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  • Job boards in the headlines
    By on December 10, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Leave it to me to keep you abreast of the latest job board news. Here’s some of the headlines that caught my eye. Thinking of starting your own job board or need help with your existing one? Contact me, I can help.

    job boards in the news

    • Realmatch adds more job sites to its portfolio. The company also changed CEO’s recently. Read it.
    • Adicio snags ERE media. I’m not sure who ERE was using before but this is a nice win for Adicio. Seems like the top software vendors are really poaching each other lately. Read it.
    • Jobboard.io adds logos to job listings. –> Christian is doing a great job iterating on my favorite job board software. Read it.
    • InstaJob! My visual job posting tool for employers gets an iOS update. Read it.
    • Healthcare job postings on the HEALTHeCAREERS Network increased 65 percent year over year. Read it.
    • Intern Avenue making waves in the UK recruitment market. Read it.
    • 420careers.com acquired. Career site for the marijuana industry. Smokin! Read it.

    Got some news about a job board making news? Let me know.

     

     

  • The Jobs2Careers interface has a lot to like
    By on December 1, 2014 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Jobs2Careers, a pay per applicant job aggregator has been on a roll lately. They were named to the Inc.com list of fastest growing companies (2014) and they’re about to move into brand new offices in Austin Texas. I gave their site a look the other day and was highly impressed by its design, and UI.

    There’s a lot to like about how they have constructed the job search experience. The site has a sharp, clean design with a strong color palette and they make the states browsable up front via the home page. If I was building a site today from the ground up, I’d emulate their design direction in a heartbeat. It’s simple, strong and effective. That lets the job seeker accomplish their task with minimal effort.

    I prefer job sites that break out location links right on the homepage for easy access.

    I prefer job sites that break out location links right on the homepage for easy access.

    Here are some other aspects of the site that stand out to me.

    I love how they call out "Hot Jobs" with that arrow, great design!

    I love how they call out “Hot Jobs” with that arrow, great design!

    They also do a great job integrating Adsense into the site content.

    When integrating Adsense, use the same link colors that appear on your regular content. The more blended it appears the higher the click through rate.

    When integrating Adsense, use the same link colors that appear on your regular content. The more blended it appears the higher the click through rate.

    And their Post a Job icon is clearly visible on all pages throughout the site.

    Dont hide your employer callouts. J2C does a good job of this, although I do prefer bigger employer graphics.

    Dont hide your employer callouts. J2C does a good job of this, although I do prefer bigger employer graphics.

  • Update on Jobamatic
    By on November 24, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    I have been using the new Jobamatic –> Simply-Partner for a few months now and have some thoughts on it. I was concerned about the lack of mobile support and the un-customized Post a Job page. So I asked them more about their future plans. Their answers below.

    1. The Post Job for each of my sites does not carry over the look and feel of the new look. Will this ever be addressed?

    Yes, in the future we will make that more customizable. For now if you use a logo on the job board you can add that so it shows on the job post flow. I set this up for the 99tempjobs for you. Basically go to JOB SITE SETTINGS > DESIGN & LAYOUT > HEADER. Click the radio button on the left CUSTOMIZE OUR TEMPLATE. You’ll see where you can add a logo on the right – upload the logo you want to use, click the button REPLACE JOB BOARD WITH YOUR LOGO (that should say job board name – just reported that!). Then click PUBLISH. Then go back to those radio buttons on the left and click the button IMPORT YOUR OWN HTML. Your code will still be there – just click PUBLISH. Now when you go to the job posting page you’ll see the logo: https://99tempjobs.simply-partner.com/simplypost/post-job/. For now, you can’t change any of the colors or anything else on that page.

    2. The new layout is not mobile responsive, are there any plans to make it so?

    Yes, we will be making it mobile responsive in the future (no eta as of yet)

    3. Ive heard from others that the old Jobamatic sites can still be found online, is that true or have all those domains been completely removed?

    We are closing ALL jobamatic accounts. There are literally thousands of them, so they are being done in waves. Are they all closed right now? Nope. Will they all be closed? Yes!

    Here’s a look at my earnings which are rather meager at this point. I only have a few sites left the best of which is UAVjobbank.com but I plan on adding a few more sites to the mix soon so I will keep posting my earnings every now and then.

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  • Streamline your apply process
    By on November 17, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Does your job board or Applicant Tracking Software have a long drawn out apply process? Well if it does you need to change it ASAP. I came across an article recently that talks about how USAjobs.gov‘s apply process is hurting applicants.

    USAJobs.gov, the main job site for federal employment, has discouraged applicants for years, with its lengthy résumé requirements and voluminous questions. Applicants complain that they apply for open positions only to hear nothing from the agency that posted the job. They also say that getting through the process is based less on talent and more on how well they tailor their résumé to keywords in the job listing.

    When you put barriers in front of a web site user (no matter what task they are trying to complete) you slow down what they want to accomplish. I hate barriers like this. The web is about SPEED! Get out of the user’s way. Dont make them register to see jobs or pricing. Tell them exactly what to expect when you lead them down a path. Help them accomplish their task with ease.

    More job boards/ATS need to streamline their site and make them simpler to use. Thats why I like Jobboard.io so much. Its dead simple to use from a job seeker or employer viewpoint. From an ATS standpoint services like SmartRecruiters and TheResumator also have simple, easy to apply for job apply functions.

    Simplicity is the new killer app! -Chris Russell

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    No registration makes it easy to post. This leads to MORE postings, not less.

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  • Google’s algorithm still sucks for job searches
    By on November 5, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    I dont think Google does a very good job at giving the right results when it comes to job searches. Do a search for ‘jobs in charlotte’ (link)

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    The #11 listing on page 2 is for a local job board, or so you think. In fact is an empty shell of a site.

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    If you run a local or niche job board these days Google is squeezing out those sites in favor of bigger sites like Indeed. I have seen some results where Indeed gets the top 3-5 results! Thats crazy and does a huge disservice to job seekers who cant find the other job boards that can help them find the right jobs. Google should reconfigure their algorithm to include more job boards.

    This is yet another reason that job boards need to get better at creating content because the big G isn’t doing you any favors when it comes to free web traffic.

  • Jobs boards are becoming ATS’s
    By on October 27, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    Don’t look now but the big job boards are turning into ATS (applicant tracking systems) and the ATS is becoming a job board. Yes they are all morphing into the same thing right before our eyes. As my evidence I’m going to use 2 popular sites: ZipRecruiter and Indeed.com.

    Indeed started out as an aggregator, then slowly ran ads against part of the jobs they scraped then added full blown job descriptions. And of course when you offer job postings you need a way to manage responses. Their employer dashboard is taking on more ATS like features every week it seems.

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    If you look at the above screenshot of a candidate submission ( i protected his identity) you can see that I can email him, categorize him, schedule him, reject him, etc. All these features are part of an ATS. Now its no surprise to me that this is happening. If Indeed can incentive recruiters to stay in its dashboard for longer they will get more postings and make more money. A “simple” ATS like this is perfectly fine for most small companies anyway. I would expect Indeed to keep innovating on this side of its business.

    Next stop is ZipRecruiter. I think they have always publicly displayed their clients jobs (they are a job distributor/ATS) but they really took their jobs section and made it into a full fledged job board as you can see below. Now that they have gained traction on the employer side they can offer more value, get more resumes and count on their own traffic with a job board like this.

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    In the past other companies like job board software maker Adicio launched CareerCast.com to offer a single point of entry to all the newspaper sites its powered. It was a smart idea and one that will gain momentum going forward.

    I predict companies like Linkedin will buy or launch their own ATS so they can own and control more of the recruiting pipeline in the future. So don’t be surprised if the other big player in online recruitment take a similar path. They all want a bigger piece of the pie.

  • RecruiterBox is looking for a Head of Sales
    By on October 14, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    recruiterboxI don’t usually post job openings on my blog but after meeting the CEO of RecruiterBox and striking up a friendship with him I felt strongly about helping him recruit.

    So when he asked if I knew any good sales people within the online recruitment industry I figured this site would be a good place to start. Its a great product and chance to get in on the ground floor of an up and coming recruiting tech company based in San Francisco.

    Here’s the details according to Raj Sheth, their CEO:

    Recruiterbox is a recruiting software for companies under 500 employees. We have acquired 650 customers through only online marketing and a DIY product, but starting now – we are looking to put together a sales team here in SF.

    I am looking for someone to lead all outbound sales efforts – you’d be joining incredibly early, setting up your own process, and have the incredible financial upside of a growing startup without many of the risks:

    – Work directly with founders that have bootstrapped to more than a $1MM in revenue
    – Best of both worlds: salary and equity (very competitive market salary)
    – Self funded: not beholden to outside interests
    – Build experiences that help small and big teams actually hire faster
    – Work with a team who REALLY loves the product they’re building
    – Build your own sales team

    So if you are interested contact raj@recruiterbox dot com

  • There’s a new backfill option in town
    By on October 13, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    And its name is EmployIQ.

    https://www.employiq.com/

    The founder Bri Holt, recently emailed me about the new project. If you want to incorporate full job postings onto your site it looks like a good option. I asked him where the jobs come from:

    The jobs come from an array of primary sources – ATSs, primary job boards, primary search engines – we’ve got about 100 right now, but we’re keeping the exact list private for now (it actually took quite a bit of time to find and vet good job sources).

    My dream is (1) that we accurately find and categorize all the world’s jobs and bring some order to the tangled web that is job searching, and then (2) that we can openly share that data with others. If we can achieve those things, then I’m sure we can figure out a way to make some money.

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    MORE DETAILS

    1. It’s a free, publicly available feed. You can see the documentation
    at https://www.employiq.com/doc/feed

    2. We’re getting about 4,000 new jobs per day from several hundred quality job sources. The jobs link straight to the actually job source, so no junk re-re-re-post links. You can see the types of jobs we’re getting our site (which mirrors our feed).

    3. The feed includes full job description text so you pull the text into your site and get the SEO value.

    4. When we pull in the new jobs, we automatically and smartly categorize them, and we allow you to filter the feed based on category. For example, incoming jobs titled “Software Developer” and “Software Engineer” and “PHP Architect” are all categorized under the “Programming” category – this saves a lot of headaches in getting the right backfill jobs for a given niche. We offer about 100 categories from as broad as “IT” to as specific as “Anesthesiology.”

    5. We do NOT require any HTML links back to EmployIQ, the feed is free to use however you like.

    6. You CAN mix our jobs with any other backfill providers you like.

    7. The jobs come in JSON format, so they are easily parse-able and integrate-able in any job board software in any language.

  • This job board just added video to the mix
    By on October 8, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    CNCJobs.net has launched a job board and resume search engine with support for video (view site). In contrast to text-only job search engines, the website supports both photos and video to help employers and potential employees find the right match. According to the site, these unconventional features will help save employers money while shortening the hiring process.

    Job seekers can upload a pre-screen video profile for employers to view prior to select a candidate for an interview. Employers can also post video clips about the job or company for applicants. Once a match is made, employers can interview candidates via live streaming technology available through the site. The video job board can be accessed from any PC, tablet or smartphone.

    This is yet further proof of the visualization of the job search. Is your job board ready? Whats interesting to note about the CNC site is that CNC machinists aren’t exactly the most web savvy people. They are such a blue collar candidate I wonder how much early adoption they will get? Time will tell…

  • Heading to HRtech
    By on October 6, 2014 | No Comments  Comments

    October is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only are the leaves changing but its time for the HR Technology conference. 4 jam packed days of learning, networking, and expo hall all based around HR/recruiting technology. Not to mention its in Vegas! Its starts tomorrow.

    HR Tech time!

    This is by far the most interesting conference to be at since its where all the major players (from job boards to time & attendance software) and startups converge to show off and be seen. The networking is also tremendous as their are tons of parties and nightly events to go to.

    I’ll be there all week and hope to bring you my list of cool technology shortly after on this blog. And if you will also be attending lets grab a beer and talk shop. Just ping me on twitter or let me know you’ll be there.

    If you do want to go but cant afford the ticket consider getting an expo only pass. It costs $75 if you work as a recruiter or HR person. If you are a vendor in the space its $300.

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