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  • My Social Resume
    By on January 23, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    The job market is ever changing. Social media is the newest tool in the job seeker and recruiter toolbox. It is so much of a trend that it enticed me to build CareerCloud.com.

    The mission of CareerCloud is to build social and mobile apps that help job seekers connect with employers.

    Our first two products are geared towards the candidate side. First is our innovaive social resume system. It allows a job seeker (or anyone with multiple social media accounts) to combine all that data onto a single page…a “social resume”. The user can then use that page which is available via a unique URL to promote themself. We even created badges to share it online. Here’s mine:

    The second product is a mobile app called “Hidden Jobs App”. I built in almost 2 years ago, just released version 2 a few months ago and now its a service of CareerCloud. We’ll be making more stand alone apps like this in the future. Get it for 99 cents in the app store.

    Now some of you may be thinking that I no longer like the job board industry. Not true. I still own a small number of niche sites like JobsinSolarPower.com. Its just that social recruiting is here and its real and I want a piece of it!

    CareerCloud is going to be a launching pad for all my new social tools and mobile apps. So stay tuned and get your free social resume today.

    As an entrepreneur you always have to stay on top of your industry in order to take advantage of the trends shaping it. I have always been forward thinking when it come to online recruiting technology. Its a fun business and I’m good at it.

    So my advice to you is keep experimenting and launching new products. You cant win if you dont play.

  • Knowing when to shut down a project
    By on January 21, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    More than a year and a half ago I launched JobSpeek. The first app ever to let recruiters posts jobs from their iphone and syndicate them to the major job search engines.

    It won much praise from industry analysts and such. In fact the YOH Staffing blog called it the ‘future of recruiting’. But even though it was cool technology, it was too cool for most recruiters who are still used to doing things from their PC. It did have a small group of loyal users, it did work, as we documented a number of hires with it.

    But a recent bug in the app caused me to think twice about spending money to fix it. With the launch of my new social resume startup CareerCloud, I just dont have the time or passion for it anymore.

    Plus the fact that it doesnt generate any revenue. I never spent the time to enable the pay-to-post feature. I think it would have worked but it would have taken too much time and energy.

    Therefore I’m closing it and will attempt to sell off any assets. If you are interested in buying the app source code or the website, drop me a line.

    Knowing when to shut something down is important. You dont want things to linger to long and get stale. Move on to new and better things. Learn from your failures.

  • Multiple job boards are better than one (member only)
    By on January 16, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

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  • Review of Railyo – private job board
    By on January 14, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    Whats a private job board you ask? Well Railyo is. According to their site:

    Railyo is a global network of Ruby On Rails Developers. It’s a private network, all the members are handpicked (based on their portfolio/projects/skills/..) to ensure the quality of the network.

    railyo

    From a design perspective there are almost no graphics on this site. And thats ok because they use colors and text very well. Its amazing what you can do with a well planned page layout using CSS and Railyo offers a glimpse of that. The homepage tells you exactly what they do and I like the 2 column layout that explains why they are different than other tech job boards and freelance sites. Stating why you are different is important so you can set expectations. And it helps set you apart from the competition.

    Now for the “private” aspect. Railyo is a new type of service that is cropping up. Others include InterviewJet.com. Their main premise is to curate the best candidates based around a certain niche. In this case they are targeting Ruby on Rails developers.

    I like this business model because it helps recruiters save time and in theory see the best candidates. (and as you know time = money) But that is also the challenge for Railyo. How will they get enough candidates to fill the pipeline? They need to be laser focused on building their candidate database with enough top ruby developers to make it work over the long term.

    TIP: think of products that help recruiters/employers save time. If you can help make their job more efficient with a certain part of the recruiting cycle you can charge for it!

  • Some good SEO advice
    By on January 9, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    This infographic provides a good look at how SEO has changed after Google’s Panda update a few years ago.

    Courtesy of: Fuzz One Media
  • 10 ways to get job seekers to your site (member only)
    By on January 7, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

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  • Another good email prospecting tool (member only)
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  • Job board acquisitions and the new year
    By on December 27, 2012 | No Comments  Comments

    So this is my last post for the year. My next will be on Jan 3rd or 4th.

    In the meantime think about 2013 and how you can make your job board better. Recently 2 very different job boards were acquired: Jobcircle and Behance. Jobcircle is a more traditional job board company. Behance is not.

  • New WordPress job site theme: JobEngine
    By on December 24, 2012 | 3 Comments3 Comments  Comments

    I was recently alerted to a new wordpress theme for a job board. Its called JobEngine. According to its creator, “JobEngine – a Jobboard wordpress theme which is designed based on the needs of Job recruiter, and job hunter.” It does have a mobile friendly version which is essential for job boards today.

    http://enginethemes.com/

  • Should I build a Reverse Job Board?
    By on December 19, 2012 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    A member wants to know if he should build a site that makes candidates pay. I wrote about it in the past here. These are called ‘reverse job boards’.

    I’m currently researching building a job board website for tradesmen (builders, plumbers etc). This would be different to your normal job board site in that it’s the tradesmen who would pay the subscription to view and bid for the jobs that people would post for free.

    Some examples of this type of site are:

    http://www.tradesman4u.com/

    http://www.servicecentral.com.au/

    Do you have any advise for building this kind of site? How do you think this kind of site fits into the world of job boards? There seems to be some script clones that might offer what I need e.g. (http://www.odeskclone.com/ and http://www.elance-clone.com/) but they are expensive and would probably need a lot of custom work anyway.

    MY RESPONSE

    Yes this type of site can be a good business model. Two of my favorites in this space are Work in Sports and Flex Jobs. These are essentially membership job sites where candidates pay access to jobs/opportunities they may not be able to find elsewhere. However these types of jobs are highly sought after ones. Because of that candidates are willing to pay to gain access to them.

    If you are thinking about building one of these for a job market that is already highly commoditized this model wont work. If a candidate can already find those jobs for free on readily available sites, they will continue to do so.

    For this to work you need to bring exclusivity and quality. You may also need to provide other types of valuable content to make it worthwhile. Look what Flex Jobs promises;