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  • SimpleJobSite is a free new job board theme
    By on May 8, 2018 | Comments Off on SimpleJobSite is a free new job board theme  Comments

    SJS is a free job board template this is available for free from a UK based company.

    https://simplejobscript.com/

    I assume its a wordpress theme. They offer a “complete” version of it for $25 and hosting for about $4/month. The software appears to only offer Indeed as a backfill option.

    The interface is nicely designed (you can view the demo here). I cannot attest to its functionality or reliability but its nice to see another inexpensive tool for job boarders.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Interview with Peter White from Jobboard.io at #TAtechEurope
    By on March 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Interview with Peter White from Jobboard.io at #TAtechEurope  Comments

    At TA Tech Europe last week I got to meet Peter White (Jobboard.io) and we had a quick chat about how he got the job, their latest feature release and more. Enjoy the audio.

    Here’s my video picture montage from the event.

  • Job Board Software Vendors Should Add These Features
    By on February 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Job Board Software Vendors Should Add These Features  Comments

    This is a general call to action post for all job board software vendors. As the job board space gets more crowded it’s important for them to keep iterating on their platforms and keep adding features to streamline the user experience while helping boards attract more traffic.

    So here are some things I would like to see them add to their platforms in order to stay relevant. Its free advice, take it.

    1. Text Job Alerts – start to offer job alerts by text message in addition to email. Employers are beginning to adopt text to engage candidates and so should job boards. I would love to see the ability to get job alerts by email or text. Text will greatly increase open rates and lead to more traffic/applies.
    2. Better Social Integration – social media, namely Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, are hugely important to help drive traffic so I’d like to see tighter integration with them. Let job board owners login and connect their sites to the platform to enable auto-posting of content instead of relying on 3rd party social media tools.
    3. More Content Feeds – job boards need more content but some of it is still out of reach. They all provide job feeds and blog feeds but they could easily add other RSS feeds for employer profiles, public job seeker profiles and even things like new signups. For example, it would be great to be able to auto-publish messages to social media like “John just posted a resume on XYZjobboard.com” or “[company name] just created a profile“.
    4. Push Alerts – desktop browser notifications are another marketing channel that boards can use to drive traffic. Either build it into your product or offer integration with more 3rd party tools.
    5. Visual job pages – allow employers to upload an image/video to their postings to make them more visual. Plain text pages are BORING. Design them in a more visual way to attract more seekers. These days most job postings still look too much like each other. I think an image or video should be the first thing a job seeker sees when viewing a job.
    6. Resume Refresh – the technology exists today to update resumes via social profiles (see crowded.com) and by prompting registered seekers to update their resume more often. We need to end the stale resume syndrome that exists in most job boards.
  • SmartJobBoard Gets More Customizable
    By on February 25, 2018 | Comments Off on SmartJobBoard Gets More Customizable  Comments

    Smart Job Board has long had a page builder for their homepage layout, where you can easily manage content. Now it is available for Pricing and custom pages in their latest update. Here’s what the email notification says;

    This new addition will not only ease up DIY designing but will also allow you to:

    -Create different landing pages, for example when you want to have a separate landing page for your Employers and Candidates

    -Add Text, Job Alert form, Job list, and much more to whatever page you like, with just a few clicks.

    -Make your Pricing page more informative, by adding nice content above or below product boxes.

    I applaud the move. Being able to customize any page on the site makes their platform more user friendly. By giving more control to site owners, Smart now has the most customizable hosted software product on the market.

    Learn more about these additions here:
    New Update: Page Builder Enhancements & Logo Resize 

  • Job Board Software Pricing Update (hosted versions)
    By on February 20, 2018 | Comments Off on Job Board Software Pricing Update (hosted versions)  Comments

    A reader alerted me that Smart Job Board upped their prices a bit so I thought I would do a quick recap of the top “off the shelf” software products. These products are all hosted in the cloud and are self-configurable. I recommend them for beginners who want to get started quickly.

    These are the least expensive way to get your job board off the ground. To put it another way, ‘job boards in a box‘.

    1. Smart Job Board: It used to be $50 but even at $79/mo their basic package is still a great value. [link]

    2. Jobboard.io basic package stands at $249 which is a high point in their history from what I remember. [link] i think their checkout process is a little smoother than Smart’s if you are looking for differences. They also don’t have the total job restrictions that comes with Smart (active job listings). [link]

    3. JobMount‘s basic price point stands at $295 which has been steady for a while. With them you get a free 6 month job spidering (scraping) and the ability to take your code with you to put on your own server. [link]

    4. JobboardHQ is $295/mo. Link.

  • ZipRecruiter Acquires Popular Job Board Software Vendor
    By on December 14, 2017 | Comments Off on ZipRecruiter Acquires Popular Job Board Software Vendor  Comments

    Jobboard.io, the popular job board software platform started by Christian Malpeli more than 5 years ago has been acquired by ZipRecruiter. The news came via email to JobBoard.io clients yesterday. Terms of the deal are not disclosed.

    I was able to reach both ZipRecruiter and Christian Malpeli, for comment on the news.

    What are the main reasons for the acquisition?

    ZIP: Acquiring JobBoard.io allows ZipRecruiter to provide a more robust job board solution to its publisher partners, and will bring new monetization solutions and higher levels of job distribution within the ZipRecruiter network to JobBoard.io customers.

    Will pricing change?

    ZIP: We have no plans to change pricing for existing customers.

    Will it be run as a stand-alone business or how will the operation be combined with Zip?

    ZIP:JobBoard.io will continue to run as a stand-alone business powered by ZipRecruiter, and we’re already implementing ZipRecruiter features in the product.

    How many job boards does JobBoard.io power?

    ZIP:JobBoard.io has over 200 clients, including major sites like Techcrunch, Politico, The American Association of Cancer Research and more.

    Ian Siegel, ZipRecruiter’s CEO said this about the deal, “Christian and the team at JobBoard.io have built a terrific product, and we’re excited that they’re joining the ZipRecruiter team. We’re already implementing new ways to delight JobBoard.io publisher partners, including having job postings run across the ZipRecruiter traffic network, and there are more great features on the way.”

    I asked Christian if the platform will become a Zip only backfill provider. No, he said.

    “We believe that publishers should have choice in the solutions they use to power their job boards. While ZipSearch allows a publisher to tap into leading search technology and the fastest growing jobs marketplace in the US, we do not plan to limit backfill choices to only ZipRecruiter’s offering.”

    Christian will be sticking around and become an employee at Zip where he plans to continue innovating on the platform and growing his team.

    Here’s my take on the deal;
    The move is a smart one by ZipRecruiter as it increases the reach of their affiliate network thus providing more relevant candidate traffic to its sitewide listings. They will also be able to earn additional revenue by introducing a posting function directly from Jobboard.io into ZipRecruiter’s main listings. This will be the first time a major job site provider has its own DIY job board software service since the defunct SimplyHired launched Jobamatic which died a fiery death after Indeed acquired them  2 years ago.
    I think the move also puts pressure on the other major aggregators like Jobs2Careers, JuJu and Neuvoo to up their game. Those companies have affiliate programs but they are way behind where ZipRecruiter now stands. If I were them I’d be looking at s similar acquisition or partnership with other job board software vendors.
    I have a few sites like HR Tech Talent which is powered by Jobboard.io and will continue to update my readers on new changes to the platform as they come out. As a reminder I provide concierge services to those who wish to start a site on Jobboard.io.
  • What Job Board Software Vendors Need to Do Next
    By on November 14, 2017 | Comments Off on What Job Board Software Vendors Need to Do Next  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 🙂