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  • Niche job board I admire: Stack Overflow Careers
    By on May 20, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    Last Saturday I attended my first recruiting “unconference” at the offices of Stack Overflow in lower Manhattan. An unconference is a one day event where the sessions consist of a track leader who introduces a topic to a group and then lets the group take the discussion to wherever they want. truNewYork was put on by @billboorman. It was a great event and Stack’s employees were awesome hosts.

    I got a chance to chat with some of their sales reps and recruiters about their tech job board Careers 2.0. It has over 110,000 vetted technical resumes that they sell access to. It has job postings that sell for $350 each and they just launched a product called “Company Pages” which highlights their employer clients. To me this is what the next gen job board (or any company career site) should look like. It has pictures of the office. It has interesting, unique copy written by a human. And it tells you who you’ll be working with.

    Stack Overflow started with a community of developers and they added the job board later on. Let that serve as a lesson to you would be job board operators. Having an existing community of like minded people will make it easier to add a job board later on since you will have a built in audience.

    Whats also interesting is not just anyone can post their resume. You have to be invited. That way they can vet each person to make sure they are a quality candidate. If you study what Stack does you will learn a lot about how to run a job board, they do it very well.

    So well in fact they are embarking on a big push to hire over 40 sales reps to help sell to employers. If you like sales and job boards, check ‘em out.

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  • Jobs in Social Media being auctioned off
    By on May 6, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    I’m auctioning off one of my job boards, Jobs in Social Media. You can bid on it at flippa.com.

    I built the site back in 2009, sold it a year later and bought it back in 2012 after the previous owner couldnt dedicate anymore time to it. So I figured I would buy it back, get it refreshed and sell it to someone who can dedicate significant hours running it.

    I spend only an hour per week on the site approving new members and sending a weekly email to the over 2,000 members. Its a community site built on NING and the job board is powered by Jobamatic. The site gets anywhere from 3-5 postings per month with almost no marketing. ($120 per posting)

    I am going to use proceeds from the sale to use on my new startup CareerCloud.com so that is the main reason I’m letting it go.

    There are many positive aspects of owning JobsinSocialMedia.com;

    • Strong niche with only a few direct competitors (socialmediajobs.com & mashable)
    • Solid SEO ranking. Ranks in first page of google for ‘social media jobs’ (usually #4-5)
    • Established, aged domain.
    • Minimal cost to run $25/ning per month, Jobamatic free
    • 2,000+ registered members
    • Established history of sales
    • Profitable

    Potential bidders should know that there is a reserve price on the site so if it doesnt reach that it wont be sold. I am also willing to assist the new owner with advice and tips on making it even better. There are some things I would do/add to ramp up more revenue.

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    I’ve sold many sites on Flippa before and if you’ve never heard of it its a good place to buy and sell websites. But beware there are lots of spammy sites on there where people pump up traffic (and adsense) to try and get a buyer. But if you look carefully there are some nice bargains on there. A search for the word ‘jobs’ shows a number of job sites and domains available.

    If you have intentions of selling your job site one day you need to make sure its polished with stable traffic and revenue. Thats how you’ll get the most value from potential buyers.

  • Should I hire a sales person for my job board?
    By on May 2, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    When I ran my local job boards I had NO sales team. Instead I relied on electronic ways to offset any lack of  manpower. If you dont have the time for sales yourself here’s how you can do it without one.

    1. I bought keywords on Google for my niche. Recruiters google for different job sites so I would get in front of them via Google ads.
    2. I joined related groups on Linkedin and posted content targeted towards the recruiters I wanted.
    3. I used tools like Email Grabber to collect leads (emails) and sent them emails 1x-2x per month. This is especially effective if you get them off your competitors.
    4. I made sure all my content was syndicated to my social media channels to get extra exposure.
    5. I used SEO to my advantage.

    These are all ways to make up for the lack of a sales person but if you still want to hire someone I would post something on Jobboarders.com, this job board group on facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/504534929558960/ …you can also search Linkedin for ex-sales peeps to see who’s around.
  • Job Boards: are your resumes public or private?
    By on April 23, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    With the advent of sites like Linkedin, Github, Behance and others that contain publicly available profiles, job boards face a conundrum since they typically have private only resume search.

    But they need to evolve with the times.

    The trend now is making your job seeker “profiles” open to search engines so candidates can be found. I believe this is the future model job boards will need to follow. It provides more benefit to the candidate since it offers them more ways to be found.

    But job boards will not be able to charge for resume access if this happens.

    I never saw much value in charging for resume anyway so perhaps its better off to make your resumes/profiles open to Google’s crawler. Some job boards like Monster/Dice/CB can still charge because of the sheer amount of resumes in their database but any new job board will do better by making them public.

  • New niche job market: Drones & UAV’s
    By on April 9, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    I read an article recently that predicts the civilian UAV industry is posed to explode in the next few years when the FAA opens up airspace to unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones. So I see opportunity and just launched two job boards to take advantage of this trend.

    UAVjobbank.com
    JobsinDrones.com

    Each is powered by Jobamatic. As you can probably tell I’m targeting two different keywords here. UAV and drone. I hope to get some search engine traffic within 6 months which shouldnt be too hard given the newness of the industry. There are no competitors.

    So if you are looking to start a job board look at what NEW types of jobs that are being created and target that market. Bigdatajobs.com is a good example of that. “Data Scientists” didnt exist a few years ago now they are in high demand.

    Think ahead. Think niche.

  • Awesome new job board software platform
    By on April 2, 2013 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    Job board software hasn’t been too exciting lately. The vendors have pretty much stayed staus quo over the past few years since the industry is a mature one. But Jobboard.io is on the scence with an affordable hosted solution that is mobile ready, integrates with backfill and has a great design/user interface.

    jobboardio

    According to their site they were frustrated by current technologies so they built their own:

    We’ve been running niche job boards via 3rd party platforms for years – but quickly grew tired of watching our time and revenue go out the door. Other “free” solutions can get you up and running, but take 50% (or more!) of all your job posting revenue. That just didn’t seem right to us. So we built our own platform focusing on the features that matter most. With fixed monthly pricing, you get to keep the rewards of the effort you put in, and are able to understand and predict your monthly costs.

    I took a look at some of the sites they power like bigdatajobs.com and hackernest.com. Notice the big red POST A JOB buttons. I have been advocating those for years and somebody finally built them into the product. And their other features are spot on, custom themes, international payment support, flexible pricing (incl. free), seo friendly, responsive design, a simple backend admin, applicant tracking, custom domains.

    Although I havent tested it yet I cant wait to try. The company appears to be based out of New York City.

  • Upcoming blog posts
    By on March 27, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    Just a quick note to tell you what I have coming to the blog next week.

    1) How To Use Content Marketing to Drive Traffic to your board
    2) New job board software. I discovered a brand new software provider that youre going to love…

    Stay tuned….

  • The Recruitment Technology Landscape map
    By on March 26, 2013 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    My friends at Headhunter Labs in NYC put together this handy map of the online recruiting industry. Download it here as pdf.

    Talent Acquisition Technology Ecosystem (.pdf)

    Use it as a handy guide to see who the players are in all phases of the hiring process from video interviewing to ATS to resume builders. Its free and shareable.

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  • Whats new in online recruiting
    By on March 25, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    The CareerXroads sources of hire study is out and once again job boards place in the top 3 behind referrals and company career sites. Job board market-share dropped off a little as more and more tools come on the scene to find talent. I didnt see any major trends in the study so its pretty much status quo. Download the whole report right here, its an interesting read.

    CareerXraods sources of hire stats

    So what new job boards/technology are coming on to the recruiting landscape? Well here are some that caught my eye recently.

    * Collegefeed.com is a social platform to help students follow employers. [story on techcrunch]

    * Strangely named Gozaik will launch soon as some kind of online resume platform.

    * Visual job ads? Pinthejob.com hopes so.

    * This aint your fathers job fair. Check out the Uncubed job fair [story on Pandodaily]

    NOTE: thinking of starting your own job board? Try and evolve that idea into something new like the businesses above. Like all online businesses, job boards must evolve or risk being minimized by employers.

  • Questions from a young entrepreneur
    By on March 6, 2013 | No Comments  Comments

    I got a nice email from an NYU student about being an entreprenuer. I thought I would share since they were great questions.

    Q. I’m toying with the idea of quitting grad-school and going full-time on my 4 month old startup..what is your philosophy on the value of education in school vs education via building a business?

    A. Building a business is always a better learning experience than grad school in my opinion. I guess it depends on how much longer you have to attend. If you are close, might as well finish it. Looking back I am glad i went to grad school because it motivated me to start allcountyjobs. But if you still have a few years left it might not be worth it.

    Q. Do you think it’s possible to build a meaningful business in this modern age of automation without hiring anyone?

    A. Yes I do think its possible. Lean startups are awesome. If you are building a SAAS model you can certainly make a living off it. It will probably be just a lifestyle business in terms of sales. Employees can be a pain to manage but you can do a lot with just 2-3 people these days. Look what Instagram built with just 10 people!

    Q. What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done as an entrepreneur?

    A. the hardest thing I had to do was probabaly building up my business again after the financial crisis of 2008. I lost half my revenue and it took almost 4 years to get it back to previous levels. But i did it and was able to sell for a good price.