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  • Before you build anything (free)
    By on April 23, 2012 | Comments Off on Before you build anything (free)  Comments

    So you want to start a job board or some other type of online recruiting product? Better get some feedback first from your potential customers BEFORE you spend a dime on development. You really need to do your homework up front to see if your idea will solve a problem in the industry you are targeting.


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  • The ultimate job board?
    By on March 19, 2012 | Comments Off on The ultimate job board?  Comments

    For job seekers, the job search engines like Indeed, SimplyHired and the rest have become a major way to job hunt online. They make their hunt for jobs more efficient by bringing together a wide variety of sources.

    But I’ve always wondered what if we could combine the aggregators into a super site….a meta-job search engine. Imagine a site that works like kayak.com for air travel. It would take every job source on the web and index it. It would be the ultimate job board.

    Despite all the advances of the JSE’s, they still dont index all the job content. Lately they seem to only index those sources that pay them. This means job seekers are missing out on potential opportunities. That sucks for them.

    You can compare and contrast these sites to get an idea of what I mean. Do some keyword searches on Indeed/SimplyHired which are the top 2 sites in terms of traffic. Then compare the results.

    I did a search for all jobs within 5 miles of zip 10012. Here’s what Indeed shows. Here’s what SimplyHired shows.

    So if I’m a job seeker using one site over the other I might be shortchanging myself.

    I thought the JSE’s would be happy to index (for free) any and all jobs as long as they were worthy listings. After all, Google indexes everything on the web, shouldnt the JSE’s do the same for jobs?

    To be sure, the JSE’s are businesses that need to make money and they are handily doing that from what I hear. But there must be some way they can include more sources without sacrificing revenue. And wouldn’t that attract more job seekers? The JSE with the most jobs would win.

    Unfortunately a super site will probably NEVER exist. At least not as long as the TOS (terms of service) from the JSE’s stay the same. You see, they do not permit their listings to appear on the same webpage as their competitors.

    So I say to the JSE’s: lift the restrictions. You are big and powerful companies and I dont think you need to be afraid anymore. Imagine the mashups that could be created if your API was free of the chains your TOS dictates.

    Jobseekers will love you for it.

    So give me a call. I’d love to be the first to try.

  • Here’s a couple niche ideas that may offer job board success (premium)
    By on March 14, 2012 | Comments Off on Here’s a couple niche ideas that may offer job board success (premium)  Comments

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  • Starting a job board? Target these industries (premium)
    By on March 13, 2012 | Comments Off on Starting a job board? Target these industries (premium)  Comments

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  • Here’s a niche waiting to be cracked (premium members only)
    By on November 30, 2011 | Comments Off on Here’s a niche waiting to be cracked (premium members only)  Comments

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  • A unique job board idea (premium)
    By on June 8, 2011 | Comments Off on A unique job board idea (premium)  Comments

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  • The reverse job board (premium)
    By on May 23, 2011 | Comments Off on The reverse job board (premium)  Comments

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  • Apps are the new websites (free)
    By on February 28, 2011 | Comments Off on Apps are the new websites (free)  Comments

    I think apps are the new websites. As mobile devices become more prevalent it will be important to offer these users of smartphones and tablets a good user experience. The best way to do that is through an app. An app gives your users easy access to your site/content.

    If you haven’t thought about transitioning to an app I encourage you to do so. Even if its just creating a mobile friendly version of your site, that will help your user engagement when viewing from a smartphone or tablet. Its been proven that people stay longer if you have a mobile friendly version.

    Today I launched by first app for sales in itunes for iphone/ipad.

    Its called the ‘hidden jobs app’ and it tracks hidden job announcements across the U.S. in a simple interface that accesses a proprietary database which I update daily. If you have an iphone, I’d appreciate if you download it and give it a review. (.99 cents)

    I think there are lots of opportunities for job boards to create their own apps. Stay tuned for more from me. This isn’t the last of my apps coming out.


  • New Idea (premium)
    By on September 30, 2010 | Comments Off on New Idea (premium)  Comments

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  • Job boards going social (free)
    By on August 16, 2010 | Comments Off on Job boards going social (free)  Comments

    I’ve talked before about how job boards need to get more social. I think DICE’s new Talent Network is a great example of how to do this. You would be well-advised to take some of these cues. Watch the video below for how they built it.