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  • The local job board space (premium)
    By on July 23, 2012 | 4 Comments4 Comments  Comments

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  • Best time to send emails to employers (premium)
    By on July 17, 2012 | No Comments  Comments

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  • Downloadable job board software
    By on July 16, 2012 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    A reader asked me to give her some suggestions about job board software they could download and customize as their own. Here’s my top picks. I don’t have a favorite among these but compare them all before you buy. These are all self hosted options.

  • How to get your jobs indexed by Indeed or SimplyHired
    By on July 9, 2012 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    There are actually 2 ways to get indexed by these job search engines.

    1. Pay them. They look for feeds with original job listings that arent already being indexed by them. Expect to pay 15-25 cents per click they deliver to you.

    2. Use their job board software. Indeed’s is called “Jobroll” and if you build your job board with it any job posting will automatically be indexed by Indeed. Indeed takes $20 cut off each job posting that you sell (you set the price). You will also earn a few cents per click off job seekers that click on jobs that are displayed through Jobroll.

    SimplyHired’s product is called Jobamatic. They take 50% of whatever job post price you set. When a job is posted through their software its automatically indexed by SH for free. If you want to use their API to create your site, here’s the link.

    Using either of this software will drive free traffic to any job that gets submitted.

  • Buying job boards and domains (free)
    By on July 3, 2012 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    One of the things I like to tell new job board entrepreneurs is to try and buy an existing job board instead of building from scratch. You can do this a couple of ways.

    1. Look on flippa.com for “used” job board.

    2. Google the niche you want to enter and try to buy a site that is already indexed by google. You can usually find one on page 3 or 4 and offer them a few thousand to sell to you.

    In case you cant buy one here is one site to get some good job board names.

    http://www.jobboardsecrets.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/sedo.flv

    www.sedo.com

  • Thoughts on link building (premium)
    By on July 2, 2012 | No Comments  Comments

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  • Breaking news: SimplyHired adds apply to jobs feature with mobile
    By on June 26, 2012 | No Comments  Comments

    SimplyHired has announced a way for job seekers to apply to jobs through their mobile devices. The service is aimed at employers who want to reach mobile job seekers. Just like Indeed.com, candidates can now post their resume directly to SH.

    From the email I received:

    Today, a staggering 77% of job seekers use mobile technology in their job search. Now there’s an easy way to attract mobile candidates! With Mobile Simply Apply, you can be the first to reach these engaged candidates where they are spending their time.

    The first of its kind in the market, Simply Apply enables job seekers to quickly and easily apply to your jobs from their mobile devices. With Simply Apply you receive:

    • A seamless experience: Receive resumes and cover letters from mobile candidates in a streamlined manner.
    • A wider candidate pool: Reach more progressive, tech savvy candidates by tapping into job seekers on mobile phones and tablets.
    • Top exposure: Your jobs are shown first in results on Simply Hired Mobile through job sponsorship.

    Over 10,000 employers are already benefitting from the ease of the application process. To learn more or get started with Simply Apply, please contact your Simply Hired sales representative.

    Cheers,
    The Simply Hired Team

  • How to help employers write better job ads (premium)
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  • Job boards in the news (free)
    By on June 25, 2012 | No Comments  Comments

    Here are some job boards in the news along with some commentary by yours truly…

    * FlexJobs buys T-Jobs (read article): I have admired FlexJobs for a long time, its a great niche and the founder Sarah Fell has done a great job marketing in this sought after niche. Flexjobs is one of the few job sites that get seekers to pay to acces jobs.

    * Bright.com launched this week as another “matching” site for job seekers (read article). They join a long list of startups who have attempted matching seekers to jobs but this is a feature that has not taken off. Sadly, i dont think it ever will. To me, job matching algorithms just aren’t necessary to find a job online. All you have to do is enter the right keyword and press submit. People think that an “eHarmony for jobs” is a natural business but dont be fooled. Although job hunting is like dating, its too human a process to codify.

    * Congrats to SimplyHired who recently crossed the 30 million users per month mark (read PR). All job boards who use aggregators should root for SH since Indeed is getting all too powerful. They need a strong challenger to offset their pervasive presence. (just like the web needs Bing to keep Google in check)

    * Branchout flameout: looks like the facebook app that wants to be ‘linkedin on FB’ is experiencing dramatic declines (read article). This app had a lot of hype in the beginning but seemed to mainly annoy users who were forced to promote it to their friends feed in order to sign up. While that worked for a short time it just didnt have the staying power. Plus the fact that most people dont use facebook to job hunt.