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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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • The Video-only Job Board
    By on October 16, 2018 | Comments Off on The Video-only Job Board  Comments

    Last week I discovered a new startup called Goldi.com, the first ever video only job board. It was created by an executive recruiter out of New York City. Companies post job videos and candidates apply via video only. It has an app AND website version which is key.

    I’ve been waiting for someone to create such a site. Video usage among employers is proliferating and sites that allow them to advertise/promote their video creations make sense as a business model.

    Right now Goldi seems to be limited to companies in the NYC area. It would be more interesting if they also aggregated job videos from companies like SkillScout, The Muse and VideoMyJob that are already creating this type of content. Over time, you could build quite a library of video job listings that would be useful to candidates, especially millennials and Gen Z who would prefer to watch a job rather than read it.

    There are barriers however. The fact that you can only apply to jobs via video will be a turn off to certain companies. Recruiters can’t scan a video applicant as easily as they can a resume. But I could see a site like Goldi being used as an additional channel for employer branding and recruiting younger candidates. Not as a replacement for a traditional recruiting site.

    They do have a great domain (also important for success) so if they can find the right business model and market themselves effectively, Goldi may be able to find their own pot of gold.

  • Recruitology Now Offering Original Backfill with Competitive Pricing
    By on October 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Recruitology Now Offering Original Backfill with Competitive Pricing  Comments

    Recruitology, which powers digital recruitment classifieds for hundreds of media outlets, ranging from small local publications to large media properties like the LA Times and the NY Daily News is now offering original backfill to participating job boards.

    They have thousands of local job listings from small and medium employers looking to advertise locally and are constantly looking to get their jobs in front of more niche audiences as part of their partner network.

    If your job board is in any of the industries below you would be a good candidate for their network.

    • Accounting and Finance
    • Call Center
    • Cannabis
    • Construction
    • Education
    • Energy & Engineering
    • Healthcare
    • Hospitality
    • Information Technology
    • Law Enforcement
    • Manufacturing & Trade
    • Nursing
    • Sales & Marketing
    • Transportation and Logistics

    “Original backfill” is better than traditional backfill because you get to list the full job listing versus just a snippet.

    Benefits to job sites that accept jobs from Recruitology:

    • Unique content from small and medium employers
    • Jobs not usually found anywhere else, as many of these employers don’t always advertise on the larger job sites.
    • An additional revenue stream

    Recruitology tells me their payouts are on par or better with other players. Partner sites can request a custom XML feed of jobs to scrape.

    Contact: Tim Weaver by email tim.weaver@recruitology.com or call 415-263-1300

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  • Job Boards in the news
    By on October 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Job Boards in the news  Comments

    JOBADX LAUNCHES SWITCHBOARD

    JobAdx, the programatic ad solution has just launched Switchboard, our Inventory Management system at the recent TAtech event. It’s an SSP that allows users to manage multiple feeds from one platform and additionally applies our programmatic technology to those feeds – whether or not those feeds are coming from JobAdx itself. In our industry, most job boards & publishers work with multiple vendors to absorb feeds, many of whom aren’t offering the benefits of programmatic. Switchboard makes it easy to implement real-time bidding, candidate profiling, dynamic delivery, and data visibility.

    Read more.

    FIND MY FLOCK IS A NEW WOMEN FOCUSED JOB SITE

    How does Find My Flock work for job-seekers, companies and for you? How do you make money?

    We don’t charge technologists anything. We only charge companies.

    The whole idea is that anyone can post a job to our normal job board but there are also these special elevated vetted jobs. Those are companies that we have vetted. We’ve gone in and talked to developers off the record. If they say no, or if we find some reason that they’re not an inclusive company, we turn that company down. If we do support that company, then we’re sure that this is going to be a positive place for everyone to be sent to work.

    https://www.findmyflock.com/

    CASINO CAREERS UPGRADES TEHNOLOGY

    Casino Careers has had quite the year when it comes to assisting both employers and job seekers. The company created a free electronic job feed process for annual clients, saving them thousands of dollars in annual ATS fees, and the salaries and time associated with manual job posting.

    “Our electronic feed automatically lists our clients’ opportunities on our job board,” said Dan King, IT Manager. “Our focus on creating an efficient system for employers to post jobs, review applicant resumes and communicate with qualified candidates, has resulted in the 90% retention rate we have with our annual clients.”

    In July, Casino Careers announced a partnership with TopResume, one of the largest resume-writing service in the world. Job seekers who upload a resume to the Casino Careers website now have the option to have their resume reviewed for free by TopResume.

    “We are delighted to partner with an organization that has the same goal — to help others present their expertise in the best light, so as to attain opportunities to advance professionally and care for their families,” said Beth Deighan, president of Casino Careers.

    MERLIN JOB APP FEATURED IN ALLEY WATCH

    AlleyWatch spoke to cofounders Güimar Vaca Sittic and Borja Moreno de los Rios about Merlin’s recent launch in NYC and its exciting mission. Current backers of Merlin the company include prominent investors including General Catalyst Partners, Firstmark Capital, FJ Labs, Uncork Capital, Greylock Partners, DN Capital, RRE Ventures, Hummingbird Ventures, SV Angel, Thomas Stafford (Partner at DST), Tekton Ventures, NovelTMT, Jonathan Golden (Former Head of Product at Airbnb), Morgan Hermand-Waiche (CEO at Adoreme) and Paul Gardi (Advisory Board at AMEX, former CEO at AskJeeves).

    Merlin is a jobs platform that matches hourly talent with employers who are looking to hire. As New York City’s leading mobile app for hourly employment and the fastest-growing mobile job board for blue-collar talent, more than half a million candidates and thousands of companies have found each other on Merlin.

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  • Stop Making Video Resume Apps
    By on October 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Stop Making Video Resume Apps  Comments

    I Just read about ‘PYNOT’ which uses video for job seekers so they can “stand out”. Its yet another video resume app.

    PYNOT stands for (Put Your Name Out There), out of Utah, the startup has an iphone app and website. Job seekers can browse the website or app for relevant job positions and apply with a 60-second video, produced on their own phones.

    We made improvements to our website so we can compete with the big job boards.” Thats a quote from their founder. He also said: “Video is a big part of our culture today, and we wanted to find a way to weave it into the job search experience for free.”

    I hate to break it to them but competing with the ‘big job boards’ is a pipe dream. A feature does not make you better than ZipRecruiter, Indeed, even Monster. I applaud him for building something but wish he had talked to me first. An app is a limited channel. Any kind of service like this needs a web version as well.

    There is a role for video in recruiting. But it generally works best as a built in feature of an applicant tracking system. Also it should just be an option for the job seeker. Most people are unwilling to video themselves. Given the choice, recruiters would rather spend 5 minutes reviewing 10 resumes vs 5 minutes viewing 3 videos. Traditional resumes are more efficient.

    Just because video is cool doesn’t mean its a good use case for job search.