired, if they go on to be hired, they earn additional points against their profile on the platform, as their employer rates their job performance. The more points these contract workers earn, the higher they rank among candidates registered on the portal.

    Rota, a London, UK-based staffing app, raised £1.8m

    Rota is a tech focused startup that provides an app to supply high-quality staff to leading venues in five major cities across the UK. The company now has over 5,000 active members and operates in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

    Hackajob – Raises £5M – London

    Founded in 2014 by CEO Razvan Creanga and COO Mark Chaffey, hackajob allows companies to hire technical talent based on skills rather than backgrounds.
    With hackajob, clients are automatically matched with curated candidates from their talent pool of over 60,000 technical people and can view their code or cloud infrastructure implementation alongside their profile. From there, companies can manage interviews, integrate with existing ATS’s and ask candidates to complete specific challenges unique for their company, built by hackajob.

    Lorem – $2.5 Million – New York

    Founded in 2017 by Charlie Fogarty, COO, Lorem provides a platform that connects business owners to a curated, professional network of freelance website designers and developers to work on task-based projects at an affordable price. By conducting an assessment of a freelancer’s technical background, professional experience and client service, the company assures businesses are matched with the right expert to address their design and development needs. It originated from the Boston Techstars accelerator.

    If you want to know where job board technology is headed, the above sites offer a glimpse into that future. I think matching technology is something traditional job boards will have to adopt to remain relevant. The folks at Jobiqo have some of that technology built into their platform. I hope that other job board software providers will follow suit. Of the 4 new products mentioned above, Hackajob’s technology seems to be the most impressive. Lorem is entering the freelance space dominated by established players so I’m not sure we need another freelance marketplace. But its early in the freelance evolution so they may have a chance at success.

  • New Site Launch: WallStreetCareers.com
    By on November 5, 2018 | Comments Off on New Site Launch: WallStreetCareers.com  Comments

    Staffing agencies are waking up to the fact that job boards offer another source of revenue and are beginning to launch more of their own job boards. Case in point is the newly launched WallStreetCareers.com.

    I just helped the owner, himself a financial recruiter, launch the site on the Jobboard.io platform.

    Through my concierge service I setup and configured the entire site including adding some original backfill from targeted employers. Its the quickest and easiest way to get your job board off the ground in less than 1 weeks time.

    Staffing agencies are being squeezed by vendors like Indeed which recently announced they will longer list their jobs for free in an effort to become an employer only destination. Job boards allow agencies to control their own destiny and also get listed on Google Jobs, the new free source for job traffic.

    In addition, it allows them to monetize their vast databases of candidates by sending them to their own online property. Watch my webinar about staffing firms and job boards to learn more about why its a good idea.

    So…please Wall Street Careers to the job board world!

  • Startup Job Board Market Heating Up Overseas
    By on October 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Startup Job Board Market Heating Up Overseas  Comments

    Job boards are big in Europe and there’s been a little feeding frenzy lately, specifically with two startup job boards.

    Adzuna Acquires Work in Startups.

    “Adzuna has acquired the number one UK tech startup job board Work In Startups! This is another important step towards Adzuna’s goal of helping to match people to better, more fulfilling jobs and to keep Britain working.

    Launched in 2011 by Diana Ilinca and Alex Borbely, Work In Startups has become the leading job-board in the UK for startups looking to hire tech and creative talent. We’re pleased to announce that as a result of this acquisition Adzuna will take over operation of the Work In Startups website, crucially giving both its startups and its jobseekers increased hiring exposure and connection opportunities. The site will keep its independent brand and its community of tens of thousands of monthly startup jobseekers whilst also remaining free to post jobs.”

    No terms were released.

    READ THE STORY

    StartupJobs.com Gets New Owner

    Recently a Prague based entrepreneur acquired the domain StartupJobs.com and is about to launch a job market on it. He acquired the domain from Harry Joiner an ecommerce recruiter I know here in the U.S.

  • Easy Content Marketing Trick (member only)
    By on October 29, 2018 | Comments Off on Easy Content Marketing Trick (member only)  Comments

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  • The Internet Marketing Challenge
    By on October 23, 2018 | Comments Off on The Internet Marketing Challenge  Comments

    I have held a number of calls with a variety of job startups recently and one thing is still clear to me.

    Most of them are underestimating the marketing challenge before them.

    The internet recruiting landscape is more competitive ever. Not only are there thousands of traditional job sites there are hundreds of new  recruiting software/sourcing tools that do everything from chatbots to texting……vying for the attention of the same HR people you are trying to reach.

    Launching any kind of recruitment product today requires money and hustle to get employers attention. You can buy job seeker traffic, that is easy. But a new recruiting product will take you a minimum of 1 year to establish itself in the market. That takes time, effort and dollar$. So, be prepared to dive in and keep your foot on the gas pedal.

    I have seen too many job boards get complacent over the years and fail to keep up with internet marketing trends.

    Marketing your site today takes an A to Z approach from email marketing to content to paid marketing. If you don’t understand that, you will have a tough time succeeding.

  • Here’s a good idea (member only)
    By on October 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Here’s a good idea (member only)  Comments

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  • CollegeRecruiter offering Backfill too
    By on October 22, 2018 | Comments Off on CollegeRecruiter offering Backfill too  Comments
    I mentioned the other week about Recruitology’s new backfill offering and also got news that College Recruiter has a somewhat similar, original backfill partnership opportunity.
    They recently migrated our job distribution from Joveo to Clickcast/Appcast in part because Clickcast provides us with the ability to build our own private exchange. CEO Steven Rothberg says this;
    College Recruiter believes that every student and recent grad deserves a great career. Our customers are primarily Fortune 1,000 companies, federal government agencies, and other organizations that hire dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of students and recent graduates a year from one-, two-, and four-year colleges and universities for part-time, seasonal, internship, and entry-level jobs.
    At any given time, we’re buying candidate traffic for 100,000+ jobs from sites primarily targeted to U.S., students and recent graduates of one-, two-, and four-year colleges and universities. Most of the jobs pay a CPC of at least $0.20 and some are at $1.00 or even more, so we’re paying well above market rates for well-targeted, quality traffic. Sites that target a more general audience can access our postings through Appcast. We’re more selective about the jobs that we distribute through that channel as the traffic is typically not as well targeted as through our private exchange.
    We have about 1,500 college career service office and other career sites active or about to be active in our private exchange. Some of the sites are more interested in the revenue than the content, but many are more interested in the content than the revenue because our feed is dominated by high-quality jobs from Fortune 1,000 companies, federal government agencies, and other organizations that hire at scale.
     If readers have questions, please contact Steven@CollegeRecruiter.com.