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  • Private Executive Job Board Raises $6 million
    By on September 18, 2017 | No Comments  Comments

    There’s news of a new job board coming online. It’s a Peer-to-Peer Job Sharing Network that “Brings Transparency to Executives Using Artificial Intelligence and Crowdsourcing Techniques” according to the news release. It started as some kind of private list among C-suite executives and it just raised $6.5 million in funding.

    It’s nice to see a new generation of job boards launching with interesting technology and specialized niches. Members of ExecThread [link] earn points by sharing job leads. I like the approach.

    Per the release, Founder and CEO Joe Meyer, former CEO of HopStop (acquired by Apple) and former executive at AOL & GM at eBay, created ExecThread to address shortcomings in the traditional executive search process that he saw as both a candidate and as a hiring manager. Leveraging artificial intelligence and a unique peer-to-peer crowdsourcing approach, ExecThread provides a way for executives to discover career-advancing job opportunities previously unavailable and inaccessible to them, and enables them to take more control over the job discovery process. ExecThread also connects executive recruiters and hiring managers with carefully vetted candidates, thereby helping to surface the best candidates and reduce time-to-hire.

    The site claims up to 50% of executive jobs are never advertised. Reminds me of what the Ladders used to be. Also anyone remember 6FigureJobs? ExecThread certainly seems like a better version of all of those past attempts at the exec market.

    ExecThread’s member base, which has grown entirely via word-of-mouth referrals to date, includes board members, C-suite executives, vice presidents and director-level professionals from 80% of the Fortune 100, 75% of the Top 100 Global Brands, and 60% of leading startup companies with $1 billion valuations. As of today, and for the first time to date, professionals can apply to join without being referred. To ensure exceptionally high network quality, ExecThread created a rigorous two-pronged applicant vetting system, which combines an interactive “peer review” process with an automated & statistical evaluation of a myriad of professional attributes.

  • The new and improved Jobfairing
    By on September 12, 2017 | No Comments  Comments

    Are you holding a job fair soon? Many job boards have found success with offline hiring events as a way to brand themselves and make money. One of my current online businesses can certainly help you promote it.

    Two years ago I launched Jobfairing.com, a directory/search engine for discovering job fairs across the USA. Today it has several thousand monthly visitors and I just relaunched the site with a completely new look and feel. The previous WordPress based version became too unwieldy to manage and maintain.

    Job fair organizers can post their events for free. Or they can pay to feature them and we’ll advertise the event on Facebook. Current clients include JobNewsUSA and RecruitMilitary.

    I launched the site after realizing just how many of these events happen each month. There was never a way to search these events from one place and now there is. It pulls in events via XML from sites like Eventbrite. Launched on the Smart Job Board platform i was able to customize it to fit job fairs, not job descriptions.

    If you are holding an event soon, create an account and get your fair listed. Types of job fairs include colleges, multi-employer, open house, virtual and veteran. The service is free and seekers can even get email alerts for fairs in their area.

  • New Job Board Commercials
    By on September 11, 2017 | No Comments  Comments

    Both Monster and Glassdoor have new TV campaigns. They now join ZipRecruiter and Indeed which have been advertising the hell out of every podcast, TV and radio spot they can find. This branding reminds me a little of the insurance industry TV wars between Flo and the Gecko. We’re not quite there yet, but it is interesting to see where this is headed. Perhaps more job board super bowl commercials are on the way.


  • The lack of Innovation in Major Job Boards
    By on September 5, 2017 | Comments Off on The lack of Innovation in Major Job Boards  Comments

    Over the weekend I saw the thread below in a Facebook discussion. And it got me thinking.

    It doesn’t surprise me that a “major” job board exec didn’t see this coming. The management of most big job boards have had their heads in the sands for a long time. If they don’t realize that employer tastes are changing, shame on them.

    My message to this “major” job board is innovate or die. You can only rely on your brand name for so long.

    The problem, from my perspective, is these big sites have neither the talent nor the foresight to see ahead at what’s next. I hate to brutal but that is the truth.

    While there is still value (and money to be made) in niche boards that have specialized audiences, the major sites are now past their prime and fading slowly. They rested on their laurels for too long and failed to branch out beyond the job posting. They got fat and happy.

    Selling job postings based on a large national audience is a boring business. Jobs are everywhere these days. They are a commodity with no real distinction. Competition for the recruiter dollar is fierce.

    No job site (or any internet business) has a guaranteed future. I have seen sites come and go in the 17 years I have been in online recruiting. Things are “dynamic” as Steven Rothberg correctly mentioned.

    If I were running a major job board today I would make it a priority to provide value for my customers…both seeker and recruiter. I would build tools and publish information that helped them get a job faster or connect with more quality candidates. I would educate them, I would make them want to come back to the site each day to get what they need.

    What specifically would I do? Well, they’ll have to pay me for that. But here’s what I will give them for free.

    The majors need to hire better talent if they want to be relevant in 5 years. They need to create a special team of people whose only job is to come with with new products and execute them. That could be an app, a piece of content, a new service, an online course, a new feature…whatever. They need their own ‘skunk works’ style development team of product people, marketers and developers.

    Innovation aint cheap folks, get on it…

  • Start Using LinkedIn Video
    By on September 4, 2017 | Comments Off on Start Using LinkedIn Video  Comments

    Are you keeping up with current marketing trends? You should be.

    The newest channel you can use to get attention is LinkedIn Video. Users of the business social network can now upload video into their feed.

    As soon as I noticed the feature I jumped at testing it and it paid off. I started a “RecTech” tip series for employers.

    The first video now has nearly 1,000 views in the first 2 weeks.

    And it also helped me by getting a bunch of unsolicited invites from recruiters and HR folks. Interestingly, my first video was seen by more 2nd level connections which means I was seen by people who hadn’t heard of me yet. I reached a brnad new audience.

    Start getting your job board some brand awareness and do your own video series or a screencast. (Use a tool like ScreenFlow or Snagit). Marketing never stops!

    FYI: My second video has nearly 400 views. Watch here.

  • Job Board News and Notes
    By on August 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Job Board News and Notes  Comments

    The newly launched site – http://designmilkjobs.com/ – will focus on all creative industries including but not limited to: Architecture, Business Development/Sales, Education, Fashion/Apparel Design, Fellowships/Grants, Game Design, Landscape Architecture, Non-Profit, PR/Marketing, Publishing/Media, Retail, Social Media and User Experience.

    Full press release. NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) AUGUST 08, 2017

    • Polish Job Board Gets Mega-funding

    Technology Crossover Ventures has invested $95 million in Polish job board Pracuj Group, its first investment in Poland.

    The deal was initially announced in June with no financial terms. As part of the investment, TCV General Partners John
    Doran and David Yuan joined the company’s supervisory board. The Pracuj Group will use the cash for international expansion and to expand its product suite.

    • Smart Job Board Updates

    The team at Smart Job Board has added better SEO features to it’s category pages and also a few enhancements to company profiles. Check it out.

    • Lightboard Launches Redesign

    Lightboard was the first and still the only lighting industry focused job board. Since our launch in 1997 we have strived to bring to the industry the best internet based lighting industry career and staffing solutions. “We are super proud of the function and ease of use of the latest version V of the lightboard” say Art Hayden , marketing manager at Lightboard. “ Employers find it super easy to upload jobs, job seekers find it easy to post a resume, easy as cut and paste. Searching for both is even easier”.

    Visit the Lightboard at www.lightboard.com & www.lightboard.net.

    • Mobile Hiring App Heads to NYC

    ShiftPixy is a new mobile hiring app for matching shift workers with employers. They are opening an office in New York it was just announced. Apparently the company is already public on the Nasdaq but this is the first I have ever heard of them. They compete with other apps such as Hyr. Read more.

    • Werk It Girl

    Werk raises 2.9 million for women and jobs. Users must pay $48 per year to join. Will be interesting to see if they can make money off women seekers. Read more.

    • Snagajob = ATS

    Snagajob adds scheduling/communication features. Don’t look now but the big job boards are adding more ATS features to their dashboards for employers. Read more.

    • Got a Record? New Job Board Helps

    Menlo Park, CA— 70MillionJobs.com, the Internet’s first job board for America’s 70 million formerly incarcerated men and women, continues to grow rapidly. According to Richard Bronson, 70MJ’s Founder and CEO, there are nearly 1.5 million active job seekers in its community. “Applicants come to us through a variety of channels,” said Bronson, “including referrals from community-based organizations, parole and probation departments, word-of-mouth and our own outreach. Right now, we’re at about 1.5 million, and growing. For a national employer seeking motivated, hard-working employees, while at the same time enjoying significant federal tax credits, we can deliver, on-demand, at scale.”

    • DentReps Acquired

    Dentreps, a niche board for dental jobs has been acquired according to its owner who contacted me recently.

  • Potential Job Board Revenue Driver
    By on August 21, 2017 | Comments Off on Potential Job Board Revenue Driver  Comments

    Guest Post: Olivia Gamber has asked me to forward this message to any interested job boards looking to add more revenue to their base.

    Are you looking for a way to consistently add value to your audience while also monetizing the traffic from you job board?

    What if you could give away high quality valuable content and get paid to do so on a regular basis?

    If this sounds good to you, then I have an advertising partnership that may be of interest that I want to share with you.

    Career Attraction is a company that helps job seekers make successful career transitions through their training and services. Their system has helped over 15,000 clients since 2008.

    Career Attraction has currently been partnering with a select group of job boards and websites in the career space to purchase opt-in leads.

    Instead of the traditional affiliate partnership, they’ve found this approach to be a double win for their partners for two reasons:

    1. You get paid regardless of whether there is a sale or not.
    2. Their approach only puts their offer of their free bestselling book and webinar training session in front of those who really want it.


    How does it work?

    If you both determine the partnership is a good fit, then the process is extremely simple and requires limited time and effort on your part.

    There are two ways to promote their book or free workshop to your audience:

    1. You can share the free book or workshop with your audience and you will be paid for every individual who opts in to the free resource.
    1. You can set up a co-registration for new opt-in leads, and then only those who demonstrate interest in receiving their free resources will then receive communication from Career Attraction     

    You can learn more about this book by seeing the reviews on Amazon here.

    If you are interested in sharing a free best-selling book with your audience to help them accelerate their job search, then I would encourage you to reach out to Olivia Gamber to schedule a call to explore if this is a good fit.

    You can reach her at Olivia@careerattraction.com

  • Q&A with Geebo Classifieds’ Greg Collier
    By on August 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Q&A with Geebo Classifieds’ Greg Collier  Comments

    Some sites go under the radar in our industry but sites like Geebo.com, a classifieds competitor to Craigslist, has been around for nearly 18 years and still remains a profitable, lean team. I asked their Founder, Greg Collier a few questions about his company via email.

    Describe Geebo and its history.

    Geebo was launched in 2000 in order to provide a better user experience than what was being put out by hard-copy newspapers. Geebo was also self-funded and started turning a profit two years after launch.

    How big is your team and where are you located?

    Our team is 3 people and we are located in McLean, Virigina.

    What is your web traffic like?

    We receive 2.5 million pageviews per month.

    Are paid job listings the primary way you earn revenue or do you charge for other listings?

    Paid job listings are the primary way we earn revenue but we also earn revenue from commercial vehicle and housing feeds, email marketing, and display advertising.

    What are your basic prices for job posting? What is your value proposition to employers?

    For job postings employers can post 1 job for $75, 5 for $350, 10 for $695, and 20 for $1,295. What really sets us apart from other job boards is our diversity of content. Geebo gets the passive job seeker where stand alone job boards cannot.

    The term ‘safe community classifieds’ tagline seems to be a dig at Craigslist. Comment?

    It isn’t a dig at craigslist as much as it is letting consumers know that they have a safer alternative to other classifieds sites and apps that don’t monitor their ads for scams and criminal activity that violates their own terms of service.

    Predict the future…what do classified sites look like in 5 years?

    It’s difficult to say as technology advances so quickly and unpredictably these days. The obvious answer would be everything will be based on mobile apps since that’s where the market seems to be headed now, however, in 5 years there could be an entirely new technology that could change the face of the market.

  • Established, SEO rich job site up for auction
    By on August 14, 2017 | Comments Off on Established, SEO rich job site up for auction  Comments

    JobofMine.com has been around since around 2009 and is a free global job board. I purchased the site 3 years ago and would like to sell it to fund other projects. It is now up for auction on Flippa. [View Auction]

    The site was originally developed on a different platform but that became too hard to manage for me so earlier this year I switched it to the Smart Job Board platform. In doing that it lost a bunch of traffic (which I knew was going to happen) but I wanted to start fresh and attract more US visitors. The original site had been coded years ago and it was finally time to evolve it. Site now averages 7-8k monthly uniques all coming in from search engines/social media.

    Jobofmine.com has a Domain Authority ranking of 47 and Page authority ranking of 54.

    If you already own a job related site this is a great pickup. You can instantly boost your SEO with thousands of new backlinks by forwarding jobofmine.com to it. Over 100 domains link to Jobofmine.com

    Buying established job sites in order to redirect is a proven traffic strategy that works. I have done it several times over the years by buying sites at auction. This site also comes with over 45,000 social media followers via Twitter/Facebook/Linkedin.

  • How to find free XML job feeds to use (member only)
    By on August 14, 2017 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

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