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  • Job Boards Need to Up Their Content Game
    By on May 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Job Boards Need to Up Their Content Game  Comments

    If you are running a job board today you have to realize you are running an internet business that requires great content to get noticed. In an era of same old content it’s time most job boards up their content game.

  • WP Job Manager Has a New Version Out
    By on April 30, 2018 | Comments Off on WP Job Manager Has a New Version Out  Comments

    WP Job Manager 1.31.0 has shipped recently. You can download the latest release here or head over to Dashboard → Updates to update your plugins from inside WordPress.

    Email notifications and support for GDPR highlight this current version.

    Here’s the punch list of what’s included:

    • Support for sending email notifications
    • Adding the ability to delete plugin data when WP Job Manager itself is deleted
    • Updating the minimum required version of WordPress to 4.7
    • Hiding empty categories when filtering jobs
    • Filtering by filled and featured jobs on the Job Listings page in WP Admin
    • Preserving the currently active tab when updating the settings
    • Adding company logo to the structured data

    You can find the full list of changes in the change log.

    Demo Page of their job listings

  • Google Jobs now in India
    By on April 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Google Jobs now in India  Comments

    In a press event in New Delhi, Google introduced a new search experience in India allowing users to search for jobs within Google. The company aims to make your job hunt simpler allowing you to find relevant employment opportunities from many popular job listing websites, online classifieds, and companies. The company has worked with a number of organizations including Aasaanjobs, Freshersworld, Headhonchos, IBM Talent Management Solutions, LinkedIn, Quezx, QuikrJobs, Shine.com, T-Jobs, TimesJobs, and Wisdomjobs to bring users the most comprehensive listing of jobs.

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    Rumor has it Canada could be next.

  • A Job Board Project Plan Template
    By on April 23, 2018 | Comments Off on A Job Board Project Plan Template  Comments

    One of my clients has allowed me to write about the project plan she created for herself that is helping her get her job board off the ground. I thought it was a great template that others could follow to use in the first two years. I have uploaded it to Slideshare if you want a copy.

    Her site is InspectorSearch.com a niche board that targets construction inspectors. She put her milestones into two phases and set goals for herself with specific, realistic numbers. Her main goal is to hit 500 profiles/resumes by end of month 6. Thus far she is on target to hit that mark.

    There are no traffic goals but she has already gotten to about 1000 monthly visits despite being only a few months old. I told her that at the end of one year her goal should be to get to 10,000 monthly site visits. She can get there through aggressive content marketing, Google Jobs referral traffic and good email marketing.

    I applauded her on a recent call for making this document because too few of my clients have actually gone this far to plan ahead. A good project plan helps you to strive for goals and helps you organize your job board launch and weekly/monthly tasks.

    So use her template to create your own. Its a small step that can help make your site a big success.

  • Free Images for Your Blog Content
    By on April 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Free Images for Your Blog Content  Comments

    If you are writing blog posts you should be adding images to that content in order to make them more visual/shareable on the web.

    Good images cost money however. Sites like Shutterstock charge you. But there a a number of places to get free images. I just learned about Reshot which allows aspiring photographers to upload their images which anyone can use for free without any licensing restrictions.

    Pexels is another one.

    Unsplash is my 3rd pick.

  • Vendor Market Share
    By on April 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Vendor Market Share  Comments

    I came across Datanyze which crawls websites and puts them in lists according to what powers them. It turns out they have a job board software list. (view list)

    This list is not quite accurate however. I have never heard of Job Gear and couldn’t seem to find anything about them online. But this list is interesting to look at nonetheless. No one really uses JobberBase anymore but they appear to have a lot of legacy sites running on it that are still live. Platforms like JobThread are also not active any longer though they still have live sites.

  • Indeed Marches North, Acquires Workopolis
    By on April 4, 2018 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    News broke this morning via press release that Indeed’s parent company, Recruiting Holdings has acquired Canada’s top job board Workopolis.

    The release was short and sweet;

    TOKYO & TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Recruit Holdings Co., Ltd. announced today that it will acquire the website and assets of Canadian job site, Workopolis.com through one of its group companies. Indeed, the world’s number one job site and a subsidiary of Recruit, will operate Workopolis.com as part of its publisher network. The transaction is expected to close in April.

    “Workopolis is a trusted brand and leading Canadian job site for both job seekers and employers,” said Hisayuki Idekoba (known as “Deko”), COO of Recruit and CEO of Indeed. “With millions of loyal users that rely on the site, this acquisition allows us to expand our commitment to providing Canadian job seekers with a superior job search experience.”

    Workopolis.com has been a leading career site for job seekers and a leader in HR technology solutions for employers in Canada since 2000.

    The news is reminiscent of when they acquired SimplyHired in 2016 in a quick and surprising move. And apparently this was a swift blow to the 160+ employees who work(ed) there.

    A reader contacted me with some additional details of what happened at the Workopolis offices today. They said employees were met at the door this morning and told to turn in there phones/computers and immediately sent home. Eight or so workers will remain for about 8 weeks of shutdown activities. Customers of the site are supposed to be refunded as well.

    When indeed buys a competing job board they sure don’t waste any time. They take an axe and tell the acquired to take a hike. The owners of Workopolis must have gotten an offer they couldn’t refuse to shut down that quickly with no notice. Guess that’s how they roll in Japan. A clean cut.

    In any case its another bold move to ensure a fresh supply of traffic in the great white North. The indeed acquisition train marches on and I fully expect them to make more purchases like this in other countries. A spending pattern has been established.

    SIDE NOTE: Workopolis powers other sites including 40-50 association based job boards. Sounds like a golden opportunity for firms like WebScribble and other software vendors to pick up some new clients.

  • Try These Domain Name Generators
    By on April 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Try These Domain Name Generators  Comments

    Picking your domain is tough for some people. I tend to steer towards exact match domains that describe the niche in the url. Stuff like CTJobs.com or MarketingJobs.com.

    But the best 2 word domains are mostly taken these days. So alternatives would be to try a 3 word combination or adding words such as hire, hiring, talent, work, employ, career at the end or beginning of your name. That’s what I did with HRtechTalent.com.

    Anyway there are several domain name generators out there you can check out to help you come up with something that is as short as possible and still gets you a decent .com domain. my other tip is to register your domain once you find with a top registrar such as Google or GoDaddy. Its just easier if you ever need to transfer or sell your board to have it registered with a known brand. Check these out;

    DOMAINHOLE (click pic to go to site)



  • What’s On Your Mind…?
    By on April 1, 2018 | Comments Off on What’s On Your Mind…?  Comments

    Hey readers, what’s on your mind these days?

    I’m looking for more stuff to write about so send me your questions or topics you want to read more about.

    Leave a comment or contact me here.

  • Job Board Software Update: Jobiqo
    By on March 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Job Board Software Update: Jobiqo  Comments

    Recently at TA Tech Europe in Dublin I met Martin Lenz from Jobiqo, a software vendor based in Austria. I asked him to give me a update on their platform which competes with higher end players such as Madgex, Webscribble, CareerLeaf and others.

    They have been around since 2011. Most of their sites are spread around the world but they have 4-5 in the U.S.. Their technology is based on Drupal. You can buy the software outright or have them host it on a monthly plan.

    JOBIQO is the first vendor I have seen that touts its own ‘matching’ technology built into the product that helps employers surface relevant candidates and seekers discover more relevant jobs. Below is their response to some of my questions.

    1. How many sites does Jobiqo power? List top 3 examples.

    We power more than 200 job sites for about 50 clients worldwide (publishers, newspapers, recruiters, professional associations, non-profit organizations, university career centers).

    Recent go-lives:

    1. What is the cost breakdown?
    • We offer ownership (access to code) and rental model (SaaS only).
    • Structure:
      • Monthly rental or service fee including licence, hosting, maintenance, support, continuous improvement.
      • In case of ownership there is an upfront cost for the software depending on scope
      • In case of migration we offer special platform migration services (data and SEO)
      • Fully transparent fixed pricing based individual requirements, no hidden costs.
    1. What are the most unique features of the platform you would like to mention?
    • JOBIQO is the most flexible job board software
    • Fully responsive platform with high page speed and SEO focus
    • Intelligent matching engine (recommender)
    • Fully integrated career platform features like news, courses, social community, video application
    • Multi-site architecture
    • Multilanguage enabled
    • Enhanced analytics
    • Machine Learning optimized data extraction (current research project)
    • Intelligent Job Widgets for affiliate partners (target passive job seekers)
    • Every client is part of our innovation community (partnership)
    1. How long has the company been in business?
    • Since 2011
    • Previously running multiple job boards in central Europe from 2005
    1. What advice would you give to someone who is starting a job board today?
    • A career platform becomes more than just a job board by engaging candidates during the whole life cycle of career development.
    • Don’t be afraid of the growing ecosystem and new trends (AI, Google for Jobs, Facebook Jobs, etc.) but rather embrace the change and create new valuable services for your clients
    • Content is the new SEO and a very easy way to create unique value for your target audience in addition to the traditional job listings