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  • What Job Board Software Vendors Need to Do Next
    By on November 14, 2017 | No Comments  Comments

    In case you hadn’t noticed there are big changes happening in the job board world. Now that Facebook and Google are in the game, the market is even more crowded and they are putting pressure on boards of all sizes and shapes. Things are changing at a rapid pace.

    This new trend will certainly begin to affect the myriad of job board software vendors in our space who (for the most part) have been relying on selling a single product, a traditional job board platform. Since it is getting harder to start a board from scratch I think these vendors will be forced to diversify.

    Now is the time to rethink that model and add new product lines.

    If I owned a job board software platform today, I would create 3 new SaaS based products that leverage my existing technology;

    • Career Sites for Employers: Job board technology is basically an ATS in disguise and can be leveraged to become an employer career site. All you have to do is remove the ability for multiple employers to sign up and post jobs. Then you can add more ATS like features such as workflows, candidate notes and pre-screening questions. The market for DIY employer career sites is out there and I think employers would love such a product.
    • Membership Job Boards: People have asked me for years if there are any membership only job board software platforms where job seekers pay to gain access. No one has ever built one. While it is true that job seekers don’t pay for many things it may be time to offer such a product to the market and see what happens. Membership based sites are a proven model (in the WordPress world) and there may be a way to tweak it to fit the job space.
    • People Databases: Sourcing is all the rage these days for recruiters. The amount of publicly available resumes and profiles is growing everyday. So lets offer a ‘reverse job board’. An RJB is a site that puts the job seeker first. Job seekers create public profiles instead of uploading resumes that can be found by search engines. The home page would feature a search box for profiles not jobs. Job seekers would see jobs that match their profile in their dashboard. These site could also offer their people data to sourcing sites like Entelo and Hiretual to attract employers. Once you have enough profiles for a certain niche, these types of site could charge for access.

    So there you have it, 3 new lines of business for vendors to make money on. Some of the technology for the ideas above already exists inside current job board technology. It’s time for these vendors to leverage that tech for new ideas.

    If there is one thing I have learned about the online job space is that no business lasts forever. You have to think ahead and plan for the future. For job board software vendors, the future is here.

    PS…I am happy to assist if you want to hire me 🙂

  • New Niche Board: Jobs With Relo
    By on October 24, 2017 | Comments Off on New Niche Board: Jobs With Relo  Comments

    Jobs with Relo is a new site that launched a few months ago. Built with the Jobboard.io platform, it is my most recent site launch. i saw a niche that has yet to be touched and thought it was worth a try to get it online.

    It targets only jobs that come with relocation assistance as part of the job offer. In such a tight market I think employers will start to offer more jobs that come with relocation attached. So a site that lists only these types of jobs (from any industry) might be one that resonates with seeker and employer alike. A site called Relocate.me also launched this year (they target developers around the world) so I figured a site focused on other jobs like this might be useful.

    I don’t have huge aspirations for it at this point. Nor am I spending much time on it. My goal in the first year is just to let it grow organically, and pick up whatever traffic I can from Google jobs. Since launching in August it is attracting around 1,000 monthly visitors. I had to backfill through Indeed as they seem to have the most jobs that offer relocation assistance.

    Most of the traffic comes from Google and Facebook.

  • The new and improved Jobfairing
    By on September 12, 2017 | Comments Off on The new and improved Jobfairing  Comments

    Are you holding a job fair soon? Many job boards have found success with offline hiring events as a way to brand themselves and make money. One of my current online businesses can certainly help you promote it.

    Two years ago I launched Jobfairing.com, a directory/search engine for discovering job fairs across the USA. Today it has several thousand monthly visitors and I just relaunched the site with a completely new look and feel. The previous WordPress based version became too unwieldy to manage and maintain.

    Job fair organizers can post their events for free. Or they can pay to feature them and we’ll advertise the event on Facebook. Current clients include JobNewsUSA and RecruitMilitary.

    I launched the site after realizing just how many of these events happen each month. There was never a way to search these events from one place and now there is. It pulls in events via XML from sites like Eventbrite. Launched on the Smart Job Board platform i was able to customize it to fit job fairs, not job descriptions.

    If you are holding an event soon, create an account and get your fair listed. Types of job fairs include colleges, multi-employer, open house, virtual and veteran. The service is free and seekers can even get email alerts for fairs in their area.

  • Job Board idea: I Want to Work at
    By on April 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Job Board idea: I Want to Work at  Comments

    Back when I was still running my previous job board (ACJ) I recorded this video about a new job board idea. Time has passed (7 years), but I still think it’s a site that needs to exist.

    Basically it’s a concept to allow job seekers to target individual companies by pitching themselves in a “I want to work for you because…” kind of way.

    I see it as more of reverse job board that features candidates not jobs. Give it some screen time and drop a comment with your thoughts.

  • This job site needs to exist but doesn’t (member only)
    By on March 21, 2017 | Comments Off on This job site needs to exist but doesn’t (member only)  Comments

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  • Going Hyper Local with Your Job Board
    By on June 21, 2016 | Comments Off on Going Hyper Local with Your Job Board  Comments

    I’ve gotten a few calls lately from prospective job board owners thinking about starting a local job board focused on a certain niche. I call this a “Hyper-Local” job board. Niche + Location.

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    It’s a good idea but only in certain circumstances.

    a) The city/state or region you are targeting should be big enough to support a site.
    b) There should be little to no competition already established
    c) You should have subject matter expertise in the niche you want to work in.
    d) You should live close to the area you are are targeting online. Be prepared to do offline marketing as well to spread the word.

    If you don’t fit this criteria, than I don’t believe it will work for you.

    I’d like to hear from others who have a hyper-local board, comment if you have any additional thoughts. I just helped a recruiter in the Dallas area to launch his site for Dallas Accounting Jobs. Should be a nice side project for him to get started in the biz.

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  • Want more leads? List your site on RecruiterDiscounts.com
    By on May 3, 2016 | Comments Off on Want more leads? List your site on RecruiterDiscounts.com  Comments

    I recently began to work on RecruiterDiscounts.com to help job boards (and other recruiting tech vendors) to get more leads. Think of it as “Groupon for Recruiters“. As a job board you can list a promo code, describe your offer and link back to your site. It’s free and you can also upgrade to featured status for a few bucks.

    I’ll be officially launching it in a few weeks to 10,000 recruiters so now would be the best time to add your discounts before I send out my email blast.

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  • Job Board Software – Is there room for more?
    By on November 23, 2015 | Comments Off on Job Board Software – Is there room for more?  Comments

    A reader just sent in this question;

    Do you think there’s a business in the job board software market or it is already saturated with all kinds of job board software?

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    My short answer is NO. I would not want to start a (traditional) job board software product today. Here’s why;

    • The industry is very mature. There aren’t a lot of people rushing to launch new job boards. There’s already 5-10 per niche. The only new clients you can potentially pick up are ones in small or new niches that haven’t been filled yet. These days the existing software providers are merely swapping clients with each other. Newer clients are hard to come by.
    • There are already plenty of options. From Jobboard.io to WebScribble to the many WordPress job board templates we have plenty of options to choose from. And you can always build a custom one which many people choose to do since job board owners LIKE customization.

    If it were me I’d be building more matching algorithms and job distribution into job board software. I’d love to see more of a hybrid platform. Like ones that offer pay-per-applicant revenue models and offer job distribution. Kind of like a cross between Ziprecruiter and Appcast.io. That’s where things are heading.

    Thanks for the question, it was a good one. Contact me for further engagement 🙂

  • Look for job related domain names here (member only)
    By on August 10, 2015 | Comments Off on Look for job related domain names here (member only)  Comments

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  • Jobcritters SOLD at auction
    By on August 6, 2015 | Comments Off on Jobcritters SOLD at auction  Comments

    I successfully auctioned off my Jobcritters concept this week. It sold at auction for $2,500. I wish the new owner well and look forward to whats next for the ‘twitter job board‘ platform.

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