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  • Time to Expand Your Job Post Location Options
    By on August 28, 2018 | Comments Off on Time to Expand Your Job Post Location Options  Comments

    Last week LinkedIn introduced support for a ‘Remote” location when posting jobs. This now allows job posters to enter a location as remote by typing it in that field. Seems simple, but its the best way to address this long standing problem of remote job listings.

    Recruiters could also use some other types of location entries, namely: nationwide, regional and multiple location.

    A nationwide posting could simply be listed as ‘United States‘ and I have seen job boards support that entry before. “Regional” listings are a bit more tricky but could  include entries like Northeast, Southwest or Mid-Atlantic.

    Multiple job locations are a favorite of recruiters but only some job boards allow posters to use multiple locations on a single posting. I realize you shouldn’t let them select too many locations so its probably best to limit it to 5-10 overall.

    Giving job posters more options like this are ways job boards can evolve. Listen to your clients and give them them new reasons to work with your site.

  • Job Boards in the News
    By on August 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Job Boards in the News  Comments

    job board news

    Silent Professionals Launches

    Silent Professionals helps veterans who have combat-related military occupational specialties in multiple ways. The site translates vet resumes into a language that civilian employers can understand. Its job board includes openings across a wide range of security-oriented roles, as well as jobs in logistics, administration and other areas. Registration and access to the entire site are free for military and law enforcement veterans.

    Avjobs Redesign

    Littleton, CO, August 04, 2018 — Avjobs, a global leader in connecting aviation jobs with aviation candidate’s, today announced the release of its newest high-performance web interface. The pioneer of aviation niche job boards launches technical advances that will connect more aviation candidates to more aviation jobs anywhere, and easier than ever before.

    2018 marks a pivotal moment in Avjobs, Inc. history as they announce substantial improvements with the launch of its newest web interface and brand experience. Just like its successful launch 30 years ago and every improvement since, this is a significant event for the company, its aviation job board, visitors and clients as they place more job announcements in front of the right audience at the right time delivering more results than ever before.

    The release introduces significant updates all created with the user experience in mind. The modern interface caters to both the aviation job seeker and recruiter and delivers the robust and functional online experience users expect. Enhancements include easier targeted job search and application process, fresh content, improved flow, speed and navigation, comprehensive branding for Employers through job postings and Career Mini Sites, enhanced search engine optimization and more eyes on job postings. All enhanced features and functions keep users engaged throughout the process and deliver results. The redesigned site is also mobile friendly giving user’s full access on a mobile device or tablet anywhere, anytime.

    Uncubed Launches Expanded University Platform To Help Companies Attract Diverse Tech Applicants

    Ahead of the 2018 peak campus recruiting season, Uncubed is announcing new features, and an expanded network, designed to help companies reach top technology students across the US.

    “Most companies still rely on a core or target school structure, where they focus most of their resources on 20-30 schools. These tend to be predictable lists, made up of highly ranked and expensive colleges, or where executives graduated from. But this overlooks countless talented students who don’t attend these target schools for any one of a number of reasons, and it dramatically limits the diversity of your applicant pool,” said Brian Shoicket, Uncubed’s Chief Operating Officer and the head of the company’s university program.

    Uncubed’s all-digital offering allows companies to access the tech and digital talent in the Uncubed student talent network, without the cost and time investment of additional campus trips.

    The Uncubed platform uses engaging video and editorial content to engage students with job opportunities. New candidate relationship management (“CRM”) features deliver a multi-step experience as opposed to the purely transactional nature of the traditional job application process. Newly enhanced analytics deliver invaluable insights into candidate engagement. Further, Uncubed offers a curation service which combines Uncubed’s proprietary technology and the company’s expert service team to deliver the most qualified candidates.

    Uncubed’s candidate network now extends to more than 500 colleges, universities, and other educational platforms and attracts students with tech and digital skillsets, including software development, front-end and back-end engineering, data science, digital marketing, and more.

    Students are attracted to the Uncubed community due to the access they get to videos, webinars, and other online content that prepares them for technology careers. Uncubed also offers access to jobs at tech startups, corporate innovation labs, and other groups that don’t typically visit a large number of campuses.

    CareerChain launches Bizzy as the first open industry standard for sharing career histories that will put applicants a couple of clicks away from their perfect job.

    Job seekers today are expected to enter so much repetitive information in job application forms that they give up on good opportunities quickly when it takes too much effort to apply – especially when they search on mobile. Job applicants generally must complete 10 to 20 online application forms before getting hired – having to re-enter work history, education, contact details and skills summaries over and over again. Job seekers soon get demotivated and start skipping over some great jobs that require too much effort to apply.

    There was no global standard for applying for jobs to make all of the above easier, so CareerChain built one. It’s called “Bizzy.”

    Bizzy profiles are the easiest way to apply for jobs – enter once, apply everywhere! Built on the blockchain, Bizzy profiles can be trusted and shared with anyone from any device while also protecting privacy and data. Job applicants won’t need to think about blockchain, digital wallets, Ether or Bitcoin – they’ll just carry on using their favorite job sites, create a profile automatically and apply for jobs easily with the Bizzy button.

    Bizzy is the brainchild of co-founders Ray Gibson (20 years in recruiting and HR) and Andrew Evans (a co-founder at Careerbuilder.com). After 4 years leading their recruitment software company, StartMonday, to becoming a public listed company in the US, Canada and Germany, they spotted an opportunity to apply blockchain technology to solve a real problem and make a massive impact on the job market.

    Andrew Evans commented on the new innovation saying: “We supported the successful transition of job ads from newspapers to the web with Careerbuilder in the mid-1990’s, and twenty years later StartMonday brought job applications to the mobile generation with 15-second video job applications. Today, blockchain can not only make job applications much easier but also facilitate a limitless ecosystem of third-party applications that participate in our token economy and use Bizzy profiles in innovative ways – for instance, services to provide verification of employment claims and certifications.”

    The CareerChain team is currently traveling the world educating businesses and HR professionals about the impending shift in the job market. CareerChain is also raising money in the form of a private token sale that will be used to further develop and roll out the Bizzy platform.

  • Reader Q&A
    By on August 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Reader Q&A  Comments

    I get inquiries from across the globe asking various questions about starting or managing online job boards. Here are a couple of recent ones and how I answered them.

    Muhammad asks…

    If a person is starting a job board should the sited be a country based job board from the start and later move on to targeting other countries jobs or should it be a global job board targeting audience from every country?

    And I answered…

    Start with your country first. I advise new job boards NOT to compete with the existing global brands who are already way ahead of you. There is no sense starting any kind of global site unless it is for a specific niche or industry that is currently underserved. Find a niche and stick to it.

    Brian asks…

    I am thinking of switching to a new job board software platform and I’m concerned about how we can make a smooth transition so as not to alarm our users. We have 70K registered job seekers and 2,300 employers and I have no idea as to how we can import our existing data.

    And I replied…

    Changing software platforms for a job board can be tricky if not done correctly. You need to worry about maintaining any SEO traffic you have (such as maintaining URL structure), getting your data imported correctly and ensuring a proper communication plan to existing users. When it comes to importing old data most of my recommended software vendors do a good job of allowing you to easily import .CSV files with your job seeker and employer account data. Smart Job Board and Jobboard.io both allow you to import your own data from their admin dashboards. It is harder though to bring in over full resumes from my experience.

    I have helped a number of sites of the years to properly transition to a new platform, if you need help it might be a good idea to engage me on a project.

  • Job board news clips
    By on July 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Job board news clips  Comments

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    70 Million Jobs Announces Crowdfunding Campaign

    This job board for Americans with criminal records is now trying to raise funds through crowdfunding. The “second chance” job niche is one that appears to have some relevancy in today’s job market. I wish them luck.

    Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3858717#ixzz5LcLYkoQX

    Snag Launches in Canada

    Snag, the largest online marketplace for hourly jobs across the U.S., announced it has begun offering its recruiting services to employers in Canada for the first time, marking the company’s expansion into an international market. Businesses located in Canada can now use Snag’s innovative platform to create and post job openings and to manage the hiring process from start to finish. The first customer in Canada is HMSHost, a global restaurateur and leader in dining options for airports and motorways, with more than 4,000 stores worldwide.

    Read More: http://recruitingheadlines.com/snag-launches-in-canada/


    JobsPikr; is an automated job feed solution that aggregates job listings daily from company websites. I’m guessing its another scraping tool. Company is in India.

    See it: https://www.jobspikr.com/

    Snag Gets New CEO

    Snag, the largest platform for hourly work, today announced the appointment of Board Member and former Upwork CEO Fabio Rosati, as the company’s Chairman and CEO. Rosati was CEO of Elance, which later became Upwork, from 2001 to 2015. Under his leadership, Upwork became the world’s largest gig economy platform for skilled work with 14 million users in 180 countries and more than $1 billion in annual billings.

    Read more.

  • Google Jobs now live in UK
    By on July 18, 2018 | Comments Off on Google Jobs now live in UK  Comments

    Well, Google for Jobs has conquered North America and now heads across the pond to the UK.

    The announcement was made Monday on the Google blog.

    Starting today, when you search for “jobs near me,” “teaching jobs,” or similar queries in English in the U.K., you’ll have the option to click through to a feature that lets you explore jobs from across the web that meet your unique needs. You can access salary information, reviews and ratings of the employer and different options to apply for a job, or use a location filter to see jobs in the areas that are convenient for you. Thanks to Google Maps, if you’re signed in, you’ll even be able to see how long it would take to commute to a job from your home.

    This is good news for UK based job boards. I just heard recently that sites like CV-Library just lost their Indeed traffic so this new source of free traffic comes just in time for our friends in Great Britain.

    God save the jobs!

  • Are Niche job apps the new thing?
    By on July 16, 2018 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Came across a new niche job board…sort of…last week. Capango is a new retail job mobile app only. It’s kind of like tinder for retail jobs. Swipe right and the employer gets notified of your interest.

    It was made by a company called Natural Insight that already produces cloud software for retailers so a job app like this makes sense from a value ad standpoint. By helping their current customers staff up, they add value to their brand name. I think its a smart move. But they will need to market the app for the long haul if they expect it to gain traction. It’s really no different than launching a niche job site from scratch.

    The app business is an expensive one which is mainly what I shut down my apps that I had built for CareerCloud when I ran that company. But if you can afford to build and maintain an app, it can be a great lead gen tool and/or revenue generator.

    There are already apps for freelance jobs and some other industries. The ‘nichification‘ of industry related job apps is one trend I think we will be seeing more of in the future.

  • Social network for college students and a Blockchain Job Launch
    By on July 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Social network for college students and a Blockchain Job Launch  Comments

    UpBreeze, a leading social-professional platform for college and university students, today announced the launch of JobBot, its latest innovation that empowers students to apply for jobs and internships within seconds, significantly faster than before.

    For more info go to www.upbreeze.com/news/2018/JobBot_Launch.

    Powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies, JobBot presents to the student a wide variety of jobs and internships that are relevant to the student.  When the student clicks “1-Click Apply“, JobBot takes care of the unexciting application process.

    A job application form can be lengthy and tedious and it may take the student well over half an hour to complete.  JobBot relieves the student’s pain and reduces the student’s long and slow application process to one easy click.  It completes a wide variety of mundane job applications demanded by employers, ranging from large international conglomerates to local small firms.

    “Jobs and internships are only one click away.  JobBot makes it easy for students to apply,” said Dr. Zachary Leung, CEO of UpBreeze.  Dr. Leung is a machine-learning scientist-entrepreneur.  He received his PhD from MIT, which is believed by many as the hometown of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

    Many students today spend a great amount of time to search for jobs and internships.  When they find something that they are interested in, they would spend even more time to fill out the extensive application form.  “Finding a job or internship has been a double-whammy for many busy students.  UpBreeze’s goal is to streamline this unexciting process.  Help students find dream jobs and internships and help recruiters find ideal candidates.”

    Empleos.io is another blockchain job market soon to launch. They are holding a Private Sale which starts on July 20, 2018 and lasts 3 weeks. 14M  PLEO tokens will be offered for a price $0.25 per token (50% discount off the Main Sale price). The following crypto currencies are accepted: BTC, ETH, XEM by the current exchange rate. The minimal contribution amount is $10,000. All contributors should pass the standard KyC/AML procedure.
    Potential contributors are invited to subscribe to their newsletter on http://empleos.io, each participant will receive an email within 72 hours prior the Private Sale start with detailed instructions. The information about the Private Sale will be also available on their official Telegram: https://t.me/EmpleosIO
    The Private Sale page is password-protected: https://empleos.io/privatesale.html
    login: private
    password: sale


  • What job boards sell for
    By on June 26, 2018 | Comments Off on What job boards sell for  Comments

    Last week I was able to identify how much revenue Glassdoor has based on an internal PDF from its new owner Recruit. According to them, GD sales  hit $171 million in 2018. With a sell price of $1.2 billion that gives them a valuation of about 7X annual revenue.

    7X is on the higher end of acquisitions that I have seen in this industry over the years. I think the majority of sites sell for less — somewhere in the 2X-3X range. It just depends on the site fundamentals. Namely;

    • How profitable it is.
    • What kind of client loyalty it has (how often clients come back).
    • The niche they are in (more or less competition).
    • Cost of running the platform.
    • Size of registered seeker and employer database.

    Acquisition valuations are typically hard to come by but these new numbers from the Glassdoor deal shed a little more light on how buyers value potential job site businesses.

    If you would like help in coming up with a valuation for your site let me know. You can hire me for an assessment. Email chris@jobboardsecrets.com

  • Indiana job site gets $9 million in new funding
    By on June 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Indiana job site gets $9 million in new funding  Comments

    Ascend Indiana, a nascent initiative to address the talent gap in the Hoosier state is ramping up its operations. The group is an offshoot of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, has raised $9 million so far to support its work and is “partnering with Indiana companies to create specific talent pipelines to fill shortages in critical industries” according to IBJ.com.

    Ascend has invested in cloud-based platform that combines technology and human interaction in a job-matching service. Job matching sites like this are essentially just the next generation of job board technology. Just because you can match a candidate to a job doesn’t mean they are interested or fully qualified. Below is a quick tour of the site which can be found here.

    I do like the fact they are targeting college kids as they come out of school. But like any marketplace this will take time and effort to build and maintain a statewide network like this. Certainly lots of other sites vying to capture new students. They are going to need a long time horizon to really make this work.

    Read more on IBJ

  • New Launch: SteelToeJobs
    By on June 19, 2018 | Comments Off on New Launch: SteelToeJobs  Comments

    Steel Toe Jobs, a Vancouver based Startup specializing in Construction Careers, released its new website – Steeltoejobs.com. It is powered by CareerLeaf.

    In November of 2017 Steeltoejobs.com went live with its beta site, a job board and content source for local job seekers. In addition, they met with local Employers, Employment Services Groups, Trade Schools, & Training Companies to better understand the Construction market.

    April of 2018 marked its first growth spurt in that it added 3 new members to the team; this has proven to accelerate the pace that Steel Toe Jobs can travel at, and has opened up more doors of opportunity with a new look, new social outlets, more candidates, more partners, and overall more possibilities for the Community it serves.

    Co-Founder and President, Eli Triff, a local entrepreneur committed to a “complete” job seeker experience across all industries declared “This is not another business set up to capitalize on a booming industry while providing an average level of service. We’re not just another job board, we’re a place where you can find everything you need to help you along on your career journey without discrimination of gender, race, or expertise. Our dream is to build a Community that serves job seekers and employers alike, anyplace it needs it, within the Construction Industry”.

    Steel Toe Jobs, a privately funded company, has a database of thousands of jobs in BC and Alberta and many original articles that are written with job seekers and employers in mind. It plans to be available to all Provinces across Canada by the end of September 2018 and to break into the USA market in early 2019. With such high demand within the Construction industry, Steel Toe Jobs is an excellent source of recruitment products for employers to find the best candidates at the best rate and for job seekers the ability to stay up to date on the job market as well as education and training opportunities so that they can find well paying and rewarding jobs in their field.