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  • Why doesn’t this niche job board exist? (member only)
    By on March 7, 2013 | Comments Off on Why doesn’t this niche job board exist? (member only)  Comments

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  • This niche is untapped (member only)
    By on February 13, 2013 | Comments Off on This niche is untapped (member only)  Comments

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  • New event search engine
    By on February 11, 2013 | Comments Off on New event search engine  Comments

    99events.com is my first foray into something other than jobs. Its an event search engine. Kind of like an ‘indeed for events’. I came up with the idea in November, hired a freelance developer and built and launched it in December. It took about four weeks to do it. It works off the API’s of the major event sites like Meetup & Eventbrite.

    I built because because I wanted to maximize my networking opportunities. As someone who likes to attend networking events I realized that most of them were either through Meetup or Eventbrite. So I said to myself why cant I search these sites all at once? I found some other sites to tap into as well such as Eventful, Ticketleap and even Facebook events.

    So check it out and spread the word. Just enter your city/st to see whats happening around you. There’s even a ‘career’ category on the left to see career events in your region. The site only has an Adsense revenue model but i plan on adding some premium features.

    And actually it does have a use for job seekers. You can search for things like career events in New York City.

  • Should I build a Reverse Job Board?
    By on December 19, 2012 | 1 Comment1 Comment  Comments

    A member wants to know if he should build a site that makes candidates pay. I wrote about it in the past here. These are called ‘reverse job boards’.

    I’m currently researching building a job board website for tradesmen (builders, plumbers etc). This would be different to your normal job board site in that it’s the tradesmen who would pay the subscription to view and bid for the jobs that people would post for free.

    Some examples of this type of site are:

    http://www.tradesman4u.com/

    http://www.servicecentral.com.au/

    Do you have any advise for building this kind of site? How do you think this kind of site fits into the world of job boards? There seems to be some script clones that might offer what I need e.g. (http://www.odeskclone.com/ and http://www.elance-clone.com/) but they are expensive and would probably need a lot of custom work anyway.

    MY RESPONSE

    Yes this type of site can be a good business model. Two of my favorites in this space are Work in Sports and Flex Jobs. These are essentially membership job sites where candidates pay access to jobs/opportunities they may not be able to find elsewhere. However these types of jobs are highly sought after ones. Because of that candidates are willing to pay to gain access to them.

    If you are thinking about building one of these for a job market that is already highly commoditized this model wont work. If a candidate can already find those jobs for free on readily available sites, they will continue to do so.

    For this to work you need to bring exclusivity and quality. You may also need to provide other types of valuable content to make it worthwhile. Look what Flex Jobs promises;

  • What a facebook job board should be (member only)
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  • New & interesting job site ideas
    By on September 24, 2012 | Comments Off on New & interesting job site ideas  Comments

    There is no shortage of job site startups. Of that you can be assured. I recently discovered several that caught my eye.

    GRADSPRING: hand picked jobs for college graduates that ONLY require 0-2 years of experience. Each job in their database is handpicked to assure this quality to help recent grads find the right gig. They got some press on huffpost.com. Whats more interesting is they are charging the job seekers a monthly subscription. If they can curate enough solid job leads for a user base it COULD get traction. But only time will tell if it catches on.

    http://www.gradspring.com/

    HIREDMYWAY: would you pay to get your resume seen by an employer? Well I wouldn’t but this startup thinks you will. Curiously I went to their website but they dont say how they actually guarantee this. It appears also to be some kind of marketplace for third party recruiters to also place talent. Venturebeat recently had a story on them.

    http://hiredmyway.com/

    JOBS FOR FRIENDS: this is a new social recruiting site out of Germany. The idea is to create a job, then invite coworkers and friends to share the job to their social networks. With all the social recruiting startups getting bought recently (see JobMagic, SelectMinds) they may have something here. Check out their story on TechCrunch.

    http://www.jobs-for-friends.com/about-us

    It remains to be seen if any of these guys will be around in a few years but I give them a lot of credit for coming up with interesting solutions to recruiters problems.

  • Other ways of adding value to the job search space (free)
    By on August 16, 2012 | Comments Off on Other ways of adding value to the job search space (free)  Comments

    There is more to the job search space than just job boards. Applicant tracking, sourcing tools and talent networks are some other businesses you can go into (to name a few). This post is about thinking outside the box a little and coming up with other ways to add value to job seekers and/or recruiters.

    I’ll give 2 of my own examples to show you what’s possible.

    EXAMPLE #1: Jobcasting

    Lets start with Jobs in Pods. Its a service I created back in 2007 that lets employers “podcast their jobs” through audio jobcasts about what its like to work there. Over the years its been used by many Fortune 500 companies such as GE, Intel, McDonalds, Walgreens, & Nestle Purina who wanted to share their own stories by letting us interview their star employees. To date, Intel’s jobcasts have been the most successful generating over 100,000 downloads since they started. They even created a page on their career site showcasing them.

    I turned the site over to Peter Clayton last year . He is a veteran podcaster and now produces all the shows. Employers are charged $300-$400 per jobcast so its a nice margin business but is rather labor intensive since the audio is produced by a human each time. Its not a large business but it offers tremendous value to employers by really showcasing their employment brand. I think its a great example of using new media in the recruitment marketplace.

    EXAMPLE #2: Hidden Jobs: 

    Back when i used to blog a lot more about job searching I would write some posts that highlighted articles which mentioned companies who are growing/expanding and have announced they are going to hire. Many times they put out a press release or got an article written in a business journal. I noticed these posts got a lot of traffic so I decided to create a service around it. Its called Hidden Jobs App.

    Its an app and website. I sell the app in iTunes for .99 cents. Its gotten some traction and I sell 15-20 per month, and I earn a few bucks from the adsense blocks on the site. I am expanding the app to include more features as I roll it into Career Cloud as one of our mobile products.

    So think about other ways to add value in the job search or recruitment process. Go beyond job listings and you just might uncover something that is worthwhile to pursue.

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  • Buying job boards and domains (free)
    By on July 3, 2012 | 2 Comments2 Comments  Comments

    One of the things I like to tell new job board entrepreneurs is to try and buy an existing job board instead of building from scratch. You can do this a couple of ways.

    1. Look on flippa.com for “used” job board.

    2. Google the niche you want to enter and try to buy a site that is already indexed by google. You can usually find one on page 3 or 4 and offer them a few thousand to sell to you.

    In case you cant buy one here is one site to get some good job board names.

    [flv]http://www.jobboardsecrets.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/sedo.flv[/flv]

    www.sedo.com

  • Idea: I got a Job (premium)
    By on June 19, 2012 | Comments Off on Idea: I got a Job (premium)  Comments

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  • Listen to one of my consulting calls (audio only)
    By on May 8, 2012 | Comments Off on Listen to one of my consulting calls (audio only)  Comments

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